#tbt | photos + words | happy new year!

Happy 2019! I hope you all are having a great start to the year, but even if you’re not, don’t be discouraged. Every day is a chance to start fresh!

Since I didn’t get to do as much photography this year as I did last, I’ve decided not to do a year review. I’m incredibly thankful for the following I’ve gained this year and the successes you all have given to me! Thank you. Going into 2019, I’ve updated some little things on this website, including the main page and the addition of a search bar in the galleries. I’ve set new goals, and I’m looking forward to this new year ahead in photography!

So what is this blog about? After a hiatus from Flickr, I decided to “go back” and start posting again. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that sharing on Flickr had previously been my way of processing the things that were going on in my life. Although I’m grateful for that platform and how much sharing my photos the way I did helped me, I’ve strayed away from it in recent years. I’ve found myself processing the situations in my life differently. Photography is still a passion of mine and is very meaningful, but no longer in the same way. I’ve been trying re-work how to share my work on Flickr, and I think I’m figuring it out.

As I was looking through my Flickr stream, I noticed how much I used to put words on my photos. It wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing thing, but it was trendy at the time. Some of these photos mean a great deal to me to this day. I wanted to do a little #throwbackthursday and share some of those photos with you all.

Dear John by Taylor Swift

I’ve Always Loved You by Third Day

The colors in this one hurt my eyes a little…

Sad Beautiful Tragic by Taylor Swift

I tried this paper words “editing technique” with film photos, too.

Robin Jones Gunn, A Promise is Forever

I still think about this poem often, always wondering when to unlock that gate and what would happen if I did…

Oohs and Ahhs by Needotbreathe

I remember posting this one when I felt like I was dealing with way too much for someone my age.

All I Have by Mat Kearney

All Too Well by Taylor Swift

A Place in This World by Taylor Swift

Veronica Roth, Insurgent

Eyes Open by Taylor Swift

There are plenty more where these came from if you want to check them out. I’m grateful for the words of others who helped and continue to help me through tough times, and help me articulate the great times as well.

- Victoria

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#tbt | october 23rd, 2014

Hey everyone!

I am back from Ireland, so no more Ireland photos (until I go back of course ;)). Today I have a little throwback to share. These photos are from 2014. I never posted them because, as usual, I wasn't happy with them. And as usual, I found them years later and saw them in a different way! I played around with the editing a bit and thought they turned out pretty good.

Although I mostly shoot nature, when I first started photography I was pretty much half-and-half--nature and still-life. I'd like to get back into it eventually, but for now, here's some old stuff.

This one is in my shop.

I hope you enjoyed this little throwback!

- Victoria

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#tbt | december 14th, 2016

Heyyyyy! I haven't done a Throwback Thursday in a while so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share these pictures.

Oftentimes, when I do a shoot that I'm not pleased with at all, I'll keep the pictures anyway. Then sometimes... I look through the shoot months (sometimes years) later and see something I didn't see before. That happened here. I took these in December of 2016 and wasn't happy with them. I saw them a few days ago and decided I wanted to try some newly-learned editing techniques on them. I'm so happy with the result. I hope you enjoy them, too!

I hated this one when I first took it and I'm surprised I didn't delete it... But now it's one of my favorites from this shoot!

I felt like I was in Narnia.

Another personal favorite...

Woodsy aesthetic shots, anyone?

This one is a little messy, but I like how the colors turned out.

Two similar shots, two different editing techniques (which one do you like more?).

Can you see the snowflakes? <3

I never imagined I would end up loving this shoot as much as I do now. If you're unhappy with pictures you've taken, or any other project for that matter, set it aside for a while. Go back to it later, and maybe you'll see things differently!

If you think any of these should be added to my shop, please let me know! You don't need to feel obligated to buy them, but it's nice to know what other people think would be successful.


- Victoria

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polaroid throwback | 2015ish

This post is not sponsored.

Helloooo everyone! Today I'm sharing with you a little throwback. These are Polaroids I have taken over the years on various types of old Polaroids (let me know if you want the specific model for a particular photo). They are mostly artsy/aesthetic shots so I hope you enjoy!

optional history lesson: In 2008, Polaroid stopped manufacturing film for their instant cameras. The Impossible Project stepped in to continue manufacturing film for the Polaroid camera users still out there. However, the "recipe" for Polaroid film was top secret, so they decided to try to figure it out for themselves which gave them the name for their company. Fast forward to around October of this year and the Impossible Project has acquired the rights to the Polaroid brand and has transitioned themselves to "Polaroid Originals." They recently released a brand new line of old-style Polaroid cameras (with a few tweaks) which you can see here!

This photo and the one above it were taken on original Polaroid film. All of the following were taken on Impossible film.

I love film and I think the Polaroid model from the beginning is fascinating! Did you own a Polaroid instant camera when they first came out and if so, what was your reaction to it?

PS- Watch the socials this week as there will be sales in my shop everyday for the next six days!

- Victoria

#tbt | july 2010, 2011, & 2012

Hey everyone! How was your July? This month seemed to go by so quickly for me!

It's the last Thursday in July, so I am posting some throwback Thursday pictures from July of 2010, 2011, and 2012.

These two are both from 2010 and were taken with a Kodak EasyShare Z1012. Mushrooms are so cool and unique. Fun to photograph!

A still-life shot from 2011, again with the Z1012. This is one of my favorite passages from the Bible. Check out 1 Corinthians 13.

Fun fact: I LOVE Alice in Wonderland, and this teacup-turned-flower-pot reminds me of it for some reason. This one is from 2011 and was taken with the Z1012.

"Who's to say what is proper? What if it was agreed that 'proper' was wearing a codfish on your head? Would you wear it?" Alice in Wonderland (Burton, 2010)

When I took this shot back in 2011, I posted it on my Flickr. Since it was taken in the reflection of a mirror, it made me think about seeing things from different perspectives when it comes to disagreements with people. I wrote a little bit about that topic in the description. This photo was taken with the Z1012.

I really like these pictures and I've almost posted them a few times, but I feared they weren't aesthetically pleasing enough. But they're my photos, and I like them, so I'm posting them now. ;) I like the colors and the back lighting on whatever plant is there in the foreground. These were taken in 2012 with a Nikon D3000 (my first DSLR!).

I still love photographing Queen Anne's Lace! This one is from 2012 and was taken with the D3000.

Thanks for checking out this throwback! What was your favorite part of this past month? Let me know!


- Victoria

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#tbt | introducing throwback thursdays | june 2011

Hey everyone! I hope your June was fantastic. Today I am introducing a blog series I am excited to share with you all: throwback Thursdays! On the last Thursday of each month, I will post a few pictures from my archives and share some stories. These pictures might be really good, decent, or downright awful. I want this to be a way of showing you that a skill doesn't just happen. It takes practice. Your first five hundred pictures (or paintings, songs, basketball shots, etc.) might later make you cringe, but if you're giving it your all, you're probably making progress!

This month, I am bringing you pictures from June 2011six years ago! As you may or may not know, I started photography in 2008 but in 2011, I started taking it more seriously as an art.

I remember looking at this flower and thinking it was so cute! I wanted to capture it but it seemed like the only way I could get it in focus was to hold it. It reminded me of a Hawaiian flower for some reason and further reminded me of a book series I was reading at the timethe Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn.

I was really excited about this picture, although a little disappointed it wasn't exactly how I wanted it to look. But I tried!

I had (have) a fascination with keys and that was apparent in much of my early work. There were many key pictures I came across from that month but I decided to stick with one I had never shared. The biggest one and the second smallest one are my favorites from this collection.

Right. I know. Poptarts?! But hey, it was a chance to practice my skill and I took it. It does make me laugh though, some of the subjects of my pictures from that time. I took pictures of everything, especially my favorite things. Apparently blueberry Poptarts was one of them.

This location made me excited because this was the first wooded trail picture I had the opportunity to take. Wow. What a pro.

I was so excited when I snapped this pictureit was exactly how I imagined it should look!

This was my first real water drop picture. The surface? An Aquafina bottle.

Forever obsessed with daisies and dandelions.

Looking back at some of my old photos I often wonder, "What was I thinking?!" Then I catch myself; that was a time when I didn't let anything or anyone stop me from taking pictures. Nothingnot even Poptartswas too silly for me to snap a picture. I was doing what I enjoyed and was increasing my skill as a result. Sometimes we need to take notes from our younger selves.

"Do your thing. Do it every day. Do it ‘unapologetically’. Don’t be discouraged by criticism. You probably already know what they’re going to say. Pay no mind to the fear of failure. It’s far more valuable than success. Take ownership, take chances and have fun. And no matter what, don’t ever stop doing your thing." Asher Roth

- Victoria

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