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New job, Francis Schaeffer, Prints, and More!

January 29, 2012

Hello everyone!

Well, there’s been a lot going on since my last post. I now have my first “real” job! This August, I was hired by Stonecroft Ministries as the Project Coordinator of Communications. Stonecroft is a Christian women’s ministry with it’s headquarters in Kansas City. I get to help contribute to Stonecroft’s mission to  impact women and their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by coordinating various projects throught the ministry, working with outside vendors, dabbling in some design and website work, integrating social media into the ministry, and more.

I also have the privilege of displaying a few of my prints at an event this weekend, the Francis Schaeffer Centennial, on Stonecroft’s campus. Schaeffer was a Christian theologian and founder of L’Abri. Feel free to stop by and check it out, my photos will be on display all day on January 28th!

Also, if you are interested in buying some of my photos to hang on your own wall at home, visit my online store, where you can choose from some of my favorite images to purchase!  Click here!



July 6, 2011

I had some fun taking photos of fireworks this weekend for the Fourth of July!  Enjoy!


Click here for a slideshow of all of my firework images!

Kansas City Photo Walk

July 6, 2011

I recently participated in a photo walk in Downtown Kansas City.  It was the first photo walk sponsored by Hello Art, and I had a great time.  The requirements were to stay within certain boundaries including the Power and Light District, down through the Crossroads District to Union Station.


I just discovered last week that my image of the reflection of the Western Auto building has won 2nd place in the photo walk competition!  It will be printed and displayed throughout the month of August at the Missouri Bank in the Crossroads district of Kansas City.  I also will receive a movie prize package from Screenland Theatres!  Thanks, Hello Art for selecting my photograph as a winner, I really appreciate it!

Here are some of my favorite images:

Click here for a slideshow with more of my photographs of Kansas City!

I’m an intern!

June 27, 2011

Hello everyone!

Wow, I haven’t updated this blog for a very long time!  I thought I’d give a little update of what I’ve been up to lately…

I’M A COLLEGE GRADUATE!!!  (Well, almost)

I walked at the graduation ceremony at the University of Central Missouri last month.  Now, I am doing a marketing and events planning internship with Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Inc. near Kansas City.  When my internship is completed, I will officially be a college graduate with a major in Tourism and minors in Photography, Business Administration, and Marketing.

During my internship, I am working with Main Street, Inc., which is a non-profit organization that revitalizes downtown districts.  Downtown Lee’s Summit now a beautiful, thriving area with cute shops and restaurants to go to, as well a fun events and festivals year-round.  I have been here for a month already, and I already feel like I have learned so much about what goes into promoting the continuing existence of an economically strong and diverse central business district.

So far, I have been involved with many projects.  Our largest festival, Downtown Days… Streets Alive! was put on by Main Street in the beginning of June and it was a great opportunity to see what really goes into creating an event that attracts over 80,000 people annually.   There was heaps of live entertainment, vendors and other fun activities going on, including a flash mob and meet and greets with athletes, like the Kansas City Chiefs.

A unicylist/fire juggler at Downtown Days.


Now that Downtown Days is over, I am beginning work on my special project, which is to create a membership campaign to draw investors to our organization.  I also work on other projects, such as designing marketing collateral and helping to coordinate the Farmer’s Market.  I am also designing a sponsorship guide to show to potential sponsors of our events.  I get to attend committee meetings and see what goes on behind the scenes as well.

A postcard I created to thank our Downtown Days volunteers.

For more info about Downtown Lee’s Summit, click here!

I feel like this internship is a great experience for me.  I have really enjoyed working in the downtown and have met so many lovely people so far.  I also enjoy being so close to Kansas City and being able to do fun things around the city.  Now I am also searching for a job after my internship ends this August.  I hope I can find one to kick off my career!

Trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama

February 1, 2011

Over Christmas break this year, I took a little trip with my family to Gulf Shores, Alabama and stayed in a condo on the beach for a week.  It was really nice, and the weather was a bit warmer than up here in Missouri.  By the end of the week, the clear skies were replaced with clouds and fog, but I couldn’t complain because they created some great photographs.

Here’s some photos from my trip, and enjoy!

The constellation Orion from our balcony.

The ocean.

Beautiful Sunset.


Foggy morning on the beach.

New Years fireworks at The Wharf.

2010 in review

January 3, 2011
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Here’s some cool stats about my blog in 2010!  Thank you, everyone who read it this year!


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 47 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 72 posts. There were 4 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 157kb.

The busiest day of the year was August 19th with 43 views. The most popular post that day was RAGBRAI XXXVIII.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for giant weta, weta, rivendell lord of the rings, semester in new zealand, and giant weta pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.




Orientation Day February 2010


In-Class Photo Shoots September 2009


Red Rocks at Taputeranga Marine Reserve February 2010
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Hiking in Kaitoke Park March 2010
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Ludo at Mizzou!

August 24, 2010

Last weekend I attended the free Ludo concert at Missouri University in Columbia.  It was heaps of fun!  This was the fifth Ludo concert I have attended and it is always a rockin time.  This time, it was outdoors and I was allowed to bring my DSLR, which is an opportunity that I rarely have.  So, I got to create some much better concert images than usual!

The opening band, FDR’s Revenge was a bit creepy and strange for my taste, but I did get some cool shots from them.

Listen to them online:

Yeah this is totally creepy. And that is all I have to say about that.

The next opening band, Without a Face, was a one-man act that I’ve seen once before.  He is very talented, very funny, and very modest.  His album is even titled:  Worst Debut Album Ever.  But looking past the album name, he entertained us with some funny songs about lactose intolerance and campus squirrels in his “Your Mom Goes to College” t-shirt.

Listen to him online:

Then it was finally time for Ludo!  They were amazing as usual, and rocked out to songs about zombies and time machines and Lake Ponchartrain and robots and other Awesome Things.  They are very fun to photograph because of their crazy facial expressions.  Ludo played a few new songs from their new album as well, including “Whipped Cream”, which called for a few audience members to push up front and spray whipped cream everywhere and make me fear for the life of my camera.  But one of them was wearing a banana costume so it was ok.  I walked away from Ludo with my hair full of whipped cream and smelling really yummy after an encore of “Girls on Trampolines.”

Listen to Ludo online: