My beautiful and wonderful family!

My beautiful and wonderful family!

Monday, June 22, 2009

My Last Vocal Recital!

WOW! It seems crazy that I'm done with vocal recitals for the rest of my education! It's kinda bittersweet but definitely a blessing considering the heavy loads I'll have over the next few semesters at ASU! This last recital was definitely a ton of fun! I sang a duet with my best friend Jillene called "Sul Aria" (The Letter Song) and I also sang a solo called "One Kiss". It was so much fun to work on both of these songs!

Jillene and I singing "Sul Aria"

Mom, me, and Dad

My Grandma Chapman and I

My Grandma and Grandpa Jones and I

My friend Cassi came to see me!

One of my voice teachers, Kaarin and I after the recital. Yes I was crying! Realizing I was leaving was pretty emotional for me...I know...I'm a cry baby!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Temple Pics

In January of my best friends got married. I had decided that I didn't want to give a traditional wedding gift like something from a registry or a crock pot or didn't seem very symbolic to me of the happiness I felt for him and his eternal companion. A towel said nothing to me in the way of sentiments so I decided to do something completely from me. I decided that if I were to get married I would want pictures in my house! Pictures of things that were important to me and symbolized my life, personality, goals, and happiness. What better to take a picture of than the temple? And what an appropriate occasion. I had a vision of what I wanted it to turn out as so I went to the temple and took pictures for about an hour all over the grounds trying to get my perfect shot for what I was envisioning. I knew that I didn't want it to be a traditional front view of the temple and I new that I didn't want to see the whole temple. I wanted it to be from a different angle than you normally see, so I took lots of pictures! I found the ONE in all those pictures and I was so excited! It was perfect! I had to go to a printer to get it done because I had it made into an 11x14 picture. I made it a sepia color and it really gave the effect I wanted! I was so excited about it! Anyway, it turned out exactly the way I wanted it to! I was pretty pleased with the results! By no means am I a photographer so it isn't perfect or edited in any way besides being changed to sepia, but for me, I was pretty happy! My friend loved the gift so that made me really excited too! Anyway, here are some of the ones I liked and then the last two are the original picture and then after I changed the color.

This is the ONE! I love how it turned out...

I took this picture on the baptistry side.

I took these about a week later when I went with some friends to the visitors center. It's hard to take pics at night! I didn't know that until I started taking them! I'll bring my tripod next time!

I like how this one turned out despite the people and the golf cart in front of it but that's ok!

This one is a little blurry but I still like it a lot