This journal prompt came from Sometimes Sweet:
We all have songs that really mean something to us. Often just hearing it can take us right back to that place and we are able to re-experience the memory associated with the song. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but either way music has the ability to really draw things out of us and evoke deep emotion. Choose a song that has a particular meaning to you. Tell the story of the memory associated with the song, sharing as much detail as you can. Take us there; let us experience it with you.
I have literally years worth of memories from living in Tempe, but for some reason, the last year I was there is what really sticks out. I was renting a house with my friend Candy and another roommate, working at Zia Records and finishing up school. I graduated in December of 2008, but lived in that same house until the following summer of 2009. It was a time of huge change, uncertainty and quite honestly, the start of me slipping into a pretty bad depression episode.
The ending of college is quite a scary thing and can be beyond overwhelming. I had friends moving away, I didn’t know where I was going to live and was entertaining the idea of buying a house (my dad offered a down payment as a graduation gift) and was only making $8 an hour selling CDs and novelty candies at the record store down the street. I was going to Casey Moores as often as I could afford and as I was getting ready to graduate in that fall of 2008, the EP “Little Brother” by Dead to Me came out.
I’ve always really connected to the band’s songs overall, but this album really hit me at a time I needed it. It’s so strange how you can feel the crave for new music and them BAM! it gets delivered and is better than you thought it could be. That’s what this album was, and even more specifically the song Arrhythmic Palpitations. I have a very specific memory of riding my bike to class and locking it up next to the art building and running in (I was ALWAYS late for class) and not wanting to turn the album off because I had just got it and it was the first time I was listening to it- riding my bike, ear buds in, blaring it on my ipod.
The song is fast and nervous and scared and exactly all the things I was feeling at the time. It made perfect sense to me and eased my emotions by reminding me that I am not the only person to feel that way. It’s a song I can belt out all the lyrics to and just let it go. It clicked at the perfect time when I needed it and is still one of my favorite songs (out of, oh you know, like a million favorites…)
P.S. It took me forever to pick what to write about with this… I mean, how many different songs/bands conjure up memories? I mean, almost all of them. This one is a really strong and prominent memory from a very weird and crazy time in my life…. but I could have picked about 600 other songs to write about!
I’ve been LOVING!!!! shooting with the local Phoenix burlesque babes, these girls know how to pose!
Their facial expressions are to die for- and best of all, the best personalities!
So I recently got to shoot Ludella Hahn in San Dimas and it was so freaking exciting!
I made the trip out to California just so I could have the privilege of shooting Miss Hahn!
I got to shoot her in some awesome new stuff from Heart of Haute.
She was a complete pro and I was so honored to work with her, she even schooled me on my lighting!
I sure hope to work with her again soon :]
Me and baby Ethan- he just turned one!
Reading: I just finished reading “Full Frontal Feminism” and I recommend it to ANYONE AND EVERYONE!
Eating: Well, I am at the moment drinking a cocktail… Cranberry juice and blue UV vodka *yum*. But lately I’ve been on a Mexican food kick… oh wait… I’m always on a Mexican food kick!
Thinking about: How I need to spend less time on the internet…right now… not doing that. I need to really stick to a time I get off the computer every night. But there’s always work to be done, or a blog to read, or Facebook feed to look at.
Watching: We are re-watching My Name is Earl. Please for the love of it all, add some new shows Netflix!
Loving: Having our good friend Gypsy visiting for two weeks. She was a stray we took in and fostered. Mike’s boss and girlfriend took her in and they love her to death. They are on vacation so Gypsy is playing and sleeping over with us!
The idea for this post was taken from Miss Danielle of Sometimes Sweet!
If you remember, as a Christmas gift, I drew a winner from all the clients I worked with in 2013 for a free shoot!
Well, Miss Amber (aka Bambi Lynn) won and we got together for a session full of giggles and chatting.
She did her own hair and makeup and totally rocked it. I’ve loved working with this lady and this time was no exception!
When Cliff from Grease Slingers sent me a message on facebook saying I could photograph some girls at his motorcycle shop if I wanted to I was estatic!
I’ve had so many cases where I would try to set up something at a shop or with someone with a hot rod and it was always just “yeah that’d be great” and no follow through.
So when I got offered this on a silver platter I snatched it up- and am SO SO SO HAPPY that I did.
When I got there there morning of the shoot, Cliff’s gorgeous wife, Alexie was so welcoming and even had donuts for us.
Then I found out the fridge was full of drinks and beer and I figured I must be dreaming.
These two went way out of their way to accommodate me, Stevie, and all the girls I shot with.
I appreciate so much when people are so supportive and rad, it’s such a great feeling to work with awesome people.
As a thank you, I shot Alexie first thing that morning and she was so much fun!
Then I had four more ladies staggered throughout the day, each one just as awesome and excited/nervous as the last.
The resulting photos are way too much fucking fun and the best part?! I get to do it all again in less than 2 weeks!
Aaaaaaaand, we are planning another round on April 27th :]
All models MUAH: Stevie Rosalie