This entry is completely unplanned so if you read the entire post, be prepared for an unedited, sleepless version of constant color talk. (I'm babbling now.)
It's 4:22 a.m. where I live and I should probably be asleep. I don't have class tomorrow, but I really should be keeping up a good sleeping schedule for when my final exams come around in two weeks. Alas, the creative energy is pumping and I couldn't help but load and edit the photos I took earlier today. This morning was beautiful-- heavenly, if you will. I woke up to find the sun pouring in all the windows of my house and a 75 degree day waiting for me. I asked Kathleen if she was interested in doing a photoshoot today, and with much eagerness, she agreed to do one.
Of course, doing a photoshoot with Kathleen means fun, but it also means a lot of waiting on my part. After her shower and an hour (or more) of putting makeup on and doing wardrobe, she was ready. I didn't really have a plan for this shoot, but I knew that I wanted to focus on the weather and express it through Kathleen's image. I think I succeeded in my attempt at pure energy.
Kathleen brought her parasol along, and with only my camera and her enthusiasm, we went outside to our backyard. I have to add that our backyard isn't the normal suburban yard; it's connected to a park with a huge field, which is the perfect photo opportunity. She ran down the hill while I attempted to snap some shots of her-- that is, until she ran into the huge puddle of mud where the hill connects to the field at the bottom. Normally, I would expect someone to express some sort of disgust, but no, not Kathleen. She flung off her sandals and started splashing around in the loose mud, which made controlling her in photos a little more difficult. I think it all worked out for the best though, mud and all.
I'll admit that it took a while for me to get into the swing of things with taking photos earlier today. I haven't been keeping up with my photography (among other things) as much as I'd like to lately. I think I've been secretly desperate for some good weather so I can change my pace with photo subjects. Once I snapped one or two photos that I was happy with, everything fell into place from there. I think Kathleen felt the change, too.
We stayed outside for about an hour or so. I was able to get around 140 photos in all, and from those, I was confident that at least 30 would turn out the way I had hoped. After editing, I realized that I was happy with even less the amount, but I don't mind at all. The final results of the ones that did turn out were better than expected.
Kathleen and I wrapped up the photoshoot, but I wasn't able to load and edit the photos until a few hours ago. Jeremy came into town (again!), so Shawn and I made sure to meet up with him. My mom even noted the smile on Shawn's face when he's around Jeremy. There's something in the air when those two are together, and I'll admit that I like it, haha. I think the extra spring in their steps made me just as happy. They're both in the next room right now, laughing (giggling), talking (whispering), and watching TV (who knows what). What a pair...
Even though we're all pretty tired, we still have some energy pent up inside of us from earlier tonight. On our way to my apartment, Shawn and I passed the casino. We started talking about going there, and sure enough, the three of us hit the tables-- well, maybe not. I took my seat at a few slot machines while they went to the tables. Shawn likes the card and roulette type of action, whereas, I'm all for the simple pushing of buttons. I didn't win big this time, but I know when to stop playing, so I consider that a reward in itself. After browsing the floors (and getting carded left and right), we hit the food area. It was nice just sitting and talking with some drinks. I'm not much of an alcoholic drinker, but I do like the occasional fun drink with a tiny bit of alcohol... especially when I'm with m'boys.
We're all a little overly happy right now, sitting here together. When all these good feelings come together after the end of a nice, long day, I feel like I've reached the pinnacle of happiness. And it's true. I have.
And finally, I'd like to wrap up this entry with a small explanation of where I headed with my photoshoot in the editing process. Like I said before, I had no plans for where this shoot was headed. I ended up playing with the colors in every photo a lot, so I decided to deem this shoot "Experimentations With Color." Each photo displays another facet of colors and Summer. I wanted to evoke all emotions that I've held inside me over the years whenever Summer comes around. I'm happy with how this turned out.