Thursday, July 30, 2009

Rebekah & Andy

Back two internships ago as one of the shoots for the interns we documented my amazing friends, Rebekah & Andy! They got married last year right before I met them and have always thought they would be soooo much fun to shoot! Well the time finally arose for some fun! We headed out to Steeplechase a horse race track that is unreal for pics...I literally could shoot there the rest of my life!;) We shot for only about an hour or so because it was sooooo hot..I could barely see I was sweating so much! But it paid off with some beautiful pictures! Rebekah is my small group leader and is SUCH an incredible blessing in my life...and Andy completes her to the max! Check out the pics here! And the **SLIDESHOW HERE**

Monday, July 13, 2009

THE Interns #3

Whew...well I'm CRAZY late on this simply for the fact that I took a vacation only 2 days after this internship ended and decided to not really touch work until I got back. Smart move for my life, I tell you. Now all recouped and re-energized I've started on the first day of my 4th internship of the summer realizing that I never did a recap of the last! Sad. But it was worth the wait!
This internship was incredible! It was the most girls I've ever had at one time with 5 total! It started feeling more and more so like my family with 6 people in my little apt. But amazingly with our 4 minute "Barlow Clean ups," we kept the place looking like a model home...well sorta;) We started the internship off with a party that I hosted for my friend's new start up company, 615 Creative. They took over my place for the first day and converted it into a spectacular studio party, complete with 9 Fruits smoothies and everything! It made for quite the first day of an internship with late night swimming in our clothes. Definitely the way to break the ice! ha!
These girls were literally from all across the globe, from Oregon to Colorado, and Maryland to Mississippi, as well as Germany by way of New York! INSANE! I loved picking up each girls' different accent...down to the way one of the girls Katelyn says "mountain." Everything in her accent was normal except for that...we LOVED it and laughed many times about it! Plus, throwing in a German accent girl who speaks 3 languages, and a deep South girl, we had many things to laugh about!
These girls are so precious! And made such an impact on my life! They were helpful, punctual...WOKE UP BEFORE I DID! I don't know how that happened! And hilarious to be around...never thought a burping contest would be thrown into the mix of activities that they would want to do! It was amazing.
There were, of course, several insane nights that always seem to happen during the internship. One highlight being taking an air-mattress out onto my balcony at 1 in the morning and people watching the people out by the pool just for the heck of it...then deciding to go down and hang by the pool at 2am. Spontaneity people. It's the best.
One of the last nights we decided to break down and create a music video, there always also seems to be a dress up time where all my clothes and accessories get pulled out of my closet and divied up between people. It always ends up horrendous, but we just can help it! Check the video out here!
ALSO **CLICK HERE for the slideshow**Pictures taken by all of us!

Okkk so onto the girls:

Xenia Berg: Xenia is originally from Russia, who the moved to Germany and then in the past year came to America for an internship out in New York. She is ADORABLE and made me laugh all the time. From her sudden love for Nashville after seeing the beautiful faces and the music to her awesome accent that took me awhile to be able to understand fully without having to have her repeat it a million times. She has such an eye for art and I loved all the creativity that she had throughout the time. She knew what her style was and stuck to it to the full! I'm trying to talk her to moving out here to NASHVILLE! If you agree with me leave her a comment on her blog... Check out her **BLOG HERE**!

Erin Wilson: Erin is precious. She is from Mississippi and has the sweetest southern accent... She was such the momma duck around the house keeping things nice and clean and such a go getter: when I assigned her something she'd be gone for a bit and come back with this incredible creation that she made! I think she'll be teaching her own internship next year!;) I loved every so often this little spark would come in her eye and she'd be the biggest practical jokester....and just plain crazy! I loved that subtle, but not so subtle side of her! I also LOVED how much she adores her family. It makes up so much of who she is and I know she is going to have the sweetest little family in the future! I miss her! Check out her **BLOG HERE**!

Megan Murphy: Ohhh Megan Murphy....she is from Maryland and found me through the beautiful Kristen Leigh who is one of her friends and my very first intern. Megan is such an eclectic person, a girl after my own heart who plays to her own tune as said even in her own words! She was quiet at first, which is definitely how I sometimes start...but after awhile, showed her true colors and was STINKING hilarious... we couldn't stop laughing at her! Her words for her business were: Funky, Fashionable, and Classy. So her. So all over the place, but it's like a bouquet! And that's what makes her so great! I loved discovering so many different things about her! Check out her **BLOG HERE**!

Cassidy Nettles: Cassidy, Cassidy, Cassidy! Ha! She has got to be probably one of my most exuberant interns I've ever had! I LOVE it! She wrote to me later last year about wanting to be part of the program; she was so crazy excited about it and couldn't WAIT to sign up! She then started counting down the days every so often on my facebook wall and just couldn't contain herself. I was so happy to find out that she is just like this in person, practically about everything! I love her excitedness for life, her sense of humor, and complete gullibleness. She literally believed almost everything we said in our crazy sarcasm. It was adorable. She has an awesome sense of style and in creating her brand came up with something so beautiful! Check out her **BLOG HERE**!

Katelyn Rich: Katelyn! Ah, Katelyn was my buddy throughout the internship! We hung out so much! When I needed to run errands she would come with me, when I was just hanging on my computer she would just come and sit next to me! I loved it! I'm a quality time person and I'm sure she is too and that means so much to me! Katelyn has such a great heart and passion to really go where God wants her to go! She is leaving for college in Canada in the fall and even though that is going to be challenging balancing both that and her business, she KNOWS that is what she is supposed to do! I'm I'm sure she is going to thrive in it! She also surprised me at how funny she is and has the best crazy loud laugh ever! I just love her and am excited for what she will do in the future! Check out her **BLOG HERE**!

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Kooistra Family

A couple weeks ago I was so honored to do family pictures for my landlord, Paul, and his beautiful family! They were on their way back home to ATL and ended up coming through Nashville so we couldn't help but do a little shoot!
I've now been renting for the past 10 months or so and can definitely say that I am blessed with a great landlord! He's made sure everything has been taken care of over and above! It's so great! After knowing him for awhile and hearing about his family I was SO excited to finally meet them! And boy is Paul one lucky man with 4 girls in the house! It made the shoot super easy to do with these girls working it like they were on a model shoot or something! I loved it! They definitely made me miss my little sisters, so they became my family for the day and we hung out along the Natchez Trace Parkway and out to get Ben and Jerry's! Such a great day!! Check out their **SLIDESHOW HERE** and some of the favorites below!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

California Roadtrip

Wow.. so after much teeth pulling persuasion from everyone I've decided to post on this blog of mine. For some reason it's very hard for me to really get anything done if I'm spending time with people I need to assign my daily menial tasks to about 47 different people so that I can be completely present all the time. Unfortunately though my bank account hasn't allowed for that yet so I'm sitting here overlooking all of Santa Barbara on the 4th of July, my friends outside by the pool not letting me come out till I've blogged and my brother not letting me get up to start a dance party until I've typed my heart out.
So lovely it is...I'm out here in California for the week resting all of me and doing nothing but being. It's the most refreshing thing ever!
We flew in Wednesday night into San Francisco and after 6 hours of flying we hopped into our rental car and drove down the coast 6 hours to Santa Barbara and my amazing friend DJ's house. He has this big pimpin' house up on a hill overlooking all of the city and just taking one look out the window will change your life forever. Literally. The past couple days have been spent doing nothing, laughing hysterically until we had no more breath, shopping, sitting by the beach, riding on a sailboat, and having the best conversations! And did I mention I'm doing all this with two of my favorite people, my past interns and now incredible friends: Jamie Delaine and Kristen Leigh! We can literally laugh about nothing or about Kristen's amazing impressions of us or her predictions of what type of guys we'll marry. I don't think anyone else really thinks we are funny but we are our own best comedians so I guess that's all that counts huh?
Today we had the BEST breakfast made by this chef that DJ hired for the weekend: pumpkin-banana pancakes with cinnamon walnuts and whipped cream. Heaven. I think I have to go run 26 miles though to work it off though!
Tomorrow we'll be heading out to Carmel for a night then back up to San Fransisco for a couple days! Definitely the road trip that I've always dreamed about and doing it with some of the best people! Gosh I love my life! I love you all! Sorry for neglecting you. I will be better I promise!