Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Diary 03

I wish I could laugh with you

365 in Perfect Retrospect

Yesterday was the very last day of my 365 Day Photo Challenge.
Then entire project and collection was pretty momentous for me. I can feel and look back at how different everything is and was.

I'd like to share a link to an archive of the whole collection, and the last photo.

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Day 365 - Two Of Us

Finally, the last day. It's been such a wonder to finally come to the end of this project, having the opportunity to complete this challenge alongside my friends was huge for me ♥. Madison and I when we were working together was such a powerful and meaningful time for us, myself especially, I'd say. It paid off and gave me a lot of experiences I'm very grateful of. 

This 365 Day Challenge perfectly framed the prime, fall, rise, and fall again of mine and Madison's friendship, which looking back, gives a quite strange and unexplainable feeling. So I decided my last photo should be what started it all.

xo Thanks Madison, for being an impeccable muse, for giving me some of the greatest times of my life, and for showing me The Beatles ♥ 

Courtney xx

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Hair Play

New photos to post.
I decided to fancy up with some victory rolls in hopes that I could increase my ability to actually do so haha.

Not much to say; I spent the day doing my hair and with the boyfriend, taking photos xo

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Friday, 27 January 2012

Diary 01

Okay, I don't understand this.
My old friend had this other friend who went behind her back to date the person my old friend had such a huge crush on. She went behind her back, told her that it was SO OKAY to go and make her move on him and everything. This sounds so teenager-ish and stupid, but trust me, I'm looking at this as it's so stupid. It's really stupid. Watching bitches bitch at each other LOL. So what I don't understand I feel like ranting about is the following.

One: Why would this girl still be friends with a girl that tried to make her look like an idiot and make a move on a boy she was just about to start dating. NOT TO MENTION, this girl KNEW her "best friend" had such a crush on him, but she still made a move on him! What is going through their minds? I don't understand the grade nine girls of this time period.

Two: Why are they still dating? From my/my friend's observations, it seems they're more than likely only dating out of spite to that other friend. It might just be me hearing what I want to in my head, but seriously? They don't get close at ALL in public. I could see early in the relationship that they're not to particular of public fondness, or maybe a grade twelve dating a grade nine is just a little ashamed LOL. They also don't seem to share any fondness at ALL. But they've been "dating" and "together" for a while, you'd expect some sort of affection in sight.

Oh fucking well. Whatever reason they'd like to keep to themselves is their business, I just hope it's not out to hurt anyone. Even if it isn't, I have no regrets venting about it, because it's all bullshit. Pure fucking immature bullshit. I do have a right to sit back and watch all the bullshit unfold, too.

Until next time xo


Wednesday, 25 January 2012

My Just-Passed Shoot with Krista.

I just finished a recent shoot for my first test with my new 50mm 1.8 lens <3

It was kind of typical, just asking to hang out after school and take some photos in the freezing Canadian winter c:

We took some shots outside and around my building and I took on some inspo. from trees and stuff. Yeah. Blah, I'm boring sometimes c; After we went back to my room and stuff to look at the photos then went on to take some photos in front of my window, since the lighting is immaculate. That whole sentence sounded like it was about to come out very distant from what I really meant. Oh dear.

Anyway, photos:

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Necessary Photo Post

a post containing some photos for a quick look

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Good Evening/Good Day~

Howdy xo

So for an introductory post, I think I'll include a little about myself, my purpose for posting, my goals and other things I have on my mind.

  My name is Courtney Breanna Elizabeth Reader. I'm from Southern Ontario, Canada and I live in the city. I love the city and I wouldn't trade city life for rural life any day. My background is technically Métis, in which, a lot of my family is French and some is Native American. So many generations have passed down, that now I just consider myself pure Canadian. I'm 15 years young and nearly some Sweet Little 16. I'm taken by my darling significant other; Adam <3. One gal I love photographing is my dearest, best friend Krista. Her along side her lovely boyfriend, Peter are pretty much my best friends c: (See photos below). I love them with all my heart and soul — To the moon and back. 

  My passion is so strongly for photography and portraiture. I have found such an intrigue in taking portraits of ladies, especially in fashion. Fashion is another interest I have; combined with photography, that is. Another feature that may be very apparent of me is that I love vintage and retro clothes, hair, makeup, photography and just about everything that fits into my nostalgia for the 1940's-1960's+. But I'm oh-so especially in admiration with the 1950's and Rockabilly, including Frank Sinatra, Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, ect. all the clichés and more.

  On that, I should mention that my idols are Bettie Page and Bunny Yeager, not including some modern day photographers+people. In short, Bettie because her natural comfort with herself and her profession is just empowering and something so warming about how happy she was doing what she did. Bunny, because she is literally both of the worlds that I've mentally attributed to love. Google either of them to figure out more about them.

  Blogging here, I'd like to use this little cove as a place to actually write more about my photos when I post them. That, and to vent (un)controllably when I need to. I feel that when using Tumblr to vent isn't a serious or controlled as is here. That I have to watch what I say on Tumblr because it would be more targeted by unwanted people. Regardless, a link to my Tumblr in on the "All Me" and a link to this blog is on my Tumblr. Also, a little exposure while also presenting my photos a little more clearly and finely will be more refreshing, hopefully.

  Okay, so if you have absolutely any questions about me, feel completely free to ask me at any time. Providing it's a somewhat appropriate question to ask, I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.

For technical info/FAQ about my camera:

I shoot with a Nikon D50 and THREE lenses:

  • a simple 18-55mm kit lens, 55-200mm 4-5.6 zoom, and a 50mm fixed 1.8
  • All the equipment I've bought was USED except for my 50mm, so YES I do recommend buying used camera equipment only from a licensed dealer, i.e: Henrys.
  • I only use Photoshop CS3 and to generalise my post-editing; I used curves and gradient overlays A LOT. In another post I will provide LINKS TO my actions sets which I created based on my post-editing techniques and such. Eventually here I will post tutorials.
  • The Photoshop I have been using wasn't bought, and if you look hard enough, it's easy to find free version that "aren't trials" /winkwink
Again, if there's anything else I left out, I'll try and answer to the best of my ability. If I did mention it roughly above with little detail, please be patient, I will get around to doing posts with more details and explanations.

For some recent photographs of me, and one of Adam xo

Myself xo

Adam xo

Peter & Krista xo

So I hope you continue to find interest in my work and read on my posts. Please, enjoy yourself and stay a while xo

Places you can find me

For my ModelMayhem, contact me through Facebook first.