Anniversary

Hey people who read this blog.

A couple days ago, it was one year since I first posted on my photography account and (after the initial laughs and giggles) started to take that a little more seriously. Congrats to me. I forgot it and only realized the next day, though. Photography should break up with me, man. I’m such a horrible person.

Anyways, I first started the Instagram account and picked photography back up because it was after July 4th and my cousin and my best friend had taken a bunch of these sparkler pictures and sent them to me for laughs and giggles. So I took those sparkler pictures and I edited them in this funky picture editing app I got called PhotoDirector. (I actually use the desktop version of their app to edit now and it works pretty good-better than the app. I just can’t afford Photoshop CC.) I couldn’t sleep anyways and this was being productive of my time.

Thus, this over-edited baby (and @snorting.pics)was born:

My best friend Sarah took that pic above! Check out her book blog at this website!

Yea, I started this account separate from my main account so I can have somewhere to post and share my art and not have random life posts pop up and ruin the “aesthetic”. I also first started it as a joke and I didn’t think I would keep it. But I found photography too fun and I wanted to improve so much that I kept doing it. I did research on how to shoot in manual (I started with aperture priority once I got my hands on my dad’s old DSLR) and I found more photographers to look up to and then eventually I connected with someone who connected me to a network of creatives called Creative Minds.

Then after a year’s worth of me trying to improve and figure out photography. This happened:

I’m not going to post the most recent post, it’s kind of eh to me. Plus, this one also has sparklers in it too.

There it is. My photography glo-up. I guess I improved a lot. I’m still working to try to improve. Gotta find people willing to model though. The most readily available models are my sister (half-willing most of the time) or my best friends (who are gone or our schedules don’t match up or I’m dead from not sleeping when they are free).

I’m still figuring out photography. Will I ever figure it out? The world will never know.

Okay. Bye. I’m very sleep deprived and I don’t even know if this post makes sense. That’s a future me problem.

Catching Up

Hey friends!

It certainly has been a while. Finals happened and I just disappeared. So let’s catch up! I’ll tell you about my time since a few months ago and you tell me!

Finals happened. I didn’t have much to do. I only had one actual test at the end of my last week which is what kept me at university. And I had one essay and an easy CSC/HTML project. I was sleeping for most of the week.

But my roomie and I made it a sort of tradition to go out and have fun during finals week like we did last time by going up to Atlantic Station. I had a shoot planned with an aspiring model friend of mine but he ended up being busy so he cancelled. So my roomie happily took  his place.

I planned to go to this cool parking deck where you can see all of Macon at once during golden hour. It was fun! And I filled my car with balloons.

Here’s my twitter fake ad for Honda:

Then I took my finals and moved out of my dorm…alone. My family couldn’t show up since they were busy, but I managed. It got hot in the South Georgia heat and humidity and I was running up and down the stairs moving things. Thank god I’m sort of a minimalist otherwise I’d die.

Then I got home and I’ve been a bum since then since I’m not getting booked for photo shoots, haha. Just kidding. I was booked once before Memorial Day. It was a prom shoot for my friend! It was fun. I got to see an old friend and I edited like crazy right when I got home so these youngsters could have their prom pics!

I did go to Dauphin Island over Memorial Day weekend and I did some fun pictures with my cousins and my sister, but they didn’t really want to be photographed much so I have more bad nature pics.

And I do have a photo shoot later this month with an old friend from high school who drew my logo/icon thing you see around this website! So I’m trying to put together some ideas since it’ll just be my backyard. I’m pretty sure we can handle it. I’ve done pretty ok winging it. And my friend is also an artist so we can put our creative power together.

 

Oh! Oh! Which country are you rooting for in the World Cup? I’m rooting for Germany!

Getting Lost

Little update about the website

First things first, if you’ve been here before, you might’ve noticed a little change with my website. Yes. I’ve changed the home page and I’ve added a portfolio. A talent agency contacted me via this website (and Instagram. So thorough. Thanks!) and I was like “Oh no! I had that linked under my photography Insta for laughs and giggles.” Also, I never imagined someone would seriously contact me for a photoshoot this early, haha. So I’m glad they did (even though I was busy on their dates). I’m honored to be considered.

So yea. Portfolio was added with my work. Header was changed to incorporate some cool stuff such as my friend’s work. She drew me holding a camera. Shout out to Karin C.!

Feel free to go check out my stuff there. Impressive or not, I took and edited all those pictures. Including the header stuff (minus the cool drawing).

I still will be doing blog posts because I like sharing about my life whether you like it or not (unless you’ve been coming back every time, then thanks for being interested in my boring life). Now to the blog post!

Finally. The Blog Post

So my friend and I tried to find the Cherry Blossom Trail of the cherry blossom festival. We found the festival itself via driving but we couldn’t find proper parking. Website said to look for signs and I saw no signs.

We just decided to park back at the dorm since it was kinda close and make our way to where we saw signs for the trail while driving. Nothing was really working out that day. I felt bad because the city we’re in is very hilly and quite sketchy. We got lost a few times and had to head back. We got catcalled en route to a place we were sure of where the trail starts. And we were like “Hell no. Let’s head back on to the noise.”

Why do catcallers exist? Who started it? A lonely man with insecurities? Go talk to your mom (or motherly figure in your life) or Jesus or Satan or your therapist if you’re lonely.

So we walked back through the festival. We couldn’t find the trail. But I did take some nice photos of her on the way back.

The palm tree one was funny. It was literally a little palm tree bush thing on the side of the road (peep the car in the background). A couple passed by and the man was so amused that I had her in there. He asked to see and I couldn’t not show it to him. He seemed like he genuinely wanted to see the result.

So I showed it to him (it was unedited) and he was so amused.

“Ahaha! It’s like she’s on an island in the Caribbean or something!”

Thanks man. You da bomb for making me feel great about my [dramatic pose] art.

There was also a funny incident about me trying to key into the parking lot of my dorm but I feel like this post is already too long. So next time. Hopefully, it’ll make you want to come back cause it sounds juicy.

Bye for now. I have to edit pictures.

Michaels Challenge

Haha. This is kind of late but whatever!

So at the end of my spring break (like 2 weeks ago), I took up the Michaels Challenge with some friends who could model for me last minute because I freaking suck at planning things out beforehand (fatal flaw).

What is the Michaels Challenge? Glad you asked (or didn’t. But I think you asked). Basically, you go into Michaels and take pictures. They actually let you have a photoshoot in there (unlike Hobby Lobby, but that’s cool). I’ve mostly seen people in the floral section and the out of the box peeps go out of that section. I’m not so out of the box, so I was in the floral section.

Thanks to Michaels for letting photographers like me take pictures in your store. I had fun.

Here are some of my shots below!

Social media promotion because I am that person.

Go give me follows and likes (or just check it out or don’t do anything, your life, your choice.) I am more active on these two platforms than on wordpress. So if you want everyday nonsense about my life/photography, Twitter is the way to go.

IG: snorting.pics

Twitter: SnortingPics

Ok. Bye. Until another month when I get an idea on what to write about for ten minutes. Tell me about your spring plans down below in the comments?

Compliment?

Recently, I have been posting before/afters on Twitter because I get more engagement there and I also talk more directly with other fellow creatives there to give me feedback.

I mostly get good feedback on my edits, surprisingly. But more recently, I’ve been getting the comment that my before (unedited) picture is better.

I’m not so sure how to take that but I think I do take it as a compliment cause I still took the picture right and helped pose the model right…it’s just my sucky editing?

(I am not offended by these people’s comments, just initially confused on how to take it but I’m sure they mean well and it’s feedback. Feedback is great unless you’re going to be mean and not constructive. And I know I suck at editing because I’m still new at this and learning every time I open up the program.)

On my most recent before/after post, someone did clarify that it was because the unedited picture had a faded vintage feel which was better than my style of having contrast and shadows. My friends do say my overall style is sort of some vintage movie feel (I don’t see anything consistent because I’m not that consistent and I just edit until my eyes are satisfied…or burning from staring at a screen).

I don’t know. I might be going through some editing/touch up problem. But it is just those few people’s more personal taste with the vintage feels. I think I would work even harder on improving if flaws such as the saturation being turned to the max (don’t do that) or if my removing certain objects from pictures isn’t seamless. Or it just looks completely wrong and ugly with how I edit. I think then, I would have to reevaluate how I do things.

I think I already am trying to fix my editing, though. It has improved since the first picture I put up on my photography Instagram where I frequently used this brush to add these magic bubbles to light flares. And yes, I used to turn the saturation up to the MAX and the vibrancy was up there too.

I got asked on Instagram pretty recently to teach someone how to edit since they liked my style. I was flattered but I couldn’t teach cause I just can’t. I’m still learning a lot and I don’t think my style is even that defined and consistent enough yet. But I did point them in some path to improve since they were looking to better themselves. Which was to watch other photographers when they go live and/or have an editing session or take tips and pointers from people like Mango Street on YouTube.

To end this, I have a photo shoot with a friend this coming weekend so hopefully things will go well. I’m pretty excited cause it’s been a while since I had a photo shoot and I would like to go on more (hint hint). And it’s also in a pretty neat place in Atlanta.

Note: I wrote this while sick and it’s midnight, so it might not be a good idea to post this while kind of loopy, but I’m gonna because it’s been forever. Hi. How ya doing?

Zoo/Garden Photo Shoot

Zoo time! The zoo I went to was very cool. It had a zoo and a garden!

I was sleep deprived during this photo shoot but I think the pictures turned out fine for the most part. I just get strangely sleepy when I look back at them to fish out which one to edit.

I don’t think I remember much of the zoo exhibits themselves besides animals being cute and there were a loootttt of snake exhibits. I remember giggling, yawning very frequently, and trying to pop my back while reading the signs.

I don’t even think my posture was right while walking or standing or using the stance to take pictures. But I got it. I got fairy princess-like shots! Well, at least I think they give off a fairy princess look.

My cousin directed me to do some of the shots which ended up turning out like prom pics or they were too far for my lens’s range. (I use a 18mm-55mm). He was very insistent that I stand very, very far, haha. So those might need a bit of work in the editing time with me. Not that I hate prom pics. I just think it’ll be weird on my feed to have random prom-like pictures.

I thought I was going to have a rough time when I first started that day because I thought the first few pictures weren’t that great. And my mood might have also been a bit off because of the lack of sleep. But then I cheated and pulled out the fairy lights that make everything better when we went to the gardens. (Fairy lights always make things better.)

When we went to another part of the gardens, we stopped using the fairy lights and we got different shots. I got some of the model twirling about and I think from then, we just started to goof around. We ran down (I didn’t run. It’s very hard to run with a camera.) Hunger Games style towards the amphitheater (which was empty) for some shots. It looked like a cornucopia so that’s why we nerds ran down (I didn’t and I would’ve died in the Hunger Games world for not running to grab supplies). We wasted some time there since the model said she felt uncomfortable because of some girls hanging out at this gate that I wanted to take pictures in front of. I didn’t realize she was joking until I mentioned it again. Thanks, sleep deprived brain.

The zoo was pretty empty since it was a Monday when we went so it was nice. The gardens was even emptier. Another family was with us on the tram but they went their own way when the tram dropped us off at the gardens. I think when I passed them while holding the tangled fairy lights in my hand, they were like, “What the heck is this girl doing?”

Don’t worry. I untangled it. I’m good with that. One time, my younger cousins once somehow tangled up their tiny Newton’s cradle and I sat there for a good hour or two untangling it…then they tangled it up again. Guys, don’t pick up your tiny cradle and shake it so the balls go everywhere and loop around and get tangled up with each other by some physics sorcery. (Fun fact: AP Physics was a no-no for me in high school. I got the concepts just fine. But the actual doing problems and applying the right formulas and stuff didn’t work out for me. I got the free response though when I had to explain why/how something works.)

What a tangent. Anyways, I have more of the pictures from this shoot to show but that’ll be up on my Instagram soon since most are unedited right now. I’m busy working on Christmas themed pictures to get up all up by Christmas. Then the fairy princess and rainbow faced pics come up. So stay tuned for that!

I am still very sleepy like three or four days since the end of the trip. I think it’s because I came back to Georgia and it was cloudy and rainy for the whole week which makes me so sleepy. But I hope my sleepiness gets fixed because I have to stay up on the 24th until midnight at my grandma’s house to open gifts! Whoop! Christmas is already here, guys!

What are your Christmas traditions?

Street Photography

Heyo!

It’s been a while. I meant to post last week but I was distracted with getting Amazon orders in and doing more photoshoots during finals week. So yea.

About last weekish, maybe a bit long ago, it was my first time shooting (camera, not gun.) on the streets. If you look carefully in my pictures, they’re usually set in nature-like scenes in the middle of nowhere (basically my backyard cause Georgia and I have a mini forest for a backyard. Thankfully, no clowns showed up during that weird period America had with clowns.) Or they’re in a room corner. Or the street but no one’s around cause where I live isn’t as populated but still more populated than like countryside boonies of Georgia.

(This was taken inside in a unused room in my house.)

So yea. Most of my shoots took place in inner city or crowded downtown places. I thought I would feel awkward or overwhelmed but I didn’t. I picked out spots I thought would be great when I walked around a spot that was crowded to maybe come back too. And I was pretty chill. I mostly ignored the people around me as I took pics of my human subject (haha. Sounds sciency cause I did a lot of science projects involving human subjects. It sounds bad but it was just surveys). They were nice enough to stop or go around me. I oftentimes would stop to let them pass between every few clicks. So it was fun. Human interaction.

(Downtown pic! These lights were set up on this strip of land running through the middle of the road. It’s like some mini park. It got crowded at some point. It was hard to catch the arch lighting up and catch it with less people in it.)

Also, I have a favored stance and angle. I like squatting low or just sitting on the ground and shooting up from there cause I already know how great you look from below cause I’m pretty short. Just kidding. It’s just fun. So I was sitting on the ground downtown snapping pics either squatting or sitting on the ground.

I’m very weird and the ground is my best friend since I am very clumsy. I have to catch up on blog posts. I just came back from a trip to see my cousin in South Carolina and I am sleep deprived. But that’s a story for (maybe) later this week. I only remembered to do this cause I was waiting on Google Drive to catch up with my photo dump cause my cousin wanted the pictures too.

Anyways, social media promotion cause I’m greedy. Give my Instagram a follow if you want or like some of the pictures if you don’t want me popping up in your feed randomly. You could follow my Twitter too. It’s like this blog where it’s photography and life elements but in less characters.

Which picture do you like better? I understand the ability of the modeling is different. And they’re in different settings with different people and lighting and stuffs. I’m just curious. Instagram has spoken through the number of likes but what about you, bloggers?

Fall Photoshoot

Hello! Happy late Thanksgiving! I meant to post yesterday to say that but I found that I would have nothing interesting to say and I was also very tired. I’ll make a little separate Thanksigiving experience post later.

Today, or rather yesterday the 24th, was my first time doing a fun photoshoot with a DSLR camera. I usually use my Samsung S8 for my photography Instagram so today was a fun experience.

I used my dad’s old camera, the Nikon D40. I thought it was a good first DSLR camera for me since it’s old and gently used. I did a lot of research on how to adjust ISO and shutter speed and all that so it was fun messing around with the settings today.

We went on a hike in the afternoon to catch the kind of dimness when the sun is trying to set. I didn’t want to be there when the sun set and be working on walking all the way back to my car because we are all three small Asian girls and the world does not like foreign looking people or women. The trail went along roads at certain points and I was praying to God the whole time that no one suspicious stops their car and pick us up. Human sex trafficking is a still a relative thing where I live especially a bigger thing where I go to college. Stay safe, everyone. It was kind of scary because by the time we finished, it got dark and we had a looonnggg way back to the car. All because the trail website listed some parking points but it didn’t list this point along the way that would’ve made our trip back significantly shorter.

But anyways, besides that scary part, we had fun. We were aiming to shoot on the bridge and it turned out fantastic. It was a little different working with a DSLR and I couldn’t tap a certain part of the screen to get it to focus and shoot. It took a bit more work since I wasn’t used to it but I got it. Unfortunately, some of my pictures were out of focus but that’s ok. Near the end, I got really great pictures and I think I got the hang of this camera.

During the shoot, the model  (my aesthetic cousin) was playing 80’s music from her phone so that really added some fun to the shoot as we worked and moved around the bridge to take pictures. I was jamming out and she was too and my assistant (my sister) was just being her, squatting on the side and judging us.  (Just kidding. She helped out with grabbing props out of my bookbag and holding stuff.)

I got great pictures, learned how to work a DSLR, and a hike out of this experience. That’s the good stuff. The bad thing is I’m really sore since it’s been over a year since I’ve hiked and my shoes that I hike in have betrayed me because I come back home to giant blisters on both of my pinky toes.  But it was worth the aesthetic.

Check out my Instagram here for the pictures. I’ve already uploaded one edited one as of this post going up. And there will be more to come! And hopefully, as I work more with this camera, I will gain more experience and get better at photography.

P.S. Low key hoping someone gets me (pays for, actually) Photoshop for Christmas. My editing program that I usually use on my laptop is not working so I have to use the mobile version on my phone and that’s not very fun.