broadway babies

I am in a show right now, and that show is Lend Me a Tenor, it’s good. Please come see it October 12-13 at 7pm. These are some sexy Monroe pictures from the dressing room. Look at these hotties.

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xx Jill

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a photo theory

I have this theory on photography. I have shared it with several people and all of them have felt it is fairly accurate. I believe that photographic skill comes in four tiers. The first of these tiers is the lowest.
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The photography of things. This is when someone takes a picture of their coffee, guitar, or a plant that they find pretty. It’s not a bad style it just comes off (to me) as fairly beginner. If the object is cool, you can take a fairly cool picture if it. This type of photography requires little creativity and offers little room for flexibility and once you realize this, you will move on to the second tier.
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The photography of an environment. This includes city skylines, landscapes, and the insides of rooms. This is a huge step up as it offers freedom in composition, lighting, mood, scale, and movement. With more freedom, comes more opportunity to show off skill and perspective. After I was done taking pictures of flowers in my backyard, I started taking my camera out around town and on vacations. But… after a while… you realize that your town is boring, and you only go on vacation once a year, you will move to the third tier.
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The photography of people. Some people like to skip here, but your portraits will most likely not be as good as they could be if you do not go through the first two levels. People offer a level of freedom that nothing else on earth does. In addition to composition, lighting, mood and such, you can change emotion and posing and style and everything honestly. Human beings are complex and photography of them offers the same complexity. So you’ve pretty much made it too the top of the pyramid, but as time goes on you’re going to want something more.
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Enter the fourth tier, the bonus level, the photography of life, photojournalism, the ones that win the Pulitzers. This tier combines the bottom three and tells a story. It captures a fleeting moment in life (if you will).

So that is my theory, in summary, objects, environments, people, and life. Four tiers, catch em all. Its a personal theory, if you hate it I’m sorry.

xx Jill

utah

I went to Utah. We saw 6 national parks. It was wonderful.

 

#1 THE GRAND CANYON

  • the air smells really sweet and fresh and good
  • like a solid 40% of the people here were speaking french
  • lots and lots of people
  • makes you feel like a tiny bug in a very good way

CD3E4915-A56F-4EE3-BA57-16690A102DE6.jpgthe canyon at sunset

67D0A619-E3D4-4F35-A9A4-D75B474E18D7.jpglittle people looking at a big hole in the ground

368D2013-7738-4403-8849-88E8C7BE6EC5.jpgjoey smellin that sweet canyon air

CD4E5CDE-1052-4917-8E0A-A6BB43526CCD.jpgone more of the really big hole

 

ANTELOPE CANYON (not an offical national park)

  • this place could make anyone feel like a professional photographer
  • completely surpassed all expectations
  • our tour guide was this free spirit of a man who has had a great life

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HORSESHOE BEND (also not a national park)

  • i got one heck of a scrape here
  • bigger than i thought
  • glad i can say i’ve been here

123F3678-3676-442A-95BB-245DBA8966A5.jpghere is the bend– what you can’t see are the tiny people down there with tiny boats

 

#2 ZION (my personal favorite)

  • beautiful beyond belief
  • had this lawn that you could lay on for hours
  • every single trail was amazing
  • i want to become a mountain man and live here

F7F46AC1-B581-44B9-B002-E035505BE025my slightly above mediocre pictures do not do this place justice

8750F8C2-687A-4864-A967-0F8E62FB4173.jpgthe canyon walls

DEBCBEAB-763D-4291-8B68-0CB1E88F2E49.jpgthis little boy was begging his mom to let him go in the water “just one toe please mom”

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#3 BYRCE CANYON

  • was very foggy
  • provided me with the most miserable hike of this trip (it was pouring rain and we were going uphill)
  • still beautiful

0F68CA69-8B49-4A93-87F3-95D8C69C8F39.jpgthe boys on a foggy day

9BF0C1E8-F862-4553-8C6D-F5AB101DC834.jpgthese people look like tiny ants crawling between cracks in the sidewalk

532F3B15-68C6-44E7-90C6-74AA2026D809.jpgmore ant people

 

#4 CAPITOL REEF (very underrated)

  • nobody was here
  • this was the most serene park
  • it smelled so so so good on the trails– all kinds of grasses and herbs were growing

979B9E1E-6D45-420E-9936-63888F4B7FA5.jpgwe found a cool lagoon thing

EFE6BDE6-8920-4DB1-BF06-7A6C2EDD4F0D.jpgkids in hats hiking

7EEF7579-F468-4604-9970-8746FE5EE757.jpgthe landscape

 

#5 ARCHES

  • sunny sunny sunny and hot hot hot
  • iconic park
  • made me feel like i was on mars which is a very cool feeling

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78DEDAF2-AE19-40CD-9591-0354D5F958F4.jpgpink rocks

71E0F75B-4D73-433E-B6AF-F387E186CD10.jpgthe delicate arch™

 

#6 CANYONLANDS

  • by the time we got here i was so very tired of hiking, its was still wonderful
  • every trail and landmark had a really fun name
  • we saw the stars here and boy oh boy were they somethin’

AB928E92-33B0-4E4C-958A-0DACAD8A54E6.jpgthe sky is so blue

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xx Jill

the monsters

Over the last month I have posted 26 mosters on instagram. One for each letter of the alphabet. In case I ever decide to delete them off of there, I wanted to archive them all on here. So here they are, Jill’s Little Monsters.

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K is my personal favorite.

xx Jill

film

When I was in Denton last I bought a film camera for 5 dollars. It does not have any settings. Not a flash or a zoom or a focus. It was a pretty big gamble but here are the results of my first batch. Overall, I am happy with them. The ‘women’ picture was shot in normal artifical lighting and that turned out a little wonky, but the rest are pretty much was I expected. As you can see, there is a blue-green tint to the pictures which is interesting. I don’t really think that I would ever use film as my primary photo method, simply because of all the costs involved, but its pretty fun for a ‘snapshot’ sorta vibe. Enjoy.

 

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xx Jill