April 30, 2014

Shop | April Photo Challenge 2/4

month 8 | photo 2
Shop | ChallengeShop | ChallengeShop | Challenge
Shop
1a building or part of a building where goods or services are sold; a store
  1. 2) a place where things are manufactured or repaired; a workshop
  2. 3) visit one or more stores or websites to buy goods

This is a bit different than my normal challenge posts, but the day of the ACT my friend and I had planned to go shopping after to just get our minds free from all that ACT stuff, so we went shopping. I couldn't pick just one photo, so here are three.
(clutch from Maurices, dress from Target)
(other dresses shown on hanger, here and here)


xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

April 25, 2014

Burn | April Photo Challenge 1/4

month 8 | photo 1
Burn | Challenge
Burn
1(of a fire) flame or glow while consuming a material such as coal or wood
  1. 2) (of a person, the skin, or a part of the body) become red and painful through exposure to the sun

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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

April 24, 2014

David - a mini shoot


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Nonetheless, these are some of my favorite photos of him. They show him spot on. 
(and, granted it took quite a few photos to get them perfectly in his mind, he does like these a lot)
xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

April 12, 2014

in a different light

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because maybe, after all this time, we're seeing each other in the wrong light. what does "following the crowd" mean in the first place? what if there actually isn't a "crowd" after all? we all have our own quirks and gears. they make us turn. no one can really be normal, can they? we are all different. this is how we were made, we were created to be different. how boring it would be if we were all the same. 

how could we all get along if we were all exactly alike? there would always be competition and that would lead to disaster. maybe we aren't seeing this correctly. maybe we are all different, maybe you saying someone should stop "following the crowd" actually makes you look like the stupid one, because no one actually is following the crowd. who is the crowd anyway? maybe things actually aren't what we think, maybe we just need to look at each other in a different light.

xo, rn

April 10, 2014

forgotten photos that now become relevant \\ the seemingly perfect mug.

forgotten photos that now become relevant.forgotten photos that now become relevant.
these photos are old. they aren't any photos like the ones i usually remember and come back to. i was editing old photos, just because that's fun for me to do, and i haven't had a lot of fun lately. mostly just stress. and back way into my archives, i found these two photos. they're not much of anything, not something i guess i'd even normally share. they're rather boring. but at the time, i thought i might experiment with them. probably would just sit on my computer, maybe upload to flickr, but not something i would ever care to share, being not much of anything, what words could i find to go with them?
well, apparently a lot. there was a purpose for these two photos, i guess. hidden somewhere deep.
they're just two photos of a mug. one of the outside, not really showing what's inside. it looks nice on the outside, perfect, really. only a blurred peep of what's inside. and then the next shot is of the mug, showing more of what's inside. a small amount of drink left, but up above, it's dirty. dark, and messy.
and oh so true to life.
or at least my life.
ive shared this here before, but im one of those people who doesn't share much. blame it on me thinking no one cares about my problems, or being too embarrassed to share. either and both of those are true. 
im like that mug. I mask what I feel on the inside so that people don't see that mess, and only the outside. that problem belongs to me, they wouldn't really care to listen to the whole story, and honestly, its embarrassing for me to share.
most of the time, people only really see what i want them to see. there are very few people who i would ever dream of telling anything, and they can bring it out if they tried even the slightest. which is why im not naming any names. but there are times when ive broken hard, and that mask starts coming down. no matter how hard i try, i can't get it back up. it takes time to do that. and my emotions aren't really very helpful.

i like to be alone during these times. its a lot harder to keep that stuff in when my emotions are tearing at me. 
You see, when you are having problems, and you are mad and frustrated at yourself, that's when satan can best get his work done. he takes those problems and he twists you into thinking you're not good enough. he is an absolute pro at ruining lives. he does it every day. 
He takes all those questions and gives you frustrated answers. you're an emotional mess, and so you accept them. you're already feeling bad about yourself, why not add that to the whole pile. and the only thing that will help pull you out of your broken misery, that deep dark pit, is Jesus. It's at your darkest times when satan comes at you, knowing you're at that point where he can win. and it's also at these times when you need the shining light of Jesus most. 
Jesus conquered satan. He is the only one who was perfect enough to be able to do so. satan knows and doesn't like it. That's why satan can't hang around when you're praying, when you're crying out to God. 
That's why things will get better.
Jesus can take that messy inside, and clean it all out. He is the only one able to fix our problems. And in those dark times, He needs to be the light.
That mug is now resting clean on our shelf. It didn't do that on its own. Someone had to help along the way.
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:2

God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. - Psalm 46:5

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. He guides me along the right paths, for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. - Psalm 23:1-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 
Therefore get rid of all filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. - Excerpts from James 1 that very much helped me get through yesterday night.
xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

April 7, 2014

Waiting & Wishing

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Wishing & Waiting. These photos were taken at that time where you just long for spring. The snow has been long brown and gross, but yet winter drags on. That time where you know the reality is that you still have a couple months of Winter, but you are just so done with it. The time when the pessimistic side always shows (and by always, I mean really always). That time when all your dresses won't work because you just have to wear leggings or tights, and you just don't want to. You just can't. Because all your western and southern friends are wearing their Spring clothes, which are always cute, and you're still wearing your dreary winter stuff.
That time called February.
xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

April 4, 2014

Thanksgiving 2013

if there's any way that you can get past the fact that these are at least 4 months late, this is a bit of what our thanksgiving looked like this past year. ha. sorry, guys. i just. time got away from me, but i still wanted to share them. 

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xo, rn
ps- did you read about my challenge here?

April 3, 2014

April | Photography and Video Challenge 2013-2014

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Let's flashback...
an introduction & challenge from Rachel Nicole on Vimeo.
(please ignore the thumbnail photo)

i decided that i will post all four themes for the photos at the beginning of every month, then you can link them at the end of the month when i post the linkup. 
i will be posting my photos and video(s) all throughout the month, and you can too (or do whatever you want).
i also decided i will make the video amount optional. it can be one, it can be two (it can even be three or four!), whatever is fine.
the themes for April are:
Burn (since I didn't use this one from January)
Direction
Shop
Cemetary (or tie, up to you!)

Some of these are hard, some easy. it's supposed to be a challenge. you can be however creative you want to (for example,if the theme is "sister" like it was in September, and you don't have a sister, post a picture of a friend you know as well as a sister).
be creative, think differently and have fun! 
Also, you can do these themes in any order throughout the month.
You can do it however you want, but i'm going to try to take one photo per week, not all at once.
so, yes.
this is going to be my school year project. care to join me?
(i would love (seriously, it would rock) if you could include this button in each video/photo post)
Rachel Nicole
LINK UP YOUR SEPTEMBER POSTS BELOW!
Okay, let's see how I did here...
My photo posts
Burn | Shop | Tie
xo, rn