Sometimes when you have some extra free time on a stressful day and you just want to take pictures but no one wants to model for you, you just have to take some self portraits. and then you try to be artsy and it kinda fails but you kinda also think it was successful at the same time. but mostly you just don't really know, so you just decide to roll with it. (kinda like life)
ok, those are just my thoughts, peace out bro. ✌
ps- Bucks jersey in the photographs because, well, because i'm so proud of them.
And then Saturday came, and we had to leave, and it was sad because I definitely left part of me in North Carolina. That trip was so much fun.
We had stayed up late the night before (I'm talking past one, kids), and getting up at 5:30 was so. difficult. but we did it. We ate breakfast quickly, grabbed our bags and hit the road. We made it to the car rental place, and took the shuttle to the airport, went through security, and waited for our flight.
This was a long one, but it was fun. We talked, took pictures, and played games for the majority of it.
We arrived in Minnesota and maneuvered our way across what seemed like the entire thing. After waiting, we finally got to board. This was the first flight where none of us were seated together, but it was totally fine. I got to just think about everything that had happened (and also how horrible I felt on this flight even though all the others had been really wonderful), and came to the conclusion that I wanted to go straight back to NC. (oh wait, i already knew that)
We finally landed in Milwaukee, and exchanged stuff we'd packed in other peoples bags, walked to the entrance, and had a hearty reunion.
(Just to let you know, I may be completely wrong about all of this recap because I was basically sleeping the entire time. Or at least that's what it felt like because I was completely exhausted.)
i, my very first jamba juice ever. (i know, #wut) // ii & iii, airplane horizon photographs (is that a thing?) // iv, well, playing old maid on the plane (if you couldn't guess it, i'm not judging, no worries) // v & vi, Minnesota (even though it was like, really cold and similar to Wisco, it was still kind of cool) // vii & viii, Wisconsin! (honestly idek why it looks so much warmer than MN, but it does. and also I will say I felt very sad to be home, and idk why at all)
Friday was the final day of the competition, and we had to get up early (what else is even new). We had to arrive at the school at 7:10, I believe. The night before we had decided to get up earlier and head to the Starbucks which was like one minute away. After that adventure we ate breakfast and headed to the school. First up for Keara and I was some color thing. I was basically sleeping and it was completely boring and I had no idea what was going on, so remembering that is nonexistent.
After the color thing, we went to the plate making section which was basically them giving us a test and then a list of directions. (we rocked that)
Next was the press run. This was definitely the part we were most stressed about. We had an hour and a half to set up the press, mount plates, print a sellable product and clean up. I was in charge of mounting the plates while Keara got the press ready to print. We then got the plates in register and all the other things necessary to do which would bore you to death. We made it in time but went a tiny but over with cleanup. Overall it felt very successful to us, and the judges were super nice and we felt like we really showed them that we knew what we were doing.
Next we had lunch, and then back for prepress. This section was totally boring and time consuming (and difficult). After that we had downtime until dinner. We mostly spent it outside waiting for the last section to be over. Dinner came and went and I know for myself I was way more nervous for the results than for any of the sections.
After what seemed like ages of waiting, we headed to the room where the closing ceremonies would be (and we weren't late this time). After many speeches and thank-yous the results were announced. Keara and I were named first place winners and Nate and Joe were named second. It was so shocking and exciting and mind blowing and wow. We couldn't begin to process what had just happened. After having our pictures taken and thanking all sorts of people (and trying to process everything), we went outside and had another mini photoshoot (totally me, but yeah of course I wanted some pictures okay?).
We headed back to the hotel and after half an hour headed out to downtown Charlotte. (also kind of getting lost. again.) This was so so so much fun, and I wouldn't trade those few hours spent exploring and taking photos for anything. It was such a beautiful night, there was a game going on in the Hornets stadium, and the city was abuzz with activity. Such fun!
After we stopped at CVS, we headed back to the hotel where we talked about the day and many other things, shared jokes, watched basketball, inhaled helium, edited photographs (yeah, that was just me), and just totally chilled and tried to process what had happened that whole day.
i & ii, early morning Starbucks run // iii, the school campus in the morning // iv, Keara and I right before going in for our press run // v, cutting the plates // vi, Keara and I getting the press run in register // vii, technically this comes before the last one, but this is me mounting the plates // viii, the Phoenix Challenge cake // viiii, my teacher accepting the school plaque // x, us posing for a picture (and in complete shock) // xi & xii & xiii, our mini photoshoot thing idek what to call it honestly // xiv & xv, the Harper trophy (and our plaques) // xvi, sunset on the way to downtown Charlotte // xvii +, all photos taken in downtown Charlotte