Shelby Taylor Photography has moved!
Now catch up with all of STP’s happenings over at Shelby’s new website!
I’m busy working away on the new site. Not giving anything away yet as far as the name and look, but I’m totally excited and can’t wait for you all to see it.
I’m really excited about this week’s TILT so let’s get on with it!
ONE. Lately, everything I tell you all on here seems to start with “My older sister told me about…” What can I say? I’m lame, and she knows more than I do. That’s a lie. I’m so much cuter and smarter than her. Ok, the first one was true. Anyways, she really did tell me about this product and I’m very glad she did. For us “gals on the go” who sometimes have leftover hair (the hair you have the day or so after you wash it) and don’t have time to wash it, dry shampoo is here to save the day. I’ve always used baby powder in times like that, but dry shampoo is so much better. It’s essentially pressurized baby powder and vitamins (plus awesome smelling stuff in Suave’s case)that you spray on your hair to help get rid of the leftover look. My big sister has tried several brands and says that Suave’s is the best. TRESemme has some, but according to Melody it doesn’t work. Give this stuff a try!
TWO. Ok, I’ve been waiting to tell you about this show for weeks. It is currently my favorite thing, and I couldn’t wait to tell you about it. It’s BBC’s Sherlock Holmes series. “Big deal, we’ve seen a million Sherlocks,” you say? Well, that may be true, but this is the best I’ve ever seen (sorry Robert Downey…). One of my favorite things about it is that it’s set in the 21st century; a brand new idea that I’m surprised no one has ever thought of.
The guy that plays Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch (I know, what kind of name is that?!), is absolutely brilliant. You can see him in movies like War Horse, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and in the next Star Trek movie coming out this year. He is currently blowing it up in nearly every aspect of his profession. He’s in Sherlock (TV), all those movies I just listed, and also recently finished playing Dr. Frankenstein on the stage in London. Keep an eye out for this guy. He’s gonna be huge (and sort of already is). Oh, and he’s incredibly handsome…there’s that too *see the picture below*. The guy that plays Dr. Watson is playing Bilbo in The Hobbit movies coming out this year and next (can’t wait!!) and is equally as brilliant. The more I watch the show the more I get how much he looks like a hobbit.
The show was created by the writers/producers of Dr. Who (a show about a million people I know are addicted to), and they do an amazing job. It can’t be easy taking such a crazy intricate story and transplanting it into modern times. The little details they use to bring you into Sherlock’s mind are genius too, plus the cinematography is amazing.
The only downside is that the seasons only contain three episodes. Sure, the episodes are 90 minutes long and are more like movies than episodes of shows we’re used to, but it’s still a little frustrating that you have to wait so long for each season to air.
The show won’t be back on TV (PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery) until next year when they air their third season, but you can watch the first season on Netflix and the second on PBS.org or on your PBS app (which I know you all totally have) until June 29 when I’m guessing they’ll have it available on Netflix too. This show is the bomb. So intense, and right up my alley. I’ve loved mystery and spy stuff since I was little, and Sherlock Holmes has always been one of my favorite literary characters. Benedict Cumberbatch (seriously, how is that a real name?!) is incredible in this role. You HAVE to check this show out.
P.S. For all you spies/detectives at heart like me, there’s a little secret surprise in the rolling credits of every episode. See if you can figure it out.
Lately I’ve been feeling a very strong urge to move away from what this blog seems to be all about. I think of all the professional photographers that I admire (ok, stalk) and it seems a shame to think that just because I slap the word “photography” next to my name and make a website that I’m somehow worthy to be in the same game as them. All I really am is a girl with a deep admiration for a good angle and great lighting who has been blessed enough to afford a wonderful camera. I don’t claim to be anything more.
So I guess it seems my heart is changing.
I LOVE photographing people, don’t get me wrong. But maintaining a site called Shelby Taylor Photography when the photography part is really little more than an exaggerated hobby seems wrong. It feels like a lie. Especially when the number of Things I Love Thursday posts outnumber the actual picture session posts.
That is why I’m working on what I’m looking at as an extreme makeover. A site that will be more about the goings on of my life where I can have the freedom to write more and write whatever I want. There will most definitely still be TILTs, and definitely still be pictures. There will also be more. More about my life and what happens in it (to keep family members and friends in the loop). I’m not doing this because there’s some huge demand for it, but simply because I want to and have the means to.
STP is not going anywhere, but it’s simply being absorbed by what it has always been apart of: my life. I’ll still accept offers for pictures like I always have, and still pour myself into every bit of it when hired. I just don’t want there to be any hint of pretentiousness in it, and that’s what I saw every time I looked at the words “Shelby Taylor Photography.”
I am a girl who enjoys taking pictures of people. I am not a “photographer.” Photographer, to me, means professional. I know what to do with my camera and how to manipulate it to get the results I want, but I am by no means a professional.
So I say all this just to give you guys a heads up. I’m very excited about what’s coming, but bare with me as it might take a while before it’s all good to go.
Thank you for your support thus far, and for your continued support through the rest!
>>>Oh and hey, while all this new stuff is going on, don’t think you can’t hit me up for some pictures. I have almost nothing to do this summer and I mean, just because I can see the bottom of my money pit, doesn’t mean I want to! College fund, hello.
Happy Thursday everyone!
ONE. My sister told me about Followgram and I thought it was a really great idea. People mostly use their phones for things like Twitter and Instagram, but it helps to have a site to go to if you want to check your feeds and either don’t have your phone handy or don’t feel like opening an app. Followgram is just that. You can’t upload pictures and put the Instagram filters on them, but it’s just a place for you to check in with your Instagram feed and see what’s going on. Super cool!
TWO. I can’t remember how I found Wanelo. Wanelo is sort of like Pinterest, but mostly focuses on clothing and accessories. You choose which stores you’d like to follow, and then browse the things they have posted. The cool thing about Wanelo is that it tells you the price of everything and where you can find it. Another neat thing about it is the ease of finding really great stores that you’ve never heard of before. It’s a great way to expand your shopping horizons and check out all that’s really out there. If Pinterest hasn’t already drained every spare second of free time you have, this site definitely will!
Well, finals are over, Summer is finally here, and now it’s time to relax and forget about school for the next three months. This semester was probably the most fun I’ve had since I started on this little college journey. I made and maintained a lot of new friendships with relatively no drama, and had a blast exercising my responsibility muscles as an officer in our chorale. I was talking to my best friend the other day (she’s a business major with a journalism minor at “the real A&M”) just about our college experiences and how we don’t regret for a second our choices to go to school where we did. Our conversation just got me thinking about how much I’ve learned. Not just in classes, but about myself (especially living on my own and having to survive on a college kid budget) and how to deal with meeting new people. It’s been a blast, and kind of weird to think about these next two semesters being my last. Time flies.
Now, on to the real stuff!
ONE. I love Downy Wrinkle Releaser. This stuff saves my life on a regular basis. It’s like an iron in a bottle! I own an iron, but 99.9% of the time, when I need to use it I have no time to, so little time, in fact, that this stuff has now become something that I use almost every day. You spray it on the wrinkled mess of a shirt you’ve grabbed to wear, and in about thirty seconds you’ve got a perfectly acceptable, not wrinkly, garment to don for your day. The bottle’s directions say to spray it on the shirt then gently pull and smooth areas on the shirt until the stuff dries and the wrinkles are gone, but who has time for that?! I just spray it on the shirt (or pants. It works great for pretty much any fabric) and thwack it around in the air for a few seconds until I’m satisfied with how the shirt looks. Thwack meaning shake it around like you would when you put sheets on a bed, only a little more violently. You know, or grab two corners and wave it like you did with the parachute in 1st grade PE (boom. thwacking.). This should do the stretching and drying that the instructions tell you to do, only in about half the time. I love this stuff.
TWO. Sons and Daughters, also known as All Sons and Daughters, are my new favorite. The music they make is exactly my taste, and exactly the kind of music I hope and try to write and sing. They’re a worship group with incredibly powerful lyrics for the church. Give them a listen, and support them. Their music is the kind that will stop you in your tracks and catch you by your heart with that awesome kind of conviction that we, as believers, should crave; or grab you with a message so clear that it’s exactly what you didn’t know you’re heart was feeling. The latter is what happened to me when I heard Reason to Sing the first time.
Story time. Brace yourself.
This week I was inspired to tell you all about one of my new favorite things, outer space. Most universities require you to take two science courses to graduate, I’m working on finishing up the my second right now. My first was Astronomy: The Solar System, last semester, and this semester is Astronomy: Stars and Universe. Both of these classes have been a lot of fun, at least for me, mostly because I’ve had really great professors. I can’t imagine how awful these classes would be if the professor was horrible.
I’ve always liked stars, but these classes have made me come to love them! Part of the labs for the class have us in the school planetarium (first thing going in my house if I ever hit it rich someday) learning and memorizing a ton of constellations and other things in the sky. It’s just been so cool to be able to go outside at night and look up and know stuff like that. Instead of a bunch of random stars, my mind catches the patterns and says things like, “Ooo, there’s Orion!”
Learning about how the universe works (from a slightly less God-centered point of view than I’d like, but it’s still incredible) and all the different things that are out there has turned every class session into a whole new worship experience! As we learned about different nebula one day, I actually teared up first at the sheer beauty, and then at the fact that the God that created those far away things knit me together (Ps 139:13), has numbered every hair on my head (Luke 12:7), and planned every second of my life for His glory and my good. Doesn’t that thought just give you chills??
So the cool thing I want to tell you about today is a website they let us play with in our astronomy lab called Zooniverse.
There are tons of telescopes on earth that have gathered so much data and taken so many pictures that it takes a group of astronomers years to sort through it all to give the world any new info about what’s happening out in space. So years ago these groups started putting all the raw data online and asked ordinary people to help them sort through it. The first test of this, they’re calling it “civilian science”, was of a whole bunch of pictures of galaxies. They asked people to help narrow them down into three or four categories based on their shape, really easy for people to do and it doesn’t require a PhD in astrophysics. They expected it to take about a year for people to get through all the pictures, but it only ended up taking two weeks. So lots of different groups are now asking civilians to help them with their data, and that’s what Zooniverse is all about. You can choose any project that interests you, and they tell you exactly what you need to do and how to do it. Neat, right??
From one nerd to another,
Happy Thursday everyone!
ONE. Jonas Peterson is one of the photographers that I constantly stalk. I love his work and everything about the way he shoots. He’s based in Brisbane, Australia and is aparently very well known because he does weddings in places like Bali, Sweden, New Zealand, and all over the US. There’s not a huge story behind this one like almost all the others things I tell you about, but trust me, this guy is golden.
TWO. As a lot of you know, Picnik is going offline on the 19th. And if you had a Picnik account they probably sent you an email sometime this week reminding you. Since I’m a horrible person and don’t read emails that often, my sister had to be the one to tell me about this new place in a Facebook message yesterday. It’s called PicMonkey (they got REAL creative with the name didn’t they?). The great thing about PicMonkey is that everything is free, unlike Picnik where you needed a premium account to use the coolest features. PicMonkey is pretty much the exact same software as Picnik, so there’s nothing really new to learn. There’s also another website, pixlr.com, that you could use too.
I thought I’d share this with you all because a lot of people have been freaking out about Picnik going offline. For those of us who are too poor to afford Photoshop, these online editing sites are something of a life saver.
March was the busiest month I’ve had in a long time. It was definitely the most traveling I’ve done in that short of a time. In 30 days I went from New York City to Florida, back to Commerce, College Station, Austin and then San Antonio. It’s been crazy, but I’ve loved every second of it.