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2013: A Year of “Ups”

Thirty-five days ago I wrote a post about the things I learned in 2012. Even though it was not the best year, I walked away from it having learned a lot about myself and about life. Acknowledging the strength and confidence I gained, I was looking forward to 2013 and all of the new opportunities and changes it might bring. I toasted to a year of “ups” rather than “downs,” a year of new experiences and dreams, and a year of constant learning and growing.

Here we are, a week into February 2013, and already those words are manifesting themselves faster than I ever thought possible! Changes are taking place in my life that I did not expect (they always say things happen when you least expect it, right?) and everything is happening all at once!

Wednesday, January 23rd my friend, who works at Random House, called me to let me know about an opening in Crown’s Cover Art Department. It was for a Studio Assistant position and she thought I would be a really great fit. She passed my resume on to Human Resources and later that afternoon I was scheduled for an interview. I went into the city on Monday, January 28th, met with several people to discuss the position, and left the interview feeling like “I want this!” It sounded like a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a publishing house and I was excited for all the new changes and new opportunities the position could bring. Everything worked out in my favor and I was offered and accepted the position Wednesday morning! I can’t say that it was the easiest decision to make because I really do enjoy my work at the gallery. I have learned a great deal about running a small business, I am surrounded by beautiful art everyday, I love interacting with the wonderful artists we represent, and I have a very easy commute. A job in New York would mean no more waking up at 8 am everyday and driving 10 minutes to work. If I accepted the position, it was going to come with a huge lifestyle change that I had to make sure I was comfortable with. Ultimately, I felt like I would regret it for the rest of my life if I turned this opportunity down. I am terrified to leave my comfort zone, but I am learning that the only things worth doing in life are the ones that scare you. So, I accepted a Studio Assistant position at Random House in Crown Publishing Group’s Cover Art Department and start February 19th! I am so passionate about books and am thrilled that I will be able to assist in the production of book covers. I believe this position is going to open up a world of new possibilities and I am so excited to be learning and trying something new. To top it all off, it is in New York, which is exactly where I have always wanted to be.

Since I accepted the offer last Wednesday, my entire life has changed. I’m not quite ready to share all of it with you, but stay tuned for more! All of the events that have taken place since I said “yes” are so serendipitous. Everything is falling into place so smoothly and without any effort on my part, that I truly believe it is a sign that I have made the right decision. I am still in shock as to how fast everything has happened and that my life is in a completely different place than it was only a week ago. 2013 is shaping up to be an awesome year, a year filled with all of those things I proclaimed on December 31, 2012 – a year of “ups” rather than “downs,” a year of new experiences and dreams, and a year of constant learning and growing!

Now that I got all of that off my chest, did I mention how excited I am to be working with books?! Reading is a huge part of my life and when I saw that some of the books that Crown publishes are either my favorite books or on my “to read” list, I went through the roof! Here’s a list of some to give you an idea:

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I’m so excited to start this next chapter in my life and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

Thanks for reading!

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Playing with Text and Images

I have been working with my bamboo stylus a lot the past couple days. Maybe you noticed in my last post, I created a signature for my blog posts.

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I’ve also been playing around with my iFontMaker app (see the first couple of fonts I made here) and I really like the latest one I’ve created. It’s simple, but I love the way it looks.

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I’ve wanted to add text to my photographs for a while now, and I finally worked on some ideas last night. Each of my photographs gives me a specific feeling. Most of the time, when I view a photo, I am reminded of a favorite song lyric or a quote from favorite movies or books. So, I’ve decided to take some of those feelings and add them to my photographs with this new font.

One of my favorite bands right now is Bon Iver. I had the opportunity to see them in concert back in September and they absolutely blew me away. They are insanely talented, their music and lyrics are beautiful and I can listen to them on repeat all day long. One of my favorite songs is Holocene (listen on youtube here) and I knew I wanted to pair the lyrics with a photograph I took two years ago in Anna Maria Island, FL of the sun setting over the ocean. The lyrics I chose to use (“And at once I knew, I was not magnificent”) are about realizing that there is something greater out there and I thought this photograph was the perfect match to those lyrics because of the beauty of the colors in the clouds and the reflections in the ocean. In my opinion, this photograph proves that there is a much higher and much stronger power and we, as human beings, are “not magnificent” in comparison.

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I had two other photographs from Anna Maria that I added the same text too.

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I can’t decide which of the three I like best, but I think I’m leaning towards the vertical. I’ve already posted the vertical photograph for sale on Society6 (you can view it here), but if you have a favorite out of the three, please let me know! I would love to hear your feedback 🙂

Here are a couple more pieces I created:

I took the following photograph this past spring and decided to add “Dream a little dream” to it because of the small flowers and dream-like quality created by the depth of field.

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This next image I shot last summer in NYC. I was playing with shutter speeds that day and walked away with several images containing movement. What I love most about this photograph is how the white sneakers are quite visible, but as you move up, the rest of the man’s body disappears. I paired this photograph with a quote from one of my favorite movies Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – because this photograph is all about movement and the rush of NYC. The very nature of the city is fast-paced and I feel as though city-goers (myself included) forget to slow down once in a while and take it all in.

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The last image I worked with I took with my iPhone last summer while waiting in line at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. I took a popular quote from one of my favorite books and added it to this image – “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite” from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by, Stephen Chbosky. I love the position in which I captured this girl  – it’s as if she’s about to take flight, as if she’s feeling “infinite” just like Charlie felt in the book.

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And I added text to my yellow elephant design. He is so optimistic with his trunk in the air, holding onto his balloon that I decided to go with a basic positive quote – “Tomorrow is a new day.” No matter what you’re going through today, tomorrow will always be a new day and a fresh start.

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I will be posting some of these on Society6 tonight, but I would really love to know what you think. This is my first time adding text to my photographs, so any and all feedback is much appreciated!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

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