Fall Recap, Part 1

I’ve been terrible about keeping up with my blog this Fall! I apologize, but life has been pretty hectic. Now that my fiancé is out here and the wedding is getting closer, it’s become crunch time. But, despite all the craziness, I have still been able to get in some fun shoots.

I’m breaking my Fall recap into two posts. The 2nd post will be all Stoli photos, since I seem to have a million of those. This one will be certainly more eclectic!

Things have been so busy, I’m not sure where to start!

In September I photographed a wedding here in Columbus with the amazing Mrs. Anneka DeJong. It had been quite a while since my last wedding and I was a bit nervous, but the couple was great to work with and it ended up being a lot of fun! The ceremony and reception were at the Grand Valley Dale Ballroom. These are just a couple of my shots from the day. Its hard to pick just a few to show!

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

Father/Daughter Dance ©Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

Father/Daughter Dance © Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

Cake Cutting © Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

The First Dance © Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

The First kiss © Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Wedding Photographer © Holly Hildreth

The beautiful bride © Holly Hildreth 2013

I also had the opportunity to photograph a former coworker’s daughter, Peyton, for her 3rd birthday. We headed to Westerville’s Inniswood Metro Park and got some nice shots with the fall foliage.

Columbus Ohio Photographer © Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Photographer © Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

Columbus Ohio Photographer © Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

Of course I kept busy photographing basically anything and everything that caught my eye this Fall. I have entirely too many photos to choose from for this post, so this is just a little taste of what I was up to.

Carolina Mantis

Female Carolina Praying Mantis I found on my window © Holly Hildreth 2013

Carolina Mantis

©Holly Hildreth 2013

Westerville Ohio Photography

Inniswood Metro Park ©Holly Hildreth 2013

Also now that Andy is out here with me, I have someone to accompany me on adventures. There were lots of things I wanted to try out here, but never got around to, because they were not as fun to do alone. One thing I had been really wanting to see was Hocking Hills. Hocking Hills is a state Park that is Southeast of Columbus, in an area of Ohio that is considered to be a part of the Appalachians. It’s not mountainous, but definitely hilly country with tons of photo opportunities.

Hocking Hills photography

Devil’s Bathtub, Hocking Hills, Ohio ©Holly Hildreth 2013

Hocking Hills

©Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

My hiking buddies! © Holly Hildreth 2013

Hocking Hills

© Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

© Holly Hildreth 2013

The seasons change came way too fast for me. I hardly got in any Fall photos because I was so busy with everything else, but I made sure to get out there a few times anyway. Every year my mom asks for a  calendar of my photography for Christmas. Keeping that in mind throughout the year is always helpful in getting me out to take some scenic shots–that way come December I’m not scouring my hard drives, looking for something that could work.

©Holly Hildreth 2013

Outside our Condo © Holly Hildreth 2013

Sharon Woods Metro Park

Sharon Woods Metro Park © Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

Westerville Bike trail © Holly Hildreth 2013

Westerville Ohio Photographer

Everal Barn, Westerville, Ohio © Holly Hildreth 2013

Westerville Ohio Photography

Westerville © Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

©Holly Hildreth 2013

One last piece of good news: My SIXTH Hallmark card is on sale online currently. It can be purchase HERE

Here’s a sneak peak!

Holly Hildreth Hallmark Card

Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon! It’s bound to be chock-full-o’-cuteness and Stoli photos!

All photos and content are © Holly Hildreth 2013. According to the DMCA, it is unlawful to use any copyrighted content without direct written consent. 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Today in advanced studio, we were to shoot either food, beverage, or tobacco. I honestly had no idea what to photograph for this assignment, as my cooking skills are on par with most college kids and are basically limited to pre-packaged foods only. So, to get some inspiration for the project, I wandered around Walmart for about an hour last night waiting for a flash of genius to hit me. I wound up in the Christmas aisle, where I finally decided I would try to expand my set-building skills by making a Christmas scene while photographing food….and what (conveniently pre-packaged,) food says Christmas like candy canes?
Originally my idea was to have a Christmas tree branch with a stocking stuffed with candy canes. Well, when setting the scene up, I failed to take into account that the high quality 97 cent stocking I bought was not well-built and did not support anything heavier than its own weight. I attempted a few stocking shots, but wasn’t very successful.

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

My next attempt was to hang the candy canes on the trees.  This too proved to be next to impossible to pull off. I got a few all right shots, but nothing too earth-shattering.

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

I was starting to get discouraged by this point, as it seemed that nothing was working for me. Finally, I made a “peppermint martini” from water and red food coloring. I started liking the results I was getting with the “martini”. Toward the end of the shoot, I had a classmate sprinkle the fake snow while I shot, making it look like it was actually snowing.

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

 

© Holly Hildreth 2011

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Snowmageddon

Warrensburg, Missouri, recently got pummeled by a mega-blizzard. Starting on Monday (1/31/11,) we started getting a steady amount of freezing drizzle mixed with periods of freezing rain. I had classes in the afternoon, and on my 4-block walk to campus and back, I ended up slipping and falling seven times. Everything was a solid sheet of ice. Monday night into Tuesday, we received the mother-load of all snowstorms (well, at least by Missouri standards. When we got storms like this back in Iowa is wasn’t really that big of a deal, but anything more than a dusting here causes widespread panic.) UCM ended up canceling evening classes starting at 5pm. All day Tuesday we dealt with heavy snow and 40mph winds, causing very low visibility, negative windchill, and drifts measuring from 5-1o feet in depth. I had gone over to my boyfriend’s house to use his computer for homework (I’m taking a required computer course and the college is sacrilegious and refuses to let us use Mac’s to complete the assignments, so I have to borrow Andrew’s PC to get my work done.) We ended up getting stuck at the house, so I spent all of Tuesday there as well since Andrew’s car has like 1/2 an inch of ground clearance and it was much too cold, windy, and the snow was too deep to walk home. Stoli was excited for the snow, until he got off the porch and promptly disappeared in the snow. It goes over his head, so in order to get around he has to jump from footprint to footprint in our tracks behind us. UCM cancelled all classes on Tuesday (2/1/11) and Wednesday (2/2/11). Tuesday night, one of Andrew’s friends with a pick-up stopped by and he was able to give me a ride home. I live roughly 6 blocks away from Andrew’s house, but it took us 15 minutes to get me home. We got stuck a few times, and the town was desolate–not a soul out and about. When I got home, I was greeted by the mother of all snow drifts. A massive drift encompassed my whole car. You couldn’t really even tell where I was parked. To top it off though, there was a drift up my front door that was waste deep. After digging the door out by using a snowboard I found in the driveway, I was finally able to get inside. I brought Stoli over for the day since Andrew and his roommates were all expected to report to the air force base for work today, and with my car being stuck and none of the sidewalks being shoveled, I knew I wouldn’t be able to walk over to his house every 3 hours to let the dog out.

I went out this morning to take some photos to document the snow-pocalypse. It’s tough to get around as the snow is knee high, and that’s not even in the drifts. While getting the mail I accidently walked into a drift and found myself waist deep with Stoli in tow. After I dug both of us out, I decided it was probably best to just stay inside for the rest of the day and pray that my landlord takes pity on us and decides to FINALLY plow the lot, (but I’m not holding my breath).

Anyway, here are a few snapshots of the end of the world snowstorm that has all of Missouri questioning God. Everyone seems to have lost their mind. Walmart is literally empty–no joke. Entire aisles are absolutely barren, so if you’re hungry for a turkey sandwich, you’re going to have to wait until next week when they get new stuff in.

So wherever you are, I hope you’re not trapped in an apartment with 22 inches of snow waiting for you outside your door.

 

Stoli and the small drift at the back door © Holly Hildreth 2011

Stoli and the small drift at the back door © Holly Hildreth 2011

Stoli compared to the snow on Tuesday Night. (We got more snow after this photo) © Holly Hildreth 2011

Stoli compared to the snow on Tuesday Night. (We got more snow after this photo) © Holly Hildreth 2011

Midnight view of the snow © Holly Hildreth 2011

Midnight view of the snow © Holly Hildreth 2011

Guess Where My Car is! If you guessed "buried under the snow drift of oblivion," Then you'd be right! © Holly Hildreth 2011

Guess Where My Car is! If you guessed "buried under the snow drift of oblivion," Then you'd be right! © Holly Hildreth 2011

Snow Vs. Apartment © Holly Hildreth 2011

Snow Vs. Apartment © Holly Hildreth 2011

My car is under that mound of sadness on the left. © Holly Hildreth 2011

My car is under that mound of sadness on the left. © Holly Hildreth 2011

Proof that there really is a car under there © Holly Hildreth 2011

Proof that there really is a car under there © Holly Hildreth 2011

Anyone up for some BBQ © Holly Hildreth 2011

Anyone up for some BBQ © Holly Hildreth 2011

Stoli's can't master the snowy stairs © Holly Hildreth 2011

Stoli's can't master the snowy stairs © Holly Hildreth 2011

Stoli playing in the snow on the porch © Holly Hildreth 2011

Stoli playing in the snow on the porch © Holly Hildreth 2011

UPDATE: as I was posting this, we got the word that there will be no school again tomorrow (Thursday 2/3/11.) That’s got to be a record.

Let it Snow

We here in Missouri have been lucky so far this year. We have only had one snow, and most of it was gone by a day or two later. I had a VERY cold and snowy Christmas break in Iowa, and I was definitely looking forward to the warmer weather back down here. Afterall, I had friends bragging about it being in the upper 60’s while I was back home. Well that whole story changed when I got back to Missouri. On the first day of school (1-10-11,) all afternoon classes were cancelled because of a big snow storm moving into the KC Metro area. This morning all morning classes were cancelled, because people in Missouri really don’t know how to handle the snow. I think we ended up with around 6 inches according to the reports. I found it funny, because back when I was going to school in Iowa, 6 inches was a walk in the park. We still had school and carried on like it was no big deal. Not down here! As soon as a flake touches down people lose it. Granted the roads are slick (because they don’t properly remove snow,) and no one had shoveled yet, even though it’s been done snowing for 20 hours now

Anyway, this is the first real measurable snowfall we’ve gotten this year, so I was excited to see what Stoli would do. As you remember, from a previous post: (See:Stoli’s Winter Wonderland) Stoli had mixed reactions to the snow. At first he was terrified, but then he loved it. Well introducing Stoli to the snow this time was just as amusing. He went NUTS! he zoomed around the yard doing figure 8’s with his mouth open collecting snow. He would then find a place where the snow was deep and dig himself a hole to lay in, and then cover himself up with snow. He’d wait until I got close and then he’d pop out and run away. He was also a fan of trying to catch the snow my boots kicked up as I walked through the yard. We’ll probably have to buy a sweater or something for him because he likes to roll in the snow and is usually covered by the time he goes inside.

Here are a few shots of Stoli’s snow escapade this afternoon.

Snow and Frost Panos

I normally upload my photos to facebook to share with friends, but with facebook changing their photo uploading application, it no longer accepts any photos that are over 8000 pixels on any side, which means the death of the panoramic. So, I thought I would upload a few of my panos that I have done over the last week here to share with everyone. Please click on the Pano to see them full size. You may need to be patient, they are larger files as each pano is at least 8 photos stitched together.

Stoli’s Winter Wonderland

We got our first real snow here in Missouri on Saturday. We got about an inch, but had high winds, making it pretty nasty out. Luckily it has started to warm up and the snow is melting. Stoli wasn’t exactly sure what to think of the white stuff. When we let him out for the first time in the snow, he was startled. He started barking at the flakes and trying to bite them as they fell. One he realized he wasn’t going to die from a little snow, he started getting a bit more curious. He didn’t like the cold on his feet, so he would try to bounce from pile to pile of leaves in the yard while he figured out what this cold, wet stuff was. After a while, he decided he was done with the excitement so he went on the porch and whined to be let back inside. Throughout the rest of the night, Stoli would forget that it was still snowing. He would go ring his bell to be let out, dash out the door, and skid to a stop at the steps when he realized the snow was still there. The next day, however, the dog got brave. Stoli decided that he was the champion of tis wonderland, and he tore around the yard with his mouth open and head to the ground, scooping up snow. Now every time we let him out he has to run around and gobble up a ton of snow before he’s satisfied enough to go back inside. I didn’t get any shots of him playing around while we had the full amount of snow, because we had highs of 15 degrees with 30mph winds out of the north. Finally today I got a couple photos documenting his newest craze.