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Finding Your Calling

In two weeks, I register for my first semester of senior year.

It is terrifying.

What do I want to do with my life?  Will I get a job?

Both of these are questions seem unanswered. But, I’m realizing slowly but surely, that if I figure out what I want to do and do it extraordinarily well, these concerns will melt.

I have a part time job this semester as a Junior Designer at NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC. My team is composed of some of the most talented people I know. They have helped me understand what it means to use talents for something that you’re passionate about. And isn’t that what talents are for?

All of the designers on my team have had non-ministry job at some point and have succeeded in those roles. But, they choose to live in a small town and work at a local church. It doesn’t make sense to most, but it absolutely inspires me. They love what they do, because they are behind the cause. They are called to give their lives to that cause, so they found a way to use their talents there.

This is just an example to challenge you. What are you passionate about? What do you want to change about the world?

Use your talents, whatever they may be, for the things where your heart lies.

The best work is developed because you put your heart and soul into it.

So, start.

You’ve got your whole life ahead of you, and even if your collegiate journey is ending, the adventure doesn’t have to.

Fall Break!

Words can’t say how awesome it was to disappear for a few days on fall break. I went to Maryland with two of my very best friends- Olivia and Laura. And, before you ask, we weren’t going to the game 🙂 Laura is from just north of Baltimore, so we “road-tripped” up on Friday after classes. We spent Saturday in the city, shopping and doing lovely things like taking pictures on the harbor. Sunday, we got to go to Laura’s home church and hear an awesome message on the Lord’s prayer. Monday, I got to make my first visit to IKEA. (it only took me 20 years!) After some great finds, we got on the road back to dear ole’ Clemson. It was a fabulous weekend to leave the computer mainly shut and just rest and have fun with friends. Here are a few of the photos I shot on the trip. (These are of “yaboyg,” the gnome. He’s our friend Brooke’s gnome. She sent him because she couldn’t make it.)

 

Lights, Camera, Freeze!

It’s finally time to break out our handy, dandy DSLRs in studio this week!

woot. woot.

I had an interesting experience this week, though.

Background: I’ve always been a loyal canon girl. Even my first point and shoot was a canon.

BUT, this week I picked up a Nikon at work. I’ve been such a prude about the whole Nikon v. Canon battle that I haven’t ever bothered to learn the Nikon interface.

I had trouble figuring out how to change the shutter speed. The shutter speed.

So, I hope that I will be able to steal someone’s Nikon in class so that I become bi-lingual for both interfaces.

I’m also excited to work with studio lighting since the majority of my photography has been indoors. Should be fun to work with ISO and retain quality.

Yay cameras!

Variable Data

Ever receive a mail piece that has your name on it? or an email that seems like they know you?

Marketing is becoming increasingly more personalized. So, to follow suit, we completed a VDP project the past couple weeks.

This was a fun project that we shared with a partner, each taking half the load. My share of the work was in the e-mail campaign.

It was interesting to figure out how to put personalized urls into an email and how to personalize fields in the email as well. Here is what ours ended up looking like:

*all dates and offers are fictional 🙂

The interwebs.

These past couple of weeks have been a crash course in web coding for sure. There never seems to be enough time to learn all that I want to. There are so many cool things that I see all over the internet that I want to replicate for my site, but in a limited time frame I am happy with how it turned out. I hope that my website evolves with content and style in the future.

 

Check it out here!

URLs and such.

Last week was a huge learning process. Creating a website from scratch is not for the faint of heart!

I’m doing a portfolio website. I bought http://www.ElizabethRWall.com.

I’m hoping eventually the feed from this blog will be forwarded to that URL.

Yay, internet!

I’ll see you with project pictures soon!

 

p.s. If  haven’t checked out CloudApp, you should ASAP! It will change your life.

Let’s do this.

This summer was absolutely phenomenal. I got to hang out again at Crossroads Worldwide doing video production. This really helped me to gain more skill in scheduling and training camera operators and directing live video. It was super crazy and challenging, but amazing. I love what I do there.

I also got to go to Daytona Beach, FL with NewSpring Church for the Gauntlet. There’s an awesome recap video that you can find here.

And then, I got to fulfill all of my childhood dreams by visiting Harry Potter World. Oh. Yeah.

This summer really couldn’t have been better, but, in all honesty, I am super excited to get back to classes and friends here on campus. I love the heat, so walking to class is actually enjoyable for me AND all of my professors seem amazing.

 

I LOVE photography. As this blog may have shown you. I love the art of it, the feel of it and the creativity and freedom of it. I can’t wait to learn more about that in 340. Most of my photos are outdoor, so it will be great to learn to shoot in a studio. I’m also really excited to re-learn how to code for web. That’s something I haven’t really been into since high school.

 

Anyway, I’m super excited to share with you what I learn this semester!