Spring has Sprung

I named this blog post “Spring has Sprung,” as I feel like I have been really busy photographing all the seasonal flora around lately, but perhaps a more accurate title should have been, “Hey, I’ve totally been slacking with this blog, so here’s 4 months’ worth of Stoli photos”.

I’ve been extremely busy with work and wedding planning these last couple of months. With the wedding, I am actually really far ahead of schedule. That’s one good thing about being 1,000 miles away from everyone you know–you have all the time in the world to plan with no distractions. I have the wedding and reception venues as well as a photographer booked (Photographer was obviously the most important part, haha), I hand made all the table decorations, and most recently bought my wedding dress!!

My parents came out to visit me earlier this spring. It was great to see them again, and I didn’t realize how much I missed my mom’s cooking! They were only in town for four days, so we didn’t get a ton of time to hang out, but it was still nice to be together again. They loved the Ohio weather (it was cold–50-60 degrees everyday, but they left snow to come out here, so they were sweating while I was in my winter coat still!) I took them to Inniswood Metro Park one nice evening and they walked around with me while I took some spring foliage photos.

Tulips © Holly Hildreth 2013

Tulips © Holly Hildreth 2013

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Besides photographing the spring flowers, I have been trying to shoot other subjects to widen my portfolio. I still don’t really know anyone out here, so Stoli is usually my go-to model. I recently discovered a dog park about a 1/2 mile from my house, so I started taking Stoli (and my camera) there after work a few nights a week. I always get the weirdest looks from people there, but it’s fun and challenging to try and photograph new dogs.

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German Shepherd © Holly Hildreth 2013

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I’ve also started volunteering to photograph homeless animals at the local shelter. It can be quite challenging as some of the animals are feral or came from abusive situations. I am happy to do what I can though, to help them get adopted. Plus, it makes me really thankful to have such a patient model waiting for me at home!

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And of COURSE I have been photographing Stoli, and he’s been taking it like a champ. I’m sure there’s a large amount of people who think I’m the “crazy dog lady” because of all the photos I take of Stoli. The thing is Stoli loves it (he thinks it’s his job,) and it’s a huge stress reliever for me, so I’ll keep on doing it!

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Our Mock "Save-the-Date" cards. My Fiance wasn't too impressed, but the Stoli was just too cute, so I had to share

Our Mock “Save-the-Date” cards. My Fiance wasn’t too impressed to see a giant picture of Stoli rather than us, but I thought was just too cute, so I had to share

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Stoli’s faster than a speeding corn dog.

One other piece of good news: I have another Hallmark Card! I don’t know for sure when it’s coming out, so I will pass the details on to you later, but I know for sure it’ll be available to buy online this Summer. As far as an in-store date, I am unsure. They haven’t told me whether it’ll be distributed in stores yet, so I’ll keep you posted.

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A Midsummer’s Night Update

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything, so I figured it was high time I put up some new work and let you all know I’m still alive. So much has been happening that it’s really hard to find time to sit down and crank out a blog post. It’s also tough, because I have adapted to a “grown up” sleep schedule, which means I get up at 6am and go to bed by 10pm. A frighteningly strange concept for a 22-year old.

Things have been clipping by pretty quickly at my internship. I can’t believe I am over half-way done already. It really doesn’t seem possible. I guess time flies when you’re having fun, and I really truly do enjoy what I am doing at work. It make such a difference when you like your job. Instead of dreading work in the morning, I wake up and am actually excited to get to the office. I have been doing such a wide and diverse amount of shooting, I don’t even know where to begin with my project recap. I have shot rose gardens, microchips, parrots, an aquarium, food, wildlife, festivals, a rodeo; insects; sports–you name it, I have probably shot it within the last 2 months. The good news is that I can put a couple of my favorite images up in my blog and on my portfolio website. I obviously can’t post everything and some images I can’t post at all because they’re currently being used in books that are coming out soon. Anyway, here are a couple of my favorites.

Proof that I am a real adult at a real job

Proof that I am a real adult at a real job. This is a snapshot of my boss and I discussing some images I shot in our informal meeting room. (Trust me, not all of our meeting rooms are neon green with a random mishmash of objects strewn about, haha!)

One of the first big location shoots I did was at the Whetstone Park of Roses in Columbus.  This park is (as the name suggests,) chock-full-o-roses. One of the signs said they had something like 100,000 rose plants there. It was a little overwhelming. I arrived around 6:30am to get some great early-morning light images. Like I said, I am only able to post a couple, but trust me, I got some great results. Again, I should let it be known that technically all these images are © McGraw-Hill Companies.

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

Another fun shoot I had was at Inniswood Metro Gardens. There were so many pictures to be had, it is hard for me to narrow down the posting to just a couple of my favorites! It is definitely a place I will have to visit again for more shooting.

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© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

When I’m not on location or at the office, I usually try and find things around the house and local things in Columbus to take pictures of. It’s so nice having more lenses and flash units at my disposal again!
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© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

Perhaps one of my favorite photo shoots was my trip to Cleveland this past weekend. I had never been to Cleveland, so for me, this was like a paid vacation. I mostly traveled around to the top sites and shot. I visited the aquarium, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Browns Stadium, a marina, Lake Erie, and a few other locations. I had a blast, and it’s things like this that make my job so sweet.

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

© Holly Hildreth/McGraw-Hill Companies

I wish I could share ALL of the images I have shot in the last two months with you, but unfortunately I can’t. I am very grateful that my boss is letting me post these images in order to beef up my portfolio and online presence. Hopefully I will be able to continue to post for you guys.

I am very excited as my parents and uncle are coming to visit me this weekend and celebrate the 4th of July with me. I will be shooting the fireworks for work, but then we are headed to Niagara Falls. I can’t tell you how excited I am for that, as I know there will be a ton of photographic opportunities to be had.

Anyway, sorry the update was so short, but it’s past my old-people bed time! I’ll try to do a better job of keeping on top of posts in the future!

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Spring Break, Part IV: Powell Gardens

We arrived back in Warrensburg around supper time on Saturday.  We were sad to be done with vacation, but happy to be back in our own beds. I also had the terrifying realization that this was the last trip I’ll be able to take as a student. From now on, whatever job I take will only offer 2 weeks of vacation a year. When we got back in town, I noticed that the flowers were starting their downward slide past their prime. I hadn’t taken any Spring photos yet this year, so I decided to go to Powell Gardens the next day.

I had only been to Powell Gardens once before. We took a field trip there for my nature and scenic class. Unfortunately when we did so, it was 105 degrees and in August, so everything was brown. I figured I would check out what they had to offer in Spring. Normally when photographing nature, the best hours to shoot are sunrise and sunset, since the light is a soft, golden quality. Powell Gardens, however, is only open from 10am-5pm, so I didn’t get very good lighting, as it was a hot, cloudless day. All-in-all, I got a few good images and a sunburn.

orchids © Holly Hildreth 2012

Orchids in the indoor welcome center. Orchids are one of my favorite flowers, but I have never tried growing them, as I have always heard they are a bit difficult to care for...(and seeing as I killed cacti 4 times before, I didn't ever attempt more delicate plants).

orchids © Holly Hildreth 2012

Tulips © Holly Hildreth 2012

Flowering Tree © Holly Hildreth 2012

Daffodils Flowering © Holly Hildreth 2012

Tulips © Holly Hildreth 2012

Flowers © Holly Hildreth 2012

Panoramic of Flowers © Holly Hildreth 2012

Panoramic of Flowers and bench

I’m back in school now, and the semester’s rapidly winding down. I’m trying to do as much shooting as I can before I graduate and no longer have access to a studio, lights, and lenses. I “graduate” in one month. (I don’t technically graduate until I finish a Summer class, but there is no Summer graduation, so I get to take part in the Spring commencement ceremony).

More photos of recent work coming soon, and don’t worry, I’ve got a set of Stoli photos headed your way.

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