Semester #5 (Fall 2016) In Review

Well, that's all folks. I feel like we just arrived at school in August, but now it's a brisk 30 degrees outside and the Christmas tree is up in my house. JUST LIKE THAT.

Around the holiday season I get incredibly sentimental about how great the people in my life are. You know who you are, and thank you. Here's to you, and a semester well done. I'm proud of all of us. I'm ready for the next round in 5 short weeks!!! But for now, let's eat a lot of food and sleep a lot of hours. 

I love every single one of you.

Als

 I've spent the past 18 years with my little bro, and we moved him into Tulsa University this semester! He is thriving and majoring in some super smart thing. He seems to have gotten taller and is currently trying to grow his hair out just in time for (hopefully) studying abroad in New Zealand Fall 2017!

I've spent the past 18 years with my little bro, and we moved him into Tulsa University this semester! He is thriving and majoring in some super smart thing. He seems to have gotten taller and is currently trying to grow his hair out just in time for (hopefully) studying abroad in New Zealand Fall 2017!

 It was the weekend before school started and we had already escaped. Frontier City seemed like a good option. 

It was the weekend before school started and we had already escaped. Frontier City seemed like a good option. 

 Meggy studied abroad ALL SEMESTER in London, but she surprised us in Stillwater right before she left!!! We are thankful she came to see us, and now she comes home in 8 short days! We have missed her.

Meggy studied abroad ALL SEMESTER in London, but she surprised us in Stillwater right before she left!!! We are thankful she came to see us, and now she comes home in 8 short days! We have missed her.

 Me and dotter were excited to have an addition to the fam!

Me and dotter were excited to have an addition to the fam!

 Bid Day 2016! We brought home the gold. Thought Theta thought right am i riiiiiight

Bid Day 2016! We brought home the gold. Thought Theta thought right am i riiiiiight

 New Life Ranch summer staff at ROOTED

New Life Ranch summer staff at ROOTED

 I'm still incredibly proud of my best friend for the way she worked toward ROOTED 2016!

I'm still incredibly proud of my best friend for the way she worked toward ROOTED 2016!

 When you're photographing the bride and groom but they know the area better than you do so the groom drives your car

When you're photographing the bride and groom but they know the area better than you do so the groom drives your car

 LOOK WHO IT IS!!!! Nystro helped me shoot a beautiful Kansas City wedding in September! It was so refreshing seeing her after becoming buddies at camp over the summer. 

LOOK WHO IT IS!!!! Nystro helped me shoot a beautiful Kansas City wedding in September! It was so refreshing seeing her after becoming buddies at camp over the summer. 

 My best friends and I went camping over Labor Day weekend. I will forever be thankful for friends who decide to spend an entire weekend together, no matter how much we don't know what we are doing. We didn't find the perfect campsite until midnight, and Mikayla, Neen, and I set up our tent on a hill covered in rocks. BUT We spent Sunday evening around a campfire affirming each other, and woke up the next morning to Collin and Travis being baptized in the lake. You guys have made my college experience a million times better, and I am so excited to see what other adventures we decide to take! Visiting Ryan at seminary, anyone!?

My best friends and I went camping over Labor Day weekend. I will forever be thankful for friends who decide to spend an entire weekend together, no matter how much we don't know what we are doing. We didn't find the perfect campsite until midnight, and Mikayla, Neen, and I set up our tent on a hill covered in rocks. BUT We spent Sunday evening around a campfire affirming each other, and woke up the next morning to Collin and Travis being baptized in the lake. You guys have made my college experience a million times better, and I am so excited to see what other adventures we decide to take! Visiting Ryan at seminary, anyone!?

 I became a G!! I love her a lot. Welcome to the gam, granddotter.

I became a G!! I love her a lot. Welcome to the gam, granddotter.

 Kite Flight 2016. Don't forget Lexie's GDI shirt.

Kite Flight 2016. Don't forget Lexie's GDI shirt.

 Surprise Ross showed up in his Melanzana and brought me Red Bull!!!!!

Surprise Ross showed up in his Melanzana and brought me Red Bull!!!!!

 NYSTRO CAME TO STILLY

NYSTRO CAME TO STILLY

 Ross and I shot a wedding in Denton, Texas. It was fun getting to shoot as a team with THE Sir Rossum (aside from camp, of course).

Ross and I shot a wedding in Denton, Texas. It was fun getting to shoot as a team with THE Sir Rossum (aside from camp, of course).

 SURPRISE I saw my bro at Ben Rector. Look how tall he is. 

SURPRISE I saw my bro at Ben Rector. Look how tall he is. 

 Ben Rector :) 

Ben Rector :) 

 I spent many evenings in Oklahoma City this semester photographing some really cool people. I'd be totally down for living in downtown Oklahoma City after I graduate. I explain it to people as "artsy professional," and it is continually growing. I have a lot of love for this city!

I spent many evenings in Oklahoma City this semester photographing some really cool people. I'd be totally down for living in downtown Oklahoma City after I graduate. I explain it to people as "artsy professional," and it is continually growing. I have a lot of love for this city!

 Happy 21st birthday to me!!!!!! They wrote me sweet letters and celebrated with me. All of my friends were in one place this evening, and it was the best birthday present ever. 

Happy 21st birthday to me!!!!!! They wrote me sweet letters and celebrated with me. All of my friends were in one place this evening, and it was the best birthday present ever. 

 Over fall break, we walked around downtown and sat in on people's wedding rehearsals. 

Over fall break, we walked around downtown and sat in on people's wedding rehearsals. 

 Every time I'm home, Maddy is always down for something fun to do. 

Every time I'm home, Maddy is always down for something fun to do. 

 Molly and I get our flu shots together every year, and then we have to send our moms a picture as proof. 

Molly and I get our flu shots together every year, and then we have to send our moms a picture as proof. 

 HOMECOMING WEEK 2016 BEGINS!!!!

HOMECOMING WEEK 2016 BEGINS!!!!

 I got to ride the lift.

I got to ride the lift.

 Claire nailed it with this sign. 

Claire nailed it with this sign. 

 For a lot of you, this picture might be kind of weird. It's an arial view of one of the screens of our dec! We were doing last minute touch ups, and cutting the screen to the right size for when it was ready to be hung.

For a lot of you, this picture might be kind of weird. It's an arial view of one of the screens of our dec! We were doing last minute touch ups, and cutting the screen to the right size for when it was ready to be hung.

 After wayyyyyyy over 24 hours of no sleep, Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon present "A Ride Through Life."

After wayyyyyyy over 24 hours of no sleep, Kappa Alpha Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon present "A Ride Through Life."

 The fam got VIP passes to go past the rope for a picture, I guess.

The fam got VIP passes to go past the rope for a picture, I guess.

 SECOND PLACE. THIS BABY GOT SECOND PLACE. 

SECOND PLACE. THIS BABY GOT SECOND PLACE. 

 My friendsies

My friendsies

 We are both old enough to vote! We decided to write in Steve Raney for president. It didn't work :( 

We are both old enough to vote! We decided to write in Steve Raney for president. It didn't work :( 

 One Thursday afternoon, Kraby and I decided to get a pizza, sit at Boomer Lake, and eat it under the pavilion.. It was honestly the best decision we have had all semester. 

One Thursday afternoon, Kraby and I decided to get a pizza, sit at Boomer Lake, and eat it under the pavilion.. It was honestly the best decision we have had all semester. 

 ROOTED Exec 2017!! 

ROOTED Exec 2017!! 

 My best friend Mikayla is so talented!!! She made this for me for my birthday and is now taking orders and selling customized ones for people!! 

My best friend Mikayla is so talented!!! She made this for me for my birthday and is now taking orders and selling customized ones for people!! 

 The most encouraging friends I could work with this year!!!

The most encouraging friends I could work with this year!!!

 Maaaaaaan I am PUMPED to work with these people!! 

Maaaaaaan I am PUMPED to work with these people!! 

 Early sunrise Mon

Early sunrise Mon

 It was about 7:00 AM here but we're all smiling!!

It was about 7:00 AM here but we're all smiling!!

 Lex and Als Als and Lex

Lex and Als Als and Lex

 I got to take pictures for Oklahoma State's Speakers Board event where Brandon Stanton spoke! Brandon Stanton is the creator of Humans of New York. "If you start working on it full time before you know exactly what it is and trust that it will become what you need to be along the way, I am confident that everyone can get to the place where I am. I get to choose the work that I do." -Brandon

I got to take pictures for Oklahoma State's Speakers Board event where Brandon Stanton spoke! Brandon Stanton is the creator of Humans of New York. "If you start working on it full time before you know exactly what it is and trust that it will become what you need to be along the way, I am confident that everyone can get to the place where I am. I get to choose the work that I do." -Brandon

 Ricki and I just doin' what we love

Ricki and I just doin' what we love

 We lifted a couch above a fence and we felt very mocho. Call us if you need furniture moved!!!! We are your gals, even though Kraby might break her neck in the process. 

We lifted a couch above a fence and we felt very mocho. Call us if you need furniture moved!!!! We are your gals, even though Kraby might break her neck in the process. 

 Here is another example of Maddy always being up for doing strange things. We always drive by this tree area, but this particular evening we fiiiiiinally decided to get out and take a few photos.

Here is another example of Maddy always being up for doing strange things. We always drive by this tree area, but this particular evening we fiiiiiinally decided to get out and take a few photos.

 Example B

Example B

 Thanksgiving!!!!! Three generations

Thanksgiving!!!!! Three generations

 I'm still friends with these goobs!! Any day I get to see them is a good day. Even if it is to study.

I'm still friends with these goobs!! Any day I get to see them is a good day. Even if it is to study.

 Breanna and I both went through high school both having a passion for photography, and now we are both completely pursuing those dreams. We got to shoot a wedding TOGETHER and it was a dream!!!

Breanna and I both went through high school both having a passion for photography, and now we are both completely pursuing those dreams. We got to shoot a wedding TOGETHER and it was a dream!!!

 Pham has been in Memphis this semester and I have MISSED HER.

Pham has been in Memphis this semester and I have MISSED HER.

 Stillwater Succulents

Stillwater Succulents

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLLIN

HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLLIN

 Thankful for friends who open their homes up and let us all enjoy each other's company.

Thankful for friends who open their homes up and let us all enjoy each other's company.

 Merry Christmas peeps

Merry Christmas peeps

 This was my last semester with Lexie.

This was my last semester with Lexie.

 BUT she's moving to Buena Vista and chasing dreams!!!!

BUT she's moving to Buena Vista and chasing dreams!!!!

 During dead week my friends and I went to Lake McMurtry, had a bonfire, and the boys camped out. 

During dead week my friends and I went to Lake McMurtry, had a bonfire, and the boys camped out. 

 Merry Christmas from Rooted Exec!

Merry Christmas from Rooted Exec!

 I took this after taking one the hardest finals I have ever taken. But still, Go Pokes. 

I took this after taking one the hardest finals I have ever taken. But still, Go Pokes. 

 We are the nugs fam and we could all eat every single meal at Chick Fil A. 

We are the nugs fam and we could all eat every single meal at Chick Fil A. 


This semester has also been really cool because it has been filled with PHOTOGRAPHY (surprise). 

Photography is cool. I'm always afraid people won't take me seriously and I am constantly comparing myself to other photographers. Even if photography wasn't a trend right now, I would still be in it. I am in love with light and the way that it illuminates some things and back lights others. I love the way it reflects off of light surfaces and creates bokeh when the depth of field is shallow. It's funny because "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it" (John 1:5). The Lord has created it to perfectly hit every thing that He has made. I see the beauty, and I get to capture it!