Driving Up The Coast

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I spent most of yesterday and the day before working on photography stuff, so by 6 o’clock last night I was itching to get out of the house. We solved this by going for a scenic drive up the coast of New Hampshire.
It’s a beautiful coastline, and I like to pretend it’s Big Sur (I will get there within the next two years!). So, while that coastline is still a daydream, I’ll be enjoying this east coast.
The sun was hiding behind the clouds, which created an amazing sunset.
I had picked up a bunch of flowers at a market yesterday, obviously for taking pictures, and I’m so happy I did. I love finding ways to add pops of color to my photos.

After the drive, we came back to the house and hung out. Some of Seth’s friends came down and we had a seafood dinner. Then I crashed and went to bed because I am no longer capable of staying up late.

Tomorrow is my last day up here, but it gets me closer to the end of my job and moving! Two years ago after this vacation, I moved into my apartment. Now in a few short weeks, I’ll be moving out and starting my life as a full fledged photographer!

TTYL

~Kelsey

Top: AE | Shorts: Gap | Hat: h&m |Sandals: Old Navy

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A Changing of Doors

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Hey friends!
There are some exciting things happening around here.
First, I put in my notice at my job! I will be leaving to pursue photography and videography and Kelsey Haley Media! I am so happy to be going after my dreams. I’ll be moving home and increasing my hours at my part time job to pull it off, but I honestly think it’s the right choice. I love my part time job and can still learn so much there. It’s always good to have more than one thing going on. Especially when you’re working for yourself, I think it’s great to have something on the side. It will get me out of the house and allow me to interact with people and still have coworkers that I love.
As for moving home, I’ll miss my apartment and my friends, but I’m happy to be closer with my parents. I go home almost every weekend to see them, so it will be nice to have them right there! I’m not going that far, so I’ll still be able to see my friends in this area.

Starting my own business has been such a cool process. I love being able to make my own decisions and create my own content. It’s boosted my confidence a lot. Seeing how much I’m capable of creating at my full time job has made me realize how much I could be putting into myself. I know that it won’t all be easy, buy it will definitely be worth it!

Another exciting thing, my brother Seth took all these pictures! I’ve been planning on training him to help me out on shoots. He doesn’t know how to control the camera settings yet, but he is a natural at framing and coming up with shots! I love these pictures so much, I almost wish I wasn’t in them so I could share them more! Does that make sense?
We had a ton of fun at this golf course. It’s not done being built, so we were able to run up to the top of the construction site and get these awesome photos overlooking the Holyoke Range. The light and flowers were so perfect.
Since this is still partially a fashion blog, my shorts are from Gap. Everything else is old and boring.

If you guys have any small business/creative Podcasts you love, let me know! Podcasts are one of my biggest sources of inspiration and motivation, so I’m always looking for more content!

And, if anyone would like to book a shoot, email me at kelseyhaleymedia@gmail.com!

TTYL

~Kelsey

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Edge of Desire

 Dress & Necklace: Crompton Collective | Leather Sneakers: Frye

Last Sunday I went exploring with my friend Meg. She gets the photo credit for these awesome snaps. We got sandwiches and had a little picnic on this amazing peninsula that overlooks the city. The weather was perfect, not too chilly. It was a little overcast, but I liked the mood it gave.

It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but the ledge we were on was about thirty feet above the shore. The water stretched out farther beyond, but it almost looks like we were right next to it.

  We chatted and met a dog named Seamus and his very Irish owners.
We had a great time and it reminded me how much I like finding new places. I often get into a routine where I do the same things and go to the same spots and get there the same way, but when I try something new I’m usually pleasantly surprised.
There’s something about a new experience that makes you feel like you’re living life and taking advantage of the time you have.

Here’s to doing that more!

TTYL

~Kelsey

In Bloom

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Suede Jacket: [BlankNYC] via TJMaxx | Top: AE | Jeans: DIY | Sneakers: Frye

Yesterday I went to the Smith College Botanical Gardens with my parent’s for the annual flower show. It was absolutely beautiful and the perfect way to kick off spring. There were rooms upon rooms of flowers, cacti, trees, and ferns.
I loved every minute of it, especially the warm rooms because it was still chilly this weekend.
It was a photographer’s dream. The lighting was perfect and all of the botanicals were beautiful. I didn’t have to edit any of these pictures. Nature doesn’t need to be retouched.

I hope you all had a good weekend!

TTYL

~Kelsey

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Learning Photoshop: Mood Board

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Since getting Photoshop and Lightroom for Christmas I’m on a mission to learn as much as I can before school starts and I have no time.

I’ve been using Google and the Adobe website to look up specific things, but today I followed a Skillshare class to learn how to make this mood board. If you don’t know what Skillshare is, it’s a subscription based website with fun classes on things like web design, painting, drawing, marketing, photography, hand lettering, and more. You pay $10 a month and can take as many classes as you want, streaming them whenever you want. I’ve been using it since the summer and have taken classes in photography, watercolor painting, fashion drawing, and now Photoshop.
The one I used to make my mood board is called “Basics of Photoshop: Fundamentals for Beginners” and is taught by Meg Lewis. It was fun and easy to follow. It you’re trying to learn Photoshop I would definitely recommend it.

I hope you all had a great day!

~Kelsey

*Note: This post was not sponsored by Skillshare…but if they wanted to sponsor a post I definitely wouldn’t be opposed! Haha
**Other Note: All images were found on my Pinterest.

You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

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Top: Brandy Melville
Jacket: DKNY Jeans
Skirt: Marshalls
Boots: Marshalls

I wore this last weekend to a family party. It felt like a good balance between summer and fall. I got a wireless remote shutter release and I’m so happy with it! I can finally take advantage of this lens’ awesome autofocus feature!

It’s now officially fall, yay! I’ve been drinking pumpkin coffee all week… and fighting off a cold.

I spent this morning finishing a paper on Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse. I dropped that off at school and picked up my friend Natali.

Me, Natali, and my parents went to a big expo/fair that has a ton of food, rides, and each New England state has a building with food and gifts from the state. We had pumpkin ice cream, maple sugar candy, french fries, baked potatoes, essentially a bunch of junk food.

I’ve been telling Natali about it for years and I was glad to finally show her this big to-do. It is pretty massive, they even had Lynyrd Skynyrd perform tonghit, although we didn’t see it. We ran into my cousin Bridget and her husband, so that was nice too! And by ran into, I mean we discovered we were both there and then spent half an hour trying to find each other. That place is like a labyrinth.

I hope you all had a good Friday!

~Kelsey

 

End of Summer Photoshoot!

I am so excited to finally share these pictures with you!

The last two (three?) weeks have been SO BUSY. I don’t even know how long it’s been. My professors did not ease us in at all; it was straight in to papers, projects, and more reading than is humanly possible. I feel like I’ve been back for a month…have I?

Based on this work load, I may only be able to post once a week or so. But I have not abandoned this little nugget, it’s simply at the bottom of things I need to get done.

I hope you enjoy the pictures! I had so much fun running around campus with my friend Natali. Is she not an amazing model?? She did all the poses on her own, and I swear she cannot take a bad picture.

Have a great weekend!

~Kelsey

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Stay Gold

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Romper: Urban Outfitters (similar)
Sandals: Lands End, similar at UO
Bracelet: Alex & Ani
Necklaces: QuartzCrompton Collective, Multi Chain & Bar/Triangle– American Eagle

I had a very nice day off from work and was able to go to my internship at Crompton. The more time I spend there, the more I love it! It really makes me think that maybe I could do something like that one day.

I was unable to leave without buying a few goodies today. I’ve been eyeing that quartz necklace since the day I stepped foot in there. I’ve been wearing more jewelry lately, so I decided today was the day to take it home with me : )

For the life of me, I could not get a good close up of it with my camera. I literally broke out into a sweat trying to get it, so the old iPhone had to suffice.

I’ve been figuring out the workings of my new 50mm lens. I am loving it, but I’m realizing what it’s good and not so good at (given my current skill set). Full sunlight doesn’t work, super close-ups are blurry, and I didn’t realize how far away I would have to be from the camera to get my whole body in the frame. Regardless of those kinks, I am really enjoying the quality pictures I can get from it.

It’s great for low-light, like these moon shots:DSC_0799 DSC_0801Same night, just different exposure lengths.

And with that, I’m off to sleep.

I hope you all had a fab Friday!

~Kelsey

 

First Blog-iversary!

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Top: Forever 21
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Crompton Collective similar at Tessa Clogs
Hat: H&M, similar at Asos

It’s been a full year since I’ve started this little blog. We’ve been through a name change, a camera change, some international travel, accouting classes (barf), and we’ve come out on the other side!

For a comparison, here is the first outfit I ever posted:

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I think there’s been a bit of improvement : )

I really am so happy that I stopped getting in my own way for two seconds and threw aside the nerves and the fears to create this blog.

In honor of this wonderful anniversary, I’m proud to share the first pictures I’ve taken with my new 50mm lens!

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My cousin Bridget just bought her first house, so we’ve been hanging out there. It is so nice. She’s getting married soon, so we were working on some crafty things for the wedding. I painted the chalkboard lettering using a mix of grated chalk and water. It was so much fun.

I also got to meet her bird, Walter. He’s a great subject to photograph, and he’s so sweet! He was nuzzling my hand when I held him and he puffs up when he’s happy.

Bridget has an awesome cooking blog that you NEED to check out! She is an amazing cook, and can make even cauliflower savory!

I’ve also finally figured out how to put a hand written image on top of a photograph, which is how I made the first image in this post. It literally took me three weeks, but I’ve done it!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week.

~Kelsey