Thursday, April 26, 2012

Ferris and Addisyn

Here are the pictures from last week of my sister and niece. 
It was so much fun and I LOVE how they turned out!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Photo Shoot

A little preview of our photo shoot on Saturday.. I'm excited to get them all edited! 

This is my sister and her daughter. We wanted to get some pictures of them together and this orchard was all blooming and beautiful so it turned out great!! It's the same niece as last time... she's such a good sport to be my model all the time!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Weekend

     This past weekend was great! It's not so much what we did, but I just felt good... you know?
So on Friday I got a new phone (and a new number) and then we just hung out at Preston's house with his family and me and Preston ordered one of those Pizza Hut $10 boxes... it was not good-so greasy, so we won't do that anymore.

     On Saturday Preston went up to the library to study and I cleaned up and did a little shopping, and I was very good at only getting what I needed. :) When I got home we went and watched the BYU rugby game and that was so nice! The weather felt perfect and it just felt like summer to be out there watching the game. This was my first rugby game so I was pretty entranced by everything going on and trying to learn the rules and what they were doing. (I really liked the "scrum" and when they would lift each other up to get the ball when someone threw it in.) After the game we went and tried a new restaurant in downtown Provo called Black Sheep Cafe. It's southwestern food and it was pretty good- I really liked the scones. After that Preston went to play golf and I went over to his parents to "study" which was actually taking a nap out on the grass. When I woke up I did a practice on Preston's sister's hair for her wedding, (which is in May!) The rest of the night was just fun, relaxing, talking, etc.

    Sunday was Easter!! I have this favorite breakfast that I used to make all the time when I lived at home, but hardly ever make now since Preston doesn't like it, but I had to have it for Easter! It's called Creamed Eggs and it's soo yummy! So after I ate that we played a little Super Nintendo, and then went to church (we went to Preston's family's ward for Easter and the choir was amazing!)
Preston's mom made a wonderful dinner as always and we just enjoyed the night playing with cute little Sophie. She is seriously the cutest baby ever!

So here's some pictures from our Easter Sunday:

He was such a good sport... he hates taking pictures

Preston's cute mom made us all Easter baskets!

Sophie loves her uncle Preston

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Consider This

I've been thinking a lot today about body image/photoshop/beauty mostly because we had two presentations on those topics in my media effects class. And then I get on Facebook when I get to work and see so many people have been reading articles on this kind of particular topic. One was a picture that showed supermodels before they had been touched up, which we see all the time in magazine articles entitled "Celebrities Exposed" or "They're Just Like You" or something like that.

Sooo why does everyone still think they look like they do on the cover of Glamour magazine?? And the better question is what is this doing to girls/women? I don't know about other girls, but I find that it gets a bit depressing sometimes to never be able to have the perfect skin/hair/eyelashes that all these models or celebrities have.

That's why I really liked this little fake advertisement that was shown in our class today. I am totally for enhancing photos in Photoshop.. I happen to absolutely love Photoshop. I am a big fan of covering up that pesky zit that just happened to come on the one day that you get with friends and take a picture. I am not a fan of altering all your photos so that you appear to be someone you're not. Simple as that. Real people are beautiful, and the media has perhaps lost sight of that.

That's why I love the Dove campaign for real beauty which is the other video I posted. This obsession with having the perfect body is downgrading women, making them into nothing more than eye candy. I'm not saying don't eat healthy, work out as much as you can, and take care of yourself... I'm saying don't let unattainable beauty be the focus of your life.


If you're still reading, there's a talk by Elder Holland entitled "To Young Women" that I posted some good quotes from: (It may look kinda long but it's really good, I promise!)

"I plead with you young women to please be more accepting of yourselves, including your body shape and style, with a little less longing to look like someone else. We are all different. Some are tall, and some are short. Some are round, and some are thin. And almost everyone at some time or other wants to be something they are not! But as one adviser to teenage girls said: “You can’t live your life worrying that the world is staring at you.

Frankly, the world has been brutal with you in this regard. You are bombarded in movies, television, fashion magazines, and advertisements with the message that looks are everything! The pitch is, “If your looks are good enough, your life will be glamorous and you will be happy and popular.” That kind of pressure is immense in the teenage years, to say nothing of later womanhood. In too many cases too much is being done to the human body to meet just such a fictional (to say nothing of superficial) standard. As one Hollywood actress is reported to have said recently: “We’ve become obsessed with beauty and the fountain of youth. … I’m really saddened by the way women mutilate [themselves] in search of that. I see women [including young women] … pulling this up and tucking that back. It’s like a slippery slope. [You can’t get off of it.] … It’s really insane … what society is doing to women.”

In terms of preoccupation with self and a fixation on the physical, this is more than social insanity; it is spiritually destructive, and it accounts for much of the unhappiness women, including young women, face in the modern world.

One would truly need a great and spacious makeup kit to compete with beauty as portrayed in media all around us. Yet at the end of the day there would still be those “in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers” as Lehi saw, because however much one tries in the world of glamour and fashion, it will never be glamorous enough."