The Fifth Season

There’s winter, spring, summer, fall and then WEDDING SEASON.

Name the movie where those two words are important. And then come watch it with me because you obviously have good taste in movies too and we should be friends if we aren’t already.

As you may have heard, I have a few weddings going on this summer.

Two have already happened – taking me to beautiful Savannah and Tybee Island to celebrate with Ashley and Matty and then Nashvegas to stand up with Rebecca while she married J-Bone.

It’s been a busy, fun, amazing, awesome, summer, and in less than three weeks, it’s time for my sister to marry Swarles! (I don’t use real names a lot. Don’t judge.)

I’ve taken my trusty little camera along for the adventures this summer and I’ve shared the sights of Savannah almost ad nauseum with you. (Be real, though, you loved every bit.)

What I haven’t shown you are those two weddings. I was Ashley’s official wedding photographer (so nervous that day…) and Rebecca’s official while-we’re-getting-ready photographer. And not to toot my own horn or anything – but I’m totally going to toot my own horn – they turned out pretty great.

These are not NEARLY all of them, but you get the idea. And there are a lot. So grab a cup of tea or coffee or bourbon and settle in for a bit to enjoy.

Those were two of the most fun days of my life and I loved being able to be there and be a part of those days for my beautiful girls. I’d do it all over again tomorrow. And again in less than three weeks. Ha.

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Being pretty is a full-time job

My friends are pretty. And cute. And handsome, if they’re dudes. It’s pretty much the main reason why I’m carrying this camera around all the time. Like, as their own personal paparazzi.

It’s like Rebecca said last week, leading up to her wedding: “You think I picked you as bridesmaids ’cause I love you. No. It’s ’cause you’re gonna make my pictures look good.”

I showed you some of Savannah’s pretty scenery and now I’ll show you some more. Me and my cute friends in Savannah, because we really added to the scenery.

Fourth-ish-ness

Being that it’s still July for a few more days, it’s not totally random that I’ll share with you a few of the pictures I took on that lil’ holiday, wherein I went to my aunt’s house and ate a lot, watched cornhole games for hours and chased my cousin’s 1-year-old daughter around – sometimes with a camera and then sometimes I just let her chase me.

Anyway, it was a nice little relaxing day, not to mention a much-needed day off in the middle of the work week.

Here’s my Fourth (some of it anyway) in pictures. And nope, I’m not in a single one. Also, Sami loves Amurrica.

Ambiance

You know what Savannah has a lot of?

(Besides bars, carriages, ghosts and my money.)

Beautiful scenery.

Seriously, guys, of the total number of pictures I took – which was enough to fill up my memory card – I bet at least 64 percent of them were of houses, buildings, parts of houses or buildings, or trees. Because they’re pretty.

I’ll share some of them here, but they don’t even really do the city justice.

You know, if you ever wanted to just go there just to walk around and look at trees, I would not even judge you.

Georgia On My Mind

I’m in love I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!

With a city. Is that weird? Is that possible? Would that get me a show on TLC?

Naw, seriously though, if the city of Savannah, Georgia was a person… I might marry it.

Just sayin’.

My BFFs and I spent four-ish days in the city recently for Ash and Matty’s wedding and when time came to go home, I don’t think any of us wanted to.

I could go on and on about the beautiful city and awesome time we had, but I think that’s something better shown in photos. So get ready, ’cause there are a lot.

I could have filled up a memory card just on pictures of buildings…

This is the view of our place (we’re on the second floor with no blinds. Above Smoothie King.) from World Of Beer.

This is the first time ALL of us – all 7 of us and plus ones and Emma Em – had been together in a long time, so in true US fashion, we made sure we took some really great and flattering and awesome pictures of each other.

And while the purpose for our trip was celebrating the awesome Matt and our beautiful Ashley:

Who broke it down in what we dubbed “Wobble Park” because she held her own and got everyone’s attention with her dance moves to that song. And her shyness, obviously.

We also celebrated this young man, AKA The Roommate, who turned the big 3-0 but yet doesn’t look a day over 2-0 (and that’s a great thing, bud!).

It’s ridiculous how many pictures I took, so this is the first post of many. And these don’t even do it justice, really. One of the best times I’ve had in a long while.

See?

You can really tell in this picture. Excuse the look of crazy on my face. That’s what you get when you leave me with my best friends. And four strawberry daquiris.

Photos just look better when they’re square-shaped

I’m like, knee deep in photography projects over here and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m legit, y’all! Business cards to come, I have a page where you can like my photography on Facebook and I have at least three new possible photo gigs in the next couple months. Can’t wait.

In the meantime, and while some other blogs are cookin’, here’s some of the other photography I’ve been doing.

Do you have Instagram yet? ‘Cause you totally should. Want to see more gems like these? Follow “laurtastic.”

Most important stuff

The closest I’ve ever had to a house fire, thankfully, was that time The Roommate burnt popcorn so badly the living room smelled like it for almost a week. And hopefully it’s something I never have to deal with. But one of the questions that provides an answer that tells you a lot about a person is “What would you grab if your house was on fire?”

There’s been a blog – and soon, a book – made out of that question, and it simultaneously serves to feed our nosiness and maybe make people think about what’s the most important stuff they have in their possession.

It’s called “The Burning House” and people send in submissions – photos – of neatly arranged items that they’d grab if they had to make a quick exit from their home, something that hopefully they’d never really have to experience.

There are a lot of electronics, photos and pets, of course. And while I’m not sure yet if I’ll submit it to the site, here’s my pile.

I gave myself only about a minute to think about it. In case you can’t see everything- it includes the following:
• Sixteen Candles DVD
• Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison record from my grandpa
• Laptop
• Camera
• Peanut, my stuffed elephant that I’ve had forever and has been with me on just about every trip I’ve ever been on…
• Pictures of me and my grandpa when I was little, he’s playing his harmonica in all of them
• Boston and Louisville hats
• The Wire Complete Series
• My four favorite books: “Water for Elephants,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “The Help.”
• Little decorated box Alistair made me in England with British pounds in it
• Door sign thing that says “Shhh Laura is sleeping” that’s been on the door in my room (except for my rooms in college) since before I can remember.

What’s in your pile?

Lonely, like a shoe with no foot, which I’d prefer to the alternative

One time when I was driving, I saw a shoe. In the middle of the road. It was weird.

No idea how it got there. Was it thrown out? Did it fall off some redneck who was hanging their foot out the window while driving? (I say redneck, but I’d totally do it if it was more comfortable) Did someone get hit by a car? Is it a sign for something?

Regardless of what it was for or from, it was weird.

It’s not the only time I saw something weird in the road and I’m sure it won’t be the last.

There was another time I saw this dinosaur on the sidewalk.

Why does any of this matter? Because someone has made a blog out of sightings just like these.

It’s called “Sad Stuff On The Street” and it’s great. People submit photos of stuff on the street that seems as ridiculously out of place as that shoe was. And the commentary on it is even better. My favorite is the “Depressed Teddy Bear Series,” because apparently a lot of people leave teddy bears randomly on the street.

Check it out.

InstagrAMAZING

Have you heard of Instagram? Used it yet? If your answer was no, then you’re crazy.

Just kidding, but, um, I’m hooked on it.

You know how I like photography and pictures and whatnot – I mean, I’m well on my way to being a professional, remember?

Beyond the fact that the iPhone lets you take ridiculously awesome pictures, Instagram lets you use all sorts of kick-ass filters on them and then you post ’em and share them with your friends. It’s like everything you love about Twitter and Facebook but (in Facebook’s case anyway) but better – at the moment anyway, until like a week from now when something even more amazing comes out.

If you do have Instagram or this little blurb has convinced you to get it (and frankly how could it not…) you should follow me. @Laurtastic

And here’s a peek at the kind of photographs you’d be subjecting yourself to if you did.

#dinosaurproblems

I have never seen the cartoon movie “Meet The Robinsons” but I will forever love it because of this one scene from the preview that makes me laugh every time.

And now, someone has taken that – and a pretty impressive drawing ability – and made it into a blog about our poor friend, the T-Rex. That big head and little arms don’t let him do a lot of things we take for granted. Like put in eyedrops, or play the parachute game at school.

I read a lot of different things during the day, for work, for fun, from news to photo blogs. And this is one of my favorites at the moment. I am addicted.