General Conference Notes

Hey ya’ll! With General Conference coming up I created my own page for taking notes and thought I’d share it with you too! In the spirit of General Conference I hope that you are all getting prepared and ready to receive answers to your prayers. I have seen Heavenly Father’s love and blessings in my life and can’t wait to hear the good word this weekend.

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On a side note, I also thought I would share a story of my favorite General Conference. Four years ago I moved to Rexburg, Idaho to go to BYUI (of course)! Just like many of you are doing I’m sure, you’re inviting your FHE family or the cute boys across the street to watch conference and eat delish cinnamon rolls. My apartment had a variety of friends who came over, one being my husband, Clayton.

I had been hanging out with Clayton and his roommates for about a week now. Nothing major had happened between us yet, just good ol’ friends. As the opening hymn to the Sunday afternoon session started I received some inspiration that was very unexpected, but would forever change my life. It was so life-like I thought someone had come over and whispered in my ear but when I looked no one was there. That day I learned Clayton was going to be my husband. Heavenly Father said to me, “This is your husband.”

That was is it, plain and simple. I am so glad that I had prepared myself for that conference weekend to receive that revelation. Marrying Clayton was the best decision I have ever made and my life has changed 180 percent (for the better) because of it. I am so proud to call him my husband.

If you prepare yourself for this conference, whether or not if you have pressing questions, the Lord will reveal himself to you and pour out his blessings. I hope you all have a wonderful conference! To download a PDF (which is what I suggest for printing rather than a JPEG) of my conference notes select the following link: general conference


The Show Must Go On!

On April 12th, 2013 Clayton, my older brother Garrett and I graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with our bachelor’s degrees. Such a bitter-sweet moment, for me at least. I was sad to leave my job, PRSSA and friends,  but it was time to move on.  My husband, Clayton  accepted a job as a  wireline engineer for Schlumberger and we were to relocate to Midland, TX where he would then have training for 2 weeks. Clayton’s start date wasn’t until May 20th though and if we wanted assistance with moving we needed to wait until our moving period. After graduation we decided to go to Virginia and spend time with family until we could move to Midland.

When we got to Virginia I began applying for jobs in Midland and had a phone interview for a marketing retail position that needed to be filled immediately. They wanted to meet me in person so we had to make the decision to either pack up, move to Midland on our own ticket and interview for the position or stay in Virginia and hope that the job wouldn’t be filled before we moved (ha!). Because we both felt that I would A) get the job and B) it would be filled if we didn’t go, we decided we needed to go. We weren’t in Virginia for even a week before we had to leave.

We got to Midland on a Tuesday and quickly learned that the housing situation is a seller’s market. There are currently more residents than there is housing because of the oil boom. Lucky for us we got an apartment we really like within 2 days (I’m pretty proud of that BTW)! That Wednesday I had my interview and heard back the same evening and was extended the offer for the job! It was exciting, as a new graduate to know that I could have a job, but I was torn. After my interview I spent some time with other’s in my position and I new it wasn’t for me. I was so scared to be fresh out of college and turning down an offer but knew I would be miserable if I didn’t. I also felt awful that we moved early, so I could take the job, but wasn’t going to. With a lot of support from my family, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that I couldn’t accept the offer and that it would be back to the drawing board.

As I’ve been having various interviews Schlumberger contacted Clayton and told us his training wouldn’t be 2 weeks, but 3 months in Houston. Then 5 days later, 2 of which were over the weekend, we’re told his training will now be 5 months and he is going to the Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East! As you could imagine this has been very difficult for us. Unfortunately I am not able to be with Clayton while he is training. I debated on going home for the 5 months so I wont be alone, because yes, I am scared to be living alone in a new town where the closest friends and family I have are thousands of miles away. We decided that I would stay until the end of May to find a job, if I found a job I would stay in Midland, if I didn’t I would go stay with my parents.

I’ve been interviewing for two main jobs, one is doing internal PR for a local dentist office and the other is doing HR and training for Community National Bank. I had two interviews for the PR job late last week and early this week, yesterday I had my interview for the HR position. After discussing the pros and cons for both I determined that the HR position would best fit my wants and needs.

After my interview yesterday for the HR position I felt that it went very well but wasn’t expecting to hear anything for a while because they said they had more interviews and wouldn’t get back to me until mid next week. About 30 mins after my interview I was contacted and extended the offer for the HR position! I was in such shock I almost didn’t know what to say, luckily I had already made the decision between the two so I knew in my gut to say yes! I still haven’t heard back about the PR position, but I am excited to say that I am a recent college graduate with a career that I know I will love!

I am excited to help the bank with their training program, right now they don’t have any thing set in place so I will get to help them establish it. Such a cool opportunity! I will also be learning a new program, Adobe Captivate, which is apparently like Power Point on steroids, haha. I met the main HR manager yesterday, and she was so sweet. She reminded me a little of one of Clayton’s grandmothers so I felt like there was a bit of home. I also met the main guy who is establishing the training program, I think he’ll be my main supervisor and we will work together a lot. He was very nice and knows what he is doing so I am excited to learn from him.

While the last month has been hectic, and I am going to miss Clayton very much while he is gone, I am so excited to start my career!

Unseen Photos from my Photobook



1. Panorama: 3/16/13; 2: 02 pm; Saint Anthony, ID; f 5.6; 1/125; Cannon T3i


2. Fine Art Template: 3/16/13; 1:53 pm; Saint Anthony, ID; f 5.6; 1/125; Cannon T3i



3. Past Photography: 12;29;13; 10:22 am; Carpenteria, CA; f 9; 1/200; Nikon Coolpix L120



3. Past Photography: 12;29;13; 9:34 am; Carpenteria, CA; f 10; 1/1000; Nikon Coolpix L120


Photo Contest

Today I participated in my first photo contest!

I used my favorite photos from this semester to enter my photo contests. So when I went to find contests I had specific needs in mind that would fit with my photos.

The website I found is called, Viewbug, they have tons of different photo contests to choose from! For someone who is serious about photography I would suggest they become involve with this program because there are many prizes that can be won. It will also increase your online presence in the photography industry.

These are my submissions and the following contests that I participated in:


It’s A Pets Life

1. Petrie: 1/25/13; 4:00 pm; BYU-I Tropical Greenhouse; f 4.2; 1/50; Nikon Coolpix L120

For the results of this photo I combined two. I loved the photo of the parrot, Petrie, but I didn’t love the background. I used the selection tool to cut Petrie out of the original background. I also feathered the edges to give a soft cut and adjusted the brightness and contrast to make his coloring pop more.

2. Petrie’s new background: 1/25/13; 3:44 pm; BYU-I Tropical Greenhouse; f 5.8; 1/25; Nikon Coolpix L120

I then opened my background image and added a blur adjustment layer to the photo using the lens blur. When I brought the cutout of Petrie onto the background the lens blur made Petrie standout and become the focus of the photo.  Both photos brightness and contrast were edited.




1. Damsel: 2/14/13; 2: 02 pm; Bannack Ghost Town, WY; f 5.6; 1/25; Cannon T3i

As you can see I played around with the coloring on this photo. There was natural light coming in on her right side from windows which cause some areas of white or lighter colors to be blown out, especially the lace on her dress. I used the selection tool to choose areas that were blown out and then I used the color burn tool to darken the area. I also put a slight blur on her background and used the color burn to bring out the coloring on the wood.



1. Reflection: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/320; Cannon T3i

The first photo might be my favorite from the whole trip. There was one house that had wood that was peeling away, the contrast in coloring and texture was amazing. To bring out the coloring I changed the curves and then I used the dodge tool on the crack in the window.

Head Swapping Tutorial

So you took a great picture of one person but not the other…Time to perfect the art of swapping heads in Photoshop! As a photographer, especially if your focus will include people this is a skill that will improve your quality of work.

1. First open the good photo and then go to layer and select, ‘duplicate  layer’.

2. Then go to the photo that you would like to swap a good heads with the bad head. Using the lasso tool make a loose selection from the shoulders up, don’t worry about making the selection exactly around the persons head, it’s not a big deal.

3.  Once you have your selection use the move tool and grab the selection and drag it into the first photo.



4. Make the opacity of your selection about 50-60% that way it will be easier to line the head up. This is a crucial part, you will want to zoom in to make sure that things are lined up as much as possible.

match5. Start blending the backgrounds together by using the eraser tool on 50-70%

6. Use the spot healing brush tool for any major mishaps

7. Once your head is looking good you can then edit the rest of the photos such as red eye, etc.

finalWallah! You have become a master head swapper 🙂









Photo Book Draft

As the semester is winding down I will be making a photo book that will consist of the pictures I have taken in my class. Below you can see some of the layouts for my book. I’m sure that there will still be edits, suggestions are welcomed! I have a few things in mind I would like to do but am still figuring them out.


Book Cover

ContentsTable of Contents


2 page spread #1


2 page spread #2


2 page spread #3


2 page spread #4

Week 6 Photography: Bannack Best

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Black and White

1. Reflection: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/320; Cannon T3i

2. Damsel Detail: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/16; Cannon T3i

3. Key to the Past: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/250; Cannon T3i

4. Sepia Door: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 11; 1/32; Cannon T3i & tripod

5. Black & White: 2/14/13; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/125; Cannon T3i

The first photo might be my favorite from the whole trip. There was one house that had wood that was peeling away, the contrast in coloring and texture was amazing. So good that the top photo has no edits. The second photo has a few edits, starting with the boot, the leather was peeling away. I did a content fill by selecting the area and then pressing shift F5. I also brought out the coloring of the photo by using the burn tool. The third photo was barely touched up with the burn tool to bring out the coloring. The last two photos were only edited by using the sepia and black and white color options.

Week 6 Photography: HDR




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BeforeblogHDRAfter- HDR Single Shot

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After- 3 Shot HDR

1. Barn: 2/14/13; 2:12 pm; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/500; Cannon T3i

2. School House: 2/14/13; 1:43 pm; Bannack Ghost Town; f 6.3; 1/640; exposure .02, 1, 3; Cannon T3i & tripod

I used the photomatix program for these HDR shots. It is super simple to use, for the first photo since it was a single shot I just opened the picture and then used the tone mapping tool and chose the photographic filter. Then I opened the photo in Photoshop and straightened the photo. Then I selected the roof on the top left corner and did a content fill by selecting shift F5.

For the second HDR photo I opened the 3 bracketed photos and selected the painterly filter. No other edits were made to the photo.

Week 6 Photography: Macro Abstract



1. Home Sweet Home: 2/14/13; 12:44 pm; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/640; Cannon T3i

2. Twigs: 2/14/13; 12:12 pm; Bannack Ghost Town; f 5.6; 1/800; Cannon T3i

This photo was very simple to do, which is nice because some really unique photos can come from these edits. To make this macro abstract I took the second photo and dragged it onto the first photo. Once the two photos were together I changed the position on the second photo to lay vertically and then lowered the opacity of the second image.