Yesterday I got the chance to play around with double exposures a bit. I used this simple tutorial written my friend Sara as a basis and then kind of played around from there.

This past week was hectic as my second-to-last graduate semester (!!!!) started really winding down. I also attended the Texas Library Association’s 100th annual conference here in Fort Worth for three days. It was amazing, but I was carrying too many books to also lug around a camera, and I won’t make you sit through my awful iPhone photos (The iPhone 3GS camera really isn’t great… It’s time for an upgrade next months, but I’m not sure whether to go with the 4 or 5. Any suggestions?).

I met Andrew McCarthy, Lois Lowry, Jon Klassen, and Rebecca Stead! I’d say it was a successful conference! This is the first time I’ve gotten to meet an author I loved and my first time meeting a celebrity–they were all so gracious and seemed so genuinely happy and surprised when I complimented their works. And I have to admit I actually went weak in the knees when Andrew McCarthy made eye contact with me. Oh my gosh. I have been a fan of Lois Lowry’s work since fifth grade and was beyond thrilled to get to hear her speak and have her sign a couple books for me. I also got to have great little conversations with Jon Klassen and Rebecca Stead, both of whom I really admire. Jon Klassen is a wonderful illustrator/author, and Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me (the 2010 Newbery winner) completely blew me away.

But every day after the conference I came home and researched and wrote essays until well past midnight. When the essays were turned in and the conference was over, I put six pillows on my bed and hibernated. Now I have the energy to finish the semester and actually managed to find the time to take a few photos yesterday.

Because sometimes you feel like a ghost.


This is Ryan. How adorable is he? He knows he has a killer smile and uses it to charm the ladies. He definitely knew when to pull it out on our mini portrait session a few weeks ago. There were lots and lots of silly faces (to his mom’s chagrin!), but they were followed by insanely adorable giggles.

Ryan and Megan have both been on this blog a few times, particularly when I did Megan’s senior portraits a few years ago. I’ve known Megan since for over 10 years now, and I love getting to see her adorable boy whenever I visit Houston.

Look at him go! Ryan is a future Olympian! We actually raced at one point, but he beat me. For some reason I kept falling, and he ended up ahead ;) It was probably for the better–I heard he is a pretty sore loser, and we needed him to smile that day.

Ian & Trisha: The Wedding

Ian & Trisha’s wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect. Their intimate ceremony was in the back yard of the groom’s parent’s Dallas home, surrounded by friends and family. The bride and groom both wore white linen and sandals, the bride with flowers pinned into her hair.

Congratulations, Ian & Trish! You are such a lovely couple, and I’m so glad you asked me to be part of your day.

Left: the groom and his niece. Right: the bride and her family.

Again, congratulations to the entire family! Thanks so much for letting me photograph this special day.

The First Few Days with a 7 D

After four wonderful years with my Canon XTi, I finally got a new camera last week! There are adjustments to be made (first, I had to get used to how heavy it is!), but I’m so in love. The 7D just photographs beautifully, and I’ve had a lot of fun playing around with the video feature. I’m so, so happy I finally decided to take the next step up!

Here are a few photos from the first few days with my camera, where I was trying to acclimate myself to the settings and also test it out (boy is it faster than my XTi! That photo of my doll was taken in near-darkness, and there’s not a hint of grain!). Joseph and Leonardo are my unwilling test subjects :)

A short video. I’m just amazed by the image quality, even after being compressed for online streaming. I am going to have a lot of fun with this!

First Few Days from Alyssa Young on Vimeo.

Polka & Bloom Wedding Embroidery

I embroidered this for my sister-in-law and now-brother-in-law’s wedding last month. I hadn’t worked on an embroidery in a while–it was so nice to pick up the needle again!

This beautiful pattern is a design by Polka & Bloom. I’ve admired her intricate work for a while and am so glad I finally had reason to buy one of her patterns. This was a lot of fun to embroider, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

I paid particular attention to the text because Lerin works in printing, so I wanted it to be perfect! But I had never done so many satin stitches and don’t really ever want to again!

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