Switzerland Part 2

by Katie Lyons in ,

Today I find myself reminiscing of wonderfully long train rides with an amazing friend, crazy awesome shutters, and breathtaking bodies of water.  Here are more of my favorite pictures from my trip to Switzerland last fall.

Switzerland Part I

by Katie Lyons in ,

It has been a year since I got to visit Switzerland for two weeks with one of my best friends from college.  We did not miss a beat and visited almost a different city every day, including a day visit to Germany to see Neuschwanstein Castle.  I miss it dearly but I am so thankful for the opportunity and experience the Sharma family gave me.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from my trip.


by Katie Lyons in , ,

I love music, photography, and dance and when they come together I am in my happy place.  So when I hear an amazing song, the first thing I think of is choreography and then I think of how I can capture it so it will last forever.  That is basically what happened the first time I heared Noah Gundersen's song, "Fire."  It is a chilling yet beautiful song about a boy's coming of age and his understanding of sin and it's grip on his life.  In the end, even though he finds Jesus "in the rags of poverty," he still chooses to find freedom "in the wild eyes of the dancing girls" (prostitution) and "in the open arms of America."  I shot these photos at Church of the Redeemer in Nashville and a huge thanks Anna and her friends for modeling for me.

Northern Excursion Part II

by Katie Ann in , ,

This is the last post you will have to endure with pictures of my study abroad trip to England.  In it are more pictures from Ambleside with a ferry ride we took to tour the lake and this beautiful overlook I stumbled upon one gorgeous evening as the sun set.  Then on the way back to Oxford we stopped at Coventry Cathedral for a couple hours.  It was a very beautifully solemn experience since the original cathedral stands in ruins from a bombing in World War 2.  However, the new cathedral built next to the ruins is proof of God's goodness and a gorgeous reminder of beauty that can come through our struggles.  Enjoy.


Group Candid.... lol

Oh you know just someone practicing on the lake, no big deal.

I just love when the camera captures the sun spots! 

Nothing like some evening sailing.

The youth hostel we stayed in.

I was feeling a little introspective one evening and just needed to be alone so I decided to go out exploring and I found Jenkins Crag.  One of the best nights of the trip for me.

Just sitting in the field with some sheep.

I will never forget this view! It is forever etched in my mind.

The little passageway from the path up the hill to the hill and lookout point.  I felt like such an adventurer. 

No cars.  A very quiet evening in Ambleside.

My wish was that I would one day find my way back to Ambleside.

I started A Severe Mercy on the plane ride at the beginning of the trip and I finished it sitting on the patio outside the hostel on that beautiful crisp evening.  A beautiful book to finish in such a beautiful place.


The ruins of the old Cathedral.

This was one of the crosses that was charred when the church was bombed.

Angels and Saints etched into the glass protecting the rebuilt Cathedral

The City on the Hill.

These tablets were in between ever stained glass window in the sanctuary. 

A beautiful prayer chapel with an exquisite wall installation of Michael the Archangel. 

Charred pieces of wood from the ruins of the original cathedral that make up a crown of thorns in the one of the commemorative rooms.

Another one of the crosses that was in the old cathedral when it was bombed.

"Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34

Northern Excursion Part I

by Katie Ann in , ,

It is a year from my arrival back to the States after six weeks of traipsing around the English countryside and it only took me year to get the copious amount of pictures I took on my trip edited.  These last pictures come from the Northern Excursion of our trip where we stayed in a very cute youth hostel on the lake in Ambleside.  The trip also included a day trip and overnight stay at Durham University (which was a castle!), a day trip to the Moors to see the Bronte House & Museum, another day trip to Rydal Mount to see Wordsworth's House and Museum, and ended with an afternoon at Coventry Cathedral before heading back to Oxford.  Now there are over a hundred photos I want to share with you from this portion of my trip so I'm going to split it into two parts.  Hope you enjoy and let me know which ones are your favorite.


This is the cute village that Bronte's house was situated in and I just could not get over how quant and perfect it was!



This was the youth hostel we stayed in and it was right on the water! So cool!


Dr. Ryken has an unhealthy fear of sheep because of a childhood incident so anywhere we found sheep close to us he made it his duty to shoo them away.

This town was so cute! I mean come on, how adorable is this shop!

The little cafe where I ate my lunch by the water... it was so picturesque! 

The gloomy yet peaceful ride back to Ambleside.

Part two will cover more pictures of beautiful Ambleside and pictures of our final trip of the excursion to Coventry Cathedral.  Again I hope you enjoyed the photos and please feel free to comment below.

Film Photography Final: Part 2

by Katie Ann in ,

So about a month an a half ago I published

part one

of my final for film photography and now I'm going to share the rest of the story and pictures with you (mainly because I finally found them!).  So if you remember I explained my concept for my project had shifted due to my professors heavy encouragement.  I had asked my two friends Taylor and Kai to help me out and be my models since they both had dance experience and we picked two hours around sunset to take the photos in the park behind library in downtown Wheaton.  Unfortunately, by the time we got to the photos with Kai for my representation of Singin' in the Rain, the light was almost gone.  This makes things very difficult with film because the less light the longer the shutter must be open and more movement will be shown in the picture.  Below are the few good shots I got with one dud to show how much light can affect the perfect shot.

Ideally the last shot would have been the pose I would have used because it really encapsulates the famous scene but because of the lack of light there was no way to get a to get a good take of this pose (Kai makes it look easy but the pose was a little harder to keep still than I had anticipated).  I decided instead to go with the first shot above and added it to the three others I picked from the plethora of shots I had from the other three scenes.  The final four pictures ended up being....

The Sound of Music


An American in Paris

Singin' in the Rain (note that it is a different black than the others because it was scanned on a different scanner than the previous photos).

I then organized them on the board like such.

I liked how I had two shots close up and two shots farther away and I liked the circular flow of the pictures in a square rather than a straight line.  I also liked that while I had a purpose for each pose, if a random onlooker didn't know that they could still enjoy a cute story of boy meets girl.

I hope you enjoyed these photos and I always love feedback.  Let me know which ones are your favorites of the project and the story you see from the final set up.

The Beautiful Sarah

by Katie Ann in

I know I said the next thing I would put up was Film Photography Final: Part 2 but I just did a photo shoot tonight and could not resist editing and sharing these photos immediately!  You might have seen my sister featured in a blog post I did about her senior photos that I took for her last summer.  She is so beautiful that I just couldn't pass up the chance to photograph her again this summer before she goes off to college.  She had this dress that she got for prom junior year but never wore so we decided to use it tonight.  I then thought i would look beautiful with a flower crown so I went to the local grocery store, got some carnations, and whipped up the pretty accessory.  There were two locations for the photos and each one gave a different feel for the set of photos, one being very warm and the other being a bit colder.  All together I am so pleased with the photos and it really made me realize how much I LOVE taking close up shots!  I hope you enjoy and please let me know what you like!

The Flowers of England

by Katie Ann in ,

I FINALLY finished editing all of my photos from my summer trip abroad to England (it only took a year!).  In all my pictures (I took way too many!) I took a ton of pictures of flowers.  If you know me you know I LOVE flowers, so traveling around a place like England where whether you're in the city or the countryside people pride themselves on the flowers they display around their house was pure bliss!  Here are all the pictures of flowers I took on my trip (there are A LOT of roses, just fyi).  Enjoy.

And stay tuned for my final pictures from England from the Northern Excursion in two parts because there are over a hundred photos (as I said earlier, I take way too many pictures!).

Film Photography Final: Part 1

by Katie Ann in ,

The second semester of my junior year I took Photography 1 which was an introduction to black and white film photography.  I am really glad I took the class and looking back at it I'm realizing I need to keep up the skills I learned in shooting, developing, and printing black and white film so I might take some more classes in this area in the fall somewhere close to me.  I finally got my hands on some scans of my project thanks to Taylor but I still need to scan others so below is part 1 of my photos for my final in the class.

It started with the first shot I took below in which I was attempting to shoot my beautiful friend and dance model,


, in dance poses with the Chicago Metra train moving in the background to give the illusion of the movement needed in the for the dance pose. 

This is another shot from the same evening with the Taylor but the train was gone, it was raining, and I still had at least 6 shots to fill up the role of film so we took some shots of her in the rain and this one turned out really well.

So I showed the first photo and three similar photos with different poses to my professor for our first critique in the project and while he didn't like my concept at all he did really love the first photo above (but that was about it).  He said it reminded him of the musical Sound of Music and heavily suggested that I should focus on capturing the essence of different musicals.  I still wanted to focus on dance so I decided to focus on dance musicals, with the exception of Sound of Music.  The Musicals I decided to focus on were Singin' in the Rain, Bandwagon, and An American in Paris.  I again asked Taylor to model and our friend Kai, an awesome football player, lacrosse star, and dancer.

Here are the shots I took for An American in Paris (Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) in trying to capture 



of a very iconic dance scene at the end of the movie.

I then took these shots to encapsulate


scene from Bandwagon with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.

Check back for part 2 where I'll show my photos of Kai replicating Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain and my final four photos I submitted for my project.

Final Product: EN POINTE Magazine

by Katie Ann in , , ,

It's a rainy day so I figured I would update my blog.  I have a lot I need to put up here and believe it or not I still have pictures from England (Northern Excursion) I still haven't finished editing... UGH! But here is the final edition of my magazine.  Now there is no actual text, it's all just random latin to fill where the text would be because I didn't have enough time to write all the articles (maybe I'll do it later).  Hope you enjoy!