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Christmas and the year of 2008

Pin It There was alot I was meaning to put on here.
Photos, things I achieved this year....
but I've got nothing.
I arrived to the states, and quit life for a few days..
a week or so. Its Tuesday, and I'm finally getting back
into the swing of life, and work.
I woke up this morning, and had a cup of coffee,
and overlooking the outside view of whiteness, I realized
all the work that I have been avoiding, and how much work
I really do have.

WeeNo Photography.
I plan to start actually making some money.
I hope.
I pray. 
God? please?
So, in order to do that,
I need to get my horrible website down,
make a new website.
That includes.. deciding if it should be
HTML or Flash.
Then, after that hard question,
designing.
colours.
typography.
which photos.
its a long hard grueling process,
but I plan to have it all done up and going by
the end of January.
I need a decent website, and right now.. 
its just horrid. 
Then, in the midst of that, I  plan to make new 
business cards.
which, well, is a whole other process.
what kind of paper, what kind of print.
oh man. 
the joys of knowing about design now.
now i have to do things good, because i know what good is.
before I could just blame it on the fact that I didn't know any better.

So 2009 shall bring some new things for me, and my life.
I also will buy a new camera, and some new gear. 
My camera will go to the boy, who is going to be my second shooter.
He is starting to learn "real" photography. All the terms and what now, now!
So thats exciting. All in one month, I'll get a new camera, a second shooter,
and maybe a new website! 

There will also be some travel, which just means more planes.
I would be okay with not being in airport for awhile though, a few months..
we'll see how that works, although i just got another plane ticket for the month 
of march.. oo la la..

so stay tuned with WeeNo Photography, and where the world will take me.


26 hours later.

Pin It Im in a bed. I got to sleep horizontal last night.
I thought for some hours that I wasn't ever going to make 
it to Milwaukee, but then I did... even though my bags didn't.
still need to check that.

anyways, so the flights, and the waiting, and the traveling.
it was all relatively okay. In Heathrow, it said I missed my flight,
so I RAN. I RAN through Heathrow, and I got it. I sat next to a girl
who was living in Oxford, and was so cool. We talked alot, more then 
I have ever talked with someone before on a flight. and meaningful
talks. 

Heathrow to Philly.

Philly to Chicago.
So heres the thing. There is apparently alot of snow here,
and so they decided  to delay my flight to Chicago... So I ran
around the freakin' philly airport to maybe grab a flight that was
direct to Milwaukee, but no luck. So I went back, and talked to the 
people, and told them that I wouldn't be able to make it to my flight
since this flight was late. They had no sympathy, and told me that I
should take this flight to Chicago, and just chance it. So I did.. It was like
2 1/2 hours late, and I get out, and there is the terminal for the Milwaukee
flight, which PRAISE JESUS has been delayed a couple hours too.
The predicament...
I wasn't checked in through to Milwaukee. So they told me  I would
have to go get my bag, and then go through all the check through again.
well, I didn't have time for that, and I wanted to come home today! 
So, after almost 24 hours of traveling, and feeling pretty confident in my
rights as a passenger, I demanded that they give me my boarding pass, and let 
me on this flight. I was very stern... and it worked.

I got my ticket, I got on the plane, that took only a 15 minute airtime to get
to milwaukee, and came to "home". It took forever though, I arrived in Milwaukee 
at like 12.30 or 1, and was exhasted. but! I got to see Kellen! Its so good to be
back with him, and his house is all decorated, from the little I saw last night,
and there is snow.. Snow for christmas! insane.

So i'm going to take life off for two days. Sleep, chill, sleep some more.
if i don't leave the basement for 2 days, i will be okay with that!

So, that was my adventure home. hope you enjoyed it!

and.. i already miss all your burtigny people.. i love you all!

flights. storms. and more flights.

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So its late friday night. 1.07 viola and i are up burning discs and doing packing stuff, and getting ready to leave. I'm leaving bright and early tomorrow.. 6.30 am! Am I looking forward to getting up in 4 hours? no. but maybe I'll sleep on the flights.

Flights..
yup.
lets explain.
geneva to london
london to philly
philly to chicago
chicago to milwaukee.


thats alot in one day. all in all i'll be up and traveling for almost 23 hours..
and.. to top it off, there are storm warnings for the midwest.. every stop i have in the states has a storm warning.
so i'm chancing the fact that my flight from london still goes to philly.
if not.. maybe i'll get to see a bit of london.
we'll see!

so, this if your reading this on the 20th of decemeber, think of me.
i'm probably in an airport, or airplane.. in transit of some kind.
pray that i get my flights, and the next blog will be from a whole different
continent.. North America.

crazy.

i'm done..

The Last One...

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The last week of the school. that only means one thing.
THE LAST SUNDAY show with Viola and Ashley.
Its a sad thing. 
We had cliff as our special guest,
and shot it in the attic.tx
I hope you enjoyed and were entertained by the Sunday Show.
Goodbye for now.
oh Viola. she has now has an english blog.

sunday..monday.. i dont know..

Pin It so its. sunday night. or monday morning.
2.28 am.
i should be in bed. 
but i'm not
im working.
im exporting a movie, thats why i have reason to write on here.

so its been awhile.
last week, we did our last project.
FINAL PROJECT!
i did, and still in the process of doing a website for
the sdc and sd portfolio.
its cool, i like it.
its alot of work,
and we realized on friday 
that it was far to big, and there was a hug communication between
me and the school leader, so 
we had almost the whole thing
to do this weekend.. oops.
its okay. i'm over stressing out.
so, yeah, once im done with this i'm done with sdc projects!
I'm excited about that.
we have our exhibition on wednesday! thats insane.
then we clean and pack, and leave on saturday!
i can't believe how fast the last 6 weeks has gone.
its insane.

other then project.
i was DEATHLY sick on Wednesday.
it was hell. 
i was throwing up left and right,
and was delirious. 
gross. 
i was out the whole day,
and felt horrible the next couple of days.
but i got over it, and its all done now.
besides that!
I had a vistor!
Karin from Germany.
She and I did the school of photography together, 
and it was BRILLIANT to see her.
I love her smile, and laugh, and hair!
so good to see her.
it reminded me of my sop, 
and how good it was, and
how i'm so thankful for all the people that
i took it with.
so thank you karin for the visit!

THEN! On saturday!
I had another sop reunion.
only this reunion was with the sop that i staffed.
it was with cliff, and johnny.
they both live here, so it was AS exciting to see them
Saturday when i woke up, because i live with them, but
it was exciting when we jumped in the car and headed for France!
that was briliant!
I HAD such a good time.
we made a trip to Lyon France to take some photos..
or "make" some photos, like Johnny would say.
and had some coffee, some hot wine, some food, and some 
amazing company, and good laughs! 
I love France.
so thats what the week looked like for me.
for the most part really good.

Viola, and I will do our Sunday show tomorrow, 
and it might have some special guests! 
but i'll enjoy everyones company for the last days,
and enjoy the beauty of switzerland.
have a good week!
and listen to some good christmas music,
and watch some good christmas movies.
get in the christmas spirit. we have!! 



Live From IKEA.. The Sunday Show

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I can't handle the first shot of this. woah.
I have yet to watch this Sunday show,
due to the AMAZING fact that its done in IKEA
Switzerland, and done on Viola's camera.
It was my first time ever going to Ikea, and 
I was shocked and amazed. They have everything,
even an H&M outside.
A cafe, where you can get swedish meatballs, I opted
for ice cream instead. 
So enjoy Ikea! 

friday..... er uhh.. Sunday Introduction

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The Shulgin Family..


















Zhenya, Heather, and Ryan Shulgin
Zhenya- Russia
Heather- California
Ryan - well...
Zhenya is a student in our class,
and the only married student.
That makes for an interesting school.
He brought with him his wife, who is AMAZING!
look at those eyes. I can't handle it. She gorgeous!
and their adorable little boy Ryan.
Who goes between russian and english.
I'm always throughly astonished and amazed
at his comprehension of both languages... or just
in language in all.

I'm also quite amazed at Heathers willingness to hang
out around the base, while Zhenya works his butt off
during the school. I also respect her because she lives
in cold COLD COLD Russia, and has learned Russian but is 
from California. WOW! Impressive.

Zhenya. He is.. what can I say about this Russian.
He hates the obvious.
He loves funny.
He was once in a comedian group. stand up i believe.
He makes boy band videos.
He loves movies, and is quite good at making them.

This family, they are amazing. I'm so happy
to have had the opportunity to live with them
in the great country of Switzerland....





Introducing you to 
Mr. Cliff Michael Cordes













Cliff. Clifford. Cliffords.
he has many names.
staff.
23.
New Jersey.
photography designer.
mustache.
creepy.
no not creepy at all.

okay, seriously.
cliff, he did the school of photography this year.
which means that i staffed his school.
so its amazing to be here with him,
and him as my staff.
its working out quite well.

cliff, could be the funniest person i know.
i can't explain him,
or the way he acts.
i could sit and watch him all day.
that sounds creepy, but if you know him
you know what i mean.

cliff is amazing.
and these photos... i just have to laugh about them







Happy 2nd Birthday

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Birthday Parties. 
Who doesn't love 'em?
I do, especially Dutch birthday parties for
2 year olds, with amazing cakes.

So Johnny, Karine, Maria Elizabeth, and the newby 
Anna Sophia had a birthday party. Today is the official
day of the birth of Maria Elizabeth, but we celebrated last night.
It was blast, and it reminded me so much of Hawaii, when I staffed.
Johnny took the school of photography just in January, so that 
made it extra awesome. Its almost like a reunion of the school I staffed.
Two students are here, who are now my staff. Cliff and Johnny.
So to you SOP'ers who did the SOP 2008 this is dedicated to you!
We missed you yesterday















Life as the SDC knows it

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I am now in the process of trying to upload the Sunday show yet again. I dont know if it will work. Its tuesday evening, and it already feels as though it was Thursday evening. We have been going non-stop since yesterday. Its been a quite emotional week as well.

Lets start with the weekend.
So its almost Christmas, okay not really, but its getting to be that time, and that thought. Its now December, and time to think about Christmas. There is snow, so that immediately makes me think winter and christmas. I think its because I never grew up around snow, and when I see snow it reminds me of the the movies with christmas as the main point. Okay, tangent. Anyways, so this weekend. Friday. We had a bon fire, 3 kilometers away, but it was amazing! we had a bonfire in the snow, and we roasted norwegian buns on sticks, and it was so good!! Saturday, we slept, then proceeded to have a dance party. There was a disco ball involved, and lots of amazing music, and dance moves. I danced it up! Then onto Motro. I have no idea how to spell it, my french is not good in having to spell it. maybe speaking.. okay. anyways, so that was good. and sunday night we had the columbian dinner. it was a very nice dinner!!

Monday. Monday, was a day off, but then, it turned into SO LONG. A student of ours, found out his mother died. He is from Nigeria, and so home is quite far away. He found out maybe 5 weeks ago that his father died in a car accident. It was very hard to take, considering he lost both parents in a one month span. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to have that. We all sat with him in his room, and at that moment I had to decide to think that God is good. God is good, and God will always be good. But its so hard to think of that when something like this happens to one person. He is doing okay now, considering, and will be returning to Nigeria on Thursday. We will miss him dearly, and I wish that he didn't have to feel any of this pain. He will not come back, considering there is only 2 1/2 (by then 2 weeks) left. So if you pray, thank God for being good regardless of what happens in our lives. Things like this really show you your priorities. 

So its Tuesday, we worked all day, and are all a bit drained from everything that has happened this week. 2 more weeks to go, and we are all happy for that!



Happy Thanksgiving.

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Its thanksgiving today.. in the states.
There is the Macy's day parade,
and stuffing, and mashed potatoes, and 
amazing smells, and beautiful trees?
no turkey for me, but for the rest of the non-veggies
out there there will be, and perhaps even some gravy to
smother your turkey in as well.

But for us in Switzerland its just another day.
I woke up and didn't even realize it was thanksgiving
until just a few hours ago, when a foreigner told me
it was thanksgiving, or maybe facebook told me.
Life goes one, and we have another project.
We are doing a film editing program this week, final cut.
Its been a good week, a kiwi who has lived in Germany for the last
29 years is teaching, and doing a good job at it. Our projects
that we are doing today is recreating a scene from a movie.
so i will brave the cold, and go shoot with
live video, not still. weird.

For my thanksgiving lunch I had veggie thai green curry
with rice. it was good. I was thankful. I will work tonight 
and maybe call home just to hear the rumble and roar of
the homestead. It will make me miss home and the kiddo's
and the stuff i'm missing, but soon I will be home! I bought my plane 
ticket home! I return to California the 7th of January with
the boy of my dreams. mr kellen. It felt so weird buying a ticket
home. For the last three months I wasn't sure what I was doing.
But now its settled, I'll go home, and see my family who I'm really
excited to see, and share my 23rd birthday with!! I'm excited.

So happy thanksgiving.


Sunday Show in the Snow

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So, this sunday. this sunday is really really special.
In honour of us not doing it last week, we did two this week!

It has been snowing all weekend. I talked to my nephew
today and he made a special request to go and do the sunday show 
in the "log" meaning of course the blog!! 
So, Viola and I grabbed he saran wrap, bundled my computer
and us up, and headed out into the blizzard. this is what has come out of it.
enjoy!




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Friday Introduction..

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So I missed last week. Sorry. It could have qualified as my most stressful
week so far! It was brutal. But this week, this week was quite the opposite!
I want to introduce you to our guest speaker of the week, Philipp Bohlen!!
He introduced us to the amazing program of After Effects.
It was a intimidating program, but he made it quite usable and we
all did super jobs!

Philipp is from the German part of Switzerland. He is an art director
and designer. He also does some photography on the side! Hes quite
brilliant at what he does. I was astonished at the things he produced.
I throughly enjoyed having him her. He taught me alot, and we talked
photography, and just had fun! So thank you Philipp for joining the SDC
for another week of craziness!!   ONLY 4 WEEKS LEFT!!!










Eggnog.

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Eggnog you might ask?
well, today Becky and I were talking about the joys 
of christmas, and what comes along with the joys 
of christmas. Eggnog seemed to be on the list. i
shared my deep hatred for eggnog, and the smell,
and the thickness. she then suggested the idea of making 
a blog post that was called eggnog. 
so becky this is for you!

So for those of you who don't know Becky Frith, 
WeeNo photography is introducing you to the wonders
and talents of. She is staffing here at the base, and is 
a very talented singer songwriter. We had a brilliant 
time taking photos, and exploring the wonders and 
people of Burtingy. We had an interesting run in with
a local. We thought she might hide and kill us in her 
little masion. Anyways, this shoot was by far a brilliant one.
thanks for being so bloody awesome Becky...













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