Official Blogoversary Announcement

February 29th. How rare the day... just perfect for a special announcement. ;)
March 25th, only twenty-five days from now, is the day, one year ago, on which I first posted on this blog. It's so hard to believe! Was it really me who took this photo (notice the heavy edit)? There is such a big difference between my photos then and my photos now... an obvious sign of growth, which I am proud of (though I know I still have much to learn). :)
In honour of both the combining of my blogs & my photo blog's blogoversary, I've decided to host a sort of 'party' on my blog. There will be several giveaways, as well as guest posts/interviews featuring several of my favourite photo bloggers, & a little something else. ;) I do hope you'll join in and spread the word!

Be sure to keep an eye out for the lovely giveaway I'll be posting tomorrow! *wink*
Have a glorious evening!


A Tag & Some Randomness

Friday evening finds me happy and content, with a finished research paper on the history of the camera safely tucked into my essay folder (referring to a computer folder here, by the way ;). Did you guys know that Canon was founded in 1937, almost twenty years after both Nikon (est. 1917) and Pentax (est. 1919)? I didn't. 0_o
So anyway, I just remembered I got tagged a while back by Ashlin of My Hiding Place, and since I really felt like posting (new design. it got me all excited ;P) I thought I'd go on and do it! Thank-you for tagging me, Ashlin! :)

~The Rules~

If you are tagged, post 11 random things about yourself. Answer the questions I (the tagger) asked you, then create 11 new questions for the people you tag, and go to their blog and let them know they've been tagged.

~11 Random Things About Me~

1. I'm not a particularly big fan of chocolate. I could probably go on without it for a year and not even notice. Probably...

2. I'm getting a Kindle in about two weeks.

3. When I upgrade my camera, it's going to be to this.

4. I tried filming a vlog on my iPod once, but deleted it. My voice sounded so weird. Totally not me. I'm always like that on video though. Don't know why.

 5. I could listen to Downhere all day & not get tired of it (and yes, I have done it before).

6. I won a book in a giveaway last week! Can't wait til it arrives! :)

7. Ever since I was little, I've always thought of the numbers from 1 to 10 as being 'girls' and 'boys'. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, & 10 are 'boys', while 2, 4, 7, & 9 are 'girls'. Weird, I know.

8. I'm addicted to using ampersands. I mean, admit it. This (&) looks way better than this (and).

9. I haven't visited Pinterest at all this week (except for that amazing handbag photo I pinned via Etsy yesterday). I miss it.

10. My blog design's colours (orange & gray) are inspired by the gray/black leaves & orange oranges on the kitchen curtains. Not kidding.

11. If everything goes on as planned, I'll be done with most of my major school subjects by the end of April... except math. I'll have to keep doing it through May. I can't wait to get Algebra 2 off my head!

~11 Questions from Ashlin~

1. When and how did you become a Christian?
 Hmmm... well I can't exactly say 'when'. Ever since I was a little girl, I've always prayed, always known God had chosen me as one of His precious possessions. Because really, what reason is there for you to live if you don't have a purpose in life? God is the only one who can give you that. I'm just glad and thankful He picked me, unworthy sinner that I am, and made me His daughter.

2. How many siblings do you have and what is your "place"
(i.e. oldest, second born, middle, ect.)?
Oldest and I have two wonderful little siblings. :)

3. Do you prefer skirts/dresses or pants/shorts?

I hate tights (super glad I don't do ballet), so skirts & dresses are definitely not my thing. Even when it's too hot for tights, I highly prefer pants/shorts (I try to get them below the knee if I can) over skirts/dresses.

4. If you could choose from any occupation, which would you like best?

Next to being a mom/homemaker? Probably graphic designer and/or photographer.

5. What book(s) of the Bible are you currently reading in your devotions?

 I just read Esther this morning, now it's on to Job. 

6. Which movie genre is your favorite?

I like period dramas. They're amazing! Some of my favourites include Little Dorrit (2008), Pride & Prejudice (BBC), North & South, and Emma (2009).

7. Which of your birthdays is most memorable?

I could never say. I really liked my last one though. ;P

8. If you could live anywhere in the world (or galaxy) where would you live and why there?

Does this include jumping into a book? Because if it does, I'd love to live in the Kingdom of Arrethtrae.

9. How many pets have you had in your lifetime?

One. It was a blue beta fish named Charlotte (actually male, but since I named it before I found out the gender, I just pretended it was a girl ;P). I had it for three years and it died a little over two years ago. I buried it in the backyard. It even had a grave marker, a blue garden stepping stone (custom made by me), which my mom accidentally removed while gardening last year. I know where the grave is though; seven shoe lengths toward the house, away from this bush-like tree we have. I know, I'm making a way bigger deal of this than I should. Did I mention it died the day my little brother was born?

10. Would you consider yourself an avid reader?

More like avidly avid. :D

11. Why did you originally decide to blog?

I found a few blogs by Christian girls which I really liked. I then got inspired & created my own blog. :)

~11 Questions by Me~

1. If you could meet with any fictional character ever, who would it be?

2. If you were offered a vacation to Middle Earth (or another favourite fictional world/place) in exchange for carrying a whole bag full of all kinds of creepy crawlies, five miles on foot, would you do it? (sorry. I know I'm being mean here ;P)

3. What's your favourite band and/or favourite musician?

4. If you could have anything, ANYTHING, what would it be? (only one thing. wishing for 1000 wishes isn't valid.)

5. Have you ever dreamed of meeting one or more of your internet friends? If so, who where they, and what did you do when you met (if you remember, of course)?

6. What are the top five best books (or book series) you've ever read?

7. Can you do a standing bridge?

8. What's your favourite quote (or one of your favourites)?

9. How often do you listen to music (i.e. every day, every week, several times a month, etc.)?

10. What's your favourite song?

11. The weirdest, most embarrassing thing you remember doing/thinking/believing as a little kid:

12. Quick! What's the first thing that pops into your head when you think of the colour blue?

I tag...

And now, it's your turn! :) If you'd like to do it but weren't tagged, feel free to join in! Just let me know in a comment. ;)

Have a lovely weekend! <3


Of Blue Eyes & Chubby Cheeks

**WARNING!!! Major amount of cuteness ahead! May result in symptoms such as the constant repeating of 'Aww!' and/or 'So cute!'. Scroll down at your own risk.**

So I really thought spring was on the way. Almost no snow in January, that definitely calls for an early spring, right?

Wrong! Over the weekend, billions of tiny, amazing-bokeh-making snowflakes fell from the sky.
Me? I ran out with the siblings... and Eirwyn (notice, I named my camera ;).


I took a whole ton of photos.


As you can see. ^^I love this one!^^


^^Snow? Why, it tastes just like ice cream!^^


^^Me: Are you cute?^^

^^Boyan: Yeah...^^




^^Very careful observation.^^





This is 'the house'. Well, it was 'the house'. It toppled over a couple of days ago. (Those green branches inside? They're 'flowers'. ;)


How is the weather where you live? Snowy? Cold? Springy? :)


New Design + New Name

I am so sorry for trashing your dashboard with imported posts! I had a bit of an issue while moving things around, and in the end, Blogger recognized all the imported posts as having been posted today! Now I'm required to do a word verification every time this draft saves itself - just to prove I'm not a robot. Crazy!
Anyways, I've updated the design (only a few touch-ups left to do). What do you think? I love it! I worked on it quite a bit yesterday, but the results were totally worth it! And yes, I will be posting an actual non-update post soon. I just need to get a few photos watermarked. ;)
Have fun exploring everything! I updated all my pages, as well as the 'about me' dropdown (need to add a new photo), and I also added in a music playlist to my sidebar, with all the songs I love to listen to on my iPod (you really need to check out Something Heavenly). Oh, and be sure to grab my new button! :)



Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth... again! I've decided (and trust me, I went back and forth between 'yes' and 'no' several times) to go ahead with the combining of my blogs! Many thanks to everyone who voted on the poll! :)
Just to clarify, THIS blog will be turning into my main blog. I'm KEEPING:


...as my blog address. I don't want to change it and confuse everyone, besides - I like it. I'll still mainly be posting photos anyway, so it's really not going to be that big a change.
Also, I'm still having my blogoversary in March! I have tons on fun things planned for you guys! ;) I was wondering if anyone would be interested in getting interviewed/guest posting (photography related) on my blog during that time? I'm planning on e-mailing and asking a few bloggers, but if you're interested, please let me know!
I'll be coming up with a new design for this blog (mainly because of the name change) and plan to have everything in order by the end of February. Since I have a few projects and things I want to finish before my blogoversary comes around though, I may not be posting as often as I normally would. Rest assured, I'll definitely be making up for it during March! ;)
Oh, and I also wanted to let you guys know... I got an iPod Touch last Saturday! It's amazing!

My music library :)

And here's a really awkward picture of me taken with my iPod.

So, look out! A flood of Instagram edited photos may very well be coming your way soon! ;)
Have a lovely weekend (and please excuse this rather random update post)!


I'd Love to Hear Your Opinion

I can't believe it's Friday. This week has been a frenzy of catching up on schoolwork, finishing blog designs, and answering unanswered e-mails (still a few of those leftover). I feel like Monday was yesterday. There's no denying it though, today IS Friday... and I haven't posted on here in over a week. A WEEK! Not to mention my other blog... it hasn't been updated with a real post since January. I have an idea though, which may change things around a bit, but for the better! :)
I'm thinking of combining this blog with my main one. I'll be moving some of my posts from there here, and I'll be posting about various topics on here. Bits of Pinterest inspiration, thoughts, and normal bloggy stuff (there'll still be PLENTY of photos and photography related things ;). Keeping up with two personal blogs is really hard, something I just don't have the time for.
I'll also be changing this blog's name to simply 'Essence of Eve' if I go ahead with the plan, the address however, will still remain the same.
 So, what do you think? I'd really appreciate it if you leave your thoughts in a comment and/or vote on the poll! :)

Thank-you so much!


In Which You Ignore Awkward Expressions

Most of you know that I don't often post selfies on here... or anywhere for that matter. I'm super scared of the other side of my lens. Yup. It's weird, but it's true. I'm not a photogenic person. Here, see for yourself...

That's a tripod shot. And yes, that snowball is actually directed at you. And no, I don't often wear that expression.

Still awkward... but not that much.

Ummm... yeah...

This is a fail at a tuck jump shot. Someone pointed out that I look like I'm dying... which I don't deny. 
I can't even believe I'm posting these on my blog. Extremely humiliating. I don't normally look like this guys... really.

These are from last Saturday. Snow is all gone now though.



Awww! Just look at how cute he is! :)


SOOC Shot // linking up
I love Christine in this shot! That's her genuine smile... which is really hard to capture. :)

Random unfocused shot.

Currently listening to...

Only the Beginning ~ Downhere

The Altar of Love ~ Downhere

For the Heartbreak ~ Downhere

If you buy Downhere's newest album (The Altar of Love) from their website, you can get one of their older ones for $5. Seriously, you need to get it. It's awesomely amazing!

p.s. I sold three of my prints today! It was pretty exciting!