My name is Christina Joy and I am 20 years old. Among other things, I am a student, a freelance photographer, and people-watcher extraordinaire. This blog is a mason jar for the fragments of my increasingly jumbled soul. Don't be afraid of the monsters under the bed.

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All photographs are my own creations unless otherwise stated, and are not to be re-posted without proper credit to this website or my Flickr account. All content unless otherwise stated © Christina Joy 2011

10 May 2012

But the nothing's surrounded by us

At least once every year, I do a photoshoot that stands out from the rest--one that simply blows me away and makes me squeal whenever I look at the pictures.  This was that photoshoot.

I had the idea of buying smoke bombs after a conversation with Charis (the girl whose portrait can be found at the bottom of this post), a fellow photographer who said she wanted to collaborate with me.  Finding an occasion to use them proved difficult, but we finally came up with an excuse during finals week, when we were just about dead from studying and needed a break. What better study break than shooting with smoke bombs?

When we started out, it was just me, Charis, Nathan (another photographer) and my boyfriend.  By the time we lit the fuse on the last smoke bomb, five more people had showed up.  It was the most fun I'd had taking pictures in a long time.


In other news, I'm on summer break! I'll spend these first few weeks in Texas visiting with relatives and touring Austin with my boyriend's band, then fly home to Chicago on the 25th.  Then, starting June 6th, I'll be working a photography position in Pennsylvania. It's going to suit me perfectly, and I can't wait.

01 May 2012

Believe in the Sun

This is Kathleen, or Kat for short. Kat just completed another year as editor-in-chief of our university's yearbook, and is graduating in four short days.  I was thrilled when she asked me to shoot her senior photos, since I respect her opinion (she is my boss, after all) and to be chosen by her is an honor.  

This shoot was lots of fun, and I'm happy with the way it turned out.  It involved trekking across what seemed like miles of field, climbing into a random boat, changing outfits right next to an outdoor track (I made sure no runners were coming), and lots of hair flipping.  Kat was fantastic.

It's finals week, and I still have three more exams to go before I'm home free.  It's amazing how busy I can make myself feel without actually accomplishing any work.  Time to study...