Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sno Beach

Sometime around the first of April, I went to visit my dear friend Alex at Sno Beach. I thought it would be funny to snap some photos of Alex hard at work, making the perfect cotton candy & blue bubblegum with cream snow cone. The pictures, the lighting, the model all worked to create some pretty fun photographs. One portrait in particular has become a personal favorite and the inspiration for a photo project---the month of portraits. I posted a portrait each day during the month of April to my Instagram account (@victoriahaas). I initially wrote:
For the month of April, I'm going to try to post a portrait each day. You will get to meet my beautiful friends and some beautiful strangers.
I used hashtags like #makeportraits and #thesisportraits, and it has been a good daily challenge--encouraging both inspiration, creativeness, and consistency. I will probably write up a longer post in a few days as April comes to a close, but here below are the images that inspired the April month of portraits.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Peter Middleton

My designer friend, Peter Middleton, took his design blog live. I really love photographing his work and exploring the details that he adds to each garment. Check out his new blog here!

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Joyeux Anniversaire

I like surprises. I like lists. I like birthdays. And most importantly, I like my friend, Maddie Jo Oakley.

In honor of her birthday, we celebrated all-day, world-wide.

- MIDNIGHT:
BIRTHDAY WITH CAKE. PLAY 22.

- 2:22 AM:
PLAY 22 AGAIN. KIDNAPPING + MILKSHAKES.

- 8:30 AM:
TACOS IN BED. YUM YUM. CHORIZO.
AND COFFEE. DEFINITELY COFFEE.

- 9:30 AM:
CHAUFFEUR TO CLASS. PLAY 22

- 2 PM:
PICK UP MADDIE FROM CLASS, PLAY 22

- 2:30 PM:
MID-AFTERNOON BIRTHDAY MARGARITA AT TRUDY'S

- 5:30 - 7:00 PM:
FRENCH PICNIC WITH TAPESTRY, PHOTOS, WINE
WHERE? WITH G-FREE CUPCAKES

- 7:30 - 9 PM:
DINNER DINNER DINNER

- 10 - 12 AM:
DOLLAR BEERS AT ABEL'S

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Sweetest Season

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This is a really sweet season of proposals and engagements. With graduation nearing, there has been a proposal nearly every weekend, and I am looking forward to three weddings come May and June.

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A few weeks ago, I photographed the proposal of two friends, Sarah & Joseph. Set against a backdrop of Lake Austin and the setting sun, with a table laden with Rudy's BBQ and Matt's El Rancho, Joseph planned the whole day around Sarah. He pulled off the biggest surprise by proposing to Sarah near the lake's edge.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Final Round Up

For the past four years, I have been a member of Delta Delta Delta, Theta Zeta chapter, here at the University of Texas. The significance of this sorority and the relationships born out of it has increased for me with each passing year of college. Albeit corny phrases like "sisterhood" and "sorawrity" may liken my experience to stereotypical Greek scenes from movies and television shows, my involvement with Tri Delta has challenged me, enlightened me, and shaped my undergraduate experience in the best way.

Living in the sorority house as a senior, I have also been infected with a bout of nostalgia. A few weeks ago, I participated in my final UT Round Up. Each year for Round Up, Tri Delta holds a Courtyard Cookout complete with cotton candy machine, dunking booth, burger cookout, moon bounce, face painting, the whole sha-bam. Hundreds of members of the UT Greek community and students of the university partake in the cookout/carnival, and donate their entrance fee to our national philanthropy, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Well, this final picture sums up quite a lot. We did it. We survived the Round Up. But also, we have almost made it through college and four years of undergraduate studies, with the help of four years of Tri Delt. Some friendships started on the lawn at Bid Day in 2010, some friendships built over study parties in the dining room, or late nights in the house library. These relationships have carried us on spring break trips to Colorado or Cabo, through first dates, break-ups, proposals and ring passes. The women I live alongside are motivated and compassionate, confident and beautiful. Thank you, Tri Delta.