england & ireland: pt. 1.



Hello lovely blog readers! It's been a good while, but alas, all photos & film from England & Ireland are edited, imaged, & ready for you to see. Sorry to those I made wait, but you don't have to anymore! This summer, I traveled abroad with Jerry's family after getting back from Texas the day before. Head's up, traveling 8,000 miles in 3 days is exhausting, but it was an experience that I wouldn't give up for anything!  Basically, London pounced on me this summer! Between the Jubilee & the Royal Baby, London was one crazy busy city in July that surprised me out of nowhere! Between school, graduation, Journalism Camp, then traveling to Texas, then back to NC, then overseas, I'm still not sure I've had a chance to take a breath since last summer, let alone be prepared to welcome a Royal Baby! Either way, I couldn't be more blessed to travel the world & take my cameras along with me.

For all you photo nerds out there, this summer, I stuck with my 3 best friends, my D800 & my dad's trusty ol' Nikon FM & my handy dandy iphone. I decided to try my hand at more color film this summer along with my black & white, so for all you film nerds out there, TMAX 400 & Fuji Pro 400h are what you'll see (although the pro 400h doesn't come in until Ireland).


Breakfast tea & dropped scones served in only the shiniest of silver at Browns Hotel.


Green Park & Harrods: two of my favorite London places to explore.


The days after the Jubilee, Carnaby Place stayed decorated in sequined Union Jacks.


Jubilee flags grace the streets of London.


From the top of the London Eye.


Anxiously awaiting the Royal Baby's grand entrance into the world!


The clock wall in the Kitchen Supplies section of Harrods.


Exploring the Supreme Court.



King's Cross Station...


...& then this happened (me, not Jerry)! Off to Hogwarts I go!!





More chocolate...Just can't ever get enough of this stuff. Followed by some night shots of the city!



20130804_allen_ireland-372i And if you want my play-by-play of the city, go head over to my instagram account, @viedfinder, to view these pictures in a not so tiny way! london insta dip

My day with Uncle Dana & Aunt Lin is up tomorrow! Get ready for some really awesome 900-year-old English pubs!

photo classes: personal projects

For my last studio project with my intermediate & proficient students, we decided to do personal projects. They had to develop something that was deep and meaningful to them. They also had to use at least one extra medium or technique. These projects came out awesome! I'm so proud of the work they did this semester & these projects show their skill, but also their personalities. Here are some of the best!  

A Family Album-By Shadell Lowe, 10th grade


Freedom-by Rachel Gilbert, 12th grade

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Mom & Dad- by Ashlyn Scoggins, 10th grade

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Confetti-by Stephanie Gilbert, 12th grade

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Beauty is Life- by Jalisa Reed, 11th grade

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Family Connections-by Rebecca Andrews, 11th grade


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Class Clown-by Dominic Taylor, 10th grade

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Past, Present, & Future- by Andrea Thaxton, 12th grade

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Heart Leaves- by Rosa Ramirez, 12th grade

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a self-portrait.

This is a self-portrait...that wasn't shot by me, but rather some awesome photographers. Or as we'd call each other #badass #fotoninjaz. This project was for my black & white film photography class. I'm quite certain thousands of hours went into that darkroom for this one, but it was well worth it to just stare in awe at the fotoninjaz' work. I love each and every one of you guys and am so blessed to be surrounded by so much creativity!

Photo by Erin Hull

Photo by Spencer Bakalar

Photo by Daniel M. N. Turner

Photo by Daniel M.N. Turner

Photo by Ariana van den Akker

Photo by Allison Russell

Photo by Julia Wall

Photo by Nivi Umasankar

Photo by Stephen Mitchell

Photo by Spencer Bakalar

Photo by Daniel M. N. Turner

Photo by Ariana van den Akker

Photo by Stephen Mitchell

Photo by Allison Russell 

Photo by Stephen Mitchell

Photo by Ariana van den Akker

Thank you all so much! It was one of the best projects I've done because it allowed me to experience the scrutiny of the lens, learn to relax, and learn to trust others more!