Category Archives: Photography

Korea, I Miss You + Amy B Photography

We left Korea 5 months ago. We knew it would be hard to leave, but never did I imagine I would, or could, mourn a place the way I have that amazing country. At the last minute we decided to have our beautiful friend Amy, who is made of pure magic, light and the high feeling you get while eating a ton of candy, do a photoshoot just 2 days before we left the city. When she sent me the photos I went through every single emotion I possess. Pure joy, giddiness, horrible sadness, hilarity, big love. Everything. These photos are so beautiful and perfect and I just keep staring at them and thinking ‘How can we possibly be in that giant city of 10 million people and this is what it looks like?!’. Yall, that is just how perfect and unexpected this city is.

Also, besides Amy being a miracle worker behind the camera, she is SO good at selfies. Like HOW?! Anyway. Below are a few of my favorite images + the only way I know how to process through things: by writing. Ive made a list of the things I am missing right now from Korea and am dwelling on how much love and life we experienced there. You can see more photos and ugly cry the way I did over on Amy’s blog. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love someone I met on the internet and how it feels like Ive known them forever and my only regret is not actually knowing her the past 29 years. But luckily I get to spend a week with her in Germany in less than 2 weeks, so I can get that candy binging high again really soon.

So enjoy the beauty and come simmer in my sadness for a bit with me wont you?

THINGS I MISS ABOUT SEOUL

Just being in the middle of that amazing city with so much life and beauty buzzing all around me.

Walking out of the door and immediately being in the middle of an adventure.

The food. No where else in the world has the same mixture of flavor explosive foods. No Where. No Where.

Their love for the arts. Shows and concerts every day, all day, every where.

All the color and smell and texture and life.

That green oasis in the middle of that amazing city.


The ability to hike a mountain from a subway exit.

The highest class public transportation for lowest class prices.

The most adorable children in the whole world.

Life on the street.

The bustle and intermingling of every life stage all woven into one buzzing hive.

Character in every face.

The ease of a well orchestrated city, full of amenities and helpfulness.

Shopping on the street. Food vendors, cheap tourist junk, stores with their doors open.

Diversity in every corner. People, sights, sounds, smells, stores, scenery, culture, landscape, technology. Everything mingled together to create a patchwork quilt of life.

To the city of my heart, Seoul, I love you. 

How to take and edit awesome photos of your art

How to take and edit beautiful photos of your art. All you need is one piece of paper and the free A Color Story App! Click through for the video tutorial!

Today, let’s talk photos. Sharing photos of my artwork on instagram is one of my favorite things to do and one of the biggest issues we encounter when it comes to sharing other people’s photos on the Get Messy instagram account. The importance of a good photo is hard to stress enough. Your artwork can be THE most amazing art in the whole world, but no one can tell if the photo is bad quality, poorly lit, fuzzy, at a weird angle or too cluttered.

I shared this tutorial in my instagram stories and got so much great feedback that I knew it needed to live somewhere more permanent. So excuse the video quality, these stories are only supposed to last 24 hours remember…But! The tips in it are top-notch and are guaranteed to help you take and edit awesome photos of your art.

I use the A Color Story app to edit exclusively. Below are a few of my favorite filters that I keep in my favorites section. I highly recommend the app and suggest you play around with it and read the blog post tutorials here about how to use it and all its SUPER powerful features. My favorite part is the ability to get your whites really white and bright. Nothing says ‘ew’ like a yellowed photo. So the temperature, contrast and brightness tools are my absolute go too tools for every single photo I take and edit.

Here is another example of a more dramatic edit. I love how versatile the app is and you are guaranteed to be able to create a style of your own through the different filters. So go play and be sure to tell me your favorite filters!

Before, no edits. Shot directly into the sunset.

After, with much more dramatic edits than my normal whitening edits, but I loved this edit because it really brought out the true feeling of this moment. Sometimes the camera just can’t capture what you see in real life and I find that especially true during sunsets. The colors aren’t as vivid and it lacks the feeling you have when watching such a beautiful and out of your control event. Below are the edits I used to bring this moment to life.

If you have any questions please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them and share more tutorials.

Day In The Life 2016

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For the first time EVER I completed a day in the life. Every year this challenge happens and I take 2 awkward photos and abandon it immediately. This year, at the last second, in one of the busiest seasons, I decided to set my alarms for the whole day and snap a photo. One photo only, of whatever was happening. I am so happy with myself for following through and taking the time to prepare because without the hourly alarms this would not have happened. I am so grateful that I captured this glimpse into our lives here as this will be our last year here and I want to remember the details of each day. It was not a special day, but a normal day and that was the point, to capture our real life.

This is what a normal day in the life looked like for us in 2016. 

6:42 am Ive hit the snooze button multiple times and Terrell is completely ready to go and waiting on me while Im still in bed. #normal

7:09 am Driving to school! We are so grateful to have a car now that the weather is cold. School meetings begin at 7:20 am. We cut it close most days…

8:09 am Working in my office. Getting ready for the day, planning student sessions, checking emails, working on projects, etc etc.

9:37 am Teaching social skills lessons! This week’s lesson is all about preventing bullying by including others, so we played the human knot because everyone has to be involved to make the game work! This is by far my favorite part of my job.

10:46 am I have a few free minutes before lunch and I like to take time to do my morning pages, devotion or journal each day.

11:52 am Back from lunch and still finishing my coke. The missions fridge raises money for students trips and provides me the sweet nectar of life each day. #thankful

12:37 pm Catching up on emails, writing session notes and planning again.

1:03 pm Teaching the older students about Bullying. We are playing Bully Bingo!

2:03 pm More teaching. I let the winner of Bingo choose a 1 minute activity, obviously dancing to JT from Trolls is their top choice!

3:06 pm Garage Duty. Cold but not a bad 15 minutes, helping kids into cars and making sure they don’t get run over. It’s not a job for the weak.

4:01 pm Art Journaling After School Activity! These girls are so messy and so creative and so messy. I have mostly 3rd graders this year and they are much different from last years 5th graders who were really thoughtful in their pages, these girls are sticker crazy. But when I go around and ask them to tell me about their pages they really have put a lot of thought into the prompts and techniques I taught them and have done some really creative things! Also, art journaling is just fun.

5:02 pm Terrell is still working hard at his desk as I come pry him away.

5:36 pm We are finally home! And matching in the elevator! #theamazingmatchinghoopers

6:03 pm Terrell went out for dinner and I have just a few minutes before I have to leave for dinner and Bible study, so Im snacking and watching Friends to relax before more interaction time. #givemesomequietspace

7:07 pm Women’s Bible Study. Yummy food and some lovely ladies who are so encouraging and wise.

8:44 pm Im in bed reading, Terrell comes home with a melodica and serenades me. Its hilarious and so strange. He needs it to perform while on a field trip with kids. It even comes with a backpack/carrying case that says Roo Roo on it and has a picture of a bear in outerspace. We make fun of him endlessly for this, especially when he throws it over his shoulder and says ‘me and Roo Roo are ready to go’.

9:36 pm Reading and asleep by 10pm. These days are exhausting.