Thursday, December 8, 2016

The time is now..

I need to get back on track, it's been far too long

I need to get back on track, before my dream is gone.

I must find the time for me, get my head on straight

For there is no stopping, no time for debate.

What have I been up to? What have I been doing?

I have been slacking, all things almost ruined.

But the time is now, to realize the greatness

The time is now, to practice my patience.

I am ready, I am willing

I am strong and I am here, dream in sight, and

The time is now.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Jax Wyatt

So I took a poll on my Twitter (@torrieelizabeth) and the winning blog post was one of my fur baby!!

So I am just doing a picture blog post with little blurbs of what was going on behind the picture. He does have his own Instagram account if you like what you see, @jaxtheshepsky_

Also, coming next month will be a short post for the Holidays featuring Jax- so stay on the lookout!



Jax's 1st photoshoot (@abbyschaferphotography)

An ornament from his 1st Christmas in 2015

Such a dork- but one of my favorite pictures of him!

Jax loves being outside in the sunshine!

I came home from work one day and the pillows on the couch were at his mercy... RIP pillows haha

Jax and I took walks on the Kent State campus almost every single day 

Most recent picture in 2016- at the park playing with nature's version of a tennis ball

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Calling All Penguins!

So many of you may not know; I transferred schools this Fall 2016 semester. I am now attending Youngstown State University, still for Business.

My decision was such a hard one to make but it ultimately came down to who can help me graduate when I want.

It is halfway through the semester, and I have really not explored campus very much or gotten involved with any organizations on campus yet.

So I need your help!

I would love to get involved with something on campus or find a new, awesome place to study, and make more friends!

This week is our Homecoming week with lots of events happening- who wants to join me and show me the YSU life?! Comment on my blog with ideas and/or suggestions, or tweet/insta @ me!

Twitter: @torrieelizabeth
Instagram: @torrieelizabeth__

I seriously want to enjoy my commuting experience and so far I am just commuting to class and then going home... BORING!!

Okay, that is all for now haha


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Chelsee T Photography

Guys, I am obsessed with her Instagram account.

Who am I talking about? Chelsee Teleha and her photography Instagram account. (@chelseeteleha )

Model: @kaitmcd2017

I don't exactly remember how I found her on Instagram, but she has over 3,300 followers, so I am not the first to recognize her talent! I decided to reach out to Chelsee to do an interview for this blog because of her talent. Her pictures capture something special. A woman entrepreneur, a woman of my nature, and who can take such amazing pictures? I had to meet her.

We met at the Coffee Stop in East Palestine, on a Wednesday afternoon. She had a photo shoot scheduled for later in the day, busy woman!

First of all let me start by saying how sweet and kind Chelsee is! Professional, and above all, passionate.

"Do you remember Myspace?..." she said as I asked how she got started with her photography. Do I? I was a Myspace genius, duh! Chelsee was gifted her first camera by her dad in 7th grade when Myspace was all the rage with putting up pictures. Plants, flowers, and trees were her first lucky models at the ripe age of 12. A few years later, after expanding from nature life to candid at family gatherings and events, she realized that she loved photography. She bought a new camera and was open for business.

Her junior year of high school is when she got the idea to start to do senior portraits. She learned that she loved posing people and creating those special looks that would be captured for them for forever.

Chelsee has been doing photography as her profession since late 2011, early 2012. She has made her passion into an LLC complete with business cards and her own website. In 2013 she really decided to hone in on one type of photography, which is her favorite; stylized senior girl portraits. She loves that the shoots are fun and creative and that the girls she works with are so awesome. Chelsee does something really unique with her models, she has a senior model team who automatically get a styled session! "A lot of the girls like to do something kind of bohemian and girly, 'cuz that's kind of like, in in this area, so flowy dresses and flower crowns... those are some of my favorite ones to shoot, but I also love when girls are kind of edgy and funky with it too." she said when asked what her favorites were. This same year is the year she decided to dedicate an Instagram account to her love of these photo shoots.

She described a recent shoot to me where her model and her had tons of fun together creating this edgy rocker look.

Model: @livvxoxo

Chelsee loves to shoot at locations that include different elements; parks, local warehouses, she likes the outdoor and rustic looks as her background. She has shot in multiple areas of Ohio and Pennsylvania including Youngstown, Columbiana, Lisbon, Canfield,  Pittsburgh, and East Palestine. Chelsee wants to expand more into Pittsburgh areas soon though! Most of Chelsee's clients are her senior model team, which she breaks down into about 13 sessions for that category and then does another 15-ish a year. 30 total clients a year is awesome! The other 15 clients are made up from some underclassman session, aspiring models. family portraits and she does some couple engagement pictures as well. Chelsee has a very diverse clientele, and can rock any type of photo session.

Chelsee said something later in the interview that I thought was brilliant! "...there is a common misconception that your paid work is not for yourself, they say you should do separate projects for yourself. Why? Why can't you do both? Why can't you do what you love that is for yourself and get paid for it?..." This is so true! It is a common misconception and people have this thought every day and get 'stuck' with something they are not passionate about taking up all the time they could be spending on their passion- while getting paid for it. In order for Chelsee to debunk the common idea- she came up with her senior model team, previously mentioned. Her senior models get the kooky, non -traditional ideas, they already paid for it but get to look like models and then will still get traditional pictures that parents and schools want. I love having fun with my girls- seniors are her personal shoots. Chelsee does do a giveaway here and there but doesn't want to devalue her brand.

Model: @_rockkkky

So what gets this rockin' photographer in the zone? Money of course.. But also looks to Pinterest and other Instagram accounts for inspiration. An account on Instagram that she follows and gets a lot of inspiration from is Brandy Melville. She describes the stores account as "California Cool with a nostalgic 90's vibe." How amazing?! Chelsee loves to have fun with these inspirations and having freedom with makeup, location, props, etc. One of the things she loves to do with certain clients is a walking photo shoot, which I think is such a cool thing! Where Chelsee and the model will just take a walk around town and take random pictures that are real life, this way she gets lots of different vibes and tones to the shoots. She will do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot. (The rainbow picture featured, she laid down in the muddy, wet grass to capture, and it paid off!)

What gets her in the zone to edit these pictures? She really has no rhyme or set in stone way she edits, she says, "...sometimes I'll listen to music, sometimes Netflix will be on in the background, but mostly I just edit from home in my comfy bed... I love editing, it's one of my favorite parts.

                                  Favorite onsite location- City Lake, East Palestine, Ohio

Model: @hannahgcall

Not only does Chelsee take amazing pictures, she also teaches. Chelsee has started doing a mentor ship program for other aspiring photographers. Chelsee has taken on about 4 aspiring photographers for the October and November months, one online as well. In the program Chelsee will teach how she edits her photos, how to pose and direct the models, how to scout the perfect location, and what she does during a photo shoot. In order to teach the aspiring photographers, she books a 'mock photo shoot' with one of her senior models that is fun, talkative, open to the idea, moves well on own in front of camera and will mesh well with the project. Chelsee gets paid for being a mentor and then pays the models as well. Chelsee would love to do more of these mentor ships because just as happy as she is taking the pictures, she is just as happy to teach, she said.

Model: @_rockkkky

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Big Things Coming Your Way

You have not seen much writing from me recently, but that does not mean I haven't been writing. I still write at least twice a week. The postings from these days may never be published, who knows? However, I do have a string of posts that will be published soon for you! I have been working hard behind the scenes here and have a few really awesome things to show you guys! I am very excited to post, so be on the lookout!

If there is anything you guys would like me to dive into for you, let me know! I am open to any ideas!

See ya soon! -T

Monday, January 11, 2016

I did this for Me

"The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life."

For the first time in over two years, I finally did something for myself, and this is what it was. It has a significant meaning to where I am in my personal life right now. It is a daily reminder that no matter what is going on, I'll be okay, I'm on the journey to finding me.

Monday, September 14, 2015

My interview with the author of "What Evil Has Begotten", Dean Fryman

Fryman, author of the novel What Evil Has Begotten, has agreed to do an interview with me. I chose to ask for an interview because I have read his novel and not only do I love it, it was inspiring to me. I figured it would be inspiring to others as well.

Dean Fryman, lives in a small town in Northeastern Ohio with his wife of 22 years, Angela. They have three daughters together, Torrie, Lauren and Sidney. Fryman's book What Evil Has Begotten was published in 2004/2005 by Dean Tolasi Publishing. The Amazon Kindle book is a revised 2015 edition.

"Kyle Logan witnesses what most see as the second coming of Christ, but to Kyle this man is no savior. To Kyle, he represents totalitarian control over the world, and he must be stopped.

Complicating matters is the fact that nobody believes him, not even his own wife. What's worse is that his own son is a faithful follower of the supposed messiah.

Kyle must take matters into his own hands if he is to stop the destruction of mankind.

What Evil Has Begotten is a chilling look into the dark possibilities that exist when there is science with no ethics.

Mankind already possesses the technology to recreate life. It;s just waiting for someone to provide the blueprints. Someone has... someone below."

Question:  Can you give the readers some insight about the main character in "What Evil Has Begotten"?

Answer: "I always put a little of myself in my main characters. They usually deal with things in a similar way I would."

Question: How did the cover of the book come about?

Answer: "I wanted an image that would express the tone of the book and let the reader know even before opening the book that there is a dark side to everything. The image is Jesus with a fiery presence."

Q: How did you research for "What Evil Has Begotten"?

A: "I read some biblical stories and researched areas of interest through a lot of online searching. Almost EVERYTHING has a deeper meaning than what it may seem. I don't believe in a lot of "filler". I don't want to waste the reader's time. Character names are usually pretty significant."

Q: When did you decide to become a writer?

A: "I haven't yet. (laughs) Maybe once I have enough success to focus entirely on writing I will begin to feel like a true author.

Q: What are your ambitions with writing?

A: "Become a successful screenwriter. I really enjoy a lot of different genres of movies."

Q: What have you written?

A: "A screenplay and novel entitled "What Evil Has Begotten", a screenplay entitled "The Seed", and many other unfinished and untitled stories."

Q: Why do you write?

A: "It's an escape. A release. A constructive way to solve internal issues or frustrations or express myself. I write a lot of short stories that help to 'get it out'. Even if it is never read by anyone I have expressed my thoughts and feel relief.

Q: What is your writing style and genre?

A: "I actually enjoy writing in third person present tense. It gives the feeling that it is something you are experiencing with the characters as it happens as opposed to hearing about the past. The genres I seem to enjoy are action, suspense, crime and science fiction."

Q: What is inspires you?

A: "Sometimes it's as simple as a thought that I feel would make a good story. Thought provoking story lines. My wild imagination. Crazy or inspiring personal stories that I have heard."

Q: How have you evolved creatively?

A: "Not sure that I really have changed much creatively. I have matured and try to look at things from different perspectives. I try to be open minded. Creativity is something that people either seem to have or they don't. I suppose practice helps people 'evolve' creatively but you're either open minded to the creative process or not. If you never consider other views then you would be subjectively creative but not objectively creative."

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: "I may convert "The Seed" (A story about a secret government agency of assassins.) into a novel."

Q: What are your future plans with writing?

A: "Open plans. Nothing concrete, but I may begin a series if I alter "The Seed"."

In his acknowledgements of the book he thanks many people including his wife, Angela, and other family members and friends. He states at the end "...and finally my parents- Fred and Donna Fryman for raising me in an environment where I could develop my imagination."

I thank you Dean for allowing me conduct this interview and allowing me to let my own imagination develop. It is important to remember to always chase your dreams, no matter the size. If Dean had not, this book would still be a story all to himself.

click here for the link to the Amazon Kindle copy of the book!!

Happy Readings!