Sunday, January 19, 2014

Farewell PLC

Lately I've been thinking about deactivating this blog simply because I don't keep it properly updated. The posts that I do write these days are not substantial and no longer enjoyable for me to write. However, this does not mean I will be deleting the blog or anything of that nature. I will keep the content that currently exists but it won't be updated any further. 

If you'd like to keep following me, I will still be posting on the Facebook page (currently but I'll probably change the name soon. I plan to still post about Star Wars, my adventures with the 501st Legion, and things of that sort, but I will also be posting about other things that interest me like comic books, fashion, and the outdoors. 

If you just found this blog, I hope you enjoy the previous posts and content even though it will not be updated anymore. Thank you to everyone who followed my blog and read all these silly posts. I'm excited for the future of the Facebook page!

Friday, January 3, 2014


I love taking pictures of helmets. I love a simple and sleek, but detailed, look to the photos. Here are a couple images of helmets that I took yesterday. The Commander Colt belongs to my friend Mike and the Boba Fett is my friend Wes's bucket. 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


I don't have resolutions but I do have goals to grow and learn in the new year. I wish all of you the best in 2014!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I'm a Lazy Blogger

Working on the helmet
Wow, it's been over a month since I last wrote a blog post. I'm not one to make New Years resolutions, but if I did make one, it should be to blog more often. I'll update you guys on what I've been doing this past month.

I finished the school semester earlier this month and have been enjoying Christmas break with my family and friends. I passed all of my classes with A's and B's (more A's than B's so that's a great thing), and took the SAT's again. I also started a photo challenge this month where each day I had to take a specific photo from a list. I've been late on a few days but overall I've stuck to it really well. One of my good friends sent me a Phase I clone trooper helmet to work on during holiday break so he can paint it when I finish the prep work. That's been really fun to work on and I'm almost done with it. All that's left is to drill out one more side of vents, prime the outside, and paint the inside.

On December 12th, my brother found out that he'll be leaving for Air Force basic training on March 25th, two days after MegaCon to be exact. At first this was really hard to hear. I've been expecting this call for a long time now but I never thought it would come. Chase is one of my closest friends and brings so much life to our household so it will be really odd to not have him around in a few months. I'm trying to enjoy each day with him as much as I can. The next day, Friday the 13th, was his 20th birthday so we went to the movies and watched The Desolation of Smaug, which was absolutely fantastic/breath-taking.

Playing pool at my grandpa's house

Self-portrait for the photo challenge
Christmas was really wonderful this year. I had already gotten my big present from my parents earlier this year, which was my shadow scout armor. I didn't expect to get much on Christmas day that I didn't already know about but my mom and a couple of my sweet friends got me some presents that were nice surprises. Chase and I went to see Saving Mr. Banks after opening presents too. I recommend all Disney fans go see this movie! It was beautifully written and shot.

Yesterday I finally watched the Lord of the Rings movies. I've seen the first 2 Hobbit movies, but I had never sat down and watched the LOTR films. Since they're each three hours long, I wasn't so sure how I would like them because I don't like long movies. However, they really surprised me and I enjoyed them a lot. Tomorrow I'm going to a friends house so I can finally get to work on my shadow scout armor. I haven't put a scout together yet so I've been nervous to work on my armor without someone there to make sure I don't mess anything up. Stef and Mark should be able to give me a good push in the right direction. I have one more week until school starts back so I'm hoping to finish everything up before I have to focus on classes again.

I think that's most of what I've been doing over this last month. I'm looking forward to the new year because I know it holds a lot of changes to come in my life. I hope all of you had a merry Christmas and have a safe New Year.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

10 Things About Me

I've seen a tag on Facebook going around where people post a few things about themselves that their friends might not know. I thought this might be a fun blog post to do since I only blog about geeky and photography related things. Here are 10 random things about me that you might not know!

1) I'm left eye dominant but I am right handed. 

2) The first and only time I've seen snow was in Hawaii.

3) Star Wars is not my favorite movie.

4) I've never seen the Lord of the Rings movies. 

5) I'm very OCD about my room being clean.

6) I despise dreary weather. If the sun's not out, I'm most likely freaking out. 

7) I'm deathly afraid of snakes and spiders. 

8) I don't like the holiday season. 

9) I don't watch very much TV but my favorite show is "The Office". 

10) I never intended to write on this blog for as long as I have. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vizsla Helmet

I took a few photos today of the Pre Vizsla helmet. I was surprisingly pleased with the outcome because I finally figured out how to get rid of the green rim lighting that is usually cast in most of my "studio" images. I shoot in front of a window to create a white background but that often results in a slightly green hue around the figure that I'm photographing. The grass from outside the window reflects into my room, creating the yucky color distortion. So today I played with Lightroom a bit and edited that color out, without leaving a wonky gray band around everything. Enjoy the photos...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hospital Troop Report

Today's troop at the children's hospital was really fun. My brother couldn't come because of work so it was just mom, myself, and 7 other troopers visiting the kiddos. Some of the kids we visited weren't too sure what characters we were because they had never seen the Star Wars movies before, but a few were really excited to see us. One older boy wanted a ton of pictures with the armored troopers, holding their blasters and pretending to shoot the camera. It was really nice to see their faces light up when we walked into their hospital rooms. A few of the patients were getting treatments done so we couldn't walk into their rooms. It was fun walking by their door and waving though. Even the nurses and doctors in the hallways wanted pictures with us and were super excited to see all of us in costume. I got to pass out action figures and toys to the kids. The Star Wars Potato Heads were definitely a hit with the younger kids. My mom and I both had a really great time and I hope we get to attend more hospital troops in the future.

We finished up the day by eating at Taco Bus (aka my favorite place in the world). I finally got my chicken tacos fix and tried pineapple water for the first time. Very yummy! I also ended up coming home with a Pre Vizsla helmet that I'm borrowing from a buddy. He has 2 Vizsla helmets and offered to let me take pictures of one since I like using helmets as photo subjects for testing and playing with light. He also gave Chase a Captain Jack Sparrow compass kit that he didn't put together, so that might be a cool prop to take pictures of when it's all finished. 

Stay tuned for more pictures of the helmet. I wish I could've had more pictures from the hospital in this post but I didn't have my camera on me. MTFBWY!