Wednesday, May 23, 2012

On Martha's Vineyard


Sometimes, I just can't get over the ocean.


On my way from Maine to Michigan last July, I visited my dear friend Ivy Ashe at her home on Martha's Vineyard. She's a photojournalist at the Vineyard Gazette, so I tagged along while she worked and played tourist. The Vineyard, especially on the Fourth of July, is filled with the most insane amount of Americana I have ever seen. It looks like a postcard EVERYWHERE you look.

As much as I love Ann Arbor (especially in the summer; Ann Arbor is simply magical in May), I miss the east coast. I miss the ocean.

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See more photos on flickr!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I want to go back to there.


I went to New York City to interview for my dream job.






By the time I landed in Detroit less than 24 hours later, it all felt like a dream. I still don't know if I got the job.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Summer Vacation, Just In Time For Winter


Hey, aren't Katey, the JakeMonster and I adorable?


And check out my awesome Mom and Dad!


It looks like joy on my face, but I'm really screaming in terror. That would be me on the right. I do not like tubing.


The kids really enjoyed it, though.

More photos on flickr!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Wizard's Duel


While on O'Neill Family Vacation, we all went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (henceforth known by it's twitter handle HP7p2). Afterward, my dear brother the JakeMonster and my nephew Matthew were having their Wizard's Duel.

"Erin, can you put it in the photo editor and make everything sparks?" the JakeMonster asked.

"Yes," Erin replied.

"Can it be huge? And can you make it like in the movie? And can you put us in the  bubble like in the fourth movie."

"Anything you want, JakeMonster."

Sunday, June 12, 2011



FSOT-7-MapI've been preparing to take the Foreign Service Officer Test since February. The FSOT is the first of many steps in becoming a career U.S. diplomat working in foreign embassies for the Department of State. It sounds like a wicked cool gig, especially considering my journalism career is going nowhere fast these days. The exam is given three times a year, and on June 6, the closest location was at the University of Maine at Farmington.

So, I studied a lot, woke up early, and drove to Farmington, Maine. It was a really long drive just to sit a three-hour exam. But it was a bright, sunny and beautiful summer morning. And Maine is really gorgeous. Once I got off the expressway, I drove on two-lane highways through dense forrest which was punctuated with tiny towns and clear lakes.

The test was brutal. While I didn't make myself sick over it (like I did with the GRE), it was long and my essay was awful and I didn't know that FDR was the one who called the Allied powers the "Four Policemen." (I guessed Truman. MIZ-ZOU-RAH!) However, I think I passed. I'll find out in approximately three to five weeks.

I was also charmed by Farmington, ME. The University is small, but has adorable old buildings. There were tons of prospective students on campus. I had pineapple gelato with my lunch after my test at a lovely little sandwich shop down the street from the test center. I also found first editions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire at a used bookstore with the best name ever: Twice Told Tales.


I kept thinking that Farmington was simply crying out for a Missouri Photo Workshop. There were so many stories, just right there! It felt like a lot of deja-vu, which may be the universe's way of saying that all small towns are essentially alike in nature, whether they be in Missouri or Maine.

In short: I took a test. The test was in a nice town. I hope I passed. The end.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hello, Michigan! Hello, Friends!


I was happily in my beloved hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my two dear friends Tara (who hosted) and Meg. Meg has the most photogenic hair in the world. It's just crazy-awesome-colorful-distincitive and is always interesting to look at.

I also decided to take it super-easy on the camera packing. I brought my Nikon Coolpix S3000 (the one that I saved after I dropped it in the Atlantic on it's first voyage) instead of my whole DSLR kit and kaboodle. I was happy not to be so weighed down for the weekend, but I think my results were less visually interesting. I just didn't try as hard to make good images with the point-and-shoot. And, the second I bumped up the ISO the image quality tanked-- which it true of my D60, but I feel I can compensate better with that camera.

But mostly, I had a fabulous time with my fabulous friends. Someday, we will all live much nearer to each other and not in a Michigan-Maine-Virginia travel triangle of death!

(See more photos on my flickr!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Washington, DC!


I went to our nation's capitol to see my hero Jon Stewart at his "Rally For Sanity" in October 2010. It's funny. I had my camera with me for two days at the rally and sightseeing in DC the next day, and the photos I want to share are of my friends, Tara and Meg. And this one really cool sculpture outside one of the Smithsonians. I did not know there was more than one Smithsonian.



We rode the moving sidewalks in this magic tunnel of light for about 30 minutes. Seriously.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

August in Kentucky


During my brief interlude in Kentucky between Missouri and Maine, I embarked upon a small bit of tourism with my mom, and my aunt and uncle. Kentucky Horse Park has a very thorough (if nightmare-ishly lit) museum dedicated to the history of horse racing. It's got a lot of cool stuff. Like stuffed horses hanging from the ceiling!


And then, the JakeMonster hung out on the driveway while my mom packed my car. Let's face it, I was just there for moral support. She was the brains of the operation.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oops.... and a Starfish!


I tried to have an adventure on a beautiful, sunny, 45℉ day here in Portland, Maine. I drove down to the Portland Head Light at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, and brought my new point-and-shoot camera. I was rocking out on the shore, splashing around in the waves (I was wearing galoshes) when I found a starfish! SO EXCITING! It was cute, and kinda clung to my finger.

When I was putting said starfish back in the ocean, my camera fell off my wrist and into the ocean. So, I quickly fished it out and rushed it to the grocery store, where I bought a bag of rice. My new birthday camera is now submerged in a bowl of uncooked rice in the vain hope that the rice will dry it out....

I just wanted to have an adventure, and I dropped my camera in the ocean. Fantastic.

P.S. -- I FIXED IT! THE RICE WORKED! I have a dry, functional and image-making point-and-shoot camera again! Victory is mine!

Friday, October 1, 2010

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Pour ma chère amie Anaïs Kasten-Sportes, en mémoire de ses cheveux roses.