One of the above things is not like the others. In the past 48 hours, I fell in love with a drummer, channeled my inner fashion blogger, and got to be in some really cool pictures taken by someone who knows what they’re doing (which means better angles).
Let me preface by telling you that I fall in love with guys’ faces all the time (it’s basically a hobby now). Friday night was no exception. At the Timeflies concert I went to (which I would go to again and again), their opening act had a drummer that my friend and I couldn’t take our eyes off of (remember: drummers, not drugs). The band was The Heydaze, and their drummer had won our hearts with the swift movement of his drum stick and a bandana tied around his head. Needless to say, my friend and I fell in love with him at first sight. The band sang a cover of Mario’s “Let Me Love You,” which essentially acted as a key to my heart, and unlocked all the feelings that come along when a musician becomes the object of your affection.
Bottom line: musicians are great to look at and swoon over, but once you look them up on Instagram, the elusion is over faster than Kim Kardashian’s first marriage.
That was just the appetizer to the wonderful afternoon that same friend and I had this Saturday. We spent the day taking photographs and walking around DuPont Circle (which if you live in D.C. and haven’t been, you need to get to ASAP). I’m no fashion blogger per say, but I’d like to think that my dabbling in the art has come a long way since my days of wearing purple eyeliner sans any other make up and shirts with “Abercrombie” splattered across the chest.
With my friend Taryn and her awesome photography skills in tow (you can check out her blog here), we set off on an adventure around DuPont. We took some artsy photographs (with me trying capture my inner cool-girl), ate some really good brunch at Kramer’s Bookstore & Afterwards, and had some really good conversation (mostly about the aforementioned drummer, who was conveniently named Alexander. Doesn’t that just roll off the tongue smoothly?)
So what am I getting at, you may ask? Well, I learned three interesting lessons.
1. Be open to new adventures. Concerts, explorations, or just trying new food. Don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone for a bit. It’ll be weird at first, but once it’s done, you’ll wonder why you were missing out for so long.
2. Don’t be afraid to snap some photos along the way (even if you’re in a bad relationship with the camera, like me). Sometimes, like I’ve so often noticed, photographs don’t always come out the way you want the them to. If you’re on an adventure, there should be no question of whether or not you should snap a photo! Pictures are memories we’ve captured and that can be saved for years!
3. Sometimes, it’s OK to put the camera down. Walking around DuPont was the perfect excuse to whip out a camera and snap some cool photos. More often than not, you’ll be missing out on some really cool experiences if you keep the camera in front of your face the whole time. My phone conveniently told me at the Timeflies concert that it “Can Not Take Photo.” It was a blessing and a curse. I couldn’t take anymore videos of the songs I loved, but I got to enjoy my time so much more. Once I finally put my camera away, I was able to really get into the music and enjoy the concert. I sang along to every song and danced until I couldn’t dance anymore. So don’t be hesitant to hide your camera if you really want to experience something for all it is worth.
So I leave you with artsy photographs and DuPont circle. Enjoy.
Here’s me ranting about someone’s Facebook photo.
The insanely long escalator ride out of the subway stop (and me apparently looking cool while biting my lip to get rid of an itch).
Me saying something irrelevant in front of a fountain.
Some cool B&W photography.
Channeling my inner fashion blogger while standing outside of an embassy.
Paying attention to details.
I’m actually not sure what’s happening here.
And finally, me running into a bakery because true love is the love I have for pastries.
Check out Taryn’s photography blog here!