• The Upside of Lifestyle Photography Sessions

    I’ve been swallowed up by The Simpsons this week. FXX is doing a marathon of every Simpsons episode ever right now, and I keep finding myself in front of the TV, watching episodes I’d never seen before. It swallowed hours of my weekend as I got stuck in an eternal cartoon loop. While it’s been fun to partake …

  • Stress: It Does Nobody Good

    I established a couple of weeks ago on the blog that I work two jobs (at VCU, for those not familiar). August is the busiest month on any college campus, and VCU is no exception. The start of classes brings everyone back to campus, including the 6,000 students who live on. There’s a decent amount of pressure among …

  • Fear of the Unknown

    I sat on the table in the doctor’s office last week, waiting for the doctor to come in. Waiting for the doctor and imagining what will happen when she comes in fills me with a fierce dread and fear, afraid of physical pain or bad news or being judged by a stranger. My mind wandered …

  • How My Double Life Gives You Better Service

    It’s like living a superhero double life: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm, I’m Alli Patel, an Assistant Director at VCU, working with students and their families, helping to ensure they all live in safety and comfort. Then after 5pm, and on weekends, I’m Allison Patel Photography, playing with children and their families, helping to ensure …

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