Follow Friday: Guest Photographer Lauren Furlong

I’m proud to present Lauren Furlong, the creative genius behind Etsy’s newly opened Unfurled Images and fine art photographer.

Lauren Furlong lives in New Jersey and takes tons of photos with her fancy-pants camera. In her professional life, she edits photos for established photographers and currently works for one for National Geographic. Her idea of a perfect vacation is a quiet location in which she can wake before the ass-crack of dawn and observe the earth’s natural beauty with her fancy-pants camera. Other than photography, Lauren enjoys going to the movies, eating bacon, and wrangling mermaids.
You can visit her woefully out-of-date website and deviantArt  and see some cats sometimes on her Instagram feed. She has also launched Unfurled Images, an Etsy shop featuring her photos and digital manipulations on holiday cards.

What is Follow Friday? It’s a blog series I created a few years ago based on a Twitter meme.  Learn more about it in my FAQ. See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness hereWould you like to be a guest photographer for Follow Friday? Email me!

louisvirtel I’m sick of these “Which Disney princess are YOU?” tests because I already know I’m Zac Efron.

debenham  Costco had a run on soapboxes! I bought like 5 and stacked ’em up for that last tweet.

runawaycupcake  How about you keep clicking your pen so we can all direct our rage at you.

Mortimusgerbil  “Don’t forget to grab an extra cookie on your way to work out,” said the ass to the brain.

abbytron  “Once you get over the ass, you’re in the clear.” – me to my pants, but interestingly relevant to life as well.

LisaMcIntire  I ate all the spinach from my fridge before it turned so when can I expect my canonization?

wordlust  Missed connection: You were a doomsday asteroid. I was checking Facebook.

SladeRoberson Damn! DESOLATION OF SMAUG was the working title for the “Eat Pray Love” style memoir of my love life. : /

tigersgoroooar  I see you, baby. Shakin that ass. Shakin that ass. Candy wrappers n shit fallin out ya gotdamn pockets. Damn, baby, pick that shit up.

rstevens  What do you mean, “not all the underwear was edible”? uh oh

feliciaday  Kicked cat off bed in the middle of the night right before hairball ejection: Victory. Stepped in said hairball after waking up: Defeat.

SenatorScience  Men in expensive suits draw symbols for hugs and kisses on dry erase boards. The patterns excite them. This is called sports television.

wordlust  Some days you’re the punch bowl. Other days you’re the turd.

DudeNdaEaseOnUp  Wow I can’t believe they got your name wrong at Starbucks that doesn’t happen to anyone else ever just u only u

bombsfall  Curate your battles.

trumpetcake  A COUPLE NEW CATCH PHRASES I’M CONSIDERING: “Getcha yooself a wrench!” “Nickel for a dance, friend?” “Zingadooo!” “JANE DID IT!” “3”

thegrumbles  When the tornado warning sirens went off I made everyone put on motorcycle helmets because duh I am the smartest.

badbanana  Nice try with the fall colors, trees. If you want me to look at you, you better start displaying Twitter updates.

apodixis  Please stop speaking your mind, everyone. Your mind is pretty awful.

Lilacmess  That moment when you tried so hard to conjure your first patronus and an aardvark comes out

sixthformpoet  I wonder if the Queen ever flips a coin and pretends she’s watching herself doing somersaults.

joshmirm  If nintendo is ever in a real pickle, they just have to make more crossovers. Mario & Zelda game. Boom. Pokemon & Zelda. Zelda & Zelda. Pow.

fart  j. robert oppenheimer quoted the bhagavad gita after inventing the nuclear bomb. i cleaned my cat’s butthole while singing “Uptown Girl”

Molly_Kats  A class action lawsuit for people who’ve dropped a phone on their face.

krisstraub  i can’t wait for the new ps4 so i can play calzone. wait, it’s “killzone???” lame

SCbchbum  Netflix suggested we should start seeing other people.

fart  madam secretary of health, we patriots have a lot of questions for you. question 1: what is the liquid inside the balls? is it pee or what

ecsuperhero   The danger of going out to dinner without Shane is that when I walk in the house and remove my pants after a big meal, he gets confused.

DrMaldoror  Passed many cotton fields on my drive today. More than I was expecting. Georgia is a highly absorbent state.

josephesque  I didn’t brush anything today: hair, teeth, death.

SalomeWilde  Damn you, stomach ache, you and the onion rings you rode in.

runawaycupcake  Mac Store guy: Ma’am, why is there bologna in the DVD player? Me: I TOLD YOU IT WASN’T WORKING

JlnFrancisco  @iboudreau The more I hear cat owners describe cats the more they sound like every roommate I’ve ever had.

Adar79Angie  I played clarinet in band, so as you can imagine, there were many pregnancy scares.

apodixis  Am I a cat person or a dog person? Neither. I am just a regular person-person and not some kind of creepy human-animal hybrid.

ItMightBeJim  The only thing that scares me about meeting any of you, is that I can’t force you all to look at me from the same angle as my selfies.

AccidentalOly  Spending all day on the couch would be a whole lot more enjoyable if I could just get a catheter installed.

Ryan_Patricks  Girlfriend wanted me to go to the craft fair with her, but sadly I broke my foot this morning on purpose.

J__Swift  I find the fact that someone is named Hilaria quite…amusing.

burnstand  Extraneous? I disagree good sir, these decorations are perfectly aneous!

annetdonahue  MOVIE PITCH: Beth (Cameron Diaz) was looking for wireless in all the wrong places, until she realized she had the password all along.

theleanover  A lot of people get into stand-up because they lack the upper body strength of serial stranglers.

SomeChrisTweets  Who writes these fortune cookies and why do they all say Karen’s not coming back?

apelad  Dan’s like “nobody’s watching.”

mocoddle  I’ve started giving my dog super-villain-style commands. Instead of “Where is Daddy?” I say, “Find him! And bring him to me!”

fart  ipad fell behind the bed and spotify radio is playing some u2 b-side shit extremely loud. i cant reach it. is this hell

donni  She said “What’s your number?” I said “1-800-HELL-NAW.” She ran away crying. I really need to change that number.

SomeChrisTweets  Save the rainforest. It’s not like trees grow on trees. That would look stupid.

badbanana  Girl, are you a glass of water because I think you’re about to throw yourself at me.

johnmoe  My now 13yo got Assassin’s Creed 4. Near as I can tell, the Assassin’s creed, what he believes in most, is stabbing dudes.

akpiper  My son will not stop vogueing. We are at Pita Pit. Parenthood, dude. It’s not what you expect.

badbanana  Girl, are you a book recommended for ages 6-8 because I’m having a hard time reading you.

DrWrought  I only know the basketball players that were on Space Jam. Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Bugs bunny, biggie smalls, a girl maybe (?)

wordlust  I almost cried when Batkid punched Ben Affleck in the nuts.

WigCannon  Giraffes have like seven necks in dog necks

rstevens  Seriously, props to Canada for keeping your George W. Bush restrained to the local level.

pacej_me  I’m kind of like a bee in that my greatest defense mechanism is just shoving my ass into you and dying

000___000  i would like to see a tiny car with 35 stick figure clown decals on the back window

iheartfailure  “Her ass made him want to write bad poetry.” #eroticadraft

bloodyoranges  I’m glad to see Americans settling back into a less psychotic level of bacon love. Got weird there for a year or two.

lanyardigan  This is my post-baby body (I used to be a baby)

josephesque  My kids hate that Portland’s colder than So Cal, but they love gloves and scarves and jackets, so basically they’re ungrateful little shits.

isplotchy  Music Fact: the full, unabridged title of “Pomp and Circumstance” is “Pompadours and Circumstantial Evidence”.

ProfessorSnack  Whenever someone says “besties”, I imagine that they’re saying “breasties” and we’re all good.


SpaghettiJesus  Keeping my fingers crossed that I just invented the term astroglam. I really need this win.

michaelseidel  Who wants to come over to drink mint tea and alphabetize lps with me tonight?! Let’s get stupid!

smickable  If you’re having girl problems I feel bad for you son. After all, you are my son and I love you.

WstonesOxfordSt  It’s amazing how popular the Kardashians are after everything they did to Bajor.

introvertedwife  Do the Germans have a word for the Germans having a word for everything?

shariv67  Prevent kids from making up cruel rhymes about your child’s name by calling him Orange.

RobynHTV  Make your own coffee, drink for a day. Teach a toddler how to make coffee, and she’ll still be scooping as you die of caffeine deprivation.

fart  my voicemail greeting is like 60 seconds of me going “uuughghhhHGHghhhghghghHEEEEHhhhhh” and i think i’ve lost jobs and girlfriends from it

KenBane1  I wonder if the guys in the beard net factory have to wear beard nets. #infinity

Milford_Cuboid  Sonic The Hedge #BoringVideoGames

BangPowPing  World of Door Craft #BoringVideoGames

bartlebysdead  you can’t have your dead horse and beat it too

slackmistress  The vetting process that @betheboy just went through to buy a Macy’s gift card online for a wedding was more thorough than any gun check.

BeTheBoy  @slackmistress while I was on hold I bought two guns.

BeTheBoy  Just had to go through a 4 step verification process to buy a @Macys gift card. If been through surgeries that were less invasive.

VaguelyFunnyDan  Still no word from the patent office about my kosher dog food line, Muzzle Tov™

pontiuslabar  One day some DJ will combine 99 Red Balloons and 99 Bottles of Beer and before it’s over, that club will be straight out of The Road.

FlyoverJoel  You can find lots of interesting things by bending over to look in the bottom of the freezer like some back muscles you didn’t know you had.

aprilmaywilson  Standing in line for the PS4, my son texted that he is freezing. I bet Normandy was rough for his grandfather.

nPhelendriqal  Sorry, but only 2 people have ever looked cool with mustaches. Freddie Mercury and my mom.

gabedelahaye  So the lesson of Karate Kid is if you’re a sensitive outcast who feels misunderstood, you should learn how to round kick people in the face.

sbellelauren  2 hot 4 pants

ashleycrem  I lead by example by pointing out other people’s bad behavior as examples.

tweet of the week

JulieFroolie  I only hope I have the same puzzling longevity as Clamato

What is Follow Friday? It’s a blog series I created a few years ago based on a Twitter meme.  Learn more about it in my FAQ. See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness hereWould you like to be a guest photographer for Follow Friday? Email me!

Follow Friday – Guest Photographer Megan Hunt

Today’s guest photographer is someone I’ve admired for a long time and for a myriad of reasons. She’s a creator, an organizer, an entrepreneur, and a mother. She amazes me with all she’s done and what she’s still working to accomplish. And I’m sure you can tell, I have a bit of a lady-crush on her.

Megan Hunt is the co-founder of Hello Holiday, a new e-commerce startup offering funding to emerging designers, and founder of Princess Lasertron, a boutique bridal design company. Consistently recognized for her marketing intuition and ability to make emotional connections with customers, Megan lives in Omaha where she devotes much of her time to supporting local entrepreneurs and creatives. What she loves most about her job is meeting and collaborating with passionate people, speaking in front of great big crowds, and being able to take her daughter, Alice, to work every day. She is currently penning her first book, Fabric Booms, set for release in May 2014.

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  Learn more about it in my FAQ. See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Would you like to be a guest photographer for Follow Friday? Email me!

J__Swift  Okay, okay, I changed my mind, I do want a scrub.

mitdasein  Life Hack: have no shame.

introvertedwife  Look into your hard drive and open up your mercy file. “File not found.”

missmandy_q  When will I ever learn? My pants have to be zipped BEFORE I leave the house

telephase  The promoted tweet badge is the new scarlet letter.

catagator  Do I put “50 Cent” or “Cent, 50?” You might think I have to give this indexing question serious thought but I do not.

sbellelauren  apparently my psychiatrist doesn’t appreciate that i call her my new drug dealer

vforrestal  So this girl’s like 19, and she’s been in the Olympics and the Miss America pageant?! WELL I’M DRINKING A BEER & HAVE TWO CATS LAYING ON ME.

annetdonahue  My Miss America talent would be reciting Breaking Bad theories until I am removed from the building.

twelveyearsold  It’s like my nana always said: if you can’t say anything relevant, manually RT it and add some emojis

TheBosha  Most underwear sold is white. That’s a lot of unjustifiably confident people.

wordlust  “Do I look like Google?” is a valid response to any question. Even that one.

wordlust  I’ve got the heart of a lion. My cardiologist is the worst.

Homestar_ebooks  One, zero zero, one one, zero, one, one zero, one one zero, zero one. You may not have understood me, but I was speaking technology.

ScrewyDecimal  Actual phone call from my mom: “We’re cleaning out the garage. Can I throw out this ‘Deluxe Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure’?” BLASPHEMY

thebooksluts  Swype hitched while I was typing drawer; autocorrect put in Dr RAWR. Imma call that a win.

MsHunnyBunnie  You’re gonna be doing stuff anyway so you may as well do what you want.

biorhythmist  Accidentally got chocolate all over the inside of my stomach

000___000  no law says you have to actually own a dog to keep your dog related documents organized in a folder called “dog stuff”. read a book, hippies

TinyNietzsche  I’m eating out of my own hand which is a sad turn of events.

VaguelyFunnyDan  Just got thrown out of Macy’s for excessive celebration of an undershirt purchase. #DoubleThroatSlash

BuckyIsotope  Hello OnStar? Yes I have an emergency. My wife thinks Pikachu is better than Squirtle. I left her at a gas station. Can you go get her?

aheatherdonahue  Exhiliaration comes not from danger but from noticing.

rstevens  I’ma complex individual. Mostly complex carbohydrates.

mitdasein  What’s your favorite deadly sin that’s also a cuddly animal? Mine is sloth.

burritojustice  Just got a message from Voyager: SEND MOAR PLUTONIUM NEED TO DO A SCIENCE

VaguelyFunnyDan  A fascinating few hours here on Fridays, when “Drunk East Coast Twitter” interacts with “Not Quite Drunk Yet West Coast Twitter”.

suburbanitis  It just took me a full second to realize I couldn’t pin something from this paper Martha Stewart Living to Pinterest.

dammitbabies  when life hands you lemons, throw them in the ocean. throwing things is fun

Jedimasterbator  “TGIF!” – Jason Voorhees

000___000  every food was invented by the earl of what the food is called. you got your earl of dorito, earl of bananas, earl of frogurt. earl of meat.

shinyinfo  I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life but at least I can say that I NEVER forgot about Dre.

alwysabridesmd   The main ingredients in pie are CRUMBS and SHAME.

ModernSauce  How spooky is it gonna be when the date is 13/13/13?!?!?!??!

lizzwinstead  Let’s call these anti Obamacare zealots Defundamentalist

emilysteers  narrator- “the sun is growing hotter and brighter.” yours truly- “kind of like me! ohhhhh, yeah.” david- ::actual, literal facepalm::

BeTheBoy  If strip clubs served lunch I bet a popular order would be the salad with no dressing.

BangPowPing  Put yourself in my position… prone, eating Cheetos.

BeTheBoy  Family reunions are the comment section of life.

TheRedQueen  the only time I ever want to hear about the Paleo diet is if you are going recount spearing a Sabar Tooth Tiger for dinner.

WhirledRecord  “VOLCANO” Science Experiment for Kids! You will need: 1) Vinegar 2) Baking Soda 3) An exploding volcano

TheNextMartha  People keep asking if I’ve lost weight and the only thing I did was cut my hair. I should patent this diet.

scottywrotem  If we had both arms on one side of our body they probably would have called them F-shirts instead.

IanKarmel  Seriously. Gwyneth. It stops sounding like a name after the second time you say it.

rolldiggity  Okay, I’ll admit my plan to make 20 sandwiches at once by throwing a loaf of bread and turkey through a fan was SLIGHTLY shortsighted.

donni  A scrub is a guy who thinks he’s The Fly / He is also known as Jeff Goldblum

usedwigs  Jeff Lyons just posted 34 new photos to the album “Heated Family Arguments”

stevelibrarian  If you’ve written a biography of Superman, yeah, you do “do” children’s books.

ModernSauce  Geez can’t a girl get off work and go to Costco to buy 4 pounds of bacon already?! #friday #amirite

biorhythmist  Come to my “home style” restaurant where all meals are eaten while standing over the sink.

annetdonahue  The Santa Clause 4: Rebel Without a Clause

JPHaddadio  Lazy people are underrated. We’re too lazy to kill or steal like other people do. A simple “thanks for being so lazy” would be nice to hear.

neildg  “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to scold ’em,” Kenny Rogers’ mom.

 usedwigs  Top 10 Ways New Parents are Spelling Ava: – Avah – Ayvah – Abreva® – Flava – Faygo – Lava – ÄvÄ – AavvaA – ÆVÆ – Abevigoda

ToeKneeSam  Palm Tree? More like, Talk to the Hand Tree.

ModernSauce  *looks down at wedges* *looks at gravel parking lot* This time it’ll be different, she says with a false confidence.

Jedimasterbator  Corey O’Graphed : Ireland’s most predictable dancer.

AndyAsAdjective  My three biggest fears are mouses, wolfs & proper pluralization.

BDGarp  “Get a load of that guy.” – porn director

lateandsoon  Why do I become Oskar Schindler every time I load a dishwasher? “One more! I could have fit…one…more!”

apatheticist  Wife and I used to do triathlons and Crossfit but we’ve recently stepped up our workout game into some hard-core Prancercizing.

dixie_lee_peas  Things I’ve learned at the gym: Don’t fart with your ear buds in.

usedwigs  Hello 911, I just finished dessert, do you know how many calories are in a tiramisu the size of a Smart Car?

CatFoodBreath  Admit it, you think it’s really cute when I sleep in the middle of the bed like this.

CatFoodBreath  Not only do I need most of the bed tonight, I need all the pillows. Cat stuff. You understand.

RideOrDiePudge  “You’re the one that should have died, Turner. Not Hooch! You! You should be dead!” – me meeting Tom Hanks.

runawaycupcake  Whenever my boss is talking to me I look him in the eye and Kegel furiously.

theleanover  still very upset grilled cheese sandwiches aren’t an official currency

usedwigs  Top 10 Ways New Parents are Spelling Ava: – Avah – Ayvah – Abreva® – Flava – Faygo – Lava – ÄvÄ – AavvaA – ÆVÆ – Abevigoda

ajlobster  The cigar-smoking man who frequents the stoop next to my house and I have a pretty great “what’s up” head-nod arrangement

DoctorPug  remember 2 exercis hav some vegetable shares the giggle bacons pancake dont sniff that thing

turnageb  OH: “Do you know how magnets work? If so, then chances are you are NOT in Insane Clown Posse.”

theleanover  If one of R2D2’s ports doesn’t open to reveal a Fleshlight then what’s the point in building him crotch-high?

MassageByTed  Please, Lipps, Inc. was my *father’s* disastrous misadventure into corporate America. You can call me Kids Exchange Co.

ClevelandPoet  if my pocket watch worked it would really aid in my calling everyone old sport.

jen_cyr  Tonight at the library, I rescued a mama spider & a few dozen of her babies of the terrible fate of living in a season of Frasier.

Bagyants  Probably the best response to “You’re so arrogant” is “I know”


timeblimp  Without using the word ‘pantsuit’, convey the concept of pantsuitness. #TerribleWritingPrompts

timeblimp  How many pull-ups do you think I can do? #TerribleWritingPrompts

earlfando  You have just been born. Describe your wetness. #TerribleWritingPrompts

NicLewis  If you were a venomous pony, how venomous would you be? #TerribleWritingPrompts

AtHomePundit  What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it’s all about: argue in favor. #terriblewritingprompts

DrMaldoror  You are a lumpy insane person who has just murdered eight people with a bottle opener. Describe a blooming tulip. #TerribleWritingPrompts

AtHomePundit  Write a dialogue between Lincoln and a sentient turd. #terriblewritingprompts

Quadrupus  Describe R2-D2’s thoughts and feelings throughout The Empire Strikes Back. You may use beeps, clicks, and adverbs. #TerribleWritingPrompts

GlancesNods  Be funny using less than 140 characters. #TerribleWritingPrompts

GreenEyedLilo  Explain how your writing professor’s new beard makes him look both younger and more distinguished. #TerribleWritingPrompts

DrMaldoror  You are woken from a sound sleep in the dead of night by a terrible smell. Describe your movements. #TerribleWritingPrompts

tweet of the week

jezebeldodai  shout out to the little boy on the block with a sword, fedora and towel cape pushing a baby doll in a stroller.

What is Follow Friday? It’s a Twitter meme that I have taken a couple steps further.  Learn more about it in my FAQ. See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Would you like to be a guest photographer for Follow Friday? Email me!

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