Heard back from my photography teacher, who claims my final project grade is a result of the whole semester, not just the final presentation-which they did not say at the time to my recall-so the grade is justified. They also said I did not take advantage of the cameras available at school, though those have restraints just like borrowing my mom's camera did. I knew about the old cameras, but not the more modern ones, much less where to get them.
So its still under debate.
We've got 90% of the tile grouted and sealing! Of course that meant staying up til 2:30 a.m. sunday to get the grout right, and a lot of sore muscles. My mom, sister, and I cleaned it three times this morning then put down the sealant. That has to sit for 2-5 hours so nobody's allowed on it til then. We're thinking of putting a second coat on to be safe, but not til the last of the grout is ready.