Strawberry Picking at Sweet Berry Farms

We've had a pretty great (if chilly!) spring here in Texas, and a few weeks ago the girls and I went strawberry picking out in Marble Falls, Texas, with a few of my fellow film shooter friends and their kids. The kids had a great time picking berries (and, in Adele's case, eating them as she picked her way through the rows), ate homemade strawberry ice cream, jumped on giant inflatable pillows, petted goats and fed them some berry stems, and generally had a great time. For more photos on film of our day, head over to my friend Heather's blog for her shots. Thanks to Heather, Katherine, and Joyce for the great day! {All photos here shot on a Mamiya 645 with Portra 400 film.}

2013: A Roundup

It's pretty hard to sum up 2013... I mean, it was a whole year! I am so behind in sharing client shoots (I can share holiday photos now!) but in the meantime, I have a quick roundup of my favorite photos of my family from this year - month by month.

January: Adele turned four. Digital- Nikon D700.

February: Adele on the swing. I'm falling in love with film. This is TriX on a 1970's Nikkormat 35 mm.

March: Sisters. Digital - Nikon D700.

April: Easter - cascarones on the head. Fuji 400H, Nikon F100.

May: Georgia - Abita Springs, my parents' driveway. Fuji 400H, Nikon F100.

June: Georgia, front yard in nightgown. Digital, Nikon D700.

July: Sisters, Pawleys Island. TriX, Nikon F100.

August: Casey in Palm Springs. Digital, Nikon D700.

September: Georgia, neighborhood walk. Digital, Nikon D700.

October: Adele, school photo. Digital, Nikon D700.

November: Georgia, backyard. Portra 400, Mamiya 645.

December: Georgia, neighborhood walk. Portra 160, Mamiya 645.

This has been a big year of changes... and I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running in 2014. Next up - a collection of my favorite client images from this past year!

Film is Not Dead * New Orleans

It's hard to know where to start a post like this one; I feel like this is one of those where I just have to let the photos speak for themselves. But maybe a little back story would help?

I've been following Jonathan Canlas and his film work for a long, long time, and I've wanted to go to a photography workshop for about that long. I've always kept an eye on his Film is Not Dead workshop and thought "I'd like to go to this but I probably don't know enough/won't know enough/ok, fine I'm just intimidated." So last spring, I said "DAMMIT I'M DOING THIS" and registered for Film is Not Dead in New Orleans (and Katherine signed up, too, which made it an easier decision! It's nice to have a partner in crime.)

I had been shooting film on my mom's Nikkormat from the 60's, which is a great old Nikon, but it's pretty finicky with light; after registering for the workshop, I found a Mamiya 645 and starting practicing. I primarily have used it for personal work thus far, and I've fallen in love. It's definitely been a learning curve, but I love the feel and look of film. While I appreciate the convenience and ease of digital, I do feel that shooting film is making me in to a more careful and thoughtful digital photographer, as well. Also? It's such a great feeling to get film back and see the results.

The workshop was absolutely worth it. Aside from the shooting, camera, and technical and business aspects of everything we learned, I met a great group of women (yes, for some reason the workshop ended up being all women!) photographers from all over the country. I feel like I can ask any of them for help, critique, or just advice.

Here are a few favorites from the workshop; these are a combination of a personal shoot day, a day with models, night shooting, and then photographing around town and outside of New Orleans at Oak Alley Plantation just for fun.

Thanks so much to Jon and Catherine, and all of you fantastic women who made this workshop great. I loved meeting you all!

Lydia and Family at Home

I love meeting families that I click with so easily that I don't want to leave their home. Christy contacted me when she was pregnant with Lydia and we talked over the phone about a relaxed, easy shoot in their home, which is my favorite kind to do. The day we scheduled was supposed to be rainy and dark, but it turned out to be a beautiful morning (and cool outside!). I loved meeting Lydia and Emerson and their mom and dad... it's clear how happy they are as a family of four.

The Ladies of Alpha Xi Delta - UT at Austin

I had such a fun time a few weekends ago; a friend of mine serves as an advisor to her college sorority here in town, and they had me come to their Mom's Tea to do some photos of their group. They made me feel so welcome, and it was so much fun to shoot this happy group of women. (Plus, I kind of felt like I was back in college, and wanted to move in to their sorority house. They were all just so fun!) Just a quick peek of the ladies of AXD below. Thanks for having me, girls!

The Johnsons at Home

I love how many families lately have been open and excited about the idea of shooting in their homes. These shoots are, without a doubt, my very favorites. Charlotte and Ben and big brother Ingram recently welcomed baby Alice, and they invited me over to hang out with them on a recent Sunday morning. Here are just a few favorites from the day... Charlotte and Ben, thank you for having me over! (Also, I went home and REALLY wanted pizza rolls for dinner. Ahem.)

Easter and Cascarones

I've been on film bender lately; I've been shooting almost entirely film for my personal work, and even got the courage to do some film at my last client shoot.

These are from our Easter weekend a few weeks ago, when we came home from a walk to find bluebonnets and discovered a dozen cascarones on our porch (thank you, kind neighbors!). The girls immediately jumped in to smashing them on each others' heads.

All shot on a Nikon F100 with Portra 400 film.

A Family at Home - Part I

This spring has been a funny one... cold, then warm, then rainy and cold again. Outside shooting has been unpredictable at best, so I was really excited to get to do the kind of session I love best: a family in their home.

Morgan and Ryan asked me to come take some photos with their new baby boy and their two year old at  home, which they are actually in the process of selling; they were set to move the week after we did this shoot, so I love that we got some photos of them in the house where they brought their babies home. Isla is SO much fun (she liked playing with my camera, and I was happy to oblige... photographer in the making, perhaps?) and baby River was so mellow and calm. Here are just a few of the digital shots I got... I'll be picking up their film scans from the lab on Monday, and I can't wait to see how they turn out!