Summer Sisters Sunset Swim

Spending time on Pawleys Island, SC, has always been one of my favorite things to do. My family has been vacationing here for over 100 years (at least our first recorded photo on the beach here is of my grandmother's grandfather in the late 1800s) and we still come every summer. 

It's been ridiculously hot lately, and though the house does have air conditioning, we only turn it on at night to make the sleeping a little easier. So last night after dinner, my girls decided that they wanted to take an evening swim. There's nothing quite like beach light at sunset. 

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!

Louisiana on Film

The girls and I took a quick weekend trip to Louisiana last week, just because. It's been awhile since we were there (the Christmas holidays were our last visit) so we decided to drive over for a long weekend. I hadn't been to Jazzfest in years and was dying to go, so I went in to New Orleans by myself one day, spent some time with good friends, and heard some music. The rest of the time was spent doing a lot of nothing in particular at my parents' home in Abita Springs; the girls went swimming, we all went to the farmer's market in Covington, and we read a lot of books and drank coffee and visited. It was one of those weekends that really makes me sad that we live so far from family.

I didn't bring my digital camera on this trip... just film. I just got everything back from the lab; this was my first time shooting Fuji color film and I like the way it turned out, especially the ones of the girls (who were surprisingly amenable to having their photo taken... it's hit or miss these days.) All of these photos were taken on a Nikon F100 with Fuji (color) or TriX (black and white), and were developed and scanned at Holland Imaging in Austin. This film thing is addictive, I tell you.

I've lived in Austin for a long time, but New Orleans, you'll always have my heart.

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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.