Category : B&W
For the past few months, my photo sisters and I have been posting a 10 on 10. That is, we’ve been sharing 10 photos (or 10-ish) on the 10th of each month, all focused on a common theme. When we “got together” recently to have a Google hangout and connect with each other, we started brainstorming some new ideas for our blog-hop on the 10th of each month. What evolved from the conversation was to engage in a free association, photography-style. Meaning, one person would share a photo amongst our group, and then the rest of us would riff off that image in whatever ways we were inspired. For our first photo riff, Tara shared this photo…
Immediately, I was filled with love in seeing that image of Tara’s two adorable sons. So, as I’ve been traveling and out of town, I have kept my eyes open for signs of love. And here’s what I found…
Love is all around us, we just have to look for it.
To keep the blog-hop going, click on over to Lindsey’s blog to see her riffing off Tara’s photo!
In my last post, I wrote about seeing gratitude through my lens and focusing on the parts of my life — both big and small — that bring me joy. In that same vein, I’m thrilled to share some good news with you that brings me joy in a BIG way through a small package.
Putting out a call to Instagramers the world over, Chronicle Books created the first of its kind, crowd-sourced book of Instagram photos. This is Happening is a compilation of over 200 photos that Chronicle editors selected from thousands of Instagram photo submissions. I’m beyond excited and grateful that 7 of my photos were selected to be included in this sweet little book!!! Here are a few of my favorites that Chronicle selected…
It is such an honor to be included in this beautiful collection of photos from photographers around the world (including dear friends and photographers I admire) who engage in iPhoneography and share their work on Instagram. The book is so sweet and filled with an amazing array of images. This Is Happening just got released and is available at Amazon and other bookstores. I hope you check it out!
PS — that photo of the dandelion is the image that is used on the spine of the book. So cool!
It’s been a while since I’ve checked in and shared about my current creative undertaking. As I’ve just hit the 3-month mark of 365 Impossible Self-Portraits, I thought it would be a good time to share an update. When I last wrote about the project, I was only 2 weeks in and I was psyching myself out. Although I have my days when I am still in my head and jacked up about the project, I’m continuing to shoot and moving forward each day.
Even at this 3-month mark, I can already see the ways in which I am growing and developing as a photographer. As I go about my daily life, attending to work, relationships, and other tasks, I find myself in a state of perpetual thought about self-portraits. As I drive or walk anywhere, I notice I am scanning my environment, seeking inspiration and searching for new ideas for a photograph. I’m learning to carry a notebook with me to jot down ideas and locations so they don’t become fleeting notions. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things that I thought I would never dare to do.
Most importantly, I’m awakening to the personal growth I’m experiencing. As I’m journaling about the process of engaging in this incredible journey of taking 365 self-portraits using instant film, I’m seeing the self-discovery that’s emerging as a result of this creative project. Although I started this work 3 months ago simply as a photography project and next step in my artistic path, it’s become so much more than that. This 365 has become a metaphor for my life — our lives — unveiling lessons at every turn.
I’m so very grateful I took on this incredible challenge and I’m excited to see how the next 9 months unfold. I’m planning to continue noticing, journaling, and being open to all that this project has to teach me, to teach us. And I’m trusting that the Universe will assist me in sharing it all with you. xoxo
I mentioned last week that I was recently in California, and the main reason for my west coast visit was to take a workshop with the amazing Chloe Aftel. I’ve been wanting to learn from Chloe for years as she is an incredible photographer who shoots STUNNING Polaroid portraits. I was super fortunate to contact Chloe and work out a time to take a class with her. For this portrait workshop, Chloe hired two models and supplied us with many varieties of Impossible Project film and Polaroid camera types so that we could really play and learn. I have never worked with models before, so this was really a treat to have people ready and willing to have their photograph taken! Here are some of my favorite photos I shot of the lovely Andrea and Alex.
This photo of the ghost-like Andrea was my very first of the day…
And here’s a more clear image of Andrea’s beauty…
I love this photo of Alex, with her coy expression…
The undeveloped patches on this photo worked perfectly (luckily) to frame Alex’s face…
These last two photos of Alex are my absolute favorites from the day. I love the mood of the black and white film, and Alex’s expression in both images really show the realness and vulnerability that I aim to capture in my photography…
The three hours of the class zipped by in a flash, and I felt like it was quite the whirlwind. Working with models was a great experience as I didn’t have to worry that “this person really doesn’t want me taking their photo right now!” It was very helpful to practice posing people, moving them around, asking for different expressions and moods, etc. I came away from the experience learning some new tools, while also realizing that like any art, it all takes practice. I’m looking forward to getting more courageous in asking strangers if I can photograph them, as well as asking friends to pose and play along with me in this portrait adventure.
So next time you see me, let me know if I can take your portrait!
Ahhh… I’ve been away on a much-needed trip to visit friends, take a photography workshop, and delve into a bit of rest and relaxation. Despite getting sick while on my trip (Why does the body do that? It’s like it senses you have stepped away from work for just a moment, and then the sickness strikes. UGH.), I had a really lovely time. I’m so very grateful for the time I got to spend really connecting with my friend, Hillary, as well as growing other friendships. The week seemed to melt away and the visit was over all too quickly.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back when the trip came together and I knew I would be visiting the Bay Area, I remembered missing out on visiting Photobooth SF during my last trip to California in 2011. Then, as I mentally put Photobooth SF on the list of things to do during my upcoming visit, I remembered that they shoot tintypes. Tintypes! OMG. I knew I
wanted needed to get my tintype taken while I had the opportunity. I got online right away and scheduled my photo session. I was not missing out this time around.
Tintypes are classic, old-school photography done through a wet-process. This type of imagery was what photography was back in the 1800s. The tintypes are created on metal plates and are the very definition of one-of-a-kind photographs. Not many folks are creating tintypes these days (and you thought film was old-school and behind the times!), so you can see why I jumped on this chance to have my photograph captured via tintype.
The entire process at Photobooth SF was incredible. The two folks working that day, Nathan and Kari, were so warm and welcoming. They certainly made my friends and I feel comfortable as we perused the store (they sell Polaroid cameras, IMPOSSIBLE film, Lomography cameras, and other photography-related items), and as I prepared for my shoot. Kari was the photographer prepping and taking the tintypes that day, and she was simply a gem to work with. She helped me relax in front of the camera and pose in a way to achieve the look I was going for. Kari also let me come back in the darkroom and watch the developing of my image unfold. Such a treat.
Thank you to Kari at Photobooth SF for a great portrait session. If you’re ever in San Francisco, I encourage you to run and get your tintype taken. You won’t regret it.