Category : Color

I interrupt my re-capping of our summer travels to Spain and Paris to share some of the instant photography shots I recently unveiled for Autumn Polaroid Week. For this now twice-a-year extravaganza of all that is wonderful about instant photography, I saved a few of the portraits I took of my amazing friend, Melissa, to share. I posted my very favorite black and white photos of her that I took during our shoot in Oregon, but was hoarding these color images shot on IMPOSSIBLE Project film to share last week for Polaroid Week.

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600 Color_Melissa_Lying Bed_rs

 

600 Color_Melissa_Hotel Chair_rsThese four photos are some of my very favorite portraits I’ve ever taken and they make me itch to do more portrait work. So, who’s up for a portrait shoot?


Monday, October 27th, 2014 4

Back to playing catch-up on our summer adventures! After our few days in Sevilla, we headed to Barcelona. This is the only city in Spain that I had previously visited — I spent 5 days there during my epic 7-week, solo backpacking journey many moons ago. I was eager to return to Barcelona as I remember falling in love with that city when I had been there prior. I wondered if its architecture, color, art, and food would still hold its enchantment all these years later. I’m happy to report Barcelona did not disappoint.

Antoni Gaudi is Barcelona’s favorite son, and his art and architecture mark the city like no other. From his famous salamander in Park Güell

Gaudi-Salamander_rsto the colorful Casa Batlló

Gaudi-House_rsand the towers atop La Pedrera.

Gaudi-Tower_rsThe market, La Boqueria, is a visual feast with everything from fresh octopus…

Octopus_rsto container after container of colorful candies.

Barcelona-Candy_rsI also found a quiet moment (and reflection) at the beautiful Picasso museum…

Reflection-Picasso_rsAnd last, a stroll on the beach and toes dipped in the sea is always good.

Barcelona-Beach_rsOur days were full in Barcelona with visits to many of the major sites. Yet, there was so much more to see. I don’t think this will be my last trip to this metropolitan and inspiring city.

All images shot using my Canon AE-1 camera on Portra 160 film, scanned by Indie Film Lab. As always, you can click on each image to see a larger format.


Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 2
Posted in: Canon AE-1, Color, Film, Travel

We’re back! Our epic trip to Spain and France was a blast, and I’m in denial that it’s over. While I’m waiting for my rolls of film to get developed and I take some time to scan my Polaroids, I thought I’d share a few fave iPhone shots to give you a peek into our travels.

We started in Madrid. The color “had me at hello…”

Madrid_rsThen off to Seville where we took in a fabulous traditional flamenco performance…

Flamenco_Seville_rsThen a return for me to Barcelona. It had been 18 years since I was there originally, and I still adore this city…

self_Barcelona_rsThen, San Sebastián. I think I’m moving here…

san-sebastian_rsFinally, beloved Paris, of which I will never tire…

Paris-Door_crop_rsI cannot wait to get my film photos. I’m dying to see what I captured. Oh, and did I mention I didn’t take my digital SLR? I’m over at Mortal Muses today sharing a bit more about opting to leave “the big girl camera” at home while traveling. Click HERE to see more!


Monday, July 21st, 2014 6

I’ll be arriving in Paris as this post goes live. I am so lucky to be back in the City of Light after just two short years have passed since my last visit to this gorgeous city. The opportunity to present at a conference there is what brought me back, and I have zero complaints! I do have some complaints toward myself as I have fallen culprit to letting the majority of my photos from my last trip to France sit on my computer hard drive. So, in prepping to return to Paris, I spent some time reminiscing about my last trip and dusted off some of those never-before-shared photos.

cafe-chairs_rsI’m over at Mortal Muses today sharing some more of my photos from this 2012 trip to Paris. Click HERE to check them out!


Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 0

I love a good book. This deep affection for reading — and words — is perhaps the greatest gift my father gave me. As a young child, my father tucked me in each night after reading me a few stories. Then as I grew older and could read on my own, I read in bed before I went to sleep, just as my father was doing in his room. Reading has always been part of my bedtime routine. To this day, rarely an evening passes without Tony and I reading in bed before calling it a night.

Reading is self-care for me, and as such, I’m trying to carve out more reading time in my daily life. It’s tough to make progress through books, let alone make my way through my lengthy list of books I want to read, when I only make time for it at night before crashing. Many a night I find myself having read merely a paragraph before feeling the weight of my eyelids pull shut and my head nod into my chest. Thus, in the ever-valiant fight against time, I’m seeking more moments to read.

library_rsDespite my soporific reading habits, this year has been full of great books so far. I hesitate to state this out loud (as much as posting to my blog is “out loud”) for fear of jinxing myself, but I’m having a good run since the start of 2014. Everything I’ve read has been so well worth my time. Save perhaps one book, I’d recommend them all. In no particular order, here’s what I’ve read and enjoyed over the past six months:

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Books I’m currently reading include Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, both of which I’m very much enjoying. As I am writing and working on my own book project for 365 Impossible Self-Portraits, I’m really wanting to immerse myself in more memoir. It is helpful and fascinating to see how other writers inhabit the life they’ve lived through their words and storytelling. Additionally, I’m taking my time gleaning great advice from Manage Your Day-to-Day, an edited collection culled by Bēhance from 20 creative minds on developing a routine and habits to mine your own creativity, writing, and other dreams you’re seeking.

What are you reading these days? I’d love to hear what you’ve read and loved lately. Or what you’ve read some time ago that is still resonating with you. I adore fiction and I’m definitely on the lookout for more memoir and great books on the writing process. Please share in the comments!

Keep reading, friends. Reading is sexy. It got me a husband after all. But that’s a story for another time…


Monday, June 23rd, 2014 7

I mentioned a few posts ago that I took a whirlwind weekend trip to NYC to meet up with some of my photography sisters, Debra and Lindsey. We set ourselves on a mission to find some of the amazing street art the city offers, and we were not disappointed. Having packed a ton of cameras between the three of us, we found ourselves shooting the same content with different mediums, including different types of instant films.

Fuji100C_Audrey-Street-Art_rsI’m over at Mortal Muses today comparing expired Polaroid 600 film, Fuji FP-100C film, and IMPOSSIBLE Project 600 Color film. Click HERE to check it out!


Friday, May 30th, 2014 2

I’ve been a bit stingy in revealing my photographs from 365 IMPOSSIBLE Self-Portraits. As many of you likely know, I’m working on a book that includes this body of work. Because I want the book to showcase these self-portraits, I’ve been reluctant to share them all here on my website. It feels like it would ruin the surprise of the book. At the same time, I do want you and others to be interested in the book and wanting to see the rest. I’ve got to pique your interest, right?

In that vein, I decided to share two new self-portraits for Day 4 of ‘Roid Week. These are some of my very favorite photos that I’ve been holding back…

PX70_CP_Day174_Open Road Full Body_rs

600 BW_Day301_Queen_rsSharing more of my work from 365 IMPOSSIBLE Self-Portraits makes me more and more excited to work on my ideas for the book, and to get it out there. And I really hope it piques your interest and leaves you wanting that book!


As a photographer, I aim to convey emotion in my images. For Day 3 of ‘Roid Week, I chose to share two photos that are imbued with a sense of melancholy. I again selected images taken with two different cameras. I also chose two photos that were comprised of very different content — at least on the surface.

First, a still life photographed with my “new” Polaroid 195 camera

Fuji100C_Dying-Rose_rsAnd second, revealing a new self-portrait from 365 Impossible Self-Portraits

600-Color_Day266_Fishnets-Face_rsI’d love to hear what these two photos invoke in you. What do you feel as you take them in?

And please, please, please, check out all the amazing photos in the ‘Roid Week Flickr pool. If you’re needing a dose inspiration, that is THE place!