Monday, September 15, 2014

la paz, boliva {on film}

one year later exactly, and I {finally!!} developed the film that I shot in Boliva last fall. woot! i was happy to see that there were indeed images on each roll, and that for the most part they turned out really well. as much as i adore color photography, some of these b&w's turned out to be my favorite. as you can see it's a little more forgiving which is helpful when shooting in manual mode in various lighting conditions. but i love the color too!

Now I'm on the hunt for another medium format film camera and a proper light meter, and hope to have more film shots to share in the near future. seriously, so much fun. can't wait to go back!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mackinac Island, MI {family vacation}

our first family vacation was so lovely. jeremy and i haven't had a legitimate "just for fun, get out of town" vacation together since we traveled to India in 2011 {which he may still debate whether or not Kolkata counts as a vacation; ha}. we started to plan this last fall in celebration of my in-laws' 50th wedding anniversary. little did we know that ruby would be part of our family by the time we took the trip. yay! she was a champ, and was SUCH an amazing little traveler. and Mackinac Island is such a beautiful island. we enjoyed good food, a sweet bed & breakfast, beautiful scenery, cooler temperatures, and jeremy and i even squeezed in an afternoon bike date and took a ride around the island. all in all it was a wonderful first vacation as a family of three. can't wait until our next trip!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

the state fair & a birthday party {life lately}



 summer is winding down, but not without a few last fun events. we met jeremy's parents at the IL state fair last monday. We enjoyed introducing ruby to the sights and sounds (and an animal here and there) of the fair, and of course she was happy to see grandma and grandpa patch. so much fun!

then on saturday we celebrated little autumn's third birthday. can't believe this peanut is 3! i had the privilege of photographing her birth, and have so loved seeing her grow into a beautiful little person. and how darling is this party? joy made those wonderful birthday hats, including a little crown for my Ruby. snacks, story time, and birthday cake made for the perfect afternoon. and how much do i love that my dear friend ange's little Ada and Autumn are becoming buddies? makes me happy. 

have a lovely week!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

film love. {Contax 645}

 i am in LOVE with this camera. shooting with film takes me back to my roots and when i first fell in love with photography as an art form. as a freshman in college in 1996 (!!) i started from the very beginning; shooting only in manual settings on a 35mm film camera, developing the film in the dark room, and enlarging each photograph with an enlarger, developer, stop bath, and fixer. you old time photographers will get it; there is just nothing quite like the smell of the chemicals, the glow of the red light, and the first glimpses of your image as they appear in the developer. i didn't develop these myself of course, but the beginning was the same. these are the film shots that i mentioned in the post below. i am going to have the opportunity to use this camera again in September when i second shoot with Shelly Goodman Photography. yay! look how gorgeous the light is! {and this couple was ridiculously cute to boot.} am definitely going to have to start saving my pennies!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

vintage picnic {styled shoot}

several months ago jeremy and i hired shelly goodman to shoot some family portraits for our new family of three. we LOVED her work, so i jumped at the chance to style a vintage picnic for {and with} her last month. i may have mentioned this in a previous post, but i have recently started selling some of my vintage prop collection in my etsy shop. so it was such fun to get to put them to good use and i look forward to doing more shoots like this in the future. we also did a shoot the day before the picnic, at Soulard Farmer's market. Shelly let me play with one of her fabulous film cameras for a bit, and i hope to show some of the film that I shot once the negatives have been processed. so check back soon! xo