Nov 16 2011

going back.

A long long time ago, before the time of Bigsby, and world travels, and Mac ownership…this girl found a camera. It belonged to her husband, who learnt the art as a teenager. It was an old little thing…30 years…but it worked…and it was fascinating.

I really didn’t know a blinking think about photography when I used my first SLR. I had no dreams of being a photographer as a teenager. I was not in journalism class in high school. I honestly didn’t even know the difference between an SLR and a point and shoot. When I first saw my husbands 1976 Pentax ME, it was more of a fascination of a functional camera *that old* that drew me to it (but really it’s not *that* old…).

Dave eventually taught me all the basics, and I quickly felt like I grew out of the film thing (really, it was more that I was impatient and needed to see if my picture was successful immediately) Years passed, and the fascination turned into a career. And here I am.

Lately, however, I have been craving that look of film that you can’t get from digital (without post processing presets). I had a dream of offering wedding packages that were solely film based…something that had a real artsy fartsy (oh…did I just say that?) feel to them. The idea still interests me. Although I think I have to REALLY brush up on my film skills before that happens (as well as get me a higher-end film camera).

For Christmas this year I have asked for a Canon FTB (same era as my pentax, but a higher quality). I’m super (duper) excited to get back into film. The top picture was taken with the Pentax ME a couple months ago. I pulled it out of it’s case last night and clicked through the last few shots so that I could get film (that had been in there for about a year) developed and hone my skills. I hope to share more film with you over the next while as I ease my way back into it.

PS: I totally forgot how much film costs to develop.
PPS: I also have a Brownie that I am looking into getting some expired film for. But considering how much it costs to get 127 film developed…it will be a small project.


Nov 15 2011

a thought or two.

A few weeks ago, wedding photographer extraordinaire Jonas Peterson wrote about some things going on in the wedding industry. (READ: “The Mason Jar Manifesto”)
He has some amazing points. And coming from someone who shoots more weddings a year than there are weekends, there’s a lot of weight in what he says.

It seems, however, it has spawned something in the industry.

Suddenly, it’s okay to poo-poo the styles of weddings that we are shooting.

This morning I read an article on Huffington Post about the vintage wedding trend. (READ: “The End of the Vintage Wedding Trend”) While I think it’s great to identify when certain trends are being overdone (or misused: The typewriter decoration that has no connection to the couple other than the fact that they just found it at a thrift store) I feel like it may be inappropriate to say what’s “in” or “out” for wedding decor. Who are we, the “hired help”, to say what our clients should and shouldn’t use to decorate their special day? I seriously disliked the article pointing out the “next big trend” (Royal Wedding Glam) right after stating how making your wedding too trend specific will date your wedding and is uncool.

If it’s inappropriate to decorate your wedding in a vintage theme when you have no connection with living that lifestyle, then wouldn’t it be equally inappropriate to decorate your wedding with big shiny sparkly decor and designer pieces when you lifestyle doesn’t reflect that?

All I’m saying…is that you are getting married and you like the vintage thing because you live a lifestyle fitting of it (for green purposes, money purposes or simply style purposes) then don’t let any trendy wedding site/photographer/designer/whatever tell you that the trend is out and everyone is tired of looking at old stuff. If you happen to be a dairy farmer and having a wedding at your family farm is meaningful, then why the heck not? If a classy shindig is what you crave, then do it.

In the end, what matters is the marriage. You could do almost nothing with decor, and the day will be beautiful (I’ve shot weddings like this, and they are some of my favourites.)

So let’s stop telling people what’s cool and what’s not, and shoot wedding because love is a beautiful thing to capture.


The end.


Nov 11 2011

wintery mood inspirations…

As I have been thinking about decorating for Christmas, I’ve been looking through photographs of mine from winters past. I have an idea of what I want to do with these images (and more), but I’ll save that for another post. :)
I’m digging the aged black and white for the wintery images–I feel like it brings out a certain mood in the pictures that I really like.
I keep seeing little hints of snow in the far off weather forecast and it’s difficult to not get excited and imagine a white Christmas. Although…
Anyone who lives here in the Fraser Valley knows that white Christmases are few and far between. More like “White-End-Of-Februarys”…


Nov 9 2011

it’s beginning to look a lot like…

I have a little magnet countdown to Christmas on my fridge right now. And it tells me that we’ve got 46 days left.
Good grief, where has this year gone??


This year, I have decided to be proactive. I love Christmas, but it seems that every year I’ve put off making Christmas pretties (er, decorations) and our house just looks a little blah. But not this year. I have a bit more time on my hands right now, and I have decided to use it, along with my thrift store super powers to make my house look fabulously festive. I have a long list. And I will be sharing it with you as I go! My inspiration for the decor is West Coast festive.

(side note: This was supposed to be a DIY post, but I got so into the project that I forgot to take pictures as I went)

My first project was throw pillow covers. Christmas throw pillows can be dorky. It’s something I almost didn’t do, because it can be the one thing that pushes you over that fine line of cute festive decor to crazy christmas bomb decor.

I went to the thrift store in search of any fabric item in my colour scheme (greens, browns, greys, creams) and after not finding anything in cotton…I had a brainwave–cozy sweaters! I can’t even describe how happy I am with how this turned out. The sweaters really made them unique. I also bought a big bag of mismatched buttons that I used, and will also be using for other projects.

I decided to do some festive silhouettes on a few pillows using these templates that I made (reindeer head + tree branch).

Et, voila!


Nov 3 2011

impressions of a vacation.

We’ve done it.
Booked our vacation for 2011.
It only took us the entire year to decide…
And of course, it will be at the very end of the year.
I haven’t had a real non-work related trip for some time now, so as you can imagine, I’m fairly stoked. We decided to go to Banff over New Years. The original thing that drew us to Banff was the Banff Springs Hotel, but after looking at their prices (minimum $400 a night, up to $1400! Phew!) we decided that we’d go the cheaper route at a different hotel (and then loiter in the Banff Springs Hotel lobby when we could)
I’ve never been on a wintery vacation such as this. We have a cabin up north by 100 Mile House that for years and years I tried to convince my family to spend Christmas up there, but to no avail. In my mind, wintery vacations are lovely and perfect and cozy and all those things you think of when you imagine the perfect winter.
I seem to have this problem, however, of setting myself up for failure with vacations. I imagine everything happening just as it should. No traffic on the way. The hotel rocks. The weather is perfect. Everything is reasonably priced. The food is amazing. In a sense, I’ve already experienced the vacation in my mind before I’ve even arrived at the location. When any one of those things don’t happen…well…
Perhaps, however, I should take a different approach to vacationing.

Perhaps I should imagine everything going wrong. Arriving late at night, barely finding the hotel (and when we do, there’s no parking). The bed will be too small, and it will be uncomfortable (hmm…so far, this sounds like our San Francisco experience). The weather will be unseasonably awful, and when we try to escape from the weather–everything will be closed. We will prepare to spend way too much on food. And it could taste really bad. We will have not packed things we need.
And so in this case if I imagine all these things as true, I can prepare for the worst. I’ll think – “Hmm, spending time stuck in the hotel room playing board games isn’t so bad.” Then if anything in the aforementioned list fails to happen I’ll be exceedingly happy.
Yay for vacations!

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