This mama and I are connected at the heart level. We could spend hours on the phone pouring our hearts out. We have. Many times. It’s always such an honor to photograph her growing family knowing that she herself was a 100% film photographer before she has her gorgeous children. The fact that she would chose me blows me away and feels like a HUGE compliment. We shot a mixture of film and digital and captured some the pure preciousness of her kids really well. I loved our session so much. x
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that’s all I really have to say about this baby and this session. I am so happy to know this family. They make pretty little princesses, and it’s such a privilege to me to photograph them. Baby Kate was an angel through her whole shoot and I had tons of fun with Emma and her BIG personality. So.much.fun. It could have been as much her session as her new baby sister’s. She was my focus so much of the time because 1. she’s adorable and 2. she needs that attention right now. It made her feel special to have a flower crown and be important and a focus for me. She was so good with the jealousy that came up for her when it was time to focus on baby sis. And we captured some precious moments between the two of them together. My favorite was when she kissed her toes. melt. Thank you for inviting me into your home and for a really nice session Van B’s.
ps. How gorgeous is mama’s hair?! Lucky girls to get that gene.
*(1st three frames are film).
This beach. It’s saved my state of mind many a day of feeling bogged down by the monotony of life. How many days this beach has held me and warmed my skin when I needed it and refreshed my mind. Just a short, windy drive through redwood trees to the coast, and 25 minutes later, we arrive at 20th street beach. The air is a little cooler, and smells of salt water. We can see to infinity as we peek out through the trees and trek down the road to the beach. This beach. Brad brought me here in the beginning and set up a beach bonfires for us. We sat in the night, listening to waves, looking up to the stars, talking about…. everything. Now we bring our babies here. And now they get to let the ocean pull everything weighing them down out of them too, so we can all start fresh. Many times I bring my film cameras down here and take my frustrations out shooting. I don’t believe in myself enough. Sometimes I need to go there, in a mad and determined way, and say to myself “I can DO this!” to get motivated to try and possibly fail. Funny that we are all so afraid of failure, when it’s a teacher and path toward success, and in the process makes us so much more real. It’s just that ego that wants to get it right the 1st time, I guess.
Ava turned 8 on April 26th, so photographing her as she is now was my main goal. Nathan is 4 and I hadn’t shot him after his January Bday yet either, so here I am, once again practicing with medium format and 35 mm film on them. I want to shoot more film, but I still have fear to work through and many mistakes to make. My D700 feels like my 2nd right hand. I know it by heart and I know how to make magic with it. I need to remind myself that I got there and continue to get better because I’m practicing. So I’ll keep practicing. Both.
There’s just something about film though. It has an authenticity that really speaks to me. So glad it’s still here for us.
*If you want to shoot film at your session, just say the word and we can play with it too.
The peacefulness in the home really shows for me in these photos. I fell in love with the bright light and the character of their home immediately. All the little detail inside reminded me of the home I grew up in in Massachusetts. Mom and Dad were so calm as new parents–I was in awe of them. I love that smile on mama. So in love already. I shot a combination of film and digital images. So glad to meet this super sweet family. I’m excited to share these with them. xo
There is no way to fully describe how happy I am for this sweet couple. Dear to my heart. My little sister and her hubby. They’re adding to the family tree and they are truly amazing people (in my humble opinion , of course). This babe is so lucky to get them for parents. I can’t wait to meet him and tell him so. To share the journey of motherhood with Mina will also be a gift. We share so much already, our view of this life we live, and who we live it with. We have the same sentiment, and aching for love, kind of heart. We know each others truths because we were raised together. And we are like minded. She knows me inside and loves me always. Those are the kinds of relationships I want in my life and to have it with a sister is rare. Even though there are endless cards, and quotes, and trinkets to message us that that’s how it “should be” with your sister, I wonder how many of us actually feel that way. We don’t get to chose our family, but we love them in a special way because they are family. I get to love her both ways.
*Images shot at high noon with Kodak Portra 400 on a Mamiya645.—which goes to show, like I always say, there is no perfect time of day to shoot, just perfect moments to capture.
This year I challenged myself to only pack my film camera on vacation. I tried to capture the essence of it all, even time in the hotel room, and the truth of what that’s like. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I did this, and how happy I am with the results. Stepping out of my comfort zone is so good for me sometimes and truly hard for me to do. It goes like this: set camera, focus, click, and trust. No checking and re-taking for perfectionists like me. A special thanks to THE FINDLAB for doing such a great job processing and scanning. All images are literally untouched by me in photoshop. Wow! That cuts editing time down a few hours!! Thanks for peeking. I love sharing little bits of our adventures and my practice with you. xo
It’s always such an honor to have a feature on a blog that you love and look to for inspiration. Perfectly named, Inspired By This, is one of my favorites, and the ladies behind it are pure kindness. Head on over and check out the feature here. Brendy and Drew are two of my favorites. Brendy was the first person I trusted to take care of my little Ava when she was just 16 months old. She is love itself and only brings that into my life. I couldn’t be happier for her that she found Drew. They are match made from the stars. These images shared today were shot exclusively on film!! I couldn’t be happier to share them with you today. For the full session blog post you can click here. Thanks for peeking. xo
Winter in California means beach days? Yes, sometimes it does. How lucky we are to have that as an option. To soak up some vitamin D from those warm rays of sun while most of the country is buried in snow and the forecast only says more snow. We pay for it out here, but now I know why. We had a great winter beach day a couple weeks ago, so we headed over the hill with my mom and dad. I got the scans back from the FIND lab today. I’m still getting the hang of film, and these didn’t come out the way I had pictured in my head. They are so much more contrasty, vibrant, and bright. I love them, especially the blue sky and how it never gets blown out, no matter what, on film. A favorite game we call “fly, birdie, fly!” was how I got the shots of the kiddos in the air. A good leg workout for mom and a lot of giggles for kids. If you haven’t tried it, you must! Happy winter in Northern California! I know we need the rain, so I’m glad for the rain today, but it really is fun to get scans back and see the SUN. It always makes magic in photographs. Thank you, Sun.
*photo credit on the image of me and brad goes to mom. love you mom. xoxo
The more I shoot film, the more I fall in love with the look. There’s something so soft and natural about it. I’m still playing with my girlfriend’s medium format Mamiya (which is what these images are shot on- with Portra 400), and Brad bought me a Nikon f100 for Christmas, so I’m playing with that one too!! Another source of love and joy: my mom and dad moved to Sonoma from Boston to spend the winters here, springs and summer on Cape Cod. This was our first time taking the kids up to visit them in their new winter home in Sonoma. Such a gift to have them closer for part of the year. My mom gets photo credit for the first and last photo in this set.
*ps. Ava lost that other front tooth! She’s so cute with no front teeth!