Friday, June 24, 2011

going back to film





Well I am not going exclusively back to film, but I am going to start shooting with it a lot more. I forgot the feeling you get, or at last the feeling I get when I'm shooting with film-uncertainty and excitement. It's sort of funny because at first I had to break myself of the habit of looking at the LCD screen after every shot-obviously there isn't one. Also something else that is funny-I went to pick up this roll and a couple others and I guess one roll didnt turn out at all and the negatives were blank. I must have made a surprised face when she told me, although I don't know why I would because it was extremely old film. So I guess because of that face the women proceeded to explain to me what exactly negatives are and are supposed to look like. Instead of telling her that I am photographer and completely understand what they are, I decided to let her explain them to me just to see what she said. Surprisingly, her explanation/definition of a negative was really inaccurate and basically completely wrong. I didn't tell her though. I guess Walgreens isn't too picky about who they let work the photo counter.

Anyway, these images clearly don't have anything to do with each other, they are just some random imags I like from my first roll. I shot them with a really old expired roll of color kodak film. Speaking of which, if anyone out there has old color rolls of film they have no intention of using-send 'em my way! I will happily take them off your hands.

P.S. I don't like everything bagels. I just don't.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

possessed by paul james


So I went to a show last Monday night that my friend Todd told me about. It was amazing-better then I thought it would be even! Not that I thought it would be bad, but I just didn't imagine I would love it so much-Possessed by Paul James. His music is wonderful and he is so captivating-at least to me anyway. If you ever get a chance to hear him, I highly recommend you do so! It was a last minute thing, so he actually just opened for some other bands and could only play for 30 minutes-so that was not so great, BUT he ended up playing a few more songs outside of Panchos on the sidewalk-which was fantastic. The sounds of the city behind us as he played just made it even better. So obviously I took pictures of all of this. Check 'em!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I did a boudoir shoot about a month ago for a client and posted them a week or so ago. This is one more image from that shoot that I liked.

Pavement-Range Life



Mary-Claire made me a CD for my birthday-which rules because I love her mixed CDs. This song was on it, which is funny because she has put it on past CDs for me and so have a handful of other people I know who have made them for me. I like the song a lot, so I'm fine with it being a common track on a CD for me, but I wonder why that is...

Monday, June 20, 2011

portrait # 1


My favorite thing to photograph by far is people. I absolutely adore it-especially people that I know and care for. I am always drawn to portraits where you can actually see in the image that the photographer knows their subject, cares for them, and sees their beauty both inside and out. To see someone the way someone else sees him or her is so beautiful. I actually almost like them more when it’s an amature or hobbyist who has taken the portrait. Obviously it doesn't hurt when you have more skill and training behind you like I do so that you have more options and know how to technically take a nice portrait, but those spur of the moment shots where one person sees something beautiful in someone they love and without really thinking, point their camera and catch it before it fades are awesome. I realize that I have used the word beauty/beautiful a lot in this post already, but deal with it. Also, I'm listening to The Tallest Man on Earth's Thrown Right At Me right now, so that word is all over the inside of my head. As a photographer I try to keep that in mind as much as I can when I'm shooting anyone I love. I feel so much more successful if I think you can see them "through my eyes." On the other hand, it’s so hard to see if I've succeeded or not because I can't switch to someone else’s eyes to see if it's my eyes. That was a weird sentence.

I have recently been getting in a lot of conversations with people about what their favorite physical quality about themselves are-one hundred percent of the time it's because I bring it up. I think it might be my new favorite question to ask people. It's interesting and entertaining to hear what people like about their selves. I have been finding that more often then not, most people pick something that is not what everyone else might pick for them. Which I suppose is just the result of the differences in the way we see ourselves and the way others see us. Also I like the question because if the person hesitates for a little bit, is unsure what to pick, is being modest, or even self-conscious, it gives me a chance to shout out all the great things about them. I like giving compliments to people and I like to shout them.

So my photography goal for my year as a 30 year old (or one of them anyway) is to take one portrait of someone a week with the intention of capturing his or her awesomeness the way I see it. This is portrait number one up above. I think it is appropriate to start with one of my favorite people in the whole world-Mary-Claire Runchey-who clearly needs no help from me looking good. I spend a lot of time with her and we are both photographers so I obviously have a lot of shots of her, but this is one of my favorites. I feel like it does what I was talking about above.

So check back in with me from time to time to see other people I love.

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