I stumbled across this roll of super expired Portra recently (that I hadn't labeled for some reason), and threw it in with the last batch of film I sent off to get processed. I had already prepared myself for it to be blank, so I was pleasantly surprised to see moody, grainy, at least two year old images. They appear to be from right after we moved, but I can't seem to wrap my brain around what day it is this week, much less how long it's been since we moved.
Way back in 2013, I traipsed around in the snow with this girl to take her (high school) senior pictures. Now she's not only graduated again, but has already started law school.
Since those first pictures, she's become even more phenomenal as a human, and still insists on making me wander around with her in frigid temperatures for the sake of pictures. Keep it up, sister.
It's always a good day when someone asks me to shoot portraits. It's even better getting asked to take 8 portraits.
It starts to get a little more interesting when the headshots need to be done in one day...and the weather is freezing...and the building you work in has terrible lighting and a bad paint job...and all 8 people have very different schedules...
But I'm nothing if not up for a challenge.
Getting a tintype made is probably my favorite Team Hutch anniversary tradition. Last year, when we started planning a trip to Portland instead of Austin during our anniversary month, I thought that the tradition was going to fall by the wayside. Miraculously, Alchemy Tintype happened to have a pop up planned during the week we were visiting. Thanks, Universe! We had a blast with the whole crew, and absolutely love how this year's photo turned out.
Check out years one and two here, and year four below!
It's been awhile since I took photos at an event, so this one wasn't a bad start at getting back into it. Good wine and great desserts made for an excellent event.
Forget a Blushing Bride, I'm 100000% a Grinch Bride. As terrible as that sounds, wedding planning just ain't my thing, y'all.
I allowed myself to be chip clipped into thousand dollar dresses for the hell of it, and it was just as insane as it sounds. Thankfully for everyone involved, especially the poor shop girl I probably traumatized because of my endless wedding hatred, my grandma is a secret Say Yes to the Dress guru and picked a good one. Gratuitous photos below!
When it comes to certain things, I tend to be an overpacker. There's no use trying to deny it. I'm driving up to Nebraska/South Dakota for a week...here's all the film I think I need to fit into my bag:
- 35mm Revolog 600nm
- 35mm CineStill 800Tungsten
- 35mm Ektar 100
- 35mm Portra 160, 3 rolls
- 35mm Ilford HP5 Plus, 2 rolls
- 35mm Velvia 100, 2 rolls
- 35mm Provia 100F
- 35mm Provia 400X
- Instax Wide, 2 packs
- Instax Mini (as much as I end up buying)
- 120 Portra 400, 5 rolls
- 120 Provia 100F
- 120 Velvia 100
- 120 Ilford HP5 Plus
- 120 Ektar 100
...y'all my 35mm of choice doesn't even function properly as of right now. But, I feel the need to get some good use out of it, even if it means buying out every battery store on the way.
In other news, it's a good thing I have this week to get my bag in order. It's the tiniest bit of a mess right now. One day I'll buy a bigger one for travel - this one is the cutest, but not the most suited to my travel tendencies.
Y'all, this girl is an actual fairy princess.
A fairy princess who gave me the sweetest gift box she assembled before we started shooting. Regan is the last (WHAT) of the camp girls I've had the pleasure of taking senior pictures for. At least until they all start graduating college...(Don't do that. But also call me up.) We may have spent more time wandering around the neighborhood than actually shooting, but we also planned out which houses we were going to own in the future, and what the current owners do to be able to afford them. We're both big dreamers.
I hope you have a blast in college, cutie pie! I can't wait to hear about all your adventures, and hopefully be the recipient of more of your beyond thoughtful care packages.
I feel like every shoot I do ends up containing "my new favorite pictures." But I mean, come on.
That is obviously my new favorite picture I've taken.
These two cuties are expecting their first child in July, so I was beyond excited when Kassy asked me to visit, and more importantly document this moment in their lives. I didn't even have to Jedi mind trick her into it!
As I was getting everything ready to shoot Andrew and Kassy's maternity photos, I got so excited that I started a chain reaction of misfortune for a poor, innocent roll of Ektar...
The trouble started when I opened the roll, got it all ready to load, then realized I had already put a roll in the camera. *facepalm* From there, it bounced around a pocket of my camera bag where it got nice and loose and light leaked. But wait, there's more!
On the drive home, I gave Hutch a refresher course on loading and shooting. I forgot to mention that the roll was rated for 100, so we shot the whole thing at 400. All that aside, I'm pretty into some of the images that came out of it.
aka an excuse to share a few completely unrelated images!
Reading: A lot of things, very slowly. The past few weeks have been crazy, so when I actually get time to read, I just end up falling asleep. In fantasy land, I'd like to reread the Series of Unfortunate Events series before the Netflix version premieres in January. I don't want to get my hopes up too high, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
Listening: I'm the worst at keeping up with new music. Jamie Woon's Mirrorwriting came out in 2011 (what??), but I've been listening to it again a lot recently.
Enjoying: Still being a tourist almost a year after moving. I've gone to see Gabriel Dawe's installation (that amazing rainbow to the right) at AMoA more times than I can count, visited the Community Market a few times, and eaten all the delicious local food.
Baking: Beer bread. Lots of beer bread, and lazy lemon bars. My citrus craving hasn't really gotten the message that it's fall yet.
Making: Plans for fall traveling. I've been a lot of places this year, but there are still a few months left to squeeze in more road trips.
Wearing: My new favorite shirt from Jordandene, but more on that later...
Watching: SHAMELESS. The US version. I know I'm late to the party (huge surprise), but I can't stop myself from watching 3+ episodes at a time. Also throw in a little Black Mirror for variety, and I'm set.
Celebrating: My girl Cynthia's engagement, and returning to the land of breakfast tacos for a quick visit next month.
Planning: On buying myself some shiny new equipment for Christmas. That wish list is quickly spiraling out of control though. Whoops.
The office where I work lends itself amazingly well to slide film. Everything is slightly outdated, but still cheerful, and the tints of the fluorescent lights vary wildly from room to room. It's oddly charming and wonderful.
I know I've mentioned it about a thousand times before, but I can't get enough of living so close to Palo Duro Canyon. Recently, I took advantage of the cooler fall weather, and my only free Saturday this month to just wander around and enjoy the scenery. I'm already looking forward to my next excuse to head out there.
All of my feelings about the fair pale in comparison to how I feel about my new favorite dessert, fried oreos. I know it sounds like a dubious concept, but y'all, they are SO GOOD.
I was able to make it out to the fair not once, but twice this year - it was quite the social week! My first excursion was with the delightful and talented Caitie, and for the second I had the opportunity to host Shannon and Hillary-Anne on their way through town as they headed to Montana.
Living in a town without a photo lab is painful. And I'm not at all dramatic about it. Sadly, that makes digital shooting the most convenient option. While Allison and I were out shooting her senior pictures earlier this year, she humored me and let me shoot part of the session on film just for fun.
Slide film has always been one of my favorite things. Add middle of the night lights, and I love it even more.
Let’s be honest, once we spotted a giant rest stop lit up like the Texas flag, how could we not stop??
We were greeted by decent Pokemon hunting, a “space” coffee machine and pixel reminiscent mosaic walls. All the makings of a perfect stopping place in my book.
Living in a small town means that typically, there isn’t more than one or two of anything. Sun Adventure Sports is one of two (and a half-ish) bike shops here in town. This year, they’ve gotten a new owner and done a bunch of sprucing up in the shop, so they needed some new images for their website - that’s where I come in! All the guys are super nice, and I had a good time wandering around taking some initial shots. I’m definitely looking forward to more serious shooting with the crew, and seeing their website come together over the next few months.