I have the hardest time keeping up with tourist posts. They should be so easy, because that's definitely when I take the most photos. Alas, so many scans, so little posts.
Kinzi was sweet (crazy?) enough to spend some time assisting me with portraits a few weeks ago before she ran off to college. She got paid in plates, and I got to test out some of the different colors, so I like to think it was a win-win.
For the first time in AmaCon history, I didn't spend the day running around and doing 100 things. Even though being in one place the whole time was very weird, I got to talk to a ton of neat people, and had a good time field testing my portable darkroom set up.
Not to mention my adorable assistants, and a tiny bit of stalking to make sure I had a chance to photograph Pennywise.
The red plate was insane to try and scan, but it looks phenomenal in person. Just as creepy as I had envisioned.
There's nothing quite like finding a gem in a pawn shop. I spotted this Seagull one day while on the hunt for a new 35mm and was immediately fascinated by it. I'm already a sucker for a TLR, but I especially can't resist one I've never encountered before.
Lucky for me, Hutch snagged it later (for much cheaper than it should have been. Score.) and brought it home as a half birthday gift. The mechanics remind me of a large format camera, and it has a mask that allows you to shoot either 6x6 or 6x4.5 *major heart eyes*.
In my typical fashion, it took WAY too long to get the film developed. I'm just glad to see it works, no matter how weirdly I messed up the first roll. That's what happens when you count exposures incorrectly and don't discover the mask situation until after you finish the roll. Whoops.
I honestly don't remember when or where in Oklahoma these were taken, I just know they exist.
So far, this year has truly been "The Year of Trying New Things" (like being married!). A significant portion of this post will probably sound like an ad, but it definitely isn't.
Cooking: We've tried a couple of new foods so far thanks to Plated: parsnips (meh), Chinese broccoli (yum), pesto chicken salad (OMG), fontina cheese (mmm).
As much as I love going to the grocery store, it's been nice not having to decide what to make AND shop AND cook. Goodbye, decision fatigue.
Subscribing: All this trying new things has left me with a slew of referral links for things. What are you supposed to do with those? Spam your friends? Who does that?? Instead of spam, I present a list, and if anyone has ones I don't, feel free to leave yours in the comments!
Caleb and I first met in middle school and in the 10+ years since then I've watched him go from a pre-teen poetry writer, to an amazing teacher, to earning not one, but two degrees. He recently graduated with a Masters in Counseling, and still has to take on a licensure exam and THREE THOUSAND HOURS of practice. If that doesn't sound like enough things to do, he did it all while teaching high school, and still found some time to buy a house.
I'm so glad we were able to sneak in a few moments to take some pictures in the new house, and have some lunch. Even though adult life is hard, and we definitely don't see each other as much as we did when we were 13, I'm still insanely proud. Can't wait to take another set of pictures when you decide you need a PhD! ;)
The cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde are absolutely mind boggling. I vaguely remember visiting them on a school trip when I was in the 5th grade, so I jumped at the chance to visit again on the way home from Moab.
It was getting late in the day, and a few of the areas were closed off due to recent damage, so I didn't get to explore as much as I would have liked. All the more reason to head back that way ASAP.
Spring is in short supply these days, but it has been nice to enjoy the occasional day outside.
...and play in the sprinklers with the puppy. This guy joined the family about a month ago, and is already double the size. He's going to be huge, y'all.
Last November during our trip up to Portland, we took a day to visit some water at Cape Lookout. Cold beaches beat warm beaches any day.
We got out there just in time to watch the tide come up and a storm roll in - needless to say it was the best. We got thoroughly (and happily) soaked and sand covered before heading to a tiny pub to warm up.
For most people, Emporia is just a cute little town to drive through. But, if disc golf is big in your life, it's a cute little town you HAVE TO drive through on the way to South Dakota so you can tell your husband you saw the magical place where his favorite discs come from. Either way, if you ever find yourself there, stop by Commercial Street Diner and get yourself some stellar breakfast.
These are definitely some of my favorite photos I took at the wedding. Who needs beautifully arranged flat lays when you can have evidence of that time you ordered pizza at midnight and gave the delivery guy wedding cake?! Also pictured: drinks for two people we love and miss dearly, one of the loves of my life/our wedding photographer Cynthia, and our day after breakfast picnic.
Find more wedding ramblings here!
I headed out to a senior portrait session the other day...low and behold, my tag-a-long assistant ended up getting his own shoot, too.
After adopting this cutie in Portland, I got the nudge I needed to throw myself back into alternative processes in a big way. I wanted to quickly gauge just how rusty my skills were, so I picked up a ferrotype kit and went to town.
They didn't turn out the best, but I was expecting them to be pretty rough after my hiatus. The good news is the camera works perfectly, and I still mostly know what I'm doing!
We don't have to talk about how I'm about a year late posting this trip, right? Okay, great.
I love knowing that Roswell is a short day trip away, but also a little sad that I don't go there more often. It's a pretty small place, but I would love to spend more time wandering around and taking in all the kitschy goodness.
Between the two of our crazy schedules, DJ and I only had about 30 minutes to make this shoot happen. Neither of us back down from a challenge, so we went for it!
It doesn't matter how many fellow Girl Scouts I take senior pictures for, I always think they're too young to be graduating. Even though they make me feel old, I'm always super proud. Congrats on everything, DJ! Hope you'll keep coming by my office to chat about life, even when you're a fancy college gal. ;)
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.