experiment: Seagull

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. 

excursion: Mesa Verde National Park

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. 

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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. 

tourist: Roswell

We don't have to talk about how I'm about a year late posting this trip, right? Okay, great.

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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. 

senior: DJ

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!

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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. ;)

#hutchesatthedisco: Instax

Surprise, there are still more Instax posts on the horizon. In case last year's daily post from the wedding wasn't enough for you, here's a few more!

senior: Miranda (part 2!)

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. 

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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. 

portrait: 2 Minute Headshots

It's always a good day when someone asks me to shoot portraits. It's even better getting asked to take 8 portraits.

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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. 

tourist: Alchemy Tintype

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! 

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2017: favorite frames

 

I didn't shoot as much as I would have liked this year, but I still had a hard time choosing a few favorite images (and that's still a win in my book).