December 27, 2011

Random thoughts

Our couch is screaming for some new pillows.
Not all pillow inserts are created equal. I'm willing to invest in the good ones.
December is not a great month at our house.
I crave the sun.
B the babysitter surprised me by cleaning our (most disgusting) microwave. Happy dance!
L is sleeping, sleeping, sleeping. Happy dance!
I am withdrawing from life. For now.
So grateful for my VT. Can't stop thinking about all they have done for me.
I need/want more friends and a social life. Soon.
I like Coca Cola.
M never wants to wear clothes.
But I love that she is potty trained.
After Christmas clearance. I'd be willing to wait and purchase all presents until AFTER every. Single. Year.
Welcome home little lovely.
L has been singing a Hanukkah song all afternoon. ????

December 18, 2011

The good report

I've decided keeping a grateful list is a sort of coping mechanism. Life is a pressure cooker. I'm thoroughly cooked.

1. My sister took the girls and brought me a giant Coke the morning I got a migraine.
2. Everyone needs an Emily in their life.
3. An unexpected Christmas card/gift came in the mail. Totally unexpected.
4. My VTs continue to blow my mind. Everyone needs these two in their life.
5. Carbon monoxide detectors are great. So are volunteer fire depts.
6. So are Questar gas employees who inspect your furnace.

Yep, fully cooked peeps. Done.

Oh man, I love this post. She totally nailed it.
Now, that's a cool project. Wish I would have thought of it.
Ooo, framed ornaments. Cute.

December 12, 2011

The good report

1. It's the little things... like Jeff fixing leaky sink, shower head. A new, very large shower caddy freeing up space around the tub.
2. L found Jeff's old cell phone that I thought I threw away. Thus, returning $275 we paid for that lost phone. Soooooo very happy.
3. Got tons of Christmas shopping done thanks to after school babysitter.
4. The girls do not cry when said babysitter shows up. It's all, "bye, mom" and totally tear free.
5. Sharon's family pictures. I want to do them all that way. All the time.
6. Followed by f8 meeting/dinner at her house.
7. Best guacamole ever. But more importantly, there were some chips that changed my life.
8. Lots of big events in everyone's lives.
9. And a print exchange. Merry Christmas to us.
10. Great convos and inspiring peeps as usual.
11. Traffic free commute to and from Clearfield. A gift.
12. Jeff got home a little earlier this week.
13. Saturday date night.
14. Our favorite Mexican restaurant.
15. L turned four.

December 09, 2011

Meet & Shoot {part 3}

I about fell off my chair when I saw Autumn De Wilde's photograph on pinterest. And remember this post? This was one of the photographs I was talking about. I wanted to see if I could do it. And when I emailed Alisha the photo I was drooling over, she offered to bring a box of gels from her studio. Perfect.

There were some issues. Like my slow shutter speed (low light at the end of the day). So all the frames (5) I took were slightly soft. And there were the gels.... which reflect everything and flop over all the time. Oh, and the whackadoo color scans I got from the lab too. Grrr. This is the best correction I could do (I am soooo not an editing expert. I freaking hate editing. Remember, that is one of the reasons I love film. Kind of pointless if my lab sucks. End of rant.) before finally giving in and chalking it all up to education.

But holy crap.....this is awesome. I will be revisiting.
Ideas, ideas, ideas.



Ooooo I love me some color!


Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400

December 08, 2011

Dream work/Dream Girl

I met Kaneischa at Carolee's baby shower. Sometimes faces just stand out to me. She was one of them. It could have been her bright red lipstick and the hair I've always dreamed of.
(still waiting for a few more scans from the lab, but I couldn't wait to post).

Can you believe this girl? Wowza.


Blue zippers.
Awesome.




(I've always wanted to take a photo like this. It happened to work perfectly on this day.)









A stare down with the kitty.




Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400
If you want to be photographed like this (at your place. in your space).....Well then, I'm totally game. And we should talk.

December 07, 2011

Meet & shoot {part 2}

Beautiful light in a beautiful space makes me really happy.
Oh, how I wish we had more time that afternoon.
Lovely, lovely, lovely.







Mamiya RZ, Fuji 800Z

December 06, 2011

Meet & Shoot {part 1}



Holly contacted me about meeting up Thanksgiving weekend. Yes, please!
I only "knew" her through her comments on my blog, but she knows Kiera, who knows Alisha, who is in f8 with me.

Small world, huh?

Thank you so much, Holly, for making it all happen.
Next time, let's talk and eat, and talk and eat

Mamiya RZ, Fuji 800Z

December 05, 2011

We met Jeff for lunch




They always want to play in his truck.

Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400

December 04, 2011

The good report

1. Some personal work last Sunday. A portrait I've been wanting to do for a while. So excited. (posting this week)
2. Watched The Help. By myself. At the cheap theater.
3. Jeffy's ridiculously long hours mean I have time to myself after the girls are asleep. I've been watching a lot of movies.
4. Rented Crazy, stupid, love. Wow...that Ryan Gosling...now I get it.
5. Rented Water for elephants. Hated the book. Now, I also know I didn't need to see the movie.
6. My lab gave me a half off discount on three rolls of processing/scanning. Just because they forgot to scan one roll. That was awesome. I'm impressed. It was so cheap!!
7. Our carbon monoxide detector went off. So the fire dept came and took some readings. It was all ok. My nieghbors were super helpful with the girls. And we had the nicest EMT workers. M has taken a liking to the teddy bear they gave her.
8. A festive weekend: festival of lights, gingerbread house decorating.

December 03, 2011

Shoot Me




Mamiya RZ, Fuji 800Z

December 02, 2011

Wow Me (sunset)



I was driving down our favorite road, off to run an errand and I literally gasped out loud when I saw the sky. Even L said, "I'm going to cry it is so beautiful." Then, I tear up because I can't believe my daughter or this moment. Plus, it had been a hard day. So I quickly turned around to get my camera back home.

But these are the after.... The sky was pink from the horizon line to over the top of my head. At least I caught the end.

It was THE BEST sunset I've ever seen.



Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400

December 01, 2011

Dear Santa (Jeff),

Here are some ideas:

Custom house illustration
Mike Clarke photograph
Vivian Maier book
Ghost chair
Large food processor (cheese grater attachment)
My favorite dish towels
New perfume
Rainbow Colored knives at Costco
Domino book of decorating
French fry cutter
New 32 pack of multi-colored Sharpies that I will hide from my kids and keep all to myself.
Olive oil sprayer at Costco
Dipped side table in white

Let it wave

Flags were hung on every house on our block (Veteran's Day).





It was super beautiful to watch it wave in and out of the frame. (I kept thinking this would make a great segment in a movie). Anticipating how it would fill the frame was not easy. These are my faves.


Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400

November 30, 2011

Bubble bath (cousins)








This was quite a while ago. Sometime in the summer.
I just got around to getting it processed (a little hesitant after those other ones).

Mamiya RZ, Ilford Delta 3200

November 29, 2011

Self portrait






I'd say this is a really accurate portrait.
Dirty mirror. Check.
Messy room. Check.
Kids climbing all over me. Check.



Mamiya RZ, Ilford Delta 3200 BW

November 28, 2011

She's a delight

Really.

Mamiya RZ, Ilford Delta 3200

Just one day




She turns four next month.

Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400

November 27, 2011

The good report


1. Jeff cleaned the car.
2. I re-hung white lights in the girls room.
3. Meeting new photographers. A great night of shooting.
4. Trying this.
5. Pedicure & hot stone message with my pal, Alisha.
6. Followed by Breaking Dawn. Wow. That one was gross. Too much blood. And that officially goes down as THE WORST baby name ever. You know what I'm talking about.
7. Staying out way too late was totally worth it.
8. Dying over the photos Kiera took of me.
9. L and M went to bed without a fight (for Jeff).
10. Four day weekend.
11. L has been cracking me up.
12. French silk. My very, very, very fave.
13. Put up the Christmas decor. I gotta admit....it's the bare minimum. I'm not feeling it this year.
14. Light parade on Main Street.
15. L is rocking my world with her sleep habits. The tides have totally turned at our house.

November 23, 2011

Give Thanks



...Outside our window


Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400 converted to bw

November 20, 2011

The good report

Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
(um, I hope so).


1. Watching Annie Liebowitz on Visionaries
2. Cut the squares for another quilt.
3. I like SUNNY winter days. Had some this week.
4. The hub's long work days mean I will be seeking sewing machine therapy. Which means I'll finish the quilt soon.
5. Roasted broccoli rules. Mmmm.
6. Super excited about a handful of portraits I'll be taking soon. Dream work. *sigh*
7. Still rocking the packed lunch. Go us.
8. Now that L has started sleeping.....I can see all the adorable things she does. She has some sweet qualities.
9. And that, M, such a big girl (potty training).
10. Super grateful for my sister who listened to me go off. On her birthday. Not my best timing. (And Alisha, a few days later. ...NOT her birthday).
11. An evening alone at the fabric store. It's a been a while. Lots of pretty fabric and skirt patterns. Lots of browsing.
12. Returned home to an empty dishwasher, courtesty of Jeff.
13. Started sewing that quilt. (It will be sold in my shop. I hope someone buys, buys, buys. Then I'll make more).
14. Super excited to meet some new photogs this week.
15. Most days M falls asleep at nap time "reading" to herself.
16. A sunset that had me gasping out loud.
17. Jeff surprised me with a new phone one night. Here are the reasons that totally rocks my world:
*my phone died *the phone was F-R-E-E. *Jeff took care of my problems (hero) *I didn't have to pack up the girls and wait at the store, then wait some more. And no losing my mind telling the girls to stop touch everything every five seconds. *So he solved two problems.
18. My sister took the girls overnight.
19. Late night movie date with Jeff.
20. Watching Three Muskateers. I loved it.
21. Total cost of two movie tickets, popcorn, candy, and soda = $10. I love our local theater.
22. Midnight snow storm was beautiful.


P.S. Since it's Thanksgiving week I'm taking a break from blogging. I'll share some photos after the holiday. Eat well and enjoy!

November 15, 2011

Show me

Sometimes I feel so desperate to SEE.
When a long (a week) period of time goes by and I haven't photographed anything because I haven't noticed anything, I get a little restless. Then, a huge sigh of relief when I respond to something and I'm reminded I'm not creatively dead inside.

That's all.

Light




We went back to the corn maze. Just the four of us. And I noticed totally different light this time (love that).


Mamiya C220, Kodad Portra 400

November 14, 2011

Monochromatic



M was jumping on the tramp at my sister's house one day and I couldn't stop staring at this (under the tramp). The light was so even.

So I took a picture.



Mamiya C220, Portra 400

November 13, 2011

Color brights


from castleandthings.com

I want to DIY that artwork in a major way.

The Good Report

1. Lunch packing. Go us!
2. Local lab carries some of my favorite films for much cheaper than my online source. Though not consistently stocked, I plan on hitting them up whenever possible. Super score.
3. Hanging at Carolee's talking and talking until late.
4. Potty training is going totally FAB. Mostly. Lol.
5. Surprise...no charge by MAC store for checking our old computer out. Nice.

I want this hair cut like, yesterday. I will be trying my hardest to copy.

November 11, 2011

Corner room



This is the only Halloween decoration I put up this year. I just didn't care (with my parents visit and all). But I kind of love the lights.


Mamiya C220, Kodak Portra 400