Category 365

Five on Five – Januarys 2017

On the fifth day of each month, I get together with a group of talented female photographers. We each share our five favorite images from the previous month.
It’s a blog circle!
Make sure to follow the link and head over to Adriana’s blog when you are done here.

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January was a roller coaster. But there have been a few constants in my every day that I not only am loving, but looking to as a way to keep my mind at ease. One has nothing to do with photography. I have been getting up every morning and practicing yoga or meditating for 10-30 minutes. I found an app called Cody and it’s been a game changer – I should stop right there and say I have no affiliation with this app, other than it has been a key in helping me solidify a daily practice. Something that has eluded me ever since I stepped on  my mat 12 years ago. The other constant has everything to do with photography. I decided to take on a 365 this year (again) but this year I would use my Fuji Instax-mini 90 to do the job. A challenge, a test in patience and in failing so I can learn and strengthen my composition skills and better understand the limits of this little camera. I thought I would share five of my favorite images so far from this series. If you want to see the whole body of work so far, and follow along as it unfolds, check out @365_rectangles on Instagram.


Playing with lower light. I love that this looks like a double exposure and that you can see the transition from being serious to silly.
The world is your playground. Taken during a day out exploring down town Tacoma with friends. 
Date night. Our friend Nick pulls beers at a favorite haunt. 
Morning on the Foss Waterway. Sometimes, I am late to work because it’s just too pretty outside to go indoors. This was one of those mornings. 
Hilltop neighborhood in Tacoma. This is next door to my favorite Pho spot. I have loved this signage since the first time I drove along this street (and oh how I wish this place was still open so I could drop off my rolls of film!)

 

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Shake it Out | A Personal Photography Project

At the beginning of 2013 I was coming off from a year long self portrait challenge. One photo a day, taken with my Canon DSRL. I decided I would processed each of these images in black and white and pushed myself to stay on track with the goal every.single.day.  I wasn’t sure I could do another year of the same thing. It was a big accomplishment, but I needed something a little less time consuming, so I didn’t set any goals. That is until mid afternoon on January 1st, 2014. I felt really lost, like I had forgotten to do something really important. Had I combed my hair? Did I brush my teeth? Did I take a shower and eat breakfast? Then I realized, I hadn’t taken a photo yet. I picked up my iphone, opened the Hipstamtic App and shook the phone. If you aren’t familiar with the app, here is why I did that last part. When you shake the phone, it randomizes the film/lens/flash combo for the camera. The app doesn’t allow for the camera to flip, so I aimed as best I could and took a photo of myself, at arms length, blindly.

The next day I did it again, and then the next, and then the next. The hashtag, #shakeitout2014  was added and BOOM! I had my 2014 project for the year. I had others ask me what I was doing and would I mind if they join me? We were shaking it out all over instagram and it was awesome! It was pure magic to see the faces and film/lens combos that were popping up in my feed. I loved the randomization and the chance of each photo. Over time, I got better and better at knowing where to hold the phone to get my full face (if that’s what I was after), I found angles I loved. I found backgrounds I adored and that really worked for me. My original plan was to shoot in the same spot for the year, strangely enough, in my bathroom at the rental house. But then we moved, not once, but twice. So I had to adjust that plan and hunt down the light in the new places and spaces (which I actually loved doing!)

So here are a few favorites! ready, steady, GO!

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The double exposures were pure magic. 70284

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I used props- hats are a favorite around here, but I like a good mask too.

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I had others join me in the fun. Family and amazing friends. 318
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Thank you to all of you who have followed along, cheered me on, been in the frame with me or who have commented or shared my project. I think the success lies in the fun I had all year long shaking it up and keeping it simple.

now? what to do for 2015?!!

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wrapping wrapping
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lazy first morning of winter break with the kids.
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making goodies, in-law winning brownies to be exact.
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just being.
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ghosts of Christmas past
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jingle all the way.
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Christmas with family.
And now, on to the last week of the year!

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November ends and we move into the last month of the year. It’s the home stretch for 2013’s 365 project and I have to say I have truly enjoyed the process and the exploration I have done with my camera. It’s been a pretty amazing year, let’s see what these last few weeks can do for me…
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Seriously…
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Gobble, gobble. Wobble wobble
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Exposed, double
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Making new friends jump with me. 
Kelly, we need to work on your timing, thhhhhpppp.
Also, don’t kill me for posting this picture.
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Must be the weather, feeling the need to catch some air this week.
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Late night, almost forgot to take a photo. but that always gives me a reason to play with lights and learn.
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Snow! pretty, fluffy and cold

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Home and comfy

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One thing I really love about Reno is that I can be in the same city and yet, can easily find completely opposite worlds to set up a shoot.

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Playing with light and dark.

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Late night.

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My favorite light in the house… of course it’s in the bathroom. ha!

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morning light
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late night, long drive
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by the amazingly talented Alice Carrier
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at the Ace lobby, waiting for our photo booth strip to develop
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road rummy. post chips and jerky pit stop.
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poppies and sage

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Midtown alley art
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Keeping cozy
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Soooo tired…
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Setting sun on an amazing day
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A self portrait of a different kind- they are me, I am them.
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Smiling, it’s a good thing.

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From where I stand…