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Photo Lady Friends

I have been debating if I want to share these images and thoughts here. These photos and this weekend of photography was specifically for me. There was no client involved, wasn’t hired to be there. I could pick up my camera or not. I could use my iPhone or my polaroid camera, or not. I could just sit and soak up the conversations happening around me and listen to the wind (which, by the way, holds secrets if you listen closely enough). I could speak and have space held for my words and reminded that I am okay and worthy. PhotoLadyFriends_FIP (1 of 38)

The point of the trip was to refuel, to reconnect and to re-imagine all that I am and all that I can be (as an artist, as a mother, as a wife, as a friend).  Part of me wants to hold these moments and images close and not share. Because so much of what was shared is hard to explain, but then again maybe my photos can do the talking for me like they do so many other times. These women have traveled an amazing journey with me for several years via the magic of the internet. And now they are powerful forces in my world. I am honored to call them friends.

Find your tribe. Love them hard.- Danielle LaPorte

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Film Friday – The Coffee House

Happy Film Friday!

Today I am exploring the similarities and differences between film vs digital. I take the same photo with different cameras quite often, I have been asked how do I know which camera I want to shoot with when I pull out all my different babies. The process of double (or triple shooting) is part of how I learn to answer that question.  At first, capturing the same setting more than once may seem redundant, but I have learned a few things as I go.  In the digital image of the coffee cups, I love how the light is hitting the cups and the focus is right where I want it to be. Not to mention that it isn’t off kilter like the film shot.When using my film cameras, I sometimes forget to slow down enough to line everything up before hitting the shutter button. This is a habit that is forgivable with digital, since readjusting in post is fairly simple, but not so much with film. In the analog image of the cups, I love that little bit of bokeh in the background and the subtle reflections of each cup.  I can definitely tell I was shooting with 100 speed film, but 400 iso within my digital.  The grain and the dark of the film shot really show through in both and are a good reminder for me of why we utilize different film speeds for different light situations.

That said, each of the photos hold a different mood and appeal. They tell the same, but altered version of the story.  Shooting this way helps me to better understand the limitations and strengths of film, and allows me to learn my craft each time I hit the shutter button.

MortalMuse (29 of 95)Cups | Minolta SRT | Color film, asa 100

20140406-20140406-IMG_5517Cups | Canon 5D ii | ƒ/2.8 | 1/1250 |400

20140408-20140408-69590012Counter| Minolta SRT | Color film, asa 100

20140406-20140406-IMG_5515Counter | Canon 5D ii | ƒ/2.8 | 1/1250 |400


Keep chasing that light, Vanessa