Almost Spring

It's that time of year again. Spring is surely on the way.

 Almost Spring | Hasselblad 500c | Fuji FP 100c Film | Azzari Jarrett

Every year, the trees in our backyard burst into beautiful pink blooms that we get to enjoy for only about two weeks.  As happy as I am to see them, I sometimes take their beauty for granted.

 Almost Spring | Hasselblad 500c | Fuji FP 100c | Azzari Jarrett

Trying to remember that every season is a phase, to enjoy the beauty of each while it lasts.

 Mornings on the Table | Hasselblad 500c | Fuji FP 100c Film | Azzari Jarrett

And I couldn't help but capture the morning light on our table when I returned inside.

More film captures, soon.

Hello Asheville

 Asheville, North Carolina | Hasselblad 500cm | Azzari Jarrett

We spent a couple of days in Asheville, North Carolina for New Years.  My husband and I really love Asheville and our girls particularly love visiting the Biltmore Estate.

It was cold and overcast during our visit, which is actually my favorite for taking pictures.  I only brought my hasselblad for this trip, and I was stopped more than once by people asking about it.  

As you can imagine - taking the time to compose the photo, looking down into the viewfinder to manually focus, clicking the loud shutter, winding the crank, and finally pulling out film from the polaroid back, definitely takes me a considerable amount of time and brings a few stares by the strangers standing around me.  I'm pretty comfortable with this process and I've gotten over this.  Over the years I've learned that people are more or less just curious about why I am shooting with a camera that is older than me versus a digital camera, which is always a conversation starter!

You can actually see my behind-the-scenes process for shooting with my hasselblad and polaroid back in this video.

 Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina | Hasselblad 500cm | Azzari Jarrett
 Asheville, North Carolina | Hasselblad 500cm | Azzari Jarrett

And in keeping with a little behind-the-scenes to show my process - below is the actual image on Fuji FP 100c instant film

 Hasselblad 500cm | Fuji FP 100c Film | Azzari Jarrett

I simply scan the photo and crop it before posting.

I definitely didn't get all the photos I wanted for this trip, but it's always a give and take between being present in the moment and documenting the moment.  And I am happy I did a bit of both!

You can see more of my film images here.

Currently - December

 Hasselblad, Fuji FP100c | Azzari Jarrett

I can't believe it is the middle of December, already.  

Our days are filled with winter recitals and performances, holiday parties, and end of the year activities.  As much as I love this time of the year, I know it is essential to carve out quiet time for myself.  All it really takes is simply picking up a camera (any one that is loaded with film), quietly composing the image, and pressing the shutter.  Goodness, indeed.

Here are a few things I have been enjoying this month.

Loving Kirstin's 5 tips for winter mobile photography. Equally mesmerized by her film images from Santorini, Greece.

Inspired by Andrea's progress on her December Daily album.  I am currently working on my own album, and I'm planning on sharing an update soon.

Sad that the iconic holga film camera is now dead. 

Excited to try some of Ashley's techniques for including photos and artistic backgrounds in her traveler's notebook. 

Sharing 3 ways to creatively store your instant film photos over at Viewfinders last week.  I always love when I am invited to guest post there.

Stumbled on this article, and I couldn't agree more with #4 and #7.

What have been enjoying lately?

The Light Is Changing

 Fall Light | Azzari Jarrett
 Fall Light | Azzari Jarrett
 Fall Light | Azzari Jarrett

The light is changing.

Photography = light.

I am always inspired this time of year.  I find myself picking up my camera more to capture the late evening light as it moves through my home. The stark contrast always draws me to document it.

Working on a few good things right now, my friends.  I'm excited to share more soon.

imperfections

Have you ever taken a photo, thought it was horrible, and moved on?

It happens to me all the time with film. Imperfections. The focus is off, the film is bad, exposure is all wrong, there is a light leak - whatever the reason may be, and I toss it aside, vowing to learn from my "mistake".

And then, while rummaging through my film drawer, I come across a photo again.  But this time, it speaks to me in a way it never did before.  Sure, the technical aspects are all wrong, but the feeling, the emotion at the time the image was captured, is all right. 

I took these photos almost two years ago, I was pregnant with my 3rd daughter.  I didn't take "official" maternity photos.  I remember taking these myself, with film, and not being satisfied with them for one reason or another, and tossing them aside.  I believe my favorite photo from this pregnancy was actually this one taken with my iPhone!

But now, looking back - I see them in an entirely different light.  

The beautiful curve of my body that brought life into this world, untouched and real. I am immediately taken back to that moment.

And oh my, how sweet and raw those first newborn days are.  These images forever capture that emotion for me.

So I didn't share these for one reason or another when they were taken.  But here they are now - untouched and not perfect.

This is why I shoot film.  Because even in their "imperfections", there is beauty.

winter film images

I photographed these images a couple of weeks ago when we had the slightest dusting of snow.  

The sky was grey when I headed out with my hasselblad. I'm amazed and how much the first two photos look like black and white film.  Color film, indeed, my friends.

 

Come on Spring!