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.

Currently - January

 Hasselblad 500cm | Fuji Fp 100c | Film Photography | Azzari Jarrett

The morning light this winter has been beautiful.  Capturing it on film has been even better.

Here are a few more things I am currently enjoying this month.

  • Staci Lee Kennelly's The Hours post. I could absolutely live in her film photographs.
  • Kodak's CEO, Jeff Clarke, is on a mission to bring film back and his business card is a strip of 35mm film with his information displayed.  Where can I get one? 
  • Love all of the January Project Life inspiration included on Becky's blog - it's great to be a part of this team.
  • So glad that many of you are enjoying the January Sale going on in my shop!  Use code HELLOJANUARY to enjoy 25% off through the end of the month.
  • I continue to enjoy podcasts, and the Strangers Holiday Special 2015 really struck a cord with me. The stories of Henry and Jane and Lyena Strelkoff were absolutely moving. Stop and go listen now.
  • Running in the cold weather.  Yesterday, I completed my second half marathon along with my husband.  I have been training for months, and it felt so good to cross that finish line!

Please do share in the comments what you are enjoying this month, I would love to know.

Good Morning Crete

 Crete, Greece | photo by Azzari Jarrett

We spent two days wonderful days in Athens before heading to the Greek Island of Crete.  Crete, located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, is the largest of the Greek islands.  It was an easy 30 minute flight from Athens, and we traveled at night, so we were not able to see very much on our arrival.

I was up at 5AM that first morning, ready to see the sun rise.  It was a quite morning with my camera by the sea.

And oh what a beautiful sight.  I will never forget how warm the sun felt and how blue the sea was.  

Through these film images, I hope that I was able to capture what I felt that day.  That is what is most important to me - not the image itself, but the feeling of this specific moment in time.

 Crete, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
 Crete, Greece | photo by Azzari Jarrett
 Crete, Greece | photo by Azzari Jarrett
 Crete, Greece | photo by Azzari Jarrett
 Crete, Greece | photo by Azzari Jarrett
 Crete, Greece | photo by Azzari Jarrett

Oh Crete, you are so beautiful.  

And a behind the scenes look at me capturing these photos, taken by my husband. 

I have more images to share, very soon.

Travels | Athens, Greece

 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

During the last week in June, my husband and I traveled to Greece to celebrate our 12 year anniversary.  Deciding what camera to bring for a trip is always a huge decision for me.  I settled on my Contax and Polaroid 660, and after traveling for 13 hours, I almost regretted bringing both due to the weight on my shoulders.

Now that I have my film back, I'm so glad I did.  Love that I have these captures of Athens on 120 film - a mix of Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Ektar, and Fuji Pro 400h.  

I think it's important to mention that although Greece is in a period of uncertain financial times, the beauty of the city of Athens as well as the majestic Acropolis is so inspiring and simply put, amazing.  I am happy that we were able to contribute to the economy of a nation dealing with tough times and that we experienced the joy from the local Greek citizens that appreciated our presence there.

 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

There were so many olive trees - definitely the pride and joy of Greece.  

  Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

My favorite part of our trip was the fact that we made sure not to schedule too many activities, which left time to wonder the streets of Plaka, a quaint, historical neighborhood in Athens surrounding the Acropolis.

 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
  Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

 A view of Mount Lycabettus, as seen from the Acropolis.

 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

The Parthenon is one of the most characteristic monument of ancient Greek culture and continues to be a symbol of democracy and the beginning of Western Civilization.  It was amazing to actually be in the presence of temples that have been standing for thousands of years.

 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
 Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

Next week, I'll share more captures from our trip to the Greek Island of Crete.

Currently - June

Summer is in full swing around here, and I am loving this break from our normal schedule.  

A few things that I am currently loving this month:

Taking advantage of the extra sunlight that comes with these long summer days - early morning coffee on the patio and late evening trips to the pool.

Honored for this quick feature on Apartment Therapy

Prepping for Ali Edward's upcoming Week In The Life later this summer.  I plan on sharing a few of my spreads from 2014 and 2013 soon.

Happy that I am picking up my camera more and more these days.

Laughed out loud when I read this - 10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings.

Emerged myself in Victoria Will's work - she photographed celebrities at Sundace on film.  See her amazing photos here.

Loving how my baby girl only wants to wear long sun dresses these days.

Looking forward to a summer vacation.  Picking which cameras I will bring is proving to be harder than I thought.

Enjoying here and now, and trying not to wish away my days.

What are you enjoying this month?

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!

 

photo + reflection

© Azzari Jarrett, The Sweet Light © Azzari Jarrett, The Sweet Light

There are times that I think my heart might burst because of the sheer weight of the love I have for them.

There was a time when I could not fathom how I would mother one, let alone three.

But I do.  Along with a tight knit village.

The anniversaries of their births remind me how far I have come.

One day at a time.

And we grow.

And we learn.

And that heavy heart of mine bursts with pride.