Currently - April

Hasselblad 500c | Fuji FP-3000B Film | Azzari Jarrett
Hasselblad 500c | Fuji FP-3000B Film | Azzari Jarrett
Hasselblad 500c | Fuji FP-3000B Film | Azzari Jarrett

A few recent captures around the house with my Hasselblad and Fuji Fp-3000B film.

Here are a few of my current thoughts and inspirations this month.

  • Honored by your response to my previous Photo Life post on Digital vs. Film - I think we all agree that both sets of images are beautiful, but there is something about film that is hard to replicate.
  • Struggling with the fact that some of my favorite film has been discontinued (Fuji Fp-100c and Fuji Fp-3000b).  I am really trying to wrap my head around how selective I will have to be when reaching for one of my film cameras.
  • Loving the new project life instax products. I can't wait to create an entire album full of instax photos.
  • I wrote a guest post last month on Becky Higgins' blog. I shared some of my thoughts on fostering love between your children.  I really poured my heart into that one, I hope you can relate.
  • I am definitely looking forward to summer break and having some uninterrupted time with my girls.
  • So inspired by Leslie's film images.
  • Loving this project life layout by Kari - love her clean, simple style.
  • Kirstin's tips for using a selfie stick for overhead shots is simply genius.

I'd love to know what you have been enjoying this month, please do share.

Photo Life 6: Digital vs. Film - A Visual Comparison

Photo Life 6: Digital vs Film | Azzari Jarrett

Wisteria is blooming all over this time of year.  I recently captured digital images with my Fuji XT-1 and 35mm lens and my Nikon F100 and 85mm lens, loaded with Kodak Portra 400

For this installment of Photo Life, I thought this would be a good exploration of digital vs film images.  And for the record, this is not about which medium is a better - I enjoy shooting with both.  And you are forewarned - this is a photo heavy post!

Let's take a look at the digital captures first.

Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria | Azzari Jarrett

No post processing with these digital images - I set the camera to overexpose by +1.  They are crisp, clear, and capture the morning light beautifully.

And here are the film images, captured on Kodak Porta 400.

Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett
Wisteria on Film | Azzari Jarrett

Once again, I didn't make any adjustments make to these film captures after scanning. These images were taken at the exact same time of day.  They are more muted, grainy, and soulful.

Deciding which camera to use all depends on my mood and what I want my resulting images to portray, as you can see in these captures. 

There is no right or wrong.

Capturing the feeling of the moment or shadows and light, almost always means I reach for film. Crisp and clear, and capturing a certain point of view means that I reach for my digital camera. 

Always remember to have the resulting images in mind.

Do you have a preference? 

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And as always, please let me know if there is a topic or question you would like addressed in this series. Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.

Sketchbook Explorations

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

I recently enrolled in the Sketchbook Exploration series of classes by Lisa Congdon.  There is something about creating with my hands that fulfills me so much!  Super simple supplies here - a set of artist brush pens, a Micron black pen, and a white gel pen.

I wanted to share a couple of pages of my favorite illustrations.

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

I actually used this illustration as the cover page for my personal 6x8 project life album (scroll down to see the cover).

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett
Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

Definitely still learning here, my lines are shaky.... These flower illustrations are drawn over scrapes of paper from my stash that I cut and adhered with craft bond glue.

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

And of course, I had to include a little watercolor as well.

Sketchbook Explorations | Azzari Jarrett

My first time actually drawing over watercolor.  I like how it adds another dimension to the circles.

6x8 Project Life Cover Page | Azzari Jarrett

At the beginning of this year, I mentioned how I wanted to get creative with my personal album and use a number of mixed media techniques and ephemera from my life. With that in mind, I ended up scanning the first illustration above and cropping to 6x8 inches to include as the title page - love how this turned out.

Don't be afraid to incorporate bits and pieces of your drawings, sketches, or anything else that you create in your journals or albums.  In twenty years, you'll look back and I'm sure you will be so glad that you did. 

March Project Life

I can't believe it's been a month since I have last posted! 

The end of March and the beginning of April were super busy for me.  I have so much to share with you, starting with some of my Project Life layouts for March.

March 2016 Project Life | Azzari Jarrett

I usually don't devote an entire spread to one day, but this day stood out for me.  Spring in Atlanta can be tough with all of the pollen in the air, but these wisteria blooms by the water made me forget all of my worries.

And as you can imagine, more photos from this day coming soon!

Products used: Becky Higgins Design F Page Protector (trimmed to 9x12 inches with the Fuse Tool), Everyday Edition Core Kit, Everyday Edition Chipboard Stickers, Project Life Date Stamp

March 2016 Project Life | Azzari Jarrett

If you have followed my work for a while, you know that I love black and white in my spreads.  This layout definitely pushed my boundaries, but I love the pops of red.

Products used: Becky Higgins Design A Page Protector (trimmed to 9x12 inches with the Fuse Tool), Everyday Edition Core Kit, Project Life Date Stamp

March 2016 Project Life | Azzari Jarrett

This layout is special to me since I included a selfie I took with my mom this week.  She lives in Louisiana, so any chance I get to see her is a so special to me.  We are spending more and more time outside these days, so I love seeing that captured in my layouts.

Products used: Becky Higgins Design A Page Protector (trimmed to 9x12 inches with the Fuse Tool), Inspire Edition Core KitProject Life Date Stamp

I am currently working on my April layouts, I can't wait to share those with you soon!

Spring Blooms for Your Weekend

Instax Wide Spring 2016 | Azzari Jarrett
Instax Wide Spring 2016 | Azzari Jarrett
Instax Wide Spring 2016 | Azzari Jarrett
Instax Wide Spring 2016 | Azzari Jarrett

A few Spring blooms captured on Fuji Instax Wide film.

Wishing you a good weekend, friends.

Project Life - February Layouts

Switching to 9 x 12 inch layouts has really been working well for me.  I don't think I'm saving much on space, as the length of my binder is still a full 12 inches.  The game changer for me is that I think differently about how I organize my layouts.  And I realize that 9 x 12 inch full size photos look just as good and have the same impact as a 12x12 inch full size photo!

Here are two spreads from February.

February 2016 Project Life Layouts | Azzari Jarrett

Once again, I am not buying any new page protectors this year.  In these layouts, I am using Design A from my stash and the fuse tool to adjust the page protectors to 9 x 12 inches.  A few people have asked me on Instagram if I have had any trouble with the fuse tool.  I've found that you have to let the fuse tool get nice and hot by waiting about 10-15 minutes before you use it. Any sooner and you might not get a clean edge.

In February, I bought a sketch book and devoted the entire week to doodling and exploring more with watercolors and other mixed media.  Lisa Congdon's sketchbook classes were so very inspiring.  It was definitely good to explore and be creative with my hands.  I used journal cards from the Wander Core Kit to document this layout - with a full size capture of my paintbrushes on the right.

February 2016 Project Life Layouts | Azzari Jarrett

I was inspired by all of the pink blooms popping up for this week's spread! Light pink and green journal cards from the Everyday Edition Core Kit where perfect for this layout. And once again, loving full size photos at 9 x 12 inches.

A few more February layouts here, if you are interested.

Looking forward to documenting March!

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.

February Layouts with Paislee Press

To say that I have enjoyed my time on the Paislee Press Creative Team is an understatement.  I was honored when Liz selected me to be on her team last year - my very first creative team.  I have created some of my most favorite Project Life layouts with Paislee Press designs.  I love Liz's minimalist style and her photo templates pair so perfectly with my photos.

Here are my last three layouts for the Paislee Press Creative Team.  And no worries, I plan to keep posting updates of my project life layouts and you will definitely see Paislee Press products popping up in my layouts here and there - I just love them so much!

February Layouts with Paislee Press | Azzari Jarrett

I see that view on the lower right hand corner almost every evening from my home. So happy that I captured the beautiful clouds and sky that night.  

Products used: Smitten Photo Templates and Word Art, and Smitten Journal Cards, "Collect Moments" Flair Badge

February Layouts with Paislee Press | Azzari Jarrett

This layout has my heart. My daughter decided to open up a nail shop right in front of the playground. She was too proud to have her first customer!

Products used: My Tribe Journal Cards3x4 Photo TemplatesSmitten Journal Cards, and Faves Journal Cards

Behind the Lens Project Life Layout | Azzari Jarrett

Finally, Liz's Behind the Lens collection just speaks to me.  Full of goodies to document film and photography.

It has been a pleasure to be a part of this team!  

You can check out all of my Paislee Press layouts here.