easing into summer

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Easing into summer around here.

Waking up early to have a few quiet moments before my girls wake.

Staying up a bit later since there is more daylight.

Evenings at the pool are becoming regular.

Replacing down comforters in exchange for lighter quilts on all the beds.

Enjoying a roll of film I forgot to develop and seeing these beauties once again.

what i know to be true

© Azzari Jarrett Quotes, links, thoughts, and other tidbits that I have found to be true this week:

  • At this point in my life, I don't think I'll ever know what it's like to sleep past 7:00AM.
  • Loving Chrystine Pham's hasselblad film photography on her blog, 365|life.  Her black and white film photography is equally as stunning.
  • Enjoying Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon.  So many good tidbits of practical advice.
  • I've been listening to Elise's podcast, Let's Get Crafty, in the car and really enjoying the episodes.  The 1st ever podcast I have followed.  Any other recommendations?
  • Working on a monthly newsletter.  Are you signed up?
  • Really loving this mug.
  • Inspired by the watercolor artwork of Yao Cheng.

Have a great weekend.

What I Know To Be True

© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett© Azzari Jarrett Quotes, links, an other tidbits that I have found to be true this week:

  • It becomes increasingly hard to change a baby's diaper.
  • Inspired by these film photographs by Tara Thayer.
  • I've been enjoying the people + interviews featured on Humans of New York  especially this one. And this one.
  • Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good.  I can relate to this post.
  • "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Rest In Peace, Maya Angelou.  I especially try to remember this when choosing my words and actions as a mother.  It is not what I say, how I say it, or what I do - in the end, it's how I make my girls feel.  It is this that they will remember.

Have a great weekend.

lots of green in the garden this year

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I am really enjoying being outside and getting my hands dirty.  I didn't plant anything last year because I was pregnant.  I didn't have the energy to tend to plants daily, as I like to do.  I have to admit that I missed harvest, though.

It feels really good to be out there again.  My girls enjoy planting and watering, and it is always fun for them to join me.

This year, I have planted tomatoes, parsley, cilantro, bell peppers, green onions, and strawberries (not all pictured here).  My rosemary has been going strong for almost 3 years.  If only I could keep the rabbits from munching on my veggies and my flowers.  Any tips on that would be greatly appreciated!

Images from my garden in 2012 here.

about the table

© Azzari Jarrett My kitchen table is a major source of inspiration for me.  We gather here every night for dinner.  My daughters do homework and arts and crafts here.  And I photograph (almost daily) here.   So many memories!  My most popular captures on instagram are taken on this table.  It was also the muse for my self-published book, On The Table.

Today, I want to share a little more about the actual table itself.

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I bought the table on a whim at  Nadeau (there are a number of stores around the US).   The paint was falling off of the legs, and the wood was raw and unfinished.  My Dad took one look at it and told me I needed to paint it.  But I felt it was perfect, just the way it was.   I fell in love with the exposed, rough, wood surface.  Added bonus: I'm not concerned with having it "clean" all the time - it shows every ounce of spilled kool-aid, glitter projects gone awry, and coffee cup stains.

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Every  imperfection is documented on its surface.  I know this would drive some people nuts, but I welcome these imperfections.  It tells the story of our life, and I feel that it adds character to our room.

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There are two windows surrounding the table, which allows the perfect amount of natural light to spill through.  As you can tell, I like to keep fresh flowers displayed here.  All the time.  This table is truly a perfect background.  I would imagine that someday it will become my worktable, as I can't see how we will fit a family of 5 here for dinner once my youngest daughter is old enough to sit at the table.

You can see more images I have taken on our table here.

on photography, film, and other musings

© Azzari Jarrett There's nothing quite like a light leak on the beach.  

I've been thinking so much about this space.  I started the sweet light with this post in 2010.  As I stated then, I wanted this blog to be  "a place that I would want to grow and share my vulnerabilities as well as my strengths, essentially – my journey of photography."

And in many ways, this blog has done exactly that.  My entire journey into film photography has been documented in this space.   When I look my first post with film,  I still get excited.  I remember how my first roll came out completely blank, and I used that as motivation to keep at it.  I had fallen in love with photography once again.

And as my family has grown and other major life changes, I have not posted as often as I would have liked.  At times, I have felt that I should only post film.  If I didn't have film images, I didn't post.  I'm not sure why I put that restriction on myself.  I never started this space with that in mind.  With that being said, I am not going to stop shooting film!

I plan to continue posting here, but you will see digital images, as well as film.  I will grab whatever camera that captures the mood of what I feel, regardless of the medium used to capture it.  I find that if I restrict myself - in any kind of way - my creativity and inspiration are affected.   I have also found that I lose steam if I don't post what interests me.  And in this regard, I know that I will lose some readers, as well as gain a few.  But in the end, I will stay true to myself and continue to make this space one in which I can share my photography as I grow and evolve as an artist.  And hopefully, continue to foster a community of like minded individuals!

I have also realized that I am posting and sharing the outcome of my work, but not the process of producing the images.  So you can definitely expect more of that here - I plan to open up more about how and tips that I've picked up along the way.  Sometimes I will have words to accompany my images, and other times I may not.  I also would like to share more of the inspiration beyond my images.

And as always, thanks for reading and following me this far in my journey, as I know some of you have been following me since the very beginning.