Sunrise Easter Service on the Beach

One of the advantages of living on the coast is the ability to attend Easter service on the beach.

Azzari Jarrett | Sunrise Easter Service

We decided to attend the sunrise service, a first for my family. And it did not disappoint. The ocean was the most beautiful backdrop for Easter service. 

Azzari Jarrett | Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

My parents were visiting for the holiday weekend, and it was their very first visit to the beach since we made our move almost 2 years ago. Needless to say, but they loved it.

Azzari Jarrett | Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach
Azzari Jarrett | Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

The Lord has Risen. He has risen, indeed!

Weekend Thoughts

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Although I love Instagram, I have been so frustrated with using the app these past few weeks. The new algorithm and ads make it a place that I no longer want to spend more than a few minutes on. I feel like it has changed. I'm not sure I like the changes. I want to get back to the times that I can scroll through my feed and be inspired by the people I follow, not just those accounts that I "interact" with.  If I clicked "follow", there is a reason for that. 

What I can control is this space. I know that it is not going anywhere and I can share here without expectation or likes or follows. Everyone is not screaming at me for attention, which is what I feel when I am on instagram.  On my blog, I can simply share my thoughts and creative endeavors, which I definitely want to do more of in this space.

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This past weekend proved to be a relaxing one for me as it is the start of our spring break. I enjoyed some time in my studio, painting and exploring in my sketchbook. 

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I'm exploring with a number of different mediums to see what feels the best for me and my style. I really like watercolor, and gouache has been a recent favorite. Right now, I'm exploring with gouache and ink.  I really like this combination.

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It was overcast, and we passed by a local street fair. My girls aren't particular fans, but I couldn't help but capture a few images.

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And Sunday morning. 

How I love Sunday mornings. As I was reading the Sunday paper and drinking coffee, I saw this easy recipe for a dutch baby.  It was so simple, and I had all of the ingredients at home, so I decided to try it.  I think I'll add more sugar next time, but it was hit in my house!

With three girls and activities, these types of weekends are rare and I treasure them. Here's to more relaxing days ahead.

a study in color

I usually choose to photograph in bright, natural light.  

I decided to push my comfort zone a bit and capture these blooms on black.


It was definitely out of my comfort zone to photograph with a dark background.  But I love how it makes the color pop. And I'm reminded how good it is to change things up.  

Here's to pushing our boundaries and seeing where it takes us.

my studio

I've shared photos of my workspace, but things have changed a bit.   So I figured it was time for some updated photos.  I've rearranged the space to work better for me (it's amazing how a simple change of furniture position will do that).

Still loving my gallery wall - a mix of my mother's paintings, my film work, and inspirational pieces.  Different textures and shapes - I love how nothing is even and some frames are a bit crooked.  A reminder to me that everything does not have to be perfect.

This area has also become my Project Life work station.  I work on my spreads throughout the week simply by keeping my album in sight.

I print at home with my Epson 3880, and I absolutely love it.  It takes up a lot of space, but I love the fact that I can print 12x12 photos on whim.  

I'm still keeping my film photos in my top drawer.  It is getting pretty full, so I will definitely have to look at other options for this.

I keep most of my scrapbooking and paper supplies in rest of these drawers.

I've surprised myself at how much I use my sewing machine for my layouts.  It sits on top of my bookshelves.  When I bought it, my mother-in-law came over to show me how to use it.  She was shocked that I wanted to use it on paper and not fabric!

I moved my desk right underneath my polaroid film wall, and it works much better in this space.  You can see how created my film wall on this post.

And of course, things are always changing, and this room is never quite "done".  But I am inspired the minute I walk in, and that's really important to me.

Please do share links to your workspace. I love to see other creative spaces.

neopan 400

One of the aspects of film I enjoy the most is the ability to shoot with a different film types and feel like I have a camera.

You would be amazed at how excited I am to get my hands on new-to-me film, load it in my camera, and shoot away happily - simply imagining the goodness that is captured.

As is the case with Fuji Neopan 400 black and white film - I love the grain in these captures.

These images also hold another first for me - they were processed and scanned by Richard's Photo Lab.  I've always used local photography labs to develop my film.  This was the first time that I actually dropped film in the mail.  I must admit that I am amazed at the results.  It has proven to me that where you process your film makes a huge difference.

the reception, part one


Film. Kodak Portra 400nc

Hats off to all wedding photographers - this is hard work!  But one thing is for certain - there is no shortage of beautiful things, food, and people to shoot at a wedding and reception.

I received more than a few odd stares from folks as I manually focused, clicked the shutter, and manually advanced the film.  It was worth it though!  I love the results.

I have a couple more shots from the reception that I'll share with you tomorrow.....