coffee and cameras

Spending some time in Louisiana (more images to come once film is developed + scanned).

And of course, coffee is first on my list of places to visit while I am home.

Imagine my surprise when I walked in and saw all of those cameras - heaven!   And the other nice touch - the owner's photography is displayed on all of the walls.  Nothing like talking cameras over coffee, I could probably do that all day.

Loved this place, I'll definitely be back.

On a side note, I'm really loving Fuji Pro 400H film these days.  I've overexposing by one stop, and I'm finding that makes a world of difference.

coffee with my mom

A recent morning spent with my mom.

For as long as I can remember, my mother has started her day with with a cup of coffee.  As a little girl, I remember the aroma filling the house every morning.  Of course, I didn't have an appreciation for it back then.

And I'd like to think there was a reason for that.  So that now, I can truly appreciate our conversations over a hot cup of coffee.  Conversations I don't think I was ready to have back then.

morning coffee

As much as I love drinking tea and coffee, I love the process of brewing just as much.  To me, it's as equally satisfying as the warm drink itself.

And the Chemex fits in so well.  The best coffee I've had - in fact, I prefer it to the French Press since I don't have to deal with the leftover grinds.  The only catch is that I have to drink my coffee as soon as I brew, it doesn't keep the coffee warm for long.

Heating the water in a kettle, selecting my favorite cup, writing down my thoughts -- I savor these moments....

a coffee break

Film. Fuji Superia 400.

We spent the end of the week in San Francisco.  So much walking during the day to take in all the sites!

Four Barrel Coffee was a welcome break.  My mocha was perfect - and the entire space was like a coffe lover's dream.

It was also in San Francisco that I happened upon a great deal on a Hasselblad 500 c/m medium format camera.  A peak at my first photograph.  I have always wanted to try medium format photography - I've been going back and forth on whether to upgrade my digital (it's just been put on hold for a while!).

More to share soon.

some time for me

undefinedundefinedundefined Fuji Superia 400 I can't remember the last time I had three hours alone.

But this weekend, I enjoyed some time to myself.  I didn't tote around a diaper bag, or a stroller, nor snacks and juice boxes "just in case".  It was just me, my laptop, my Pentax, and coffee - and it felt good, funny - but, good.

I know that I need a chance to rest, to rejuvenate, to be the best I can for my girls.

And the greeting I get when I return?  The smiles and the screaming - makes me feel like a total rock star! And that, my friends, is priceless.