almost spring

It's almost Spring - and I don't think I've ever taken a break for this long!  And it was needed, my friends.  Sometimes it feels to good to take a step back, disconnect from the internet and really be present in the lives of those who mean the most to me.

I'll ease back in slowly, please bear with me - as I have much to share.  And going forward, you'll probably see more images, less words.

Also, Birgitte Brøndsted a fellow photographer in Florence, Italy -  is hosting a giveaway for a copy of On the Table, on her blog.  Head over and leave a comment for a chance to win!

being present

There are never enough hours in my day.

There are so many thing I'd like to do, try, and create.  And it's pretty hard to look at all of the inspiration online and think that everyone else has it together - more time, energy, and means to do everything I would like to do.

It's a challenge to prevent myself from feeling the need to constantly update this blog, my instagram feed, flickr, etc.  Like not doing so somehow means that I am not making progress towards my goals.

And then, I read an Rebecca Parker Payne's "Undocumented Hours" in Kinfolk, Volume 4.  And her words spoke to me,

The past few years have levied a strange burden of proof upon our backs, a burden to account for our hours and days, to prove to all who care to watch from the screens of their phones and computers that we are doing something worthy with our lives.  In the meantime, we have forgotten how to be content in being present.

How guilty I am of not being fully present.  Of feeling that I must jump into a race of constantly producing more material to prove to my productivity.  When one is not directly linked to another.  It's about quality, not quantity.

So I'm giving myself permission to do what I can, when I can, with what I have now.  And be happy.

the hasselblad

Hasselblad 500 cm,  Portra 400 film.

These are photographs from my first roll of film with the newest member of my camera family - the hasselblad.  And yes, I think she will fit in quite nicely.

There is definitely a learning curve, but I love the results.  I think the mood and feeling of this day (and my kitchen table) are captured so honestly, so perfectly.

More soon.

a wedding

Film. Kodak Portra 400nc

My heart is so full from such a wonderful weekend.  I attended my cousin's wedding in Chicago, and it was so beautiful!  I wasn't able to capture many images at the actual wedding, as I was busy attending to my oldest daughter who was a flower girl for the first time.

I made up for it at the reception, and I have a few images to share with you.  But right now I have to recover - easing slowly back into our routine.

More soon!