a window to your soul

I'm just getting my film back from my trip home to Louisiana.  I made a point to capture the windows that spoke to me.  Windows dressed so simply, yet so profound.

I've been taking my time, lately.  Documenting here and there with my camera, but mostly living in the moment.  Experiencing without the need to click a shutter.  Surprisingly, I am enjoying that.

More, soon.

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.

in the kitchen

undefinedundefinedundefined In the kitchen with my mom, and we found ourselves baking walnut brownies.  I have so much to learn, but she is such a wonderful teacher! Really simple recipe (adapted from here based on what we had):

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

And here is what to do:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking pan, in our case, a cast iron skillet!
  • Melt the butter over low heat. Pour into large mixing bowl and stir in cocoa powder, sugar, flour, and vanilla. Mix in egg whites and half of the walnuts.
  • Spread evenly into the baking pan (or cast iron skillet).
  • Top the brownies with the 2nd half of walnuts.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool in pan for 30-45 minutes before cutting.

And of course, adjust as you see fit - based on what you have.

Warning: These are so good, we have made them twice in the last three days!

from the first roll....

More captures from this day, all taken at my mother's home - hence, the paint brushes!  The grain is courtesy of ISO 800 film, which should have been ISO 400 based on my lighting, but I like the results nonetheless.

I'm learning how to create different effects in my work.  Blue tones, clear vivid colors, grain - it's amazing the different moods in film photography that I can create simply by my choice of film.

Today I'm picking up some I dropped off film at the lab and I have no clue what's on it.  I love that.

I have a few links that I enjoyed this week that I would like to share with you ~

+ 9 things Irene's son's have taught her on their 9th birthday

+ Elisabelle's beautiful portraits.

+ This photo from Dottie.

+ Our new post on One Inspiration, Two Perspectives

+ 5 questions for Chrystine


Thanks so much for your kind comments on the "what's in my bag" post!  As you can see, I can't take may shots without one (or both) girls nearby.

Happy weekend to you!

the seemingly mundane

More film shots from this day.  Did I mention how much I love film?

Lately, I have been struck by the seemingly mundane things in my life that mean so much to me.  At this point in my life, I am devoting so much time to my family and giving so much of myself.  By the end of most days I am completely exhausted.  I have so many ideas in my head and things that I would like to do.  There just aren't enough hours in the day!

I embrace this period in my life because I know that my little ones will not always be so little.  I remind myself that if it where not for them, the beauty of the seemingly mundane would not be that important to me.  I love capturing the little things of my day, these that I would forget had I not pointed my camera and pressed the shutter.

I'll leave you with this link that I found via Elisabelle.  If you have a moment, please visit Days with my father.  I was really touched by the words and images of by Phillip Toledano.  To me, this is the epitome of capturing the seemingly mundane to tell a story about life.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends.