easing into summer

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© Azzari Jarrett

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.

shadows and light

© Azzari Jarrett © Azzari Jarrett

© Azzari Jarrett

© Azzari Jarrett

It's no secret that I love fresh flowers in my home.

But when I grab my camera to document them, I find myself drawn to a certain time of day.  I am searching for the sweet spot when I can capture the shadows and light.

Usually in the early morning, sometimes in the evening.  Not quite light, not quite dark.  But each time, there is a stillness that has taken over the house.

And that is what I strive to capture.

behind the scenes: instant film photography

A quick, "behind the scenes" look at my process of shooting with my Hasselblad 500c with a polaroid back, and fuji fp 100c film.

This is a completely new venture for me - my first video.   But I thought the quickest, easiest way to demonstrate my process would be to film it.  And I have to admit that I really enjoyed filming this.  Maybe it is my constant need to learn something new?

So often I post the finished product here, but I thought I'd try to give you a glimpse into what it is like to shoot with a medium format camera and instant film - having an actual, tangible picture in your hand minutes after you press the shutter.   And of course, now I have so many more ideas about videos -  like how to attach the polaroid back to the Hasselblad, how to load the film, etc.  Questions I had as I was beginning with film. This totally has me thinking about getting a tripod for future videos.....

A few credits:

Filmed with: Nikon D600

Music: Adventure, Darling by Gillicuddy

I created the entire film in iMovie on my Mac.  Pretty simple and straightforward.

Side note: I just love the sound of the Hassie's shutter.  There's nothing quite like it.

And finally, images that I have taken with the Hasselblad here.

my peonies

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I planted peony bulbs in my garden about 3 years ago.  It has taken them this long to develop, establish themselves firmly and grow.  And oh my, how they have grown this year!  A little tip that I learned that I want to share in case you decide to plant your own.  My peony buds were covered in ants at certain times.  I almost got rid of them, thinking that they would harm the blooms.  Quite the opposite, the ants actually eat the sweet nectar of the blooms in exchange for attacking bud-eating pests.  They actually help the peonies to bloom.

And bloom is exactly what they did.  I was able to fill the house with these beauties, and if I could bottle the sweet aroma and and insert it here, I most certainly would.

And because I can't help but shoot with film, I captured the peonies on Polaroid film~

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When I photograph with Polaroid film, I always get the feeling that it will live on forever.  Far beyond my years.  Only time will tell.

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!