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.
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.
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:
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~
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.
A few signs of spring around here ~
Spending the day with my girls, and sending love to my mother!
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.