Monday, September 15, 2014

Family Vacation: Emerald Isle, NC (Part 2 - Disposable Waterproof Camera)

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Matte or glossy? White border or no border? CD for $5 extra?

It's been awhile since I've had to answer these types of questions, but it felt good to be back, standing at a counter, dropping off film to be developed. I had been itching to use a disposable camera lately, and figured that vacation was the best time to give it a go. Plus it was waterproof and we were headed to the ocean. 

I'm pleased with how these turned out (that first one is pretty killer). I just wish there was more variety in the images, but we basically only did one thing for a week and that was sit at the beach, so I really shouldn't complain. It was such a nostalgic process to be holding a non-digital point and shoot (ah, the 90s!). Maybe for my next disposable camera I'll put it in my purse and use over the course of a month or so.

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In case you were wondering exactly how different film vs. the ol' iPhone really is, check out the two images below taken at the same spot on the beach looking up. Neither image has been edited or filtered. The top one is film, though that's pretty obvious when they are right next to each other. The quality difference doesn't surprise me, but the color difference definitely does! I actually love them both, but am a little partial to the dreaminess of the sky in the film one.

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PS - Several of these were taken by Josiah - he's a rockstar with the camera!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Family Vacation: Emerald Isle, NC (Part 1)

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My parents often make fun of me because I tend to call every trip that I've ever taken "a trip of a lifetime". I'm not trying to be dramatic, it's just that traveling is so special to me and most of the trips that I have taken are, in their own right, a trip of a lifetime! It was my 10th visit to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Emerald Isle, but this time (for the first time) it was just us kids (+spouses), mom and dad. And it was perfect. We basically slept, ate and hung out at the beach for 6 solid days.

The one break in routine came when it was time to get some family pics. I didn't have an agenda, or even coordinate outfits. There was only one picture that I had to have (even though I got a ton and will share those in another post), it's the one of the 7 of us below. Thank you tripod, camera and family for delivering on that one. We nailed it.

As people have asked how the trip was, I keep saying the same thing: it was good, sweet time. We relished the moments together as a family, eating copious amounts of brownies, doing laundry, and hanging out in the waves. We even had time for long conversations about the meaning of life. For that I couldn't ask for more.

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The images above were all taken with my Nikon DSLR. I'll be back with more vacation pics, including iPhone snapshots, disposable camera images, family photo shoot outtakes, and more. Happy Friday!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Maternity Photo Shoot: Gender Reveal

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I just realized I never posted this shoot! I took these pictures last fall during the make-a-movie-sell-our-house-move-to-california season of life, so I'm cutting myself some slack for not being more of top of this blog and sharing them now.

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These two parents are some of the kindest, most patient and content people I know. They chase big dreams and wise counsel. They love fiercely with open hearts, and I am overjoyed that their little family continues to grow.

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I'm not sure anyone else feels this same way, but it seems like there's a lot of pressure these days to be creative in how you announce getting married, getting pregnant, or the gender of your baby - all because of the role that social media now plays in our lives. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing (and shooting!) the unique and creative ways that people choose to reveal these big life moments, but pressure often feels complicated for the mom-to-be. Let me tell you, it doesn't have to be complicated at all. In fact, shoots like this are an absolute joy to be a part of and help make happen. And I'm a firm believer that stealing away to document your family before a new addition arrives is a surefire way to make a memory that will last forever.

So, what will it be? Boy or Girl?!

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There goes the blue! That can only mean one thing...

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And so we celebrate. With pink of course.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Newborn Snapshots: San Diego, CA

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Josiah's brother and his wife live in San Diego, CA which is great for us since it's only about a two hour jaunt (depending on traffic, of course) from the Los Angeles area. This close proximity means we got to meet our new niece after a few days of her being on this planet, and snap some shots of her in all her baby glory. It also means we get to go with her to the beach this weekend. Baby in a bathing suit! Cannot wait.

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See you soon, pretty lady!
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PS - After writing this post, I realized I've been an aunt for almost two-thirds of my life. My sister had her first when I was 12 years old which means that he turns 23 in a month. Woah! I definitely think the baby stage is cool and all, but for me I love watching them grow up, become adults, think for themselves, ask the hard questions, and of course have a beer with their Aunt E when they turn 21. That's the good stuff right there.

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