Thursday, July 29, 2010

Erin Sees Tulsa.

This week I'm being pulled in every possible direction imaginable.

erin sees tulsa.

But it's Thursday and you know right where to find me. Pin It

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sneak Peek Sunday!

kari & mike: wedding

kari & mike: wedding

kari & mike: wedding

More of this fabulous wedding will be on the blog in the next couple of days. Pin It

Friday, July 23, 2010

Finding the angle. Capturing the soul.

For me taking pictures is about capturing the soul.

Yesterday I posted this image. And in so many ways this defines me.
my new favorite.

I've always had a thing for balloons. It's a tradition in my family to release balloons on special holidays in honor of the loved ones that have gone on before us. I like that balloons keep me looking up. As does this blue sky and those white puffy clouds. And it's good to be reminded that I'm a very small piece of a much bigger world.

But this is what you don't know about this image. I had to lie down in the grass on a very windy Oklahoma day with my polaroid camera and HOPE that with one click (since I'm trying to ration my film as best I can) that I would be able to capture what my soul was seeing.

This is what I originally saw and what originally made me stop.
it's all about the angle: balloons

But this is about as boring as it gets.
it's all about the angle: balloons

And there's nothing in an image like this that defines who I am as a person, as a photographer.
it's all about the angle: balloons

But I knew there was something here. Something that would be timeless. Something that would be a part of telling my story.
it's all about the angle: balloons

I just had to find the right angle. And in my effort to capture the unique, beautiful souls of this world, it's all about the angle.

So there I was, lying in the grass in a skirt, waiting for the moment the wind blew those balloons right between some white puffy clouds in a bright blue sky.

And to me an image like this is far more interesting and dreamy than any of the others.
it's all about the angle: balloons

Plus it leaves more to the imagination. And that's WAY more fun than a construction zone that just happens to have some balloons tied to a sign.

Capturing it on polaroid? Well, that makes it timeless. And timeless makes me happy.
my new favorite.

But let me qualify - by no means am I an expert on photography. I just know that finding the right angle is important to me. Often times that means not even looking through the viewfinder but just pointing the camera in one direction and snapping.

My hope with this post is that it will inspire you to see your world differently too. To look for those things that make you happy and to find the right angle to tell your story.

And with that, I'm ready for the weekend! Pin It

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Erin Sees Tulsa.

Ever wondered what really goes on at a roller derby? Up until a couple of months ago, I had. Now I am a seasoned fan. Check out my latest installment of Erin Sees Tulsa and get a visual on just exactly how awesome these girls are!

roller derby! Pin It

A new favorite.

I was tired and grumpy.

But I happened to look up.

It instantly snapped me out of my "not taking polaroids because I don't have much film left" slump.

I pressed the button and heard the whirring sound only that camera can make.

And now the world is right again.

high in the sky. Pin It

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So shiny.

You remember how easily Dug (the dog in "Up") gets distracted by the thought of a squirrel? He would be mid-sentence when he would turn his head, point and yell, "squirrel!"

I totally get it now. Shiny rings have the same effect on me.

My very own...squirrel!

candace & travis: wedding Pin It

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

3 Things I Love: The Short List

I always delight in thinking about the things in life that make me happy at this particular moment. And I love hearing what makes other people happy too.

When asked one thing she loved about Tulsa, my friend Sara commented that she loved "free and fabulous splash pads". She said they were a "dream for mommies with toddlers". I loved finding that out about her, knowing that embracing the heat of the summer, her and the little one were going on adventures throughout the city.

Albeit short, here's a current list of some stuff I can't get enough of.

Speaking of the heat, you remember the look and smell of rain, right? The stuff that relieves us of this oppressiveness. I could go for a bucket or two right about now.
the rain will wash us clean.

This is my liquid salt. And while green is usually my color of choice, in this instance I want the red top. Is it bad that in one night on the hill, I can usually down at least half a bottle? I said at least as to not fully embarrass myself.
liquid salt.

And then there's one of my besties. Of course, I adore all of my friends but this one right here has my attention because he's not afraid to dream big. And that inspires the heck out of me. Look out NYC, this boy is coming for you!
a dreamer.
Plus we both really still like care bears. Don't judge.

Anything on your short list these days? Pin It

Monday, July 19, 2010

Winner!

Using a random number generator, I have found a winner!

boomtown winner

I absolutely LOVE what Kate had to say about this great city:

boomtown winner

The very first sentence, in fact, makes me grin from ear to ear. And she could not be more right...

I love the diversity... the promise... and the joy I get from Tulsa.

Me too, Katy! Me too. Email me your address and I'll get you your print :)

Thank you everyone for sharing why you love Tulsa! All of your responses make me proud to call this place home.

downtown tulsa. Pin It

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Just keep looking up.

Lately, I can't get enough of this Oklahoma sky. I find myself looking up and being amazed.

But I don't mind so much.

It keeps my heart hopeful and my soul alive with wonder.

looking up.

looking up.

looking up.

looking up. Pin It

Friday, July 16, 2010

Boomtown Tees & a FREE Giveaway!

Well, it's Friday! This has been one long week I must say. Anyone else feel like that? If so, I'm hoping this will brighten your day.

See, there's this amazing pizza place downtown called Joe Momma's. You know the one.

And the fabulous owner of Joe Momma's just opened a little store right next door called Boomtown Tees. And it is equally as magical.

boomtown tees

They sell original t-shirts that are Tulsa and Oklahoma related. Basically they just rock.

boomtown tees

Are you serious with that Turkey Mountain shirt? I'm dying.

boomtown tees

The color in this place makes my heart smile. Even the floor comes alive!

boomtown tees

boomtown tees

I also might like that my polaroid prints of neon signs have found a home. It's like they are right where they belong. Unless of course you think they belong in your home because you can buy them here if you so desire :)

boomtown tees

They also have vintage tees. Looking through this stash is like walking down memory lane. You should try it.

boomtown tees

boomtown tees

boomtown tees

There they are again!
boomtown tees

This is Jansen. He bought the Turkey Mountain shirt.
boomtown tees

He also actually had this wallet for awhile. But he kept thinking it was a piece of paper and would throw it away! So beware if you choose to buy this stylish thing.
boomtown tees

This is my hottie. He actually modeled these glasses for me. And that my friends, never happens. He likes this place too.

boomtown tees

boomtown tees

I'm jut really excited about this red wall. I can't help it.

boomtown tees

This place is a perfect combination of quirky and vintage and just plain fun. If you know Blake Ewing, you know this place reflects him to a tee. Ha! I love stupid puns.

boomtown tees

boomtown tees

boomtown tees

And this random kid just happens to be pimping Erin Conrad Photography. She's got style, that's for sure.

boomtown tees

So in honor of how excited I am that downtown keeps getting cooler and cooler...
boomtown tees

I'm offering a FREE print of this neon sign polaroid to one of my readers.

neon signs: erin sees tulsa

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you love about Tulsa! And you don't have to live here. I'd love to hear from anyone!

I'll announce the winner on Monday so get to thinking...

And happy, happy Friday! Pin It

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Erin Sees Tulsa.

First of all, I'd like to say that posting at TDT is a highlight of my week. It's a fun project that I get to do for me and then share with you. I hope you find it interesting and educational, but if you don't, at least I hope you find it a nice little diversion to your Thursday routine.

erin sees tulsa.

Today's post is all about documenting what you see in one downtown block.

Come say hi! Pin It

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Stephen & Hoa: Family Portraits

Stephen and Hoa have been married for five years and I would venture to say they are more in love now than ever before. I was thrilled to be a part of documenting their story and when they explained that "family portraits" meant the two of them plus their four dogs, I was even more ecstatic. A dog person myself, I understand what it's like to have a four legged baby.

Meet my new friends. All six of them.

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

Family portrait, indeed.
stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

And this right here is just plain fabulous.
stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits

stephen & hoa: family portraits Pin It