Monthly Archives: October 2011
I spent a beautiful afternoon with Judy, Richard and Naomi on the Occidental College campus in Eagle Rock a few weeks ago. Umm, Naomi is the cutest little thing I’ve ever seen! Look at those cheeks!! Judy and Richard adopted her from Korea, and the last photo is of the first photo they ever saw of her. I can easily imagine it was love at first sight.
Exactly 3 years ago (whaaaa??? time flies!), I longed for the California wilderness and light. I remedied the situation by bringing myself, Andy and Ashley to the Lost Coast. We frolicked through the wilderness together, and at that time, their love was brand new, and full of possibility. And now, they are getting married! And so! We braved the wilderness together, once again, this time in San Dimas, where I grew up. Shooting in Bonelli Park with these two lovely and gorgeous folks is WHY I moved to Cali. It looks like we are in the jungle! But we were only a few miles from home. The dear friends, the weather, the light, the color, the unwieldy and slightly treacherous landscape were everything a hobbling pregnant girl with a bag full of film, hiking through the woods could ask for.
Ahhh yes, life. As always it’s crazy. It’s crazy even when you are not pregnant, even when you didn’t move across the country, even when you don’t have to get a driver’s license, apply for insurance and find a midwife. It’s crazy, just because it’s wedding season, and I’m a (increasingly pregnant) girl wandering the world with out a real home to cling to at the moment. That is, other than my beloved husbone. But he’s got his own crazy schedule to deal with.
And so I haven’t had the time to blog about all the wonderful things I’m so excited about! One of them was having Cailen and Sean’s UH-MAYZING wedding in France appear on Grace Ormonde’s wedding blog. I’m kind of overwhelmingly thrilled by this, I am such a fan of her opulent, elegant Wedding Style magazine and feeling so thankful and excited to be up on her blog!
Life is easier on film. I break out my film camera, and people look in wonder, like, wow, you must be a REAL photographer. But we film shooters have a dirty little secret. Shooting film is easier. I shoot, the lab does their magic, and all the work is done. No photoshop required. It’s more expensive, but my quality of life is improved. And then everything else in the world I have to do with my images becomes easier because I don’t have to edit anything. Rich hues, balanced contrast, soft palettes are the standard. Once the photograph is captured, my work is mostly done. I’m slowly making the transition here to shooting ALL film. It’s a little nerve wracking. My 5d Mark II serves as addicting training wheels. I mean, even the JPG’s coming out of my camera are pretty nice, and mostly untouched anyway. And it’s always nice to be able to hold onto something while the film goes on a field trip to the lab, though in my heart of hearts I know that holding on to the digital side of things is only as important as you make it. We all survived in the world a very long time before our fingers started doing the talking.
In the meantime, I’m super excited to honor my love of film and all things analog in this project I’m doing with my dear Husband Andy Bean of the Two Man Gentlemen Band! They’ll be recording, producing, designing and printing their next album the old fashioned way – no computers allowed, and I’ll be doing the film photography! We won’t even be scanning the film onto the computer! How will we do it?? I have NO IDEA! But we’ll make it happen! Except of course for fundraising. So please! Head on down to The Gent’s Kickstarter Page and make a donation and help us figure it out!
And if you happen to not know much about the other half of the Bean family, here’s what we’ve gotten ourselves into (by the way, they do weddings :)):
I know I know. I’m married to a smokin’ geeetar player.
And to watch one of the best kickstarter videos I’ve ever seen, look no further!