Some Instagram Favorites

 

A few of my favorite Instagram pics from the past few weeks! See more on my websiteImageImageImage

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From the Archives: New York on Film

Recently I’ve been going back through my portfolio and all of my other work to find content for my new website. I stumbled upon some scans from a roll of film I shot a few summers ago in New York. Working with film is a nice break from the digital aspects of photography that I find myself getting caught up in, the ability to snap away without any thought is so easy with digital cameras now. I like that film forces me to be more thoughtful and selective with the images I take, its a nice change of pace. 

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What is Home?

I had the privilege to grow up in the same house for 23 years. For the past 5 years or so I have also lived in Richmond, splitting my time between Warrenton, where I grew up, and this amazing city that I now also consider home. 

This past January my family moved to a new house, which is still in Warrenton, but just a lot bigger. I don’t really feel as if this new place is “home”, perhaps because I’ve really only been there for short amounts of time, a night here, a weekend there. 

The house is still in a transition of sorts. Some rooms are more furnished than others, the living room, the kitchen. However some places in the house are still empty, with a piece of furniture here and there. There are still traces of the previous family, curtains left behind, their old table, picture hooks all over the place. 

Some of these things left behind give you an idea of the way a room was used before. For example, my room has striped curtains, and a joker hat light switch plate. A circus like theme perfect for a young child’s room.

Slowly these remnants of before are being replaced with my family’s own mark. Slowly this house is becoming home.

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I’ve been looking back at the posts in this blog, and came across one where I was writing about graduating back in August. I wrote of continuing to blog and take photographs, and then only sporadically updated…my blog posts have been lacking, and I feel bad about that. Life just got super busy around December.

I think I’ve come to the conclusion that I really shouldn’t be working two jobs at once, at least, not two retail jobs. One is enough for me. I was working so much I had no time to take pictures. No time to even work on any personal projects or even to try and start to set up a business. After I was let go/fired from Richmond Camera, I  spent a lot of time reflecting upon the past 5 months or so. I was working way too much to the point of not having any personal time, like I said above, I didn’t even hardly have time to breathe. I think I was starting to lose myself actually, now that I look back. The closest thing I was doing that was even distantly related to the degree I graduated with was selling cameras, and helping old people choose the photos that they wanted to print from a kiosk. I wasn’t even making any of my own work, just looking at everyone else’s photographs of their flower beds and their dogs.

Once I was done beating myself up trying to figure out the reasons why I was let go from my second job, I decided that I really needed to get back into what I want to do in the first place, which is to take pictures. I’ve made a list of things I want to do and need to do to have a rewarding career and life.

It’s a slow process, but I’m starting to work on finding myself again.

Some old studio work

These were from my studio classes, I photographed these objects on a plexiglass shooting table with two gelled strobes, one underneath the table, and one behind the table shooting through the white plexi. For some images I just used the modeling light, others I used the strobes and got more intense colors. I often choose two contrasting colors to gel lights with. I found that metallic and glass objects worked the best for this work.

Autumn Wings

I love these awesome gourds! I live around the corner from a pumpkin patch, and they had these fantastic things, 5 for $3. Naturally I thought they would make for a great photo project, so I picked up a couple of interesting looking ones, some even look like birds! I have also been playing around with photoshop actions with these as well, what do you all think?

 

Tybee Island, GA

I’m sure some people are familiar with Tybee Island as the place where Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth came and filmed The Last Song a few years ago, but there is definitely a lot more to the island than what was shown in the film. I went to the Tybee Lighthouse, which is one of a few 18th century lighthouses still in operation today. It was pretty early when I went there, around 8, and the light was fantastic on the beach and on the lighthouse. Afterwards I found my way to the beach, which was beautiful. There were these wooden bench swings every few feet down the beach, which would make for a great place for an engagement shoot or something similar I’m sure! I had heard there was  great breakfast spot on Tybee called The Breakfast Club, however I did not get the chance to eat there this time. I’d love to go back again during beach season. I got the feeling it was much more of a family oriented beach town, as opposed to Ocean City which is way more of a party beach town. Each has their own charm.