Jumping on the film train!

I have been playing around with digital photography since 2017 and just a few months—a few months—ago did I find out my mom was pretty sure she still had her film camera from when she was 18…

So, I asked her to find it because I wanted to try it and naturally totally forgot about it. But then, she surprised me by bringing it to my apartment and I was absolutely stoked.

Flash forward a couple weeks to when I visited my parents and actually got to use the camera because I wanted to use it with them and needed to get film. (Yeah, didn’t plan that very well.)

Either way, it was a lot of fun. I don’t think I’ll ever use film for professional sessions (I take way too many photos for that), but I do think it’ll be fun to bring out during parties and other social gatherings.

For now, here are a few of my favs from the “test roll”.

For reference I used:
Canon AE-1 Program film camera
Kodak Ultramax 400 film


I know very little about film, but I’m excited to play around with different films (over a long period of time because expensive). If anyone has any tips, tricks, or suggestions on film photography in general, let me know!




Family Helps

I’m home for with weekend with my camera. Got around to a state park with my parents and I’m feeling refreshed.

I’m moving at the end of the month and then photography will be back into focus. For now, enjoy some wintery post-polar vortex photos!

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Thank you for reading!



My Photography Journey

…starts now.

I’m about to take a big ol’ step into the unknown! This weekend I have plans (with the help of my momma) to set up the basics of a photography business. Basically, we’re going to set up a website, Facebook page, Instagram (I’m transitioning my personal), business cards, and contract.

The legal stuff—we’ll worry about a little later. It’ll be a process to learn all about it, but we’ve got to start somewhere!

What I’m most excited about (other than the actual photography) is crafting a nice brand, specifically on Instagram. That’s a little basic, but visuals are my favorite. I’m planning on post three photos from each photoshoot, so I get a row going for each in my feed.

Here’s a little sneak peek on what one row could look like (featuring my friends Mr. and Mrs. Boike)!


I’ll be blogging through this journey and hopefully as I’m learning, I can be teaching, as well. Not only about photography, but about pursuing a dream and turning it into a goal, and then an accomplished goal.

Here we go.



Five Years

This weekend I’m home for my good friends’ wedding. (You will see more of that later.) Not only is it a special time for them, but also the bride’s older sister and husband who celebrate their five year anniversary. They asked for some pictures and we got it done in less than an hour!

We took photos at a place where I got my senior pictures done, haha, but it’s one of the most fairytale places in our small town. Here’s a few favorites, as well as a couple landscape because I can’t help myself.



Happy five years, Kristi and Sean!

Also, huge shoutout for the bride-to-be herself, Kayla, for tagging along as my assistant! 😉

Now off to a weekend full of love and fun!


TBT | Mother’s Day

In honor of honoring my momma on Sunday, this week’s throwback is a few pictures of her (and baby me) being awesome!

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  1. My mom as a kid.
  2. My mom holding a chubby baby. 😉
  3. My mom holding a crabby baby.

I can only laugh at that last one. I probably wanted food.



TBT | Kool-Aid

Bringing my favorite college pastime on Instagram to my blog: throwback Thursdays!

This weeks photo includes my dad and I, cozy in a chair. If you look real close you can see a nice red line below my mouth. According to my mother, because I drank so much Kool-Aid (I remember lots of black cherry), she got so used to my mouth looking like that, she forget to wipe it off for pictures.

Thanks, Ma. 😉

Also, the picture haphazardly taped to the wall in the left corner was there for a multitude of pictures, including some nice family pictures. I was clearly an artist!







Canada Cabin

Tomorrow is April, which means it’s almost May, which means it’s almost Memorial Day, which means Canada cabin time!

Spring fever is in full force (still) and we just got like three inches of snow…

Here’s some fav shots of last Memorial Day weekend at my family cabin.

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and one more obnoxious, slightly unattractive “first fish of the weekend” pic!

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