Why do I take photos?

A lot of people say these days to put your phone down and be in the moment.

I get it.

But why can’t I also take a few pictures to help preserve the moment—like it only takes a very tiny portion of the entire moment.

Photography wraps creativity, joy, and hardwork all in one. I mean, what’s better than that?

 

cheers,

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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!

Cheers,

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Winter in Nature

Take a walk through nature and you’ll feel renewed and relaxed. It seems like we have snow for most the year here in MN, however, if you brave the cold (and bundle up), nature is just as beautiful and refreshing.

 

 

For more photography and nice photos to look at—check out my Insta!

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Cheers,

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Ups and Downs of December

Since I’m not always the most organized, I like to create these photo posts to not only look back at the time I wasn’t organized enough to post anything, but also to look back at the time like a scrapbook.

December was full of love and loss. My cousin got married (and I photographed it!), we lost my grandma (who made it home for Christmas in heaven with my grandpa), my Harry Potter obsession renewed with a delirious attempt at a 3D puzzle of Diagon Alley, and my older brother came up with a quirky Christmas card idea.

I’m emotionally exhausted to say the least, but feel fortunate for the joy and peace I found in December.

 

Cheers and happy holidays to you!

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Sneaky Skyline

A good photo tip (no matter what you’re using to take it) is to take different angles of the same subject. No need to completely switch the angle either. With the two photos below, I only needed to step a few feet away to get the difference!

Two completely different shots—minimal effort.

I also think it looks like I could have done some fancy photoshop add-ins with the trees and branches and blurred the background, but trust me—that’s a bit too much work for me. 😉

 

Anyway, it snowed here this week, so I’m trying to draw out fall with as many old photos as I can.

On the bright side- the Gophers just beat Penn State and are still undefeated!


 

For more of my photography, follow my Instagram!

 

Cheers!

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Mississippi Walking

 

Took a stroll along the beaches of the Mississippi River here in Saint Paul, MN. The sand was soft and clean. Many families were hanging out fishing and of course, I saw a few boats cruise by.

 

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I just love flowers, okay?

Hello, beautiful people!

I took a break. You probably didn’t notice, but I noticed and it was a little frustrating, but also nice, which makes life decisions hard, but here we are again.

To start off actually scheduling posts again, I present you with even more flowers. I got a new lens, visited my aunt and uncle and their plants, and boy, color me happy!

I, of course, spent a little time editing these, but barely because the colors were there and thriving. It was awesome.

 

Someday, I will get my shit together with my photography website, but if you are interested in any prints, please message me!

I don’t know when I’ll revamp things because I’m also on track to starting querying my book this fall (fingers crossed) and that’ll be a whole other stress load because I don’t know what I’m doing and I start coaching dance next week for a couple of months.

I’m exciting for everything to come, but I also have no attention span, so…

 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope these beauties brightened up your day!

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Framing Your Photos

One of the things I like to do with photography is to take “boring” scenes or items and make them work for a photo. I’m by no means a professional photographer, but I do have three things I think about when “there’s nothing interesting around”.

1. Always remember the tried and true rule of thirds. It’s simple, but obviously works. I’m a fan of shifting things to the left or right, but I occasionally (like the tree below) like to showcase something front and center. The reason I think this photo works is because the sky in the top third and the super green brush in the bottom third. It gives the photo layers that are still somewhat using that method. That being said, use the rule of thirds as a guideline not a rule. 😉

2. Texture! The photo below is of a large tree with lots of brush next to a shed in my parents backyard—definitely nothing outstanding. The reason I like it is all of the texture the leaves provide (specially after a good contrast-y edit). I was challenging myself with this shot and I think it kind of worked!

3. Shifting focus is my last tip. Originally, I had wanted to focus on the plant in the corner of the deck for this shot, but because autofocus doesn’t really listen ever, it focused on the partially hidden dragonfly piece my mom had hanging off a plant hanger, as well as the front of the railing post. I agree, it’s a weird thing to focus on, but I ended up liking of soft blur of the background taking over most of the photo and here we are. Taking the same photo, but focusing on something different each time is a great way to get great shots.

 

Like I said earlier, I’m not a professional and I honestly don’t know what I’m doing sometimes, but I love photography, so maybe these tips will help you love it, too!

 

Thanks for reading!

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Red

“Like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all…”

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So I know it’s summer, but I had to include these photos in the throwback week alongside a little T-Swift action (her song Red is always a dream).

The top red leaves photo is hands down one of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken. (Looks great as a print, too!)

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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