tiny beautiful things

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People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
―Iris Murdoch

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photographs made during a wander around Astoria in earlier this month | canon 30d | 28mm

the portland tram

Back during spring break, Cal, Josh & I went for a ride on the Portland tram. It was the first time for all of us. It was fun, an little excursion. I had also never been to OHSU’s campus on the hill before, it’s really beautiful up there. We were blessed with a gorgeous sunny day in March.

Here are a couple images I made along the way with my Polaroid Spectra and some Impossible Project PZ680 film.



See you next week!

it’s tulip time!

hey there.

let’s get back to film shots, shall we? i just realized my last two posts were digital photography, which don’t get me wrong, is totally awesome. but film has my heart. i prefer to shoot it, but i can shoot any camera really {I mean that in the least conceded way possible}.

a couple weeks ago i spent an evening at the wooden shoe tulip festival with a couple of my very talented photo friends (katie and danielle). it was a gorgeous night, but also very chilly. i am so glad i went. the light was ah-mazing! it was so cold it took most of the ride home for me to warm up again.

today i am sharing my instant photos from that evening. i took some 35mm and some hassy shots too but we will save those for another time. it’s good to stretch out the tulip bounty a bit, it’s just so much pretty. and it’s good to save a bit of color for the dreary days. {in Oregon, there are always dreary days ahead}

*before you go on, may I ask one favor? Each photo, please pause and give them a second. Give them your full attention for that second. Don’t just scroll through. Really look at them. Think of it like a museum exhibit. Thank you for visiting. And for giving each images it’s due.*


the wood bordered shots above are the impossible project PX680 american woods edition made with my polaroid 600 // the shots in-between them are fujifilm peel apart film FP-100c made with my hasselblad 500c/m.


these last four were made with the impossible project PX70 and my sx-70. this was with the film dial set to the middle. i was a bit disappointed at first cause they are so washed out but i’ve learned to love them. 


they are more like paintings of what the tulip fields would look like in a dream.

this last shot here… definitely a fave. 

thanks for visiting. see you again next week.

putting the sun in sunday

i took these all last sunday.

you see, i had heard that morning that my twin baby nephew’s had just been born. i wasn’t able to go visit them until the next day so i decided to head out and enjoy the january sunshine.

one hour later, one phone call with my other sister-in-law (we gushed about the babies, anxious to meet our sweet new nephews), and a roll of ektar 100 later, i headed home.

i was happy with myself for seizing the moment and enjoying the sun on that chilly afternoon.

this first one is my new car! i love it.

it was still frosty out, even at 2:30 p.m.




can you believe all this sunshine? in january? amazing.



the frost, however, is very timely. it IS january after all.


i just spent this evening, scanning these babies on my new scanner. not sure i did as good as the lab but oh well. it’s fun to see the images come to life this way and to have such control.

i hope your sunday night is just as lovely as mine. see you next week!

january 20, 2013 // mamiya c33 // 55mm lens // kodak ektar 100 // pushed to 400

lost lake

over memorial day weekend, we (Cal, me, my older brother Tyson, and his wife Emily) decided to kick off the summer right with an impromptu camping trip. we decided to go to wahtum lake but got two miles away and came across a huge snowdrift. there was now way we were making it through that, especially considering a guy with a 4WD truck was stuck. Cal and Ty help the guy get unstuck and then we headed back the way we came. we had seen signs for Lost Lake on our way up so we decided to take the back way there.

We got lost a couple of time, taking different logging roads then came across another huge snow drift… geez… not having much luck. we headed back and found the correct way to Lost Lake. so after about three hours (it was supposed to be two) and a lot of windy roads we found ourself at a lake and we got our camping on!

this was my first time to lost lake and i have to tell you, while it was very cold, it was also very very beautiful. the lake is surrounded by old growth trees. the ground is actually make up of dead old growth trees. they just let them fall and decay and they become a rather cushy forest floor.

you know me… i always come prepared with many cameras. this trip i brought three and my phone. these photos are taken with my phone and later in the post, with my dslr. i really like the photos i got with my dslr. a reminder to use it more this summer. these two below i haven’t got the film back yet but i will… soon! i can’t wait!

anyway… back to the trip. that evening, after setting up camp, we went for along the lake. isn’t this path gorgeous. this alone makes me want to go back. it goes on and on and on…

oh and we had to make a trip to the lost lake store for some firewood and came across this adorable scene.

before we left, Cal and I bought fishing licenses… you know, just in case. we brought all the necessary tools to do the job too. so the next morning, after a very cold night, we decided to give it a go.

i adore morning fog and clear clean lakes. we had a great time and started catching fish fairly quickly.

within an hour and a half, we caught 9 (!) fish. it was a lot of fun.

Cal got to work cleaning them up. He’s quite handy. :-D

this was the stream he cleaned them in. isn’t it lovely?

Norah, my brother’s dog, was very excited to see us fishing.

Isn’t she adorable?

Nothing better then catching your breakfast. We ate like kings and queens.

It was a great time. It’s amazing what you can fit in during just one overnight camping trip. It really felt like we got away. I am really excited for this summer and our future adventures. I hope to share more of them with you here.

Thanks for visiting!

april 4 {366}

I am backlogged on my 366 project.

Mainly because there are a handful of days (and growing) where one photo doesn’t sum it up. A series of photos does… so that means I need to write some blog posts. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. But I love the idea of it more than the reality. Blogging takes time… I can’t just post a picture and run (that’s what Flickr is for). I need (and want) to tell a story. It may be a primarily visual story but still, it should almost always have some words to go with it. Then there is the downsizing of photos… it’s just hard to fit this stuff in. I’m not complaining… I’m sure many of you go through this same thing. I guess I just wanted to talk about the nitty-gritty of it all. And maybe offer up an excuse for my absence. I probably don’t need one. I could probably just post and run, right?

I guess this is a snippet of my internal tug-a-war, really.

Anyway, let’s get on to the pretty pictures, shall we?

These were my top two photo choices for April 4. I remember feeling a giddiness this afternoon leaving work… cause I took the following day off during the week just for myself. I had a bunch of errands to take care of but it still felt like a treat. The chance to sleep in on an odd thursday… total luxury.

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I just started shooting Spectra this year and I have to say I really love it. I have been lucky to find a handful of old Polaroid softtone film and I am really having fun with it.

In the end, I chose the top photo because I feel like I take too many flower photos in my 366. It needs some more variety… I am sure it will evolve over the year but right now… my photos are very flower heavy. Understandably, I think since it IS spring right now.

More soon! Have a lovely day!

inspired by

Hi there. Thanks for stopping by today! I know how valuable your time is and I appreciate that you’re spending a bit of it here with me.

Today, I want to do something a little different. I want to share a couple of folks whose blogs inspire me. Two folks, in particular, that inspired me to start this blog as they are fantastic photographers and their blog formats really resonated with me. I love stories but I am really in love with visual stories right now and they are both experts at that.

abby try again :: Abby recently moved to from Portland to Austin and the shift in her photos has been so fun to watch. There has always been a warmth and vibrancy to her images but lately they are even more vibrant. Must be that Texas sunshine! I love seeing the world through her eyes.

the blue hour :: Bryan Ferry, once lived in NYC but currently lives in London … I didn’t start following his blog until right around the time he moved but I quickly became a frequent visitor. He lives the type of life I can get behind—one full of fine food, visiting friends, beautiful light, and taking mini-trips to the seaside or into Europe. He sometimes share tunes and bits of inspiration.

They are both use film pretty much exclusively. I really love that. My appreciation for film over digital grows almost daily. It feel so much more meaningful to me… even the out-takes … and believe me there are so many fewer out-takes. Film makes me stop and think and, in a world that sometimes seems to be rushing by me, it’s so refreshing.

I hope you’re having a lovely day.