a fresh start

i love new years day!

it always feels so bright, so optimistic, so new and fresh.

we started this year at the coast. Seaside—again—just like last year, yet so different.

Cal and I decided Astoria was more scenic… therefore, better for photography. What else would I have in mind on the sunny, first day of the year beside photography?

I mean… you have to start it off right… right?

We ended up climbing the Astoria column. It was a first for me. It was quite gorgeous. You could see all of Astoria from up there. 164 steps up in the sky.

And I had two awesome photo assistants. Cal gave me a boost to take a couple shots that weren’t easy for a woman of my stature (Hey! I’m only 4’11”, folks. The best shots are sometimes above my head!) and his son, Josh, excitedly peeled all of these apart for me.

Once the sun set, we headed home. Oh 2012, you started perfectly!

These shots were taken with my Polaroid 101 using Fuji Peel-apart film. You can see a few more shots from this adventure that I took with my Mamiya here and here.

Happy friday, friends!

the best kind of mail

Last week, I got a new camera in the mail. My awesome friend Emily texted me awhile back asking me if I wanted a Polaroid 101 and I immediately responded with a YES!!!

While I knew it was coming, I was so excited when I opened the box it came in. It’s a lovely machine, in amazing condition, with the original instruction manual. I immediately posted this photo on instagram cause I just had to share my excitement.

And I started to take it apart to see what I needed to do to get it working and how to work it (the manual was a big help). I quickly learned I needed a new battery, which the internet claimed difficult to find. So I put a call out to my photo friends and found out that I could get the battery at almost any photo store in town (whew!) or I could get it modified to take 3 AA’s (also locally). I love my photo friends, they’re all so helpful. So off I went to get supplies… and here are my best shots from my first pack of film through the camera.

I started shooting almost immediately after leaving Pro Photo Supply. Seriously, folks, I could barely contain myself and I was excited to see what this baby could do!

This last one I took in the afternoon the following day. It turned out nothing like I was hoping for but I still like it. I have to learn the limits of this new tool and this is how you do it.

What I did learn from this pack of film is that it’s a great camera and it’s in amazing shape. The colors in the film are so vibrant, the focus is lovely. I can’t wait to put another pack through it.

A huge thank you to my dear friend Emily. This is one of the best gifts I have ever received.


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I love black & white film. It makes any modern-day photo look like it’s from a different era. Every time I shoot it I wonder why I don’t shoot with it more often. I think this winter will hold many more moments with this specific film.

Happy friday, folks! Have a lovely weekend. October has been a whirlwind for me. Hoping things slow down a bit in November.

Detroit Dam | October 25, 2011 | Polaroid Colorpack II | FP-3000B

august tenth

Last weekend we went camping near the most beautiful lake I have ever seen. Oh my, the color of it! Each corner we rounded was another “Wow!”

I can’t wait to go back.

Greenpeter Lake | August 6, 2011 | Polaroid Colorpack II | Fuji FP-100C

august fifth

I think I’ve developed a peel-apart film addiction. I can’t decide if I like borders or not on instant photos. Ha, I’m a flip-floper! What do you guys think?

Skibowl East | July 29, 2011 | Polaroid Colorpack II | Fuji FP100-C