Sometimes a simple black and white portrait session is enough to set your heart ablaze. For a while there I was feeling burned out on black and white images. I thought that color images were really where my heart and soul were. But oh my, was I wrong. Don’t get me wrong. I love color film—it’s a big part of my creative vision, but black and white can tell a story that color cannot. It leaves so much more to the imagination— it’s more of a whisper than a shout. For this shoot, MD and I channeled our inner Jeff Goldblum and Cole Sprouse and Nico Tortorella. And let me tell you— it worked. Also, MD is a really fantastic assistant, so when I get nervous and make weird mistakes that are 100% avoidable and very DUH, they are there to make me feel competent and confident again. I have known them for more than 10 years now (which is crazy to think about). They are a really good friend and I’m grateful I get to be their go to photographer.
I had the pleasure of joining the atxGALS last night at TOMS on South Congress for their Summer Art Party! atxGALS is a group of women on a mission to empower local female artists and give them a platform to stand on (all while also supporting local non-profits that are aimed at promoting women’s rights and women’s equality). They’re a pretty amazing organization and I was blown away to be invited to attend. Not to mention— they also throw a pretty killer party.
The featured artists at last night’s event were Neena Buxani , Abby Ruston , Allie Eileen , Ella Nilsson , Kristin Moore , Monica Ceniceros , and Whitney Avra . I am floored by these ladies and their talents. All of the heart eyes forever and ever and ever and ever!!!
I will always have a soft spot for 35 mm photos. These days I think of them more as point and shoot— snap shot type images as I like to use medium format or digital for bigger projects. But sometimes snapshots are the most fun. And of course, snapshot doesn’t necessarily mean poorly composed or uninteresting— just that it was snapped in the moment. A “love at first sight” type shot. An image for posterity. A friend of mine reminded me recently that it is important to have a good balance of reverence and fun in all things you do. To not take things so seriously all the time. It was a great reminder for my day to day but also creatively. 35 mm does just that for me.
I recently purchased an on camera flash for my Nikon FE and have been playing around with a more snapshot look. I can tell you, I’m really loving the results and it has inspired a much larger project for the coming year.
I can’t wait to share it all with you.
Had a quiet morning shoot with Jenny in her living room yesterday. It was a lovely way to start a rainy weekend.