I madly love horses, they are so beautiful and elegant. One day when I buy my dream farm I will get a couple of my own. Here are some 35mm film photos I have taken of some horses in Floyd and Blacksburg over the past year or so. A few of these are available as prints in my print shop if you are interested [so are a couple of zebra prints]. I don’t update the print shop very often, but if you see something that I post on here that you would like to see as a print, let me know and I will get it formatted and uploaded for you.
I still had a lot more snow photos to share than what I included in the first Snow Days blog post. All that nice fluffy snow and it almost completely melted away by the next day. Poor Ray the snowman outside of Squires on campus looked a little stressed out as patches of grass started show through the snow around him. Since we finally got that substantial amount of snow that I wanted, I welcome spring with open arms and with temperatures in the 70s this week, hopefully it is officially here already. I can’t wait to get my garden started!
Even though we had a warm week, when the day of our session rolled around all of a sudden we were given a rude reminder by mother nature that was, in fact, still winter. We were all shivering like crazy through a snowy tea party, but we made it through somehow! Meet sisters, A and C – whispering secrets, loving their mom, pulling each other along in an old Radio Flier wagon, enjoying a tea party despite the snow, and playing with bubbles on a snowy Sunday in March.
This might sound a bit silly, but I have no idea what to title this post. When I was first approached by Laura and she mentioned the word “fiance” I instantly thought engagement photos. After a couple follow up e-mails I found out she wanted more of a focus on the animals (their two dogs and their horse Jackson). Once I arrived it ended up being more like two hours of me indulging in the company of many horses which are one of my favorite animals, but I almost never get a chance to be up close to them. Laura was surprised by my willingness to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures, but I assured her it was out of child-like ignorance that I walked straight up and put a camera into their faces and started petting them and not from experience. Horses probably kick people like me and sit on them for not knowing better than to stand back, luckily that was not my experience at all! One did nibble on my fingers a bit, but I am pretty sure that it is because she liked me as much as I liked her. So big thank you Laura for inviting me out to spend an enjoyable, unseasonably warm winter afternoon to take your engagement photographs, pet photographs, and/or horse photographs, I had an amazing time!
A couple weekends ago we finally got the snow storm that I had been praying for all winter long. We bundled up my son, packed up my 35mm Canon Elan IIe and went for a walk around the neighborhood. I didn’t end up taking any digital photos during the snow so I had my fingers crossed that the photos would come out alright and thankfully they did! You never know what you might end up with when you are using expired film. This is part 1 of 2. There were too many to share in one post. I think the last shot with the icicles hanging from the snowy swings is my favorite.
Meet Baby R at 9 days old. I did some family/maternity portraits for her mom not too long ago, but she was the star of this photo shoot! Lets see, baby R’s mom brought lots of adorable little goodies along for her shoot so I’m going to try to make sure I cover all my bases on where things came from. The blue ruffle bloomers and headband are from Sweet Show Bowtique; the brown and blue cocoon and headband were from Sew Sweet; pink sock monkey hat and sock monkey (and the lace wraps from the crying photo) are from Karly’s Kloset; and the tutu with matching brown and pink headband are from tutucutiebows.
A couple weekends ago I had the opportunity to do a creative shoot with Megan who I met through Model Mayhem a couple of years ago. In fact, my favorite photo that I have ever taken was of Megan underwater [click here to view it]. It was really cold outside and even with multiple layers on we were both about to freeze to death. With such dramatic makeup I wasn’t sure how to edit the photos, so I had to go dramatic with the editing too and paired each photo up to give it an outer space/star struck feel. Did I mention there was snow that day? Sure it melted within a couple of hours and it was nothing like we got over this past weekend, but I feel like it is worth a mention because I had been praying hard for snow.
Meet adorable Mr. Baby N at 7 days old, Big Brother B, and their loving parents. Baby N was such a sweetheart, he loved snuggling up in my sheep pelt, it was so cozy. I loved Big Brother N’s red sweather with elbow patches, I have one that’s very similar actually.
About a year and a half ago I did a film swap with Karly after seeing the Double Exposures: A DIY Project That Brings Friends Together post on Photojojo. First I shot a roll of expired Kodak 400 film through my Holga 135, wound most of it back up in the film canister then handed it off to Karly to shoot a second exposure over top of it with her Nikon N80. In many of the photos her SLR camera dominated over my toy camera’s exposures since Holga is pretty much hit or miss and the Nikon actually has a light meter. We got quite a few photos that mixed together and made some really dreamy effects. My favorite by far is the first one pictured in this blog post.
I’ve talked it over with Karly and I’m excited that we have decided to give the whole film swap project another try once spring rolls around. This time I think we’ll do a little planning on having a theme beforehand now that we have a good idea of what type of results to expect.
Meet Baby J and the rest of his gorgeous little family! Last weekend we fought through the cold and a little bit of rain to take some pictures at the duck pond on the Virginia Tech campus. Even though the weather wasn’t great and little Mr. J had been awakened from a nice car nap to take pictures, he was still in excellent spirits. Being relatively new to the area, it was the familie’s first trip to the duck pond and Baby J was a huge fan. He thought his mom’s homemade cinnamon raisin bread was a little too yummy for ducks and ate some for himself.