I met up with little Mr. C and his parents Sunday for a little Mother’s Day portrait session. It was a gorgeous morning at the Virginia Tech Duck Pond with a lot of ducks, geese, and baby ducks who were very hungry for the pieces of bread that he had for them to enjoy. He enjoyed feeding them just as much as they enjoyed the bread, especially when the white duck ate a piece of bread right out of his hand! The whole family had amazing coordinated outfits, I loved C’s little blue and yellow plaid shorts.
“Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.” – Marsha Norman
Back when Kirsten was in town, I finally had the opportunity to take more photos for my Bookish series. It feels like forever since I took any photos towards this project, it’s hard to believe the last time I took any photos for it was back in October! Most of these photos were taken around the Virginia Tech campus.
These photos and the ones from earlier in the series are available in the Bookish section of my print shop as photo prints and note cards if you are interested!
Meet Suzie and Charlotte, two lovely ladies who will be graduating this spring with their MBAs from Virginia Tech. We met up last weekend early in the morning (yes I do consider 10am early, but only on weekends) in front of Burruss Hall to take a few quick graduation photos around campus. We were not expecting it to be an orientation weekend, but luckily we missed the crowds pouring out of Burruss by a few minutes and got to take advantage of the lovely Virginia Tech banner up on the building.
Introducing the gorgeous miss Rachel and her senior portraits. Rachel is a junior this year and will be graduating from Blacksburg High School as part of the class of 2013. I’m so excited to say that this was my first senior portrait session and I look forward to doing more! We had so much fun running around downtown Blacksburg and the Virginia Tech campus despite the dreary weather, it sprinkled the entire time we were out taking photos. The cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the overcast weather gave us perfect lighting for senior portraits. Rachel had never had Cook Out before her senior portrait session and I had never heard where the phrase YOLO actually came from so thank you Rachel for bringing me up to speed! And now a little bit of Q&A with Rachel so you can get to know my first senior rep:
If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be? Lady Gaga, she’s such an inspiration to people of almost all ages.
What’s your strangest talent? I’m really good at picking things up with my feet? Haha awkward…
Do you have any strange phobias? I’m DEATHLY afraid of balloons. No joke, they give me panic attacks.
Favorite band? I don’t think I have one, I listen to every kind of music there is.
Favorite movie? I’m a sixteen year old girl… I’ll give you one guess; You win! The Notebook. Haha that movie’s beautiful.
Favorite quote? #YOLO!
Favorite kind of ice cream? Vanilla bean.
Favorite thing to do in Blacksburg? Hang out downtown with the local vagrants, get coffee at Bollo’s and hang out with the folks in SheSha.
Do you believe in karma? Probably too much. I always have, even before I understood the complete concept.
Who is your celebrity crush? Ryan Gosling, anyone from the Stones, or even weirder, Martin Short back in like ’85.
Do you have a collection of anything? Toenail clippings (jokes). I don’t collect anything significant.
Do you like the smell of gasoline? No, I don’t like it. I LOVE it.
Are you wearing socks right now? Nope. Not now, not never.
What is your favorite word? Irrelevant.
My idea of a perfect date: Anything fun, depends on if you’ve been with the person for long. First date; something to make me like you and give off a good impression. Date night when we’re in a relationship? I’m fine with anything, as long as I’m with the person, paying attention to each other & we’re having a blast. I don’t think it matters what you do, as long as you’re having fun.
A couple weeks ago I had the honor of working with Kirsten Krupps for the third time. I met her a year ago through Model Mayhem and while she lives in Illinois, I have gotten to work with her when she comes into town to visit her boyfriend. She is such a blast to work with because she isn’t from the area so I feel like she is seeing Blacksburg in an entirely different way from me… and also because Kirsten is a model and a photographer so she knows how to work it on both sides of the camera.
I picked Kirsten up in the morning and we grabbed a couple donuts from Carol Lee and headed back to my house for the first part of our shoot. Then we shot all around downtown Blacksburg, the Blacksburg Transit, and the Virginia Tech campus including inside of one of the greenhouses at the Hahn Horticulture Garden. By the end of the day we were exhausted from lugging around so much gear, I had my digital SLR, film SLR loaded up with Revolog Tesla 1 film, and one of the Polaroid Land Cameras that Emily let me borrow to learn how to use for her wedding in September. As you can surely see from the Polaroid images I have not mastered the process for exposure or focusing, but I like playing with the camera and I like the results even though technically they are not shot correctly.
More to come later on of Kirsten, I still have photos for the Bookish series that I shot with her, but I haven’t finished the roll of film yet. And hopefully we’ll be shooting together more when she comes down at the end of the semester! More from this shoot are up on Facebook if you are interested.
I have always loved lightning so naturally when I saw a photo taken on Revolog Tesla film with lightning bolts etched into the film through a chemical process I had to order a roll. This particular roll was the Tesla 1 which produces blue/purple lightning bolts, there is also another version called the Tesla 2 which produces red lightning. I paid $12.50 for my first roll of 12 exposures (it is actually around $9 a roll if you buy it directly from Revolog) so I stored it away for ages before using until after they had sent me a pack of all of their specialty films aka the “All in One” pack for review.
This is a C-41 process film with an ASA/ISO of 200. I used it on a bright sunny day through my Canon Elan IIe and had it developed through Snapfish. I don’t think I have shot with a 200 ASA film any time in the last decade, I’m used to something a little faster, but on the amazing bright sunny spring day that I shot this roll it worked perfectly for me. The sticker on the film container suggested underexposing the film for more vibrant results, I did not underexpose the film and I thought that the results were still really vibrant. I had heard suggestions to not use this film for portrait work considering how unpredictable the location of the lightning would be, but I did it anyway and I’m really happy with the results that I got with this film.
Overall I LOVED this film, initially I thought 12 exposures was not going to be enough, but considering the dramatic results it produces it ended up being plenty. The only negative I saw with the film was that a couple images had a strange yellow mark that looked like crayon at the end of the lightning bolts, but it is hard to say if this was part of the film or the processing done in the lab. Considering Revolog is the only company I know of that carries 35mm film with the special effects like the Tesla (and the others that I have and cannot wait to try) I will definitely continue to shoot with their film. I love using toy cameras and my favorite thing about shooting analog is the unpredictable results and their film takes unpredictable results to a whole new level!
I will be posting more photos from this roll later on this week when I finish editing the digital photos of Kirsten (pictured). If you want to give a roll of Tesla 1 a shot, you can pick it up on the Revolog.net website!
Meet baby M at nearly 7 months old. Her mom brought tons of adorable outfits for us to play dress-up with, some of which she had even made along with Baby M’s grandmother. I swear they should start their own business with the adorable fluffy tutu, Micky Mouse bloomers with matching leg-warmers, and the sweet little zebra striped pillowcase dress that they put together. And I think I have a new favorite photo, I love little M’s sassy little peep from under the edge of her Easter hat in the first photo from this post!
We met up on Sunday at the Duck Pond at Virginia Tech for a sweet, Eastery photo session [originally was going to be a 6-month session, but we had to postpone]. There was a good deal of rain throughout the day, but thankfully we only saw a few sprinkles and the overcast weather made the lighting perfect for mid-day photos. The cherry blossoms were starting to bloom even though spring hadn’t officially “sprung” yet and despite the threat of rain it was nice and warm outside.
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!
New Years Eve was a busy day for me! In addition to the Buchanan’s maternity portraits, I got together with my new wedding photography business partner, Katie of Katie Estes Photography and her husband Brandon for a Virginia Tech couples session. Katie and Brandon are former Virginia Tech alumni who have returned to the area to take more classes. I am so happy to have a photography buddy in town again. We roamed around the Duck Pond on campus, Sandy Hall, the Newman Library, and the pylons at War Memorial Chapel. You can see a few more of the photos from this couples session over on the Holly Cromer Photography Facebook page!
And if you are getting married in 2012, Katie and I still can accept a couple more weddings at our special rate ($750 for two photographers + wedding photo booth), check out this blog post for more information.
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It was New Years Eve at the Virginia Tech Duck Pond and the wind was blowing, hard. I met up with the Buchanan family for the most super-micro-mini maternity photo session of all time, we were out there for all of about 10 minutes before we couldn’t take the cold any more. Even the nice quilt that they brought along was no match for the wild winds. Thankfully little Mr. Micah was a good sport and let us get a few shots before shouting “COLD!” in protest. The Buchanan’s are expecting their second child (a girl, yay!) in February. You can see a couple more photos from our session on the Holly Cromer Photography Facebook page.