Saturday, June 30, 2012


There's something about film photography that is so endearing to me. The rawness of non-edited images, the beautiful imperfection of the film grain and scratches, the stunning bokeh. I own a completely manual 35mm film camera; this means to take one picture, I have to manually set the shutter speed, aperture, focus and zoom. To a photographer, it's all in a day's work, but to anyone whose photographic expertise goes no further than point-and-shoot and instagram filters, all the numbers and dials would seem like a foreign language. Not to mention all the work that goes into processing and darkroom development. Film photography seems so much more meaningful because such an immense amount of work goes into one photograph, therefore making each shot all the more special.

Unfortunately, I don't have access to a darkroom over the summer, so my film rolls go off to CVS to be processed and developed. Luckily, thanks to modern technology, they can make a CD of your prints along with the hard copies, so I don't have to go through the hassle of scanning them in! I plan to shoot a lot of film this summer, both colour and black-and-white. In the mean time, enjoy more of my film work on my flickr!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Adventure time, #1

This is my best friend Bayley and I on a hike about two weeks ago. You'll be seeing a lot of her on the blog in the upcoming months, because this summer, Bayley and I plan to..
go on ALL of the adventures!

On our most recent escapade, we hiked up a nearby mountain and had a picnic at the top. Complete with some tree climbing and later shopping in an adorable village (not really, but I just love the word village) nearby, it was a lovely day.

I feel like I have a million amazing things on my to-do list this summer and hardly enough time to do them! I'm working out a blog schedule right now, though, so you can be sure that posts will be at least somewhat regular. (:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Outfit; 50's flare

Naturally, my hair looked much better before I went outside in the wind to take the pictures. Still, I'm absolutely loving this style while my hair grows out! It makes it look a little bit longer than it is... maybe? Anyway, I love 1950's style makeup; perhaps I'll do a short tutorial in the future.

shirt/forever 21. lace headband/vintage. shorts/delia's. heels/forever 21. 
yule ball earrings/warner brother's site. lipstick/l'oreal #315 true red.

Friday, June 8, 2012

{lately: seize the day}


Lately I've been...
for morning walks around the foggy reservoir.

I've eaten...
brunch on the patio with my family.

I've made...
ice cream using liquid nitrogen in my chemistry class on the last day of school.

I've read...
A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I highly, highly recommend.

I've photographed...
portraits with my beautiful friend Georgia on a short walk today... see more on my Flickr!

I've listened to...
"From Where You Are" by Lifehouse. Warning: may prompt nostalgia.

{lately has been full of wonder}

I hope you've enjoyed the first installment of my {lately} series! I will continue, perhaps 
weekly or bi-weekly, sharing little moments of my life with you all. Enjoy!
All photography by yours truly.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The great outdoors: my place of worship

Religion fascinates me, but I personally think that there are way too many theories out there about the spiritual world for just one to be right. If you have a faith that gives you strength at your weakest moments and guides you to bring goodness into this world, that is absolutely fantastic. But as for me, I figure I'll just try to live the fullest life I can, and when I die I'll find out what's up there. Or maybe I'll just be dead. I don't know, but it doesn't bother me too much. 

Anyway, my family requires I come to church with them every Sunday, but being in the sort of rocky, emotional state I was today, I packed a bag with my camera and some notebooks and pens and headed out when the mass started. Behind the parking lot, there's a huge grassy hill with some wooden benches at the top and a few swings at the bottom. Just being in nature, with a beautiful blue sky and a warm breeze,  brought me so much peace.

Backpack. I love this thing to pieces.

I (sort of) made friends with a little groundhog! He was pretty shy, but I got some pictures from about seven feet away.

I found this absolutely gorgeous feather!

Every single twirling picture I took, my eyes were closed, so I just cropped my face out. Sorry, you don't get to see my super curly hair!

A view from the swings. Such a gorgeous day.

A little sketch of my find. :)