I did a branding session last week for Katie at Gallery Row Coffee here in Carrollton! It was so much fun!
You may note a slight change in style that I consider an improvement….after much going back and forth as to how to proceed, I am still only shooting mainly digital, but I am emulating the film I use when I do shoot with the Yashica, Portra 800.
What does this mean for new and existing clients? Not much. You still get your print ready files and you still receive a print and social media release. And, I have run this process through printers and they meet my approval for quality standards.
I may still occasionally show up to shoots and request a few film shots. I cannot guarantee these will be among your deliverables, but I do my best.
But with the new process, I am happy with the output whether indoors or out. I look forward to hearing from you soon to book your session! I still have 2021 wedding dates available!
Brianna and King got married on May 30, 2021. It was a magical day!
This couple is so special to me because Brianna has been one of our “choir kids” at church. She taught my son Porter piano lessons for a while, and now I am sad because she and King have relocated. This winter and spring I got to do their engagement and anniversary sessions. Wishing them much love and success on their life together!
Second shooter for the day was Shelley Acree. She is the best! She is a great photographer, and she is also my posing guru and anytime I can have her for the wedding day, I know the day is going to go smoothly.
Wedding planning and coordination was done by Aundrea McAllister of Xcentric Events Atlanta. Aundrea was such a pleasure to work with from start to finish!
This wedding was so fun! Casual, with loving families coming together for the celebration of this family.
See the entire gallery at http://clients.carolineprice.com/Molina. Gallery shared with permission.
Best wishes for a lovely life together, Cheyenne and Angel!
So…. yeah. This was taken with the legendary lens that Fuji produced last year, that to this date is still backordered with no end to the backorder in sight.
Except, I managed to find a gently used one at KEH on Thursday.
To say that I am in love would be an understatement. And it arrived at just the right time of year, with the Japanese tulips blooming:
This is going to be my new workhorse lens for both personal and client projects. The zooms are great for weddings, the 35mm f1.4 has its place mostly inside, and the 50mm f2 will be relegated to probably macro work with the extension tube. This will be my new primary portrait lens; my profile photo on the front page of this site was taken today with this lens.
All that’s left kit-wise is to pick up is an extra Godox V1F flash at some point for receptions. But that is definitely something that can wait.
The new lens refreshes motivation to get out and snap photos, but really, I am working on increasing discipline so that I continue working even when motivation is lacking.
I’m going to be starting a new memoir-style series here over the next weeks. We’ll see how it goes; I’ve been frozen in a major depression for weeks now and it sort of bottomed out this week. The fact that I am able to post today means that it’s on an upswing for once– could be artificial because of the lens but I kind of don’t think so.
I finished Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert yesterday. SOOOOOO good. Timely too, because she discusses the discipline of creative work rather than sitting and waiting for inspiration to strike. That was something I needed to read for sure. It was an easy read, mostly read at the high school while I waited in the car rider line for Porter in the afternoons.
Next up has been an easy read so far, too: How to Do the Work by Dr. Nicole LePera. It’s a book about holistic psychology as recommended by my therapist.
I used to be a fairly disciplined person. Sort of. Then motherhood happened.
At any rate, I am taking discipline in small, measured baby steps right now. As in, as my therapist suggested yesterday, I set the timer and did dishes for 5 minutes. It turned out that 5 minutes wasn’t quite enough to get the massive amount of dishes loaded into the dishwasher, so I kept going just long enough to get the dishwasher started.
Little things like this can be monumental tasks some days. But yesterday, I managed to get the dishes done AND to rewash laundry and get it dried. I know, for those of you not well-acquainted with the type of chronic depression that consumes your whole body, mind, and soul that these may seem like non-negotiables.
Suffice it to say that yesterday was a win. Today has mostly been a win, as well.
Somewhere along the line, I stopped doing things by myself. It happened about the time Liam was born and I stopped working at Fernbank. I don’t know what happened, it doesn’t stretch to photo work but for tasks like going to the grocery store or other errands around town, I mostly defer to waiting around until Jared is available to go with me.
So today, there was a win: I wanted my lens and I’d had it shipped so I could sign for it at Dollar General, and I got notification that it had arrived. I hadn’t been awake long, but I thought of it for less than a second before I realized I didn’t have to wait for Jared to finish what he was doing: I could hop in the van and make the five-minute drive down the road by myself. So, I did.
Firmly going back to my roots with Fuji feels like home.
This shot was taken with a new-to-me Fuji 35mm 1.4.
I know why I sold this lens in 2015 and it wasn’t that I wanted to part with it exactly. I just wanted the new 16-55mm 2.8 more. But with having gifted my 35mm f2, a decision I am thrilled with because I wholeheartedly believe in paying it forward…..I was left with a hole in my Fuji gear.
I also picked up a Fuji X100F and I had forgotten how much fun that little camera is. It gives me a 23mm focal length too, so, it’s a win-win. I thought about the X100V but it takes a different battery than my X-H1’s and its processor is different and…..it just seemed to make a lot of sense to stick with the same generation of everything. Plus, I already had the X100F once and understand it well.
Jared says I am getting more comfortable with my gear, enough so that I can focus on the art. I hope he is right. I have truly been a gear-head in the past and I desperately want to grow out of it.
The Japanese tulip tree is about to burst with blooms any day, so I am excited to take photos of it when it blooms.
Also, FLASH SALE!
For a limited time, which expires March 8, 2021, wedding day coverage for 1 photographer is $800. Includes all portions of my normal 1-photographer but does not include an engagement session. Down payment of $175 and signed contract must be submitted by 5 pm on March 8, 2021 to be eligible for the sale.
Have a great weekend, everyone!