Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GOLD FRAME BABY!


Welp. Just when I was beginning to fall madly in love with PX 600 UV Black Frame film The Impossible Project releases this Gold Frame film in both color and silver shade editions. Good grief it's good stuff and  a perfect gift for the photographer in your family or if you're anything like me, for yourself!

Take a peek at what other people are doing with this golden film in this Flickr group.

The kind folks at The Impossible Project want to share this little treat with you so they've given me a pack to give away! Aren't they sweet?! To enter to win a pack of PX 680 Gold Frame film just leave a comment with your email address (so I can contact you if you win) and I'll randomly choose a winner on Monday, December 5th. If you wanted to be awesome you could leave me a link to your most recent favorite photo but if you're not feeling super ambitious, that's okay too :)

You can see one of the photos I shot with the PX 680 Gold Frame in a new collaborative blog my friend Mel and I are posting to, Ours et Lapin. Go on over and take a peek!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday!

XO

P.S.
If you are new to instant films take a peek at these little informative posts I made a little while ago!

Monday, November 28, 2011

MAY 17TH, 2008








I can't believe that our wedding was almost 4 years ago! Our wedding was so much fun. It was small, intimate, and done for under $5000! Because we were on a tight budget and because we were both terrified of being the center of attention we didn't hire a wedding photographer but luckily for us a few of our photo savvy friends took pictures for us and I've never really done anything with them....until now! (Most of the images in this post were taken by the talented Tessa Hutchcroft.)

I want to start posting photos from weddings that I shoot and thought I'd kick it off with photos from my own wedding!

Here's the important stuff. We got married in a small garden and had our reception in an adjoining multi purpose room. We had our friends and family circle around us as we had a lifelong friend of my husband's marry us. The ceremony was short and sweet. My mom walked me down a path to the circle where our friends were waiting for us. As we walked into the garden I saw some friends holding bunnies and once we reached the circle where we were married I saw that one of my best friends was holding a bunny! It was such a sweet surprise!

After we said "I do!" Christopher picked up me and ran down the "aisle" with me. My dress got caught on a plant and gave everyone a little peep show for a minute and it seems like all my friends got pictures in that tiny amount of time! We took some family photos and then went to our dessert reception! We had sweet tea in mason jars, napkins folded into little bunnies and a big ole cupcake for a wedding cake. There was an open dessert bar with all kinds of cupcakes and treats! Christopher's only real wedding request was that we have fish bowls with swedish fish floating in jello because he once dreamt that he had those at his wedding, so of course we had them!

What'd you think we didn't have Polaroids at our wedding? Get outta town, of course we did! We had a few of our friends go around and take pictures of the guests and let them write us notes for our "guest book". Here are a few of my favorites!



I felt so loved when my close friends and family made the trip from around the states to see us get married. Neither one of us wanted a conventional wedding so we had the celebration we wanted. It was simple, cute, and fun. Very us!

Thanks for letting me share our day with you!

XO





Friday, November 25, 2011

HAPPY FRIDAY

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It's crazy shopping day y'all! I'm not going to lie, I love a great deal! I've been a little neglectful putting my 2012 Instant Film Calendar out into the world and considering that it is a day to shop for others for ridiculous prices let me extend to you a little discount! We all know that the bigger shops can offer the most deeply discounted prices and that buying locally and independently made goods might cost a little more - but it's well worth it! Thank you all for your support this past year! It's been so much fun making my goodies and I really appreciate you spending an extra few bucks to support a little guy like me!

Sooo the goodies! Use the code "xoshopindie" for a 35% discount off your entire order in my shop! This would make a great gift for just about anyone who likes to know what day it is, but especially for a fan of instant films and photography in general!

Here are a few posts featuring my calendars:

Camera Luv (hey, thanks Jeremy!)
Ashley Moore
Painted Fish Studio

Happy Black Friday! Be safe!!

XO

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

WORDS TO SHOOT BY // BY

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The last Words To Shoot by for 2011 was "by". I decided to show "who" all my contributions were by - my SX-70, myself, and the Mamiya Universal! I loved how differently everyone interpreted this word! Take a peek.

I'm bummed this is the last one for the year but am excited for 2012! I am also excited to have started another blog to keep myself shooting - Ours et Lapin! Please follow Mel & I and the tales of our two cities there! What do you do to keep yourself shooting?

XO

Sunday, November 20, 2011

OURS ET LAPIN


One of my best friends and I started a little collaborative blog called Ours et Lapin! We will be photographing a theme or word once a week and posting it to our blog. Mel lives in San Fran and I live in Chicago and we wanted to celebrate the similarities and differences of our cities as well as stay motivated to shoot! Won't you please follow us over at Ours et Lapin?

Looking for other fun collaboration photo blogs? Look no further! Here are a few of my favorites!

Words To Shoot By
35mm Doubles 
London Vs Paris
Sixty Four Colors
His & Hers

Happy Monday!

XO

Friday, November 18, 2011

INSTAGRAM FOR TORY BURCH (SAY WHAT?!)


Last night I had the privilege of heading over to The Field Museum (at night!) for Tory Burch's 2nd ever runway show with the very talented Paul Octavious. We were asked to cover the event with our iPhones and post to Instagram! It was such a great job. The collection was 1920's inspired and beautiful. It seemed like such a pleasantly quirky departure from what you might expect from Tory Burch. We both went home with goodie bags filled with macaroons and other fun gifts. You can see some of our Instagram photos on Refinery 29.

Paul and I made our way to the train after the event, admiring the city from The Field Museum and snapping pictures of dinosaurs. All in all- an excellent night!

Connecting with Paul has been so much fun! We realized we live in really close to each other in the same neighborhood even! I'd love to connect with more Chicago creatives! If you live in the city come to a photo meet up Saturday, November 19th being held at The Vintage Camera Shop, which I hear shouldn't be missed! I'm excited to check it out tomorrow. See ya there?!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TORY BURCH, Y'ALL

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I am so excited to be Instagramming live from the Tory Burch runway show at the Field Museum with Paul Octavious tonight!!

If you don't have an Instagram account, do not fret, you can see all the photos here!



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

LETS HANG!



Guess what guys, The Impossible Project is coming to CHICAGO! I am so excited to hopefully meet up with so many of you - my online friends!! This is the perfect occasion - Dave Bias, amazing photographer, ginger beard, vice president of The Impossible Project extraordinaire is coming to Chicago! There's going to be a fun little shin dig at The Vintage Photo Shop this Saturday, November 19th from 3-6pm! DO NOT MISS IT!

If you aren't familiar with The Impossible Project this is the perfect opportunity to come and have some hands on time with the films, experiment, learn from some pros and get great tips. If you are already familiar with the films come and meet some fun photographers, get a little tipsy, make some friends and have your portrait made! Word on the street is that there is going to be specials on the films and possibly the cameras as well!

So- are ya coming?!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

EVERNOTE

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Thank you all for your warm wishes on my new endeavor! Your support and such kind encouragements mean so much! I am really stoked on this! I will be making some posts with some recent wedding photos after this week.

As I've mentioned a million times before - it's my birthday week! I am SO excited to be turning 30! My twenties have been so fun but I'm looking forward to being a real grown up. I even started wearing lipstick this week - something (for some odd reason) I've always equated with being a real woman!

I know some people would rather pretend birthdays don't exist and just treat it like a normal day but I get EXCITED about my birthday. I like to celebrate it for an entire week and my family is nice enough to indulge me. This week all I can think about how my bur bur falls on 11.11.11 and I'll be 30- a very special birthday if you ask me.

That being said- it's been hard to concentrate on anything else. Not to mention I get very easily distracted by TwitterPinterest, how cute bunnies are, and the like. Do you know what's been helping me keep my sanity?  A little app called Evernote!

While I was in Florida a few weekends ago I was showing my friend Todd my favorite features of the newer Lion OS on my Macbook Pro. When I opened my laptop he literally laughed out loud at the out of control number of sticky notes I had open. I quickly defended my need to have reminders, to do lists, and a place to jot down random notes & ideas. He agreed that it's smart to stay organized but promised me there were better ways. That's when he introduced me to Evernote! Probably the best app I've downloaded other than Shake It Photo & Instagram in my entire life. It's a really cool app that lets you jot down notes with the option to have a physical box to check something off your list (whoa), it has an app you can download for your phone & iPad that syncs so you can have all your information on whichever device you chose to use! Why didn't I hear about this sooner?! There are tons of other very useful features but those are really my favorites. The best part- IT'S FREE!

This has improved my productivity immensely! What do you do to stay productive and organized?



Monday, November 7, 2011

CHA CHA CHA CHANGES!



Hello friends! As some of you may know I dabble in wedding photography. It's actually something I quite enjoy doing and have decided to pursue more seriously. A lot of the traveling you hear about on the blog and Twitter are to shoot weddings and let me tell you, I have such a blast at each wedding I shoot. I've been so lucky to work with creative brides, friends, and couples whose love is inspiring and over all, very amazing people!

I have been hesitant to post wedding stuff on this little guy, truthfully my fear is falling into that category of cheesy wedding blog, but my husband has encouraged me that that is not who I am or who my clients are either so hopefully you will all enjoy the wedding photography I post on here!!

That all being said, if you have a pal that's getting hitched soon and needs a fun, hard working, bilingual photographer who would love to also shoot instant film....SEND 'EM MY WAY! You can take a peek at my wedding portfolio here!

XO




Friday, November 4, 2011

JAMIE LIVINGSTONE // A PHOTO A DAY

Forgive the "next" in some of these images as they were almost impossible to avoid as I screen captured. 

Jamie Livingston decided one day after realizing that he had taken a photo a day every day for a month, that he would take one Polaroid a day for the rest of his life. That he did. For 18 years Jamie took a polaroid a day until the day he died. Looking through his archives, which his friends have digitized and put online, you can get a feel for what his life was like, the interesting people he came across and a glimpse into his world or the way he saw the world.

Seeing this project made me feel really sentimental. I'm not sure if it was just seeing that last photo and knowing that he died rather young of cancer the next day or thinking that this project is beautiful and loving the idea of looking into someones life via Polaroids. Jamie Livingston was basically Instagramming in 1979! What a wonderful thing, to see the world so beautifully and to have such dedication to a project.

I wish this was a book, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Take a look at Jamie Livingston's life in Polaroids or as he called his project "A Photo A Day" and be inspired!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

POLAROID NOTECARDS


Is it really Friday already? This week has gone by so quickly. Come to think of it, this entire year has just flown past me! I guess that's a good thing right?

I wanted to show you guys these two sets of really cute Polaroid notecards I won over at Nectar & Light a few weeks ago. Both sets of cards have been on my wish list for quite some time now so I was thrilled to have won them! They are just as pretty and nice as I had expected. Each card is about the size of a real Polaroid and even has a shiny finish to it to complete the look of a Polaroid.  Each photographer is credited on the back of each card and being the nerd that I am, I looked each person up on the internet and thought I'd share the lovely talent with you guys! In no particular order:

jen gotch 
shu fang lee (sadly, I couldn't find a link to correspond with this person :( )
jen altman (Jen curated both sets of cards and is one of the main contributors of the Pretty Polaroid Notecard sets along with Amanda Gilligan and Susannah Conway- all very talented gals!) 

And because I'm a gal who can appreciate some good packaging I think it's worth mentioning that the boxes these come in would be perfect little storage boxes for your instant photographs! 

Go ahead and order a box or two as a gift for your friend who loves photography, she's sure to love these little gems. 

XO

THE BLOGS ARE CALLING

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I saw this pay phone the other day and wondered, do people use pay phones? I wonder what the going rate is for a call?

I have been rather blog happy recently, just really enjoying a mix of fashion, art and of course photography blogs! Here are a few great ways to get lost in the internet reading blogs:

Cubicle Refugee. A color curated blog of visual insanity. I love this blog.

City Sage. I love this mix up she does of a persons outfit and a room. What a cool idea!

Nectar & Light. I have loved this blog for a while now. This gal's got style, adorable little girls, a way with instant film and beautiful tattoos.

The Blue Hour. He documents his life so beautifully. Each post is cozy and inspiring.

Mackpar. All of her posts make me want to set my tiny apartment on fire and start over.

Design is Mine. I love this post with the pretty clutter.

35mm Doubles. I love joint effort blogs. This one is so great. One roll of film, double exposed by two different people!

Yours Roxanne. Look at the AMAZING instant film/illustrations this gals made. Makes my lil heart swoon.

The Impossible Project: 8 Exposures. TIP is featuring one different instant film artist each week, asking them 8 questions and showing 8 of their photos. They featured me on one of their post, take a look!

What are some of your favorite blogs lately?

XO

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

BONJOUR NOVEMBER


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Happy November! I'm not one who usually celebrates months but I love me some November. It's my birthday month (yes, I WILL celebrate all month long), you can easily find pumpkin pie at most grocers and little coffee spots, hot cocoa starts to sound like a good idea, the, leaves look so pretty, honey crisp apples start popping up and who doesn't love the crispness in Fall air?! 

Did you think I forgot about my Wall Star giveaway? No way Jose! Sorry for the delay in the announcement but without further adieu - Congrats to Jen from Painted Fish Studios for winning a set of 8 magnetic Wall Stars to help display your instant images!! Bummed you didn't win? Chin up- head over to The Impossible Project and grab a few boxes and get to shown' off your instant film goods with these handy dandy magnets!