My First Rolls of Film – July
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I don’t remember many specifics of July if I’m honest. Days were made full of activities to ward off boredom. Water was a constant companion due to the temperatures outside, and this mama joined a gym with an amazing nursery to help with the ever delicate mental/emotional wellbeing. I enjoy the one on one time I have with Poppy when Isla is at school during the year, but it’s nice being able to take both girls on morning trips here and there. And if I was really on my A-game, getting to go do those trips with friends. Botanica and all of the splash parks were definitely among the most popular destinations.

I hope you enjoy this splash of summer in these winter months.

My First Rolls of Film – June
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June was an interesting month. It was full of literal mountain top highs followed by some scary, dark lows.

Josh and I went on a long weekend vacation to Park City, UT to celebrate our anniversary. We honestly only picked it because there was space available, and it was a direct flight. I never would have guessed that it would end up ranking among my top memories of this past year. We had days full of adventure, exploring, and some downtime, too. We even (rather stupidly) rode in a bobsled! Utah now holds a very special place in my heart, and our morning at Guardsman Pass and Blood Lake are etched in my memory

There’s no need to go into detail, but not long after that trip I just wasn’t good or me. I was in a bad mental space. I’m surprised I have any pictures of this month at all after our trip, but I’m glad for the ones I did shoot. They show that the light existed in the darkness all along.

Sorry for the downer post, but it’s my truth.


My First Rolls of Film – May
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Oh May, you marvelous month. In real time May felt jammed packed with school performances, dance recitals, and with this that and the other things, but looking through these photographs don’t make me feel over-scheduled or rushed. They make me feel grateful for so many sweet moments with family and friends. The month of May brought warmer weather, more trips to the farmers market, summer water activities, a visit from my Kentucky family, and a lot more time with the girls. Simple moments often make for my favorite pictures. There is a picture of Isla and Poppy snacking on some watermelon at the pool, and it’s one of my favorite pictures of them of all time.

With almost all of these pictures I was just shooting with a simple Pentax K1000 35mm film camera. It’s lightweight, compact, easy to tote around, and because it’s film I stay right in the moment with those I’m with. No overshooting, no scrolling through what I took to see if I got a good enough shot. It’s so completely satisfying. Oh! and when you get your film scans delivered in your email? It feels like Christmas morning.

Well, I think I waxed eloquently enough about my love of film. Enjoy.

My First Rolls of Film – March & April
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Welcome to my first post all about my journey into film photography! Oh the lure of film…. it struck me way back when light and airy photography was the newest trend. Currently the trend is dark, contrasty, and desaturated so clearly this was awhile ago. Why film? Nostalgia plays a part for sure, but primarily the depth and beauty of the colors is unmatched. And as a highly sentimental person, the dreamy quality it gives an image hit me right in the heart strings. Also, I love photography and learning is fun; so why not try to learn a new medium of photography?

Why did it take me so long to learn? Well, to put it simply, I fear failure. Yep, I would have rather not learn than failed at it. How logically is that? Not at all, so I’m glad that I was encouraged to just try. As the actress Jameela Jamil says “trying is winning and everything else is just cake.”

I’m actually really pleased with my first rolls of film. Are they perfect? Far from it. In typical film newbie fashion, I under-exposed left and right which causes grain and muddy colors. I also had to get used to focusing manually which is harder than it sounds, but when I nailed it *Italian hand gesture* it was amazing! Lastly, I quickly realized that selecting a good film lab is just as important as taking good pictures.

It’s fun to go back through these to see how far I’ve come in eight short months, but also to see those two precious girls grow. My poor bittersweet mama heart. I’ll be sharing more of my film learning curve from the last eight months so check back here for more posts!