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Personal Post: summertime on film

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Ever since I was a child, summer meant traveling up to the farmhouse in North Bay with my family.  It meant watching the leaves flutter overhead as I looked out the window driving through Jacksonport, turning the corner into Baileys Harbor where the view opens open to the unbroken horizon of Lake Michigan, and finally pulling in the gravel path lined with cedars.  These feelings remain unchanged for me as an adult.  It is still where I go to connect with my family and explore nature.

During the summer I spend a lot of time shooting with my Nikon F4 35 mm film camera.  This camera was bought second-hand and chosen for me by a stranger, and there is a part of me that feels like it had to be a bit of destiny.  I went to college knowing I wanted to do something artistic, but certain I would choose an emphasis in painting and study graphic design to support myself.  I had never owned anything but point-and-shoot cameras, and everything changed for me the day this little Nikon F4 arrived and I started Photography 101 with Sarah Detweiler.  Having this camera and this amazing professor, completely altered how I saw the world around me.  Things I never questioned, I found reasons to investigate, and things I never saw connection between began to form relationships.  That was it: I was a photographer.

This little Nikon film camera stayed with me all throughout my undergraduate degree, traveled to Italy on a study abroad program, and finally road with me on my month long Route 66 trip.  Now, with photography not only as my artistic expression, but as my career, capturing my personal life on film keeps me rooted.  It reminds me to take the time to get each shot right and to find the moment where the image “solves itself”.  It calls forward everything I love about photography and it refreshes my spirit.  Funny how something so simple can mean so much.

Captured on film this summer are lots of little events with the people I am closest with: Ben crawfishing with my cousins (and the miniature crawfish boil it led to), hay rides to Cana Island, Door County parades, and a train ride in the northwoods.  It’s the everyday moments with the people in our lives we love most that remind us of who we are.  Holding onto these moments helps me remember that.

Newborns: welcome new baby hazel

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Newborn photos are one of the most important photographic moments a family will ever have.  Many times people refer to weddings as the only once-in-a-lifetime event, but I want to offer up a little thought.  Although you will have many photos taken of your children throughout the years, you will never again have that week old baby – those first few moments as a family.  That is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

I many be a bit biased in thinking that Hazel is just about the sweetest little girl of all time (she is my goddaughter), but she really is just that wonderful.  She settled into the poses easily, and, although her little arms were incredibly strong, she let us move her about and lay her down without any fuss.  We are looking forward to seeing how much bigger she is by fourth of July weekend; by then the six pound, sleepy little girl will be something different altogether.  Welcome to the family, baby Hazel; we’ve been waiting for you! <3 <3 <3

Summer Classes at Peninsula School of Art

Throughout the year I offer Private Mentoring Sessons to help aspiring photogs learn more about their gear, work toward artistic and photographic goals, and clear up any questions they have along the way.  During the summer I also teach at a few local art schools including classes for both youth and adults.

My first class this summer is at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, WI.  For those of you unfamiliar with PSA, it is a gorgeous studio and gallery, and an amazing place to teach.  I am starting off the year with a class on the Basics of Your DSLR Camera which is running from June 23rd-25th.  This class is all about getting your beautiful digital single-lens-reflex camera off of auto mode and learning to be in complete control.  We will learn the fundamentals of how to capture light and choose the correct shutter speed, aperture, white balance and ISO settings. Whether you are looking to get serious with photography or planning for better images of travel or family, this comprehensive class will get rid of the confusion and send you home with your camera settings as second nature.  You will have the skill and confidence to create stunning images without the guesswork!

The great thing about this class being early in the summer, is that it offers the opportunity to take a follow up class that will take it one step further in July: Adapting to Outdoor Lighting in Portraiture .

There are many other classes to check out, including one I am very excited for on the historical, ethical and theoretical implications of photographs.  You can check them all out here:  https://www.peninsulaschoolofart.org/photography—digital-arts-workshops.html

Now is the time to take risks and build toward what you are dreaming of.  See you this summer!

 

Personal Post: danielle’s baby shower

Last weekend, my family and I threw my cousin Danielle a baby shower for what will be the first great-grandchild in the family. We didn’t know the baby’s gender, so we decided on a soft pastel, handmade theme (with plenty of inspiration from Pinterest of course!).  Weeks ahead Danielle’s dad brought over fresh fish for a little family dinner, and as we finished eating, we all gathered around for baby shower crafting.  Everyone got into it: grandpa, and fathers, and husbands all making pom-pons and tag banners – their hardworking precision applied to something so sweet and feminine.

We wanted the decorations to be a surprise for Danielle, but little did we know she had a surprise for us.  For months she had been so sneaky, keeping the baby’s gender an absolute secret – it was all we could do to keep from gossiping wildly about what we thought it would be.  As we set up for the shower, Danielle pulled out a beautiful cake made by the same bakery who did her wedding three years ago. The cake was to be a gender reveal!  After patiently waiting through games, gifts and food, I had the honor of cutting the cake and announcing to all the guests that there would be a baby Hazel entering our family in May.  Many congratulations to Danielle and Reggie!  We are looking forward to your maternity photos this weekend and baby Hazel’s arrival in a few months! 🙂

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