May 4, 2015

There have been projects & ideas brewing in my mind and I'm slowly up surely starting to unpack them and bring them to life. This weekend I got to collaborate with a friend of mine & helped bring to life his skills & sick lyrics.
 Can't wait to share more!

May 1, 2015

Portraits: Crawford Family {Southern Maryland Family Portraits}

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9

Happy May Day!

Thought I'd end the week sharing one of the family portrait sessions I did for "The School Session". It was but fitting to capture a family of two local educators on the campus of a local college. The gift of education is immeasurable, to help give it or contribute to someone else's education is what will help the future. And I'm not simply saying that because I married a teacher.
This family has been a ray of sunshine for our own family of two.
Whether it be leading worship together on a Sunday morning, or getting to see some of these smiles everyday at summer camp. Or seeing how elated my in-laws are every time these kids walking through the church doors. Or seeing Mr. Crawford at the board of education, knowing my husband has some great people leading the education in our county.  This family is one of a kind.
Not only did we get it together with 4 energy filled kiddos, we did it at 8 in the morning on a Saturday! I'd say that's a win for everyone!
Mama & Papa Crawford, you are doing great!!!

Before I leave this space for the weekend I'm excited to share that $43,255 have been raised for the school sessions! There is still more work to be done & $200,000 is still a far ways to go. 

Help spread the word by purchasing and wearing one of the sweet tees. And join in on the movement HERE or email me at if you'd like to set up a shoot specifically for this purpose.

Apr 27, 2015

Film: Exploring Medium Format

For years I'd been dreaming about exploring film again. It's what I started out on and last year it was all I dreamt about. I'd given myself excuse after excuse not to pursue film, but it kept haunting me  until I gave in.

Last fall I found myself eyeing a medium format camera online, and with the encouragement and support of my husband and a few close loved ones, I dove right in. I got myself a Mamiya 645 AFD right before traveling to California. So I shipped it out to my best friends' house to meet me on the west coast and from there it was all butterflies in my stomach and fear.

Let me tell you, I was so afraid.

I was afraid because film felt absolutely foreign again. I was afraid I'd load the film wrong, or ruin the exposure, or leak light somewhere. I was afraid when I took every single shot, unsure of my camera settings, but really unsure of my skill. 

And after all was said and done, I was still afraid to send in my first rolls for developing. So the film stayed undeveloped for 6 months. 6 whole months. The truth is, I am a wimp. This is all I have been aching to do for the past year, yet it scared me to no end to actually follow through with it. 

But last week I built up the courage to finally send in my rolls to Fulltone Photo. I know there are many amazing photo labs around the country, and I've done plenty of research, but Fullton was the most cost effective for my first round of "trial & error". 

For my first set of scans I am extremely happy. I know I'll be shopping around in the future and I'll be sure to try other labs, but for now I'm grateful just to simply view my images and know that my rolls did not come out as duds. All without breaking the bank.
Here are a few favorites from my first few rolls of Kodak 400TX black & white.

{Some of which might be repeats from this post I did in digital}

A gigantic thank you goes out to my best friends who cheer me on while also modeling for me.
Their love and support helped make me brave.

Apr 20, 2015

Teasers: Family Portraits { Oldtowne Alexandria Portraits, VA}

I made the most of the beautiful weather we had this weekend 
and filled my Sunday with 3 wonderful family sessions.

Thank you all for braving the busy streets of Oldtown with me, despite unfinished naps, comedian kiddos and a bit of drizzle ... you all we fantastic!!!