Friday, December 6, 2013

The Artist

This is my brother. He's an artist who is studying to be an industrial designer, while being a barista, and really just wanting to make movies. Good movies. He wears bow ties and rides his bike a lot and helps with youth theater productions. All around, he's a pretty rad guy, if you ask me.

I randomly photographed him doing his thing for a few minutes the other day and I rather like how these turned out, simply because they're real, honest, and of my brother. Recent events have made me realize how important it is to photograph the people I love, even when no one feels like it.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Field Notes

Some October & November frames...

F I E L D  N O T E S
 - ->> a study of observations and life lessons << - -

- Going to a coffee shop is almost always a good idea, especially after being at home most days of the week. People watching is fascinating, my work is usually more inspired by the atmosphere, I get to see my brother and sometimes friends, and coffee drinks are delish. (My cash stash says otherwise, though.)

- When some friendships seem to be dying, a little effort goes a long way.

- Six mile bike rides to a wide open space will do a soul wonders. Bring along some books and notebooks and an hour of peace and quiet will make everything better. 

- I need to spend less time watching people live life (ahem. Instagram.) and spend more time just living life. 

- Books are good. Enough said.

- Sometimes the coolest friends have been staring you in the face for ten years, but you just don't realize it until you sneak out to the trampoline in the the freezing cold during a youth retreat with quilts and blankets, and gaze at the clear country sky until 1 a.m. 

- There's no guarantee of tomorrow, so live today well.

- It's good to slow down, power off, and be in quiet. It's in the quietness that God often speaks.


Also, this video is kind of my favorite thing since sliced bread. I've been singing that song for a couple of weeks straight. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Summer Frames

Summer has drawn to a close, I suppose, but the last month of it was perfectly marvelous. My new 5D Mark II and 50mm 1.4 lens arrived a few weeks ago (!!!) and I've begun to really pick it up during the moments that matter most. Real life moments, moments with friends who visit from halfway across the globe, moments with growing babies + kiddos. Moments zipping around together in our favorite car, moments with cousins + grandparents + hot air balloons, moments of learning and growing, day-off moments in the park with your friends who are more like a second family, acting more like little kids than teenagers, coloring, sketching, eating {too many} sweets, and listening to the symphony. Moments spent walking to the library with them, giggling and whispering, perhaps disturbing the peace a little. Moments spent fulfilling tradition with our barefoot walks, talking like always, but getting a little bit deeper each time. These moments are the ones to remember and the ones I'll treasure.

"Awkward Family Photos" ;) 

post script: I haven't been posting as frequently lately (obviously) and I've even thought about stopping posting on this blog altogether. But in the past month or so, I've gotten feedback from lots of you, especially people I know in "real life" that has been so encouraging! I didn't even know that some of you read my blog, and just makes me happy to know that you're enjoying my little pieces of work in some small way. So thanks for sticking with me, friends!