Welcome to the new blog!! I'm so excited to start sharing new shoots and new stories... and a slightly new look. But it's really an older look. A look that I was first drawn to, and a style I am now trying to re-cultivate.
As my business evolved, I felt pressure to produce the type of bright, clean, crisp photographs that I felt were more marketable, and would drive more business in today's digital market. It didn't happen purposefully - my editing style just sort of leaned that way, and continued to lean that way until I started to feel a little lost as an artist. Going back to shooting film occasionally, and going back to shooting wide-open apertures has helped me rediscover what inspires me about photography in the first place - sort of a wabi-sabi style, perfection in the imperfect, and a reflection of real life. I like a little off-focus sometimes, a little blur. I like grain, and creamy bokeh. I like moodier palates. I feel like the look of the Kodak Portra films lend an emotional heft to my photography, and bring me a bit back to earth. They have truly put me back on a path to re-discovering who I am as a lifestyle and portrait photographer, and I'm in the process of reflecting that in my business.
And so I give you my first shoot of the new blog, shot digitally and edited with VSCO film emulations.
Appropriately, my first shoot back from maternity leave was a maternity shoot. I feel very lucky to have worked with this family for over two years now. You may remember this big-brother-to-be as the "baby in the guitar case" from the old blog. He loves his baby sister already, as evidenced at this maternity/mommy-and-me shoot! His mama is one of the loveliest people I've had the pleasure to work with. She introduced me to a wonderful online community of moms that supported me throughout my pregnancy and Hannah's first days, and I'm glad she's become a friend. I can't wait to hear that life's become a little sweeter for them with the arrival of their baby girl... any day now.