Golden Hour // Secret Lake, Little Cottonwood Canyon

October 22, 2014

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We chased the sun up the trail, hoping to find some light at the top to take some photographs. We were pushing our luck heading up so late, but the world really looks its best at golden hour.

The sun held out just long enough and we snapped a few photographs. The sun dipped behind the mountains and we finished the hike in darkness. We stopped for pizza on the way home.

All photos shot with the Pentax 67, on Kodak Ektar 100 film

Family Portraits – Utah Film Photography

October 20, 2014

Fall is a funny season. It sneaks up on you, and then a blink and it is gone. I suppose it is still technically fall here, but the colors are quickly fading. We headed up to this same location a week later, and all the yellow leaves had disappeared. Glad we snuck in these family portraits! Those fall colors look pretty dang good on film.

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Smith Family Portrait
Smith Family Portrait
Smith Family Portrait
Smith Family Portrait

All photos shot on Kodak Portra 400 film

My Match – Pentax 645N

October 16, 2014

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His Weekend Job // Pentax 645N, Kodak Portra 400

I got 10 rolls back from the film lab today, including 4 portrait sessions. How fitting is it that the first shot taken on the new Pentax 645N is also a photo of Jordan working on his car. Remember this one?

Reviewing these photos has solidified my conviction in selling this bad boy. I am very happy with the Pentax 645N, and I think it will be my go-to camera from now on.

I felt a bit silly at first, once I realized how many film cameras/money I have gone through to figure out what works for me. But the process was necessary. If I had gone with the Pentax 645N in the first place, I don’t think I would have progressed as I have as a photographer.

This Pentax 645N is my first auto-focus film camera, and operates similarly to a DSLR. The slower-paced, manual focus cameras I started out with have made me more cautious about when I click the shutter. Shooting with the Hasselblad and Pentax 67 was a period of slowing down. Shooting less. Composing better. I’ve done my time. I think I’ve earned it.

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Full Moon over Park City // Pentax 645N, Kodak Portra 400

A thought, a photo

October 14, 2014

Sometimes, I have drafts and drafts of posts. But I can’t seem to finish any.

In these moments of writer’s block, I find myself searching through old photographs. Photographs initially discarded as outtakes. And for whatever reason, the passage of time has given a new life to these photos from the cutting room floor.

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Cougar Mountain Trail, WA. Hasselblad 500 CM, Kodak Portra 400

Also? I’m missing those rain forests right about now. But when do I not.

Bluesy Utah

October 8, 2014

Feeling a bit anxious, I’m waiting to hear back from Jordan. He’s with our good pilot friend in a small plane flying around the canyons just south of here. What can I say, small planes make me nervous. I feel like that’s a pretty unanimous feeling.

I was browsing through some old photos, trying to keep my mind occupied while Jordan’s up in the air, and came across some old film photos I haven’t shared yet.

One of our favorite restaurants (Charlie Chow’s!) is right by this pale blue wall in down town Salt Lake City. We’ve driven past it quite a few times, and I finally got Jordan to pull over for a quick photo op. My shirt being the same color was purely coincidence. I swear.

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Both photos shot with the Hasselblad 500 CM, on Fuji Reala 100 film.

Oh, and Jordan is back, safe and sound. :) And he took some awesome photos and video from the flight!

Fall in Park City

October 6, 2014

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We took the long way home from Park City to soak up the changing colors of fall. We had a new camera to test out, so we shot a little video of the crisp autumn evening.

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Not bad, Utah.

Skating Park City on Film

October 3, 2014

I love how close Park City is to us! For those of us who live in Utah, I feel like a common feeling when visiting PC is that it doesn’t feel like Utah (in specific, Utah Valley). It’s a bit more diverse, a bit less conservative, and just a vibrant, beautiful city. I don’t mean to downplay Utah Valley, I really do love living here. Park City is just a nice little getaway.

And we are heading up there this weekend for a last-minute wedding shoot. The fall colors are gon be real nice. We were up there for our anniversary a few months back, and swung by the skatepark. It got crowded pretty fast, so we didn’t skate much. But I did snap some shots on film:

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Skate in Park City

Skate in Park City

Skate in Park City

Skate in Park City

P.S. I am actually selling this camera. It has been good to me, but I am trying to downsize my camera collection. Breaks my heart to part with it, but anyone would be lucky to own it!

April & Ian – Utah Film Photography

October 1, 2014

Well, here it is. My first couples portrait shoot on film. I really had a lot of fun doing it. These two were a breeze to shoot. April is a dear old friend of mine, which definitely helps ease the jitters of shooting on film. We were college roommates back in the day… Hah.

We hiked up Provo Canyon and snapped a few shots before the sun set. Heck- I’d do that again. Who’s next? :)

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Shot with the Pentax 67, on Kodak Ektar 100 film

Silver Lake Trail

September 29, 2014

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This hike was from the beginning of the summer. It was a tough enough hike where we felt pretty accomplished at the end. The trail began at a lower reservoir, wound its way up the mountain through the aspens, and finished at Silver Lake.

Here are a few shots from the 35mm Canon AE-1.

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On the way back down, we ran into a couple kids that were trying to eek out the last bit of winter. They had their skis and snowboard and were heading up to hit the slushy patches of snow at the top of the trail. I was glad I stopped them for a quick shot.

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One of the kids was telling me how his sister is into photography, and they both were pretty excited about being stopped for a photo. It was just cute.

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Well, winter is quickly approaching. We really got the most out of these warm days, because I know I’ll be missing the heat come mid-January! But we got our passes to Brighton, so I won’t mind the snow too much. :)

Life and Stuff

September 24, 2014

Allow me to deviate from the usual post for a moment. Life is crazy. I was gonna say just right now it’s crazy, but honestly, when is it not?

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Jordan and I, we love working together. We really do. But, like any job, it gets stressful. It’s the busy season at work right now, and tension has been a bit high to complete projects on time. With both of us under this pressure, it’s hard to find relief from work, even at home.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that you can’t truly appreciate the good if you don’t know the bad. It’s those moments of stress/heartache/anger/fear/etc. that you tend to forget what the good feels like.

But when you finally make it through the tough stuff, doesn’t the good feel that much sweeter?

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We got this.

I snapped these photos at work while we were setting up lights for a shoot. Jo makes a pretty great stand-in model. :)

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