Germany Travels – Shierling

August 31, 2015

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One of our stops as we toured Germany was a small town called Schierling, where my Grandmother lived when she was young.

We drove through the forests where my grandmother would stand guard while her mother picked mushrooms, toured the school she attended as a child, walked inside the church where she had her first communion, visited with a distant relative (who treated us handsomely to some delicious German snacks!), and (after some searching) found the home where my Grandmother grew up.

The forest:

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Sisters outside the school:

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Church:

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Dad on the streets of Shierling:

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Visiting relatives:

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House where Grandma grew up:

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Sunday Night Drives

August 24, 2015

Sunday Night Drive

Sunday Night Drive

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Sunday Night Drive

Sunday Night Drive

Jordy is back! We can now resume our regularly scheduled program. He loved Asia, and his favorite stop was Hong Kong. We will share some of his photos and adventures from the trip, but I wanted to post some from our Sunday night drive last night.

The nights are quickly getting colder, and we are constantly reminded that fall is just around the corner. And is it just me, or does it seem like everyone is clamoring for the end of summer? I’ll take a few more warm nights if I can. But I think the change of seasons always gets people excited. We get anxious for a fresh start, a new normal.

Jordan’s trip out to Asia was a nice way for us to hit the reset button, too. I’ve been hugging him a bit tighter since he’s been back, trying not to take little moments for granted. The time I spent on my own while Jordan was away allowed me to take a step back and reevaluate. And look at the bare bones that make up this life of mine/ours.

We exchanged few words on this quiet Sunday night drive. All the windows were rolled down, and we just let the sound of the wind take place of conversation. It was nice to just be.

Honestly, our life is pretty ordinary. And I like ordinary.

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Few Things on a Friday

August 21, 2015

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I use this blog to document all our travels, but I have swept the every day happenings under the rug. So, I’ll try to do this more often. I’m gonna share random thoughts/links to things I find during the week. Sound good? No? Too bad. I’m in charge here. Jkjk.

But really.

// Jordan has been gone in Asia all week. I hate having him away, BUT I’ll admit. It has been a slower pace ’round these parts. And I’ve enjoyed it. Laze around the house? Dinner at 9? Heck, cereal for dinner? Sure! That being said, I AM ready for him to come home tomorrow.

// This article. I’m a sucker for nostalgia, and I think about my friends from my younger years all the time. I feel like social media has given me a false sense of closeness to these friends. This article made me wonder what it’d be like if I sat down with an old friend in real life. Would we pick up where we left off? Or would we feel like strangers?

// This is my favorite food blog. Of all time. Her love affair with food parallels my own. She knows my every craving. Speaking of, doesn’t this pizza look so dang good?

// Jord and I are prepping for our trip up to Banff in a few weeks. We’ve been looking at different AirBNB’s and lodges, but honestly? We might just rent a camper. I’m open to suggestions, too…

// School has already started here in Utah. I can’t even. But I refuse to let go of summer just yet. I took Kiko out last night on a little cruise around the neighborhood. It was perfect. And man, I feel like I’m failing to express my emotions through writing alone. I depend too heavily on emojis. I need a peace sign emoji to close us out. The struggle. It’s real.

Have a rad weekend, y’all!

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Germany Travels – Family in Starnberg

August 19, 2015

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When people ask me about my trip to Germany, and what my favorite part of the trip was, I always say visiting family. My dad’s mother was born in Germany, and lived there into her teens before immigrating to America. It was fascinating to visit with relatives and imagine what life would have been like if we had been raised in Germany.

We visited my dad’s cousins and their children, shared stories and talked about how life in Germany compares to the US. The conversations were easy, like we were catching up after a long absence. They treated us to German goodies, and showed us old family photos.

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They took us to a lake that reminded me of Washington, where the water was chilly and the beach was rocky. It was cold and perfect.

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Germany 2015

After swimming, we finished the day with some German schnitzel!

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YUM. Can we go back?

Backpacking Lake Catherine at Alta, Utah

August 17, 2015

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Having the Wasatch mountain range in your backyard is both a blessing and a curse. We really do love living so close to the mountains. But we feel pretty guilty when we don’t take the time to spend our weekend in the outdoors. That’s why the hike to Lake Catherine is one of our favorites. The views are rewarding, and you can easily forget you’re just a mere 15 minute drive away from the city.

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We took off from work as soon as we could on a Friday afternoon, grabbed our packs and headed up Little Cottonwood Canyon for an overnight campout. We headed up to the Alta Ski Resort to hit up the 1.5 mile hike on Catherine Pass Trail. This short hike is a great backpacking trail for beginners, with plenty of spots to set up camp (and hammocks!) in Alta’s backcountry.

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It was chilly. Quite a bit colder than we anticipated, so soon after setting up camp, we bundled up in our sleeping bags and called it a day.

The morning was just as cold (and windy) so enjoyed the view of the lake from the comfort of our sleeping bags. As the day wore on, day hikers filtered in and the calm, peaceful scene of Lake Catherine morphed into a bustling summer morning. We packed up camp and were back at our car just a few hours later.

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Why I Shoot Film : Connie B Photography

August 14, 2015

Connie B PhotographyContinuing this series with a photographer I’ve known my whole life- Connie is my cousin! I’ve admired her photography work ever since she started her business, and it didn’t take long for her to realize how rad it is to shoot film! Here she is:

When/why did you start shooting film? What was your first film camera?

I very clearly remember taking a couple of disposable cameras to a field trip at Dana Point, California in 5th grade. I didn’t know anything about film but I fell in love with taking pictures that day. In college I wanted to study photography but before I got that far I dropped out and got married. After I had my first child I was back into school and into photography and decided if I was going to pursue this hobby I needed to make it a job so I could afford to do it. I started out my first 5 years of my photography business shooting solely digital other than a Lomography Diana film camera just for fun. Digital was all I assumed I would ever shoot. It seemed the most common and to be honest, I never considered shooting film professionally as an option for me. It wasn’t until years later that I realized that what I was producing wasn’t quite doing it for me artistically. I was inspired by several photographers who had a certain “look” to their work that I loved. At the time, I didn’t know what it was exactly but I wanted to do whatever they were doing. It was what I wanted to produce for myself as an artist and for my paying clients. What I didn’t know at first was that these photographers were film shooters. A couple years ago after figuring that out I basically thought: “well, that’s that”. In fact, I told a friend of mine that I would never shoot film- it seemed out of my league and intimidating. It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I was browsing photographers in my area and found a photographer that had made the switch to film, that I realized… I could do the same! I had wanted so bad to be the photographer I wanted to be but I was holding myself back because I was afraid I couldn’t do it. I soon after bought a Contax 645 and haven’t regretted it for one minute.

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What camera(s)/film do you shoot with today?

In the last year I’ve still been shooting on the same Contax, love it!

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What are your favorite subjects to shoot?

My favorite subjects are absolutely people – especially when they are dressed up – which is why my favorites are weddings and fashion photography. More than the clothes and details though I love capturing the uniqueness and beauty of people. I started photographing people as a way to pay for my hobby but photographing people instantly became my passion. Second to that, I love florals and nature in general.

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Connie B Photography

Why shoot film?

I knew I had to shoot film when it was the type of photography I was drawn to without even knowing it. I could see that there was a different feel and color palette to it- it was just prettier! Since learning what I loved was film, all those reasons are why I should, and do, shoot film. Since working with it I’ve come to realize it has better highlight retention than digital has. My husband tells me it looks more true-to-real-life than digital. With every roll I shoot I fall more in love with this medium. I love that it has deepened my passion for photography and caused me to slow down and create something better than I used to. I’m not just shooting from the hip and deleting the bad ones anymore- I’m more conscious of each click. I wouldn’t invest as much as I do into film if I didn’t believe in it! It’s really so fulfilling to me, and I’m so glad I went for it.

– Connie B Photography

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Zion National Park, Utah | On Film pt. 2

August 12, 2015

Zion National Park

I had this roll half used up, so it took a while longer to get these developed. These are from our trip down to Zion National Park a few weeks ago.

I also was considering selling this camera (Hasselblad 501CM), but I figured I’d take it out on one more adventure to see if I should or not. Final verdict? Not selling.

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Photos shot on the Hasselblad 501CM, on Kodak Ektar film pushed 2 stops

Weekend Adventures // Backpacking to Silver Lake, Utah

August 10, 2015

Silver Lake, Utah

It’s already August.

I can’t even.

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Silver Lake, Utah

We took this lil nugget up to Silver Lake, up in American Fork Canyon for a weekend campout. It’s a relatively short, 2-mile hike to the lake, and a good trek for beginner backpackers. We haven’t had the best luck this summer with weather on our camping ventures. It has rained three out of the four times we have camped! Dang. Which also means no stargazing. Double dang.

But we had fun. It was Kiko’s first backpacking trip, and minus rolling in some poop (thank goodness we were by a lake), it was a blast!

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Silver Lake, Utah

Silver Lake, Utah

Silver Lake, Utah

Now if you could just slow down a bit, Summer, that’d be swell.

Kiko – ONE YEAR

August 6, 2015

Kiko Pup, One Year

Kiko is one!

Kiko Pup, One Year

Without getting too puppy-mommy on you, I wanted to jot down a few things we love about this pup. Kiko is full of spunk, smarts, and she’s intensely loyal. She loves cheese and peanut butter, playing ‘tag’ around the couch, and running alongside us while we bike or skateboard. Her morning stretches are still hilarious to watch, she makes us laugh all the time, and coming home to a happy dog at the end of a long day is the greatest! Oh, and she is probably the main reason why Jordan finally got Snap Chat. Kiko is our little Snap Chat star.

Anyway. I’ve wanted a dog ever since I can remember, and I couldn’t have asked for a better pup!

Kiko Pup, One Year

Kiko Pup, One Year

(She sits back on her haunches like this most of the time. It’s almost human-like, and it cracks us up. Anyone else’s dog do this?)

All photos shot on the Hasselblad 500CM, Fuji Pro 400H film

Why I Shoot Film : Miesh Photography

July 24, 2015

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Remember this post way back when? Well, I’ve got the first guest for this series, Michelle of Miesh Photography! I met Michelle a few years ago, when Jordan and I wanted to update some family photos of us (since we looked nothing like our wedding photos). She did an AMAZING job (I use a lot of her photos for this blog), and really kickstarted my interest in film photography. Here she is!

When/why did you start shooting film? What was your first film camera?

I started traveling right after high school graduation in 2007. I lived in China for about 5 months exploring, teaching english, and just overall learning about myself. I took a small digital camera with me, it had a few manual settings that I would always sit and mess around with. I was constantly wanting something more out of the images I was taking. I would get back from having these amazing adventures and feel so sad about the fact that I couldn’t take images the way I pictured them in my head. I got back at Christmas and the first thing I signed up for to start my college career was a photography class! It was a simple BW photo class where we shot, developed & printed our own pictures. I instantly fell in love with the magic & process (as most people do) and knew that I wanted photography to be a part of my world. So although technically my first film camera was my dads 35mm pentax, my first medium format camera was my Grandpa’s Hasselblad 500CM. My grandpa had passed away and this camera had gone to one of my cousins before it found its way to me. My cousin was determined that it was broken. I shot a few rolls through it and was instantly hooked. It definitely had had its fare share of usage when my grandpa was alive. He was a hobbiest photographer who mainly used his talent to capture his kids activities and portraits of friends and family. They had a little darkroom in the basement of their house. As a kid I remember thinking how scary that little room seemed, now I look at it and wish I had one of my own!

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What camera(s)/film do you shoot with today?

I have gone through a lot of different shooting phases with my cameras! As of now my go-to cameras would be my Hasselblad 501cm, Pentax 67, Pentax 645N, Polaroid 195, Minolta X700. I use each of these to achieve a different look and feel to whatever it is I am shooting.

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What are your favorite subjects to shoot?

I would have to say my favorite “subject” is probably what I get to create for my personal projects. One of the reasons I love shooting personal projects is because I am 100% in control from start to finish. It can be incredibly overwhelming at times, but is also so rewarding when it comes out looking exactly like what I had envisioned in my head! I love capturing something that might not otherwise exist unless it was constructed by a team of creatives. I think this is why I like the fashion world so much, it allows me to almost play make-believe with my camera. I have a soft spot in my heart for anything retro or vintage inspired. Its so fun to create imagery that allows me to step back in time for a few hours!

Miesh Photography
Miesh Photography

Why shoot film?

I get this question ALL the time. Especially nowadays with all the filters and plug ins that make digital look extremely similar to film imagery. A lot of people ask WHY spend all the time & money to shoot film. It is not a simple question for me to answer, but I have to relate back to where I and most other photographers began. Most photographers have come from a place where they get to see the image start to finish. Shooting, developing, printing. Although I don’t work like this in my professional arena (all my film is scanned in digitally and printed from the digital scans), there is still a magic to film that I can’t deny. Many film photographers relate the day that they get to see their scans comparable to Christmas morning, and I would say its usually even BETTER. I still get to dabble here and there with processing my own rolls, but I hope some day to have a little darkroom similar to my grandpa’s. I would say one of the main reasons I shoot film is that I like the way I shoot when I’m behind the camera. I take my time, think about the shot and the exposure a little more in depth then I do behind a digital camera. I like not having to keep up with the next “big thing” in the digital world. I am using cameras that are 30+ years old and they still function as great as the day they were made. I could go on and on about the reasons I love film photography, but i’ll try to leave it to sum it up in one word….MAGIC.

Miesh Photography
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– Miesh Photography

www.mieshphotography.com

@mieshphotography

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