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.

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UP IN THE AIR – Europe Bound

June 24, 2015

Airport Vibes

I feel like I blinked and it’s been two weeks since I last posted. Life doesn’t slow down for anyone! Jordan and I have been out on the road (er, in the sky) a bit lately for work, so I thought I’d share some film shots from up in the air.

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Up in the Air

Up in the Air - California

Up in the Air - California

Airport Vibes

This crazy world keeps spinning, and my trip across the pond is here! I’m meeting my family out in London this week. We will spend a few days exploring the city, then fly over to Germany. My grandmother is from Germany, so we will meet some distant cousins and explore places from her childhood. And eat bratwurst!

Jordan will be staying home this time, which is a pretty big bummer. I feel particularly guilty about leaving him, since it is our 6-year anniversary the day I fly out :(. We’ve got some mountain adventures planned when I return to celebrate/make up for the fact that I am jetting off on our anni. Also, he has Kiko to keep him company while I’m gone :).

I love this kid more every day.

Airplane Vibes

Happy 6 years. Love you always, Jo!

Except the last shot, all photos taken with the Pentax 645N on Kodak Ektar film

Zion National Park, Utah | On Film

June 3, 2015

Zion National Park, Utah

We visited Zion National Park a few weekends ago, and it rained almost the entire time. BUT as the locals pointed out to us, it was a pretty unique sight to see the red rocks covered in rain. The sun made an appearance intermittently throughout the weekend (jeez I sound like a weatherman). Anyway. It was wet, and beautiful.

Zion National Park, Utah

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British Columbia, Canada | On Film

May 27, 2015

BX Trail, British Columbia

I got sick a few months ago, I think it was some flu bug going around. All I ate were saltines and cautious sips of Sprite. And somehow, I fell in love with saltines.

I don’t know how this happened. Usually, whatever you eat while you are sick only reminds you of the sickness. Not to mention, they are dry and plain, with only a hint of salt. Yet I can eat a whole sleeve in one sitting, no problem. I try not to. But I can.

What does this have to do with the photos, you might ask? Hm. Nothing I suppose. I’m munching on them now, and that’s about it.

BX Trail, British Columbia

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San Francisco 2015 – Film Photography

April 6, 2015

This Easter weekend, I had the chance to video chat my family. My little sis is in San Francisco for the weekend, and we realized we had people in four different states during our video chat. California, Washington, Utah, and Atlanta! If only one of us were in New York, then we’d really have the states covered. Or Hawaii. :)

But speaking of San Francisco, I did shoot some film while we were there a few weeks back. So, here ya go!

San Francisco on Film

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Seattle – Film Photography

March 25, 2015

I realize that in the winter months, my film photography is a bit less frequent. I had these rolls just waiting to be developed for MONTHS. For shame.

Here are some shots from our trip to Seattle earlier this year (pre-Superbowl XLIX).

Seattle on Film

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Japan on Film

March 20, 2015

Last installment of photos from Japan! :) and :(. But thank you everyone for the kind words on the previous posts, I love to hear from you!

I saved the best for last. Hah, kinda. Well, yeah I think most of these shots on film turned out pretty darn good. I shot a few at sunrise that didn’t turn out quite as I had imagined, but I’m learning. Also, I took a shot at pushing film. I rated the film at a higher ISO, then pushed it two stops in development. I’ve heard good things about pushing Kodak Ektar, and I love the skin tones on that roll of film.

This post is best accompanied by the latest release from Death Cab for Cutie, their new song Little Wanderer. I love it and have listened to it on repeat for the past two days.


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Final Days in Japan

March 18, 2015

Sunrise Japan

One benefit to jet lag in Japan is that it is easy to wake up super early. Those first few days, we’d wake as early as 2 or 3 in the morning, unable to fall back asleep. So, we were able to see the sunrise quite a few times. Sunrises in Japan are incredible, but that’s no surprise.

We drove out a few miles to watch (film) the sun rise over rice paddy fields. The light was beautiful.

Japan Trip 2015
Sunrise in Japan
Japan Vans

Now we can’t have a post without photos of food! We went to a soba restaurant for our last lunch in Japan. Jordan had a warm soba dish (similar to ramen), while I had the soba served cold. The protocol is to dip the noodles into the sauce and slurp them up (rather than my inclination to pour the sauce over the noodles. Made that mistake last time.) Slurping is a must, too.

Japan Trip 2015

I even tried to recreate this meal at home. It was good! Not exceptional, but I think it’ll satisfy my cravings for now. The soba dish was probably one of my most favorite meals we ate, second only to the incredible homemade meal we were served at Karino’s. Who am I kidding. The food was just amazing every single day.

A bit more exploring here and there:

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Here’s our hotel!

Hotel Life in Japan
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The short amount of time we did spend here, we were most likely sleeping. Or eating.

We got just a bit of shopping in before we left, so we loaded up with some Japanese food + Ultraman memorabilia to bring back to the states. Oh I wish I would have gotten 10 bags of those black crackers. They’re a sesame cracker, flavored with soy sauce. And they are delicious.

At the airport, they sell sushi to-go with some cold packs to keep it fresh so you can eat it on the plane! Ingenious. I only wish we could have loaded up an entire suitcase with the stuff.

It was a sad goodbye at the airport. Karino’s son had gotten pretty attached to Jordan that week (and was especially fascinated by his beard). Until next time.

Tokyo Narita Airport
Japan Trip 2015
Flying over Tokyo Narita

P.S. Stay tuned for just a few more shots of Japan on film.

Yokohama, Japan

March 13, 2015

We were pretty busy shooting video this day, so I didn’t take too many photos. It was harder than I thought to switch into photographer mode after shooting video all day. But! I just got my film scans back, so I have some shots from Yokohama on film!

Yokohama, Japan

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Chiba, Japan

March 11, 2015

First stop- Chiba!

Beach in Japan
Japan Trip 2015
Breakfast in Japan

We traveled around Japan quite a bit, but our home base was in Chiba. One thing I’ve realized traveling outside the States is that not a lot of cultures eat sweet stuff for breakfast. Salad and soup? For breakfast? But that miso was so delicious, I didn’t miss my frosted flakes one bit.

We filmed at this beach, which in the middle of February, was pretty deserted. And pretty pretty.

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