Little Beauties: Soft-Cover Books

I have to show off a new product (featuring Baby Allison!).

These soft-cover books are beautifully designed, featuring a client’s favorite images.  Saddle-stitched and stapled, with lovely linen textured paper, and image-wrapped covers.

Offered in 5.5×5.5 and 8.5×8.5 sizes, they make perfect little “brag books”, and are stylish, budget-friendly alternatives to more traditional albums.  Wonderful for grandparents, high school seniors, or as parent gifts for your wedding!

{Tara.Melissa}

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Immersed

Immersed.

In what we love.  In what we hate.

In life.  In art.

Content to be swallowed.

Waking up to our own consumption.

More afraid of letting go than of being overcome.

Collections: Cameras

I love to collect things.  China, glassware, silver, chairs (don’t ask…my husband says I have a problem…it’s not a problem…it’s a very “comfortable condition”), and cameras.

This week, my small camera collection grew by 3 Polaroids, all found at one of my favorite thrift stores, Lilypads (whose proceeds, btw, benefit the Illinois Valley PADS homeless shelter…awesome place).

One of these days, I do believe I’ll set up a proper photo shoot for the darlings.

It’s an odd little collection, but well-loved.  So far, it consists of a DI-4353 (second from left); a Brownie Starflash, by Kodak (second from right); an Olympia Big Royal View, which is hysterical, (not shown in the photo above)  it’s an Olympus rip-off…the kind you would imagine someone hawking on the street as a big name slr for a fraction of the cost – fortunately, I bought it for next to nothing, because that’s about what it’s worth lol; a GORGEOUS Anscoflex II (top center), which happens to be one of my favorite cameras based on style alone, though I love shooting through the lens as well; and my new additions, a Polaroid Spectra 2 (bottom center), a Polaroid 104 Land Camera (far right), and a Polaroid 230 Land Camera (far left).

In addition to a quick view of my collection, I thought I would share a couple images of my favorite Polaroid (style-wise) – the 230 – that I made while experimenting with an off-camera video light the other night.  I’m absolutely thrilled with the outcome, and I hope you enjoy it as well!

I adore looking at others’ collections, so I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of mine. Do you have an odd or ordinary collection?  I’d love to hear about it!

Adventures in Freelensing

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a photography technique I’d never heard of.  “Freelensing”

Basically, you take the lens off of your camera, and shoot with it held directly in front of it.  Sounds a little crazy, right?  Maybe so, but also crazy fun, and a great technique if you’re feeling the need to shake things up and get inspired in a new way.

Here’s the how-to, a few tips, and some of my fav freelensing photos I’ve shot recently!

First step is to choose your lens…I’ve found I prefer to use my zoom lens (55-200mm) over a fixed lens.  Much higher success rate.  Then set your exposure…with your lens STILL ON.  Since your lens will be detached, auto-exposure won’t work.  Set your focus ring to infinity, and you’re ready to remove your lens, and start shooting.  Hold it directly in front of your camera, and move it slightly in different angles.

Freelensing creates tilt-shift effects, allows for super macros (since the aperture is 0), and makes for some gorgeous light leaks.

One caveat, if you do this for prolonged periods of time, or you’re moving your lens about quite a bit, the likelihood of getting dust in your sensor greatly increases.  If that gives you the heebie-jeebies, I’d avoid it, and try something like a Lensbaby.  For the record, since I’ve found myself loving this so much, I do see a Lensbaby in my future, as I don’t fancy needing my sensor cleaned *that* often.  However, it is a handy technique for those times when you’re shooting, and have a sudden desire for the effect, but don’t wish to fiddle with something like a Lensbaby.

Give it a whirl!  And here are a few of my favorite freelensing photos.

{Tara.Melissa}

Miscellany

Just a few recent photos that don’t really belong anywhere…but I wanted to share anyhow.

Jeremiah…the husband 😉

Baldwin, our big baby ❤

White lilacs from a good friend.

More beautiful Easter flowers from the husband.

{Tara.Melissa}

Blooming Blossoms

My husband knows I’m a sucker for flowers.  And just before Easter, he surprised me with two potted tulips; 3 bunches of tulips; and a bunch of bright, easter egg-colored daisies.  My  mother also brought over a gorgeous purple calla lily on Easter.  So Spring is blooming everywhere in my home!!!

Tonight, I took a few minutes and grabbed a few shots of some of the flowers before my light completely disappeared.  Just some of the tulips and calla lily for now, but I’m sure there will be more!  Enjoy! 🙂

I experimented with a little something in-camera with these last two.  The only post-processing that was done, was a low opacity soft pop action from Paint the Moon.  I’m incredibly pleased with the results!

{Tara.Melissa}