A Beautifully Normal Morning - Family Film Photography

Last week I attended the Yan Fam Way workshop in Indianapolis - and it was everything I had hoped it would be and then some.  (If you have ever thought about taking it I am telling you to do it - you will love it!)  On the way home, I stayed the night at my friends house so I didn't have to drive so long and we planned on having a little session the next morning with her and her two youngest children - it was a weekday and her husband had to go to work and her oldest had to go to school.  But she has been so supportive of me during my experiment with film so with her cheering me on and with Yan all fresh in my head I went for it and I feel really proud of these photos.  Film has my heart - with all its perfect imperfections.  

I used Portra400 film and just my canon 1v 35mm camera.  I initially wanted to shoot medium format at the same time but I ended up just keeping it simple with one camera and one lens the entire session.  The film was developed at Miller's and scanned at home on my new-to-me Noritsu LS-600 scanner.  

I'm an aunt again! | Cleveland, Ohio Newborn Hospital Photographer

Woohoo! I am an aunt again!!  This little nugget was less than day old for these photos.  Whenever I see a newborn it always blows my mind that just a short time ago they were inside someone's belly - even though I've done it twice myself it never ceases to amaze me.  She is SO cute and I am so excited to watch her grow up. My kids and I keep playing a game where we wonder what she will like and what she won't.  It's so fun to imagine all the possibilities and imagine her running around with her big brother and cousins one day.  We are so happy to have her in our family <3


Here is an adorable video clip of her yawning! (no sound because of the conversation SOME people were having - haha)

This day was SOOOO dreary. I took a little video on the way to the hospital showing what I was up against.  This is why she stayed near the window the entire time and my ISO was 6400!  In more exciting news, I videotaped myself shooting these photos and editing them for my ClickinMoms breakout coming out just after Christmas! 

Third Birthday Interview - 2016

Almost three years ago I interviewed my son for his third birthday, and then ask the same questions every year after.  I am so excited to start this little tradition with Katie.  I am so proud of the little person she is becoming.  She has grown so much this past year; physically, emotionally and mentally.  She used to make me carry her all day and have total meltdowns every time I had to leave the house.  But she is now strong and independent and has such a personality.  She has her own mind and insists on trying everything by herself.  She loves all things girly; including pink, purses, dolls, princesses and lipstick but she will also make lego creations and race hot wheels with her brother.   She is funny and loves to make us laugh, which she does daily.  She gives the best running hugs.  She adores her brother.  I can't even find the words to express how much I love her and how much happiness she brings me.  Every day I love her more than the day before which seems impossible but its not.  I love this phase of life we are entering - there are no more diapers, we can have real conversations and she can tell me what she is feeling; everything is new and exciting and to be explored.  Three year olds are so much fun and this time I get to do it without a tiny baby to take care of too.

So here is her third birthday interview along with some recent film photos. 


1. How old are you?    three.

2. What is your favorite color?   pink.

3. What is your favorite thing to eat?  honey cereal.

4. What is your favorite toy/game to play?  Frozen.

5. What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?  make cookies.

6. What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?  play toys.

7. What do you like best about Joey?  going to school.

8. Who is your best friend?  Kian.

9. What is your favorite thing to wear?  my beautiful dress.

10. What do you want to be when you grow up? a doctor. 

11. What makes you feel happy?  open eggs.

12. What makes you feel sad?  when joey fights.

13. What is your favorite book?  Frozen.

14. What is your favorite TV show or movie?  Wizard of Oz.

15. What is your favorite animal?  Tigers.

16.  What is your favorite song to sing? Let it Go.

17. What is your favorite song to dance to?  Let it Go.

18. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  play chalk.

19. What is your favorite holiday?  dress up.

20. If you could wish for anything, what would it be?  I want to fly.

21. What do you love about yourself?  my painting.

Summer of Film in Review - 2016

I've always been interested in film, but was always too nervous to try and thought it was beyond my skill level. For the first few months of 2016 film wasn't even on my mind, but I was having a lot of hangups about photography.  I was feeling uninspired and unhappy with the photos I was creating.  I was hating all the time I was spending at my computer at night and all the time I was thinking about editing during the day.  

Then I saw something in my newsfeed about the Embrace the Grain workshop and I just went for it.  I put my dslr in my closet and, other than a handful of client sessions, haven't taken it out since..  And it literally changed my life. 

I don't even know if I can describe the feeling of having TIME to do what I want to do.  Since I haven't had to cull (the worst) and edit any personal photos, I have read more books this summer than I had in a long time. I binge watched so much Netflix. I was able to be present with my kids during the day instead of thinking about all that I had to edit that night.  I even started exercising again! Oh and sleep.  I sleep 6-7 hours every.single.night.  Can I tell you how amazing that feels?! I used to try and get by on 4 hours (sometimes less) because I was editing at night.  I felt physically sick sometimes from lack of sleep. 

Because film costs about $1-2 per photo, gone are the days of taking 25 photos of a single moment. Film forces you to SLOW down, chill out, and wait for the moment.  Yes I missed some moments, but I learned that its OK.  That another moment that is just as good or even better is about to happen in a couple minutes.  That I will most likely forget about that missed moment anyways.  I learned its ok if I dont even take a single photo.  So many times I would bring the camera up to my face and either the moment never happened or I realized that no, I didn't really need a photo of this after all.   Because of this very careful and very intentional shooting, the keep rate with film is very high (my last few rolls I would say my keep rate was about 85-90% - something that NEVER happened with digital). 

Finally, shooting film is just fun. I love the whole process - choosing a film stock, deciding how to rate it, planning your shots, gathering some rolls and mailing them to them lab, and then waiting for your scans to come back from the lab. That anticipation is like a kid waiting for Christmas every two weeks.  I love seeing what worked and what didn't,  seeing how film handles all types of light so well, remembering the little moments that I had already forgotten in two short weeks. 

When I started this summer of film experiment I thought I'd be back to digital once fall started.  But I have no intention of taking that digital camera out of the closet any time soon.  I even did my first family session all on film recently and it was a blast.  Definitely give film a try if you are even a little bit interested! You might fall head over heels for it like I did!  I took the Embrace the Grain Workshop from the get-go, which I can't recommend enough. 

Well this post for my love of film is long enough.  Here are some of my favorite shots from these past few moths.