2018 has been a year filled with opportunity. Going to Israel in the middle of such a historic moment was breathtaking. They are celebrating 70 years of nationality, the U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem this last week, the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan Monks in Jerusalem, Shavuot and Ramadan were both taking taking place last weekend, along with increasing tension and violence in Gaza.
Shooting with Angela Herrington was a blast. Its great working with someone who trusts you to do well. Angela has been driving the Broken Beautiful BOLD online women’s ministry and coaching digital entrepreneurs. I always love learning more about my clients work and passion – using the camera as a format for connecting with them has always been a pleasure. Connecting with Angela in this way was no exception.
My two cousins, Ben and Amelia have been writing together under the name Storm Sandlin for the last few years. Last year they released their first “Poe Inspired” collection of short stories and poems called, “A Chill in the Air”. They have a really fun, quirky style that I think I can trace back to half Poe, half Burton inspired. At the same time, they have a sort of antique air that I think comes from their research and love of genealogy. We shot some of these over the period of a few months whenever we got together for them to use as promo material. In the end, I’m proud of that the images seem to reflect just the right amount of oddness for the profession.
I spent a lot of the early part of this year parting out a new Zenza Bronica ERTS. I purchased the film body, lens, film back, and view finder all separately. It took a while, but I ended up getting the whole thing put together for about 40% less than I would have spent if I had gotten one all in one piece. It’s pretty heavy, but much more precise than the TLR I had been using. Besides that, I much prefer metering through the view finder than metering externally like I had been doing.
It shows how well my buddy Caleb knows me that he gifted a film outing for my birthday! I’m really thankful for that time in the middle of a creative dry season. We ended up shooting right at the last part of fall when the sun sets sooner in the evening, so it got pretty dark fast! But if I’ve learned anything about shooting film in the past its that the process is the majority of the reward and the end result. You can’t be afraid to make mistakes or you won’t learn very much and get any good at shooting film takes being invested in learning a lot.
So, even though they’re all pretty messy, I’m proud of them just the same.
This last weekend we finally got the chance to take Joie on a photoshoot! We’ve been wanting to do this for a while and we’re so thankful that Grandma and Grandpa gifted us with an extended date. We ran a few errands and went out to lunch while they entertained the kids for us.
And this happened:
Each eye it cheers when she appears,
Like Phoebus in the morning,
When past the shower, and every flower
The garden is adorning:
As the wretch looks o’er Siberia’s shore,
When winter-bound the wave is;
Sae droops our heart, when we maun part
Frae charming, lovely Davies.
Her smile’s a gift frae ‘boon the lift,
That maks us mair than princes;
A sceptred hand, a king’s command,
Is in her darting glances;
The man in arms ‘gainst female charms
Even he her willing slave is,
He hugs his chain, and owns the reign
Of conquering, lovely Davies.
My Muse, to dream of such a theme,
Her feeble powers surrender:
The eagle’s gaze alone surveys
The sun’s meridian splendour.
I wad in vain essay the strain,
The deed too daring brave is;
I’ll drap the lyre,
and mute admire
The charms o’ lovely Davies.
– Robert Burns, excerpt from “The Charms of Lovely Davies”