Phipps Conservatory

We loved wandering around Phipps on a chilly fall day last year. The fern room might be my absolute favorite. Anyone who lives in the Pittsburgh area knows how beautiful this place is – it’s absolutely worth repeat visits. I wish I had taken more photos of the interior architecture but I was too entranced by the smaller details everywhere. And of course I love that Megan and Steph are always willing to let me make a portrait or two.

All photos taken with a Pentax 654n. I can’t remember specifically what kind of color film I used here. If I had to hazard a guess I would say one of the Portras, probably 400. Black and white images are Neopan 100.

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Rachel & JR, engaged

A few of my favorite images from a recent engagement session. These guys are the cutest! Shot in downtown Pittsburgh with a mixture of digital and my Pentax 645n.

 

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Lakeside

Ty and I have been lucky enough the past few summers to spend a few weekends away with friends at their family cottage at Lake Conneaut. Most days on the lake are spent lazing about in the sun, taking the boat out for night rides & eating (and drinking) maybe a little more than we should. It’s a beautiful old place and the way the light comes through the windows in the early morning is really something special.

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a few things from delaware, last summer

…in preparation for what’s to come. i can’t wait for warm nights and open windows, trips to the beach and walking outside without being bundled up in a million layers. here’s to you, summer. come quickly.

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i had some strange light leaks from this roll of black and white film (pretty sure it was my fault with the way i opened the camera to retrieve the film, and not the mamiya’s)…and as usual, at first i thought it ruined the images, and then i came around to really loving them regardless, and maybe even digging them more than i would have if they had turned out perfectly.

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all photos taken with a minolta x-700 or mamiya c330.

Denae & Justin

A few of my favorites from a lovely day.

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when we move

i’ll miss this little spot the most.

 

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expired fuji 400 (so many random pink tones from this film!) and minolta x-700

a few summer things

medium format is one of my favorite types of film photography…you really can’t beat it. between the ridiculous enlargement capabilities, image sharpness, and bokeh (of course, y’all know i crush on good bokeh like nobody’s business), it wins my heart every time.

there’s also this feeling you get (from square format especially), like you could almost walk straight into an image. when i first started becoming familiar with medium format i remember falling in love with the work of cynthia henebry on flickr. the way she captures her children and life as she knows it is absolutely mesmerizing. i’m so happy to see that she’s doing remarkably well for herself in the art world, and beyond. you can check out her work here, and here.

i am constantly inspired by other photographers, and i’d like to start sharing more of them on here for those of you who may not be as familiar with them. and please feel free to share some of your favorites below in the comments! ūüôā

the following images were made with my rolleicord III, and portra 160 film.

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costa rica

this is going to be a photo-heavy post (fair warning). a few of these photos have already been featured in a blog post or two – but i decided to showcase them again if i really loved them.

costa rica has it all, guys. literally. you want mountains, cliffs, rolling hills and farmland? they’ve got it. artsy mountain villages tucked away¬†beneath¬†a canopy of virgin rainforest, where you can either disappear and assimilate into life with the locals, or develop bonds with other expats to the point of having cookouts and meeting up at local bars with them every friday night? you can have either of those options, too. or maybe even a balance of both. and let’s not forget about the beaches. the pacific beaches remind me more of california, with mountains meeting the sea and beautiful bays drawing you in at every turn, while the caribbean side of costa rica is more, well, caribbean. wonderfully¬†clear¬†blue water.¬†coconut milk infused food. rondon, a spicy, coconut-y seafood stew, was a favorite of ours. i could go on, but you get the point. options are limitless. there’s something for everyone. i urge you to go, go, go.

and if you’re lucky, like me, maybe your second day in the land of pura vida will involve you driving down winding mountain roads a little ways outside of san jose, with the sweet, heady scent of fresh pineapple from nearby trees assailing your senses, leaving you wondering how life could ever get any better.

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our ride during our three week excursion. buster (boo-stayr for the spanish pronunciation), our lovable piece of shit.

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spent a day on the kekoldi indigenous reserve roasting cocoa beans and eating some delicious food.

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puerto viejo at sunset is lovely.

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i could post more, but this is at least a brief overview of our trip highlights.

most of these are digital, but there are a few film images also thrown in. (canon ae-1)

 

from february

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i can’t wait until we finally get some blooms around here. i have the worst case of cabin fever with nothing beautiful outside to photograph yet.

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summer film stills from new england

 

 

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