Today Morgan and I ventured out to shoot ballet photos. Morgan started dancing when she was two but gave it up and began again when she was seven. We had a lovely time, despite the heat! :)
model: Morgan Sousa
And my favorite:
Have a safe Fourth of July weekend! :)
Yesterday, this lovely girl and I met up in Red Bank to shoot some work for her modeling portfolio :) It was ridiculously hot out, but we managed! :P
model: Jackie Golding
Not sure how I feel about this processing…opinions?
This one is silly and candid and doesn’t really go with the rest, buuuuuut Jackie is gorgeous so there.
And my favorite of the day! :)
:) I can’t wait to work with Jackie again!
P.S. 50th blog post! :) We can all take a look back at the (extremely pathetic) first one now.
How to have a successful photoshoot: Purchase a carton of fro yo and eat the entire thing before shooting. Happen upon giant puddles.
It wouldn’t be a photoshoot if we didn’t explore some :P
model: Emil Gombos
Every summer, this street floods when the tides get too high. It’s surrounded on both sides by marshes and creeks, so people who don’t live around here always go to turn down it and get really confused. Of course, when there are teenagers jumping around in it, they get even more confused. :)
And to end, as usual, with my favorite of the day:
So I’ve decided to use this blog to document my summer/life in photos, as well as posting shoots, events, etc. :) Photos are photos, be they personal or professional.
Anyway! I had a lovely eventful weekend, filled with best friends, new things, and old memories. On Saturday morning, bright and early, Chris and I drove up to the Poconos with his dad and his brother to drop Nick off at camp. Their camp is located right on the Delaware Water Gap. It was breathtakingly beautiful. On the way home, we stopped at Hot Dog Johnny’s in Buttzville (really!) and a flea market on the side of the road.
My first purchase was this Polaroid & film inside for a dollar. There must be something wrong with the battery, because the film won’t come out :( Ah, well, it was worth a shot.
I also spotted this beautiful bag. I didn’t even care about what was inside it at first – it’s such a beautiful, roomy camera bag, and it’s less clunky than my current one. And then I opened it up and realized there was a camera inside!
It’s a Pentax K1000 with a 50mm f/2 and a flash (not shown here). It needs a little bit of cleaning, and the lens is a little dented – someone was definitely careless with it. I’m currently shooting a test roll in it to make sure that it works! The bag and camera and flash together were all $20 – which, honestly, I would have paid for the bag alone.
On the way up to the Poconos, we saw a tow truck towing two mail trucks. I got really excited, because, well, that’s something you don’t see every day :P And then, on the way home, we saw them again! :D
Later on Saturday, after washing the cars, Chris and I met up with Mar and her boyfriend William, who drove up that afternoon.
I took their prom pictures back in May. They’re cute.
Then on Sunday, Mar, William and I went with her family to the Blue Claws game in Lakewood. We got there really early, so we were just hanging out in the grass waiting for the gates to open.
We actually got to go out onto the field to take pictures :)
On the field! :D (photo credit to Jen)
We had a lovely view from our seats.
Then, today, Savanna and I attempted to go antique shopping in Red Bank. We failed. But I did get a dress for a shoot I’m planning! :) Then I attempted to take self portraits. Those failed rather quickly because of how buggy it was and how crowded the park was. (Excuses, excuses.)
Hope you’re having a great summer! :)
P.S. The winner of the print giveaway was Angela Wang! :D Congrats!
Summer, so far, is awesome.
The weather is not.
I used up my last three Polaroids on Monday. :(
On Saturday, June 18th, my best friend Amanda organized a birthday party for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (a.k.a. CHOP). CHOP is one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation and saves lives every day, including Amanda’s. :) In honor of all the children at CHOP, Amanda organized a birthday party at the First Aid Squad in Manasquan – to collect gifts for the children and to celebrate!
Amanda, you did an amazing job with the party. We <3 you too.
There was tons of food, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, nail art, and a great big bouncy thing – as well as tons of presents for the kids at CHOP! :)
All of the volunteers that helped out with the party! We <3 CHOP :)
If you want to know more about CHOP, help out with future events, or donate gifts to the hospital, e-mail Amanda at healingheartscampaign [at] gmail [dot] com. :)
So proud of you, Banana!
I only post awkward photos of us together because I love you.
I’m so happy to be your daughter.
I had to throw at least one of Pat in here too. So he wouldn’t feel left out.
This is a more recent photo, from prom last year. I legitimately think we look a lot alike. :P
And I found this in my shoebox of photographs today. I think it’s my favorite picture of us, ever. :)
Happy Father’s Day to my favorite dad, my grandpa, and all of the other awesome dads out there. :)
It’s officially summer now. I’m officially a senior in high school, as of 2:20 p.m. Finals are done, the senior hallway is ours, etc.
A few weeks ago I decided to lay out a list of goals for the summer, in terms of myself and my photography. I’m posting them here more to remind myself than anything else. These are my goals and rules for the summer.
- Shoot, every day.
- Push myself to do things I haven’t.
- Get comfortable with myself again.
- Shoot more film; acquaint myself with film and the way light affects it differently.
- Become comfortable with my Mamiya.
- Mix my own darkroom chemicals and develop my own film.
- Shoot selfs if there’s no one around.
- Shoot other people.
- Find people and lay them out in the photo.
- Stop taking pointless photos, because you know you’ve been shooting fluff.
- Take photos that mean things to you.
- Acquaint myself with an external flash.
- Work on my portfolios for college, but don’t let that be my only focus.
- Memories, memories, memories. Keep them in your camera, but stop getting carried away. Make memories. Don’t make them for your camera. Make them for yourself. Don’t live through a camera all the time.
- When you are bored, shoot; don’t waste time on the internet.
- Shoot until you like what you are creating.
- Create until you like what you are creating.
These are my favorite photographs from last summer, ones that meant the most.
Have a great summer (if yours is starting today like mine!) and stay safe :)