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I haven’t really post a lot of pictures of my daughter on my blog. Most people think since I am a photographer that I must take sooo many pictures of Eliza. But, I really don’t. I think it is actually much harder to take pictures of your own kids, at least it is difficult to do the posey picture types. Most of the time when I have taken pictures of Eliza she just wants to run to me, which makes it very difficult to make anything happen. But, with the help of family members and distractions (like bugs!) we do manage. She was just over 22 months old when these pictures were taken. I can’t believe she is almost 2….what happened?


More Wet-Plate Collodion

So, I am still pretty new to wet-plate collodion. But, I certainly am addicted. An Aristo cold light head was recently donated to the university. I had not seen one of these in a long time. One of my professors in grad school owned one, but I had never used one. It took me a while to figure out how to use it, but after some online research and picking some of my colleagues brains, I think I figured it out! I printed a few large format negatives first and I was immediately hooked on this enlarger. It prints so much more evenly than any other enlargers I have ever used! I decided to do some experimenting with using the enlarger as an exposure source for wet plates. I used old color positive slides I made in graduate school to make the exposures. I was pleasantly surprised. Most of these wet plates in this post (minus the shopping cart) are exposed from 35mm positive slides. I plan on making some in the future using medium format positive film 🙂

Kathleen + Chris | Marion, SC | Wildberry Farm

Wow, it has been a long time since I have posted pictures from a photo session. So, this one is a pleasure for so many reasons. It’s a pleasure not only because I have been wanting/needing/intending to do this for a long time, but also because I get to introduce you to Kathleen and Chris. I met Kathleen a little over 4 years ago. She and her Mom came into my office at FMU to learn about the photo program. They were both so energetic and Kathleen’s excitement about photography made me excited about being a teacher. She is an incredibly talented photographer, you know, one of those people that just have a gift for something. I am really stumped as to what to say because I have so much to say I don’t even know where to begin. Kathleen graduated in December of 2016 and I was so sad to see her go, yet happy at the thought of seeing what she will do in life. Any which way she goes, I know that others will be touched by what she does. I also got the pleasure of getting to know her lovely family. I have witnessed how giving and caring they are towards others. So, now you know why it is a pleasure to post these pictures. And of course, I got to meet Chris too. They both love Jesus like nobody’s business! If you want to get to know them more, please go check them out: Kathleen and Chris!

Despite the fact that it was the coldest day of the year and it snowed, the wedding was absolutely beautiful! Kathleen comes from a widely talented family and it shows! The cake was made by her sister, Margaret Ann. I have to give a very special shout out to my second shooter Allison Triplett! She is totally awesome!

Okay, so let me tell you. I am horrible at narrowing down images. So, I know I will get some eye rolls on how many pictures I am getting ready to post. But, give me a break, I haven’t done this in a while, and geez, what a beautiful bride!