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A Must Read

If you are getting ready to make the jump of making photography your full time vocation or even if you are already started your business, then David duChemin’s “Vision Mongers” is a must read. I have always had a difficult time with the idea of “business”. I have just always known on the most basic level that I just have a strong desire to make images. I have always been a bit afraid of getting lost in the business part of it. In his book, David duChemin talks about that balancing act. It is exceptionally written and his words are very real and very practical. So, if you don’t know where to start in this whole “business” of photography, I strongly suggest you read it…or if you feel a bit lost where you are, you might need a bit of real and very directed advice that is found in this book.

Snuggle Them Up in Snuggle Bugs

My very good friend Peggy recently brought little Paisley into the world. Peggy and her hubbie Chris really are two of my favorite people. You know those people that everyone loves? Well, that’s them. And now there is more to love with the addition of little Paisley. I went down to Burgaw, NC this week to see them and of course took my camera, and well, a car full of other fun stuff. I know I don’t do family photography, but my gift to Peggy was a newborn shoot. At her baby shower in December, I gave her a Snuggle Bug just for the photo shoot. I have purchased two Snuggle Bugs from my friend Kim Stokes. They are great for Photographers who do newborn shoots or even parents who just want something absolutely adorable. I’m not sure if Kim has an etsy site or not, but maybe I can get her to leave her info in the comments section if you are interested…or you can email me and I will put you in touch with her. I also own a brown one. They are too cute and the newborns love them because them keep them nice and warm and, well, snuggly. So, here is Paisley with her Snuggle Bug:

Respites and Reflections

This January I took some time off from photo shoots. I did this so that I could take some time to reflect on 2009…what my strengths were, but more importantly to identify how I could improve as an image maker and business owner. I also wanted to take some time to consider the events and new things coming in 2010. It made me wish I had another few months to do some more reflecting. I also took some time to do one of my absolute most favorite things….make art! Last year Shannon and I took some time off and I revisited some of the images I made during our time off. I only took my film cameras. There is still something magical about film…always will be. I am still a cross process image maker. Sometimes I start out with film and end up with a digital print…as in these cases. I used a Lomo Diana to get these two exposures and then digitized the negatives to further manipulate. One of the things I love about shooting film is the anticipation between the time you make the exposure and the time you develop your negatives. So, here are two more images to add to my “Respites” body of work.

Art Print

In every wedding package I offer I include an art print. I really enjoy infusing my fine art background into my portrait and wedding imagery. The art print also allows me to give the bride and groom something unique from their wedding day….and maybe start or add on to their fine art collection. Brian and Jessica’s art print is a bit different. It just so happens I have been doing some experimenting in January and I used their wedding images as test images because there were a few that I felt would work well with the processes I was exploring. I have several this time and need Brian and Jessica to pick their favorite. So, Brian and Jessica, just let me know your image of choice and I will mat it for you! For those interested the process is noted below the image.

Above Process: Inkjet Transfer then digitized and original image re-introduced (Exposed using Canon 5DMark II)

Above Process: Inkjet Transfer (Exposed using Canon 5D Mark II)

Above Process: Exposed Using Lomo Diana then negative was digitized and further manipulated

Above Process: Laser Transfer ….from color image above this one

Above Process: Laser Transfer (Exposed using Canon 5D…with a Lensbaby)

Image Transfers

One of the fun things I have done this month is experiment with image transfers techniques. I started of playing with laser and inkjet transfers…super fun. I made this image of Bree using a Lomo Diana, then digitized it so I could print it out using a laser jet printer. Here is the result:


As many of you know, Polaroid stopped producing some of their beloved instant films. This was a huge disappointment for me because I am a Polaroid Transfer and Polaroid Emulsion Lift lover. I recently read an article online saying it was coming back. I have heard rumors it will be coming back this year…which would be sweet! In the mean time, Fuji took advantage of this and marketed their FP-100c film as a replacement. I decided while I was awaiting the returning of my beloved 669 film I would do some experimenting with the Fuji film. The results were less than satisfying. I read this article which really helped to get something close to a working method. I had to transfer the image in complete darkness for it to work and got quick an exercise with the brayer to transfer the image to the paper base. I also had to use dry paper, which resulted in some blank splotches. The edges that you see with Polaroid film just aren’t the same either. Part of the beauty of the Polaroid film is the unique edges.

I then tried an emulsion lift and wasn’t very happy with that either. The positive side to those is that the image is easy to get off the backing, but very to get it to stay uncurled on the paper base you transfer it to. I had to use some acrylic matte medium to work as an adhesive. So, I thought I would share my first, “visible” result from the fuji film: