the camera equipment conversation

by lizzie & isaiah on October 27, 2011 · 17 comments

I hate photos of people kissing. They make me pret-ty uncomfortable. Really. But our mouths are missing, so this is fine, right? Also, we’ve definitively decided that the flash makes Isaiah’s head look weird. But have you ever held a huge DSLR at arm’s length to take a photo? It’s rough.

Some folks asked us about the camera we got, so I’ll share.

Ten years ago, my mom bought an APS-film SLR – a Canon Rebel EOS. I don’t know which of those things are important to identifying a camera, so I just included them all.

Have you needed APS film recently? The clerks at Walgreens, CVS, Wal-mart, Target, even Wolf Camera and specialty stores just stared at us like we were lepers when we asked them if they had it. We were shamed…laughed out of stores…pointed at. APS film has been hard to find for almost three years. Some stores have it, others don’t. Eventually, recently, we couldn’t find it anywhere. Isaiah is into his photography courses in school now and he needed film for a project and we hit a dead end.

Not one nearby location had the film. We called every pharmacy and Wolf Camera within 45 miles.

We decided then that it was time to join the rest of the 21st century in the 21st century and get a DSLR. After months of scouring the web for good deals (we had an inkling before we hit our dead end that we were going to need to buy one), we decided we couldn’t really afford a DSLR at the time. When we were out of film? We had no choice.

Luckily, because we had the lenses from our Canon Rebel, we knew we would get a used Canon Rebel digital body to keep costs low. We happened upon a pretty rad find – I’ll share the specifics later, because I don’t speak camera-language yet – for $200. Also, I don’t really want to get involved in the whole, “What equipment are you using?” conversation, because I already have a bad case of Keeping-Up-with-the-Jones’. Who are the Jones’, and why do they make me feel so bad about my possessions?

Anyway, we got lucky.

Until I know what model and year and all of that (is it a car or a camera?), all I can say is that I love it. I miss my film. I knew the manual settings of my old camera. I have to relearn these. But digital allows you to make mistakes so we can take more photos and not wonder, “Is this photo going to be worth $0.50 to me?”

With the risk of getting involved in the whole equipment conversation, what kind of camera do you use?


night: our first series

by lizzie & isaiah on October 25, 2011 · 11 comments

We’re not photographers. We just like taking photos. It’s calming and it’s something to work toward getting better at. This weekend, we finally bought a (used) DSLR. We’ve only ever used film. It’s fun learning the manual settings all over again and we want to give ourselves some kind of motivation to keep learning and trying new things.

We’re gonna share the results of our weekend experiments with you in a weekly series. Sound good? Good.


home sweet inspiration: city-kid love shoot

by lizzie & isaiah on September 7, 2011 · 15 comments

You guys. No, really, you guys. I not only want Melanie and Bradford Watson of La Dolce Vita Studio to take our photos…I might want us to be this couple, at least during the shoot. Because, really. They’re enviable, right? Right.

About the photographers: Melanie and Bradford’s style together is unique and fresh with that rocker grit and edge. I could gush about them all day, but let me get to the facts. They set up their camp in Jacksonville, Florida and they are a pretty rad couple that work together – you know we always dig a story like that.

About the couple: Christiana and Mark just seem like people you would want to hang out with just so a tiny bit of their cool would ooze off on you, right? And that’s just from the photos? What if you knew they were both musicians? What if I told you Mark is in a metal band? What if I told you Christiana used to sing lead in a hardcore band and is a classically trained violinist? That’s what I thought.

You’re dying to see more, right? I hope so. You can stalk La Dolce Vita by checking out their blog and their Facebook page. Their natural and authentic style in this city-kid session tells me their gonna knock your shorts off more and more with each shoot.


home sweet inspiration: rocker love on the beach

by lizzie & isaiah on August 31, 2011 · 11 comments

Kelsey Rosser is a pretty bitchin’ artistic and concert photographer (she has 7 ADDY awards, yo, that’s a big fucking deal). From her boudoir sessions to promo and commercial shoots, Kelsey has a dynamic style that screams clarity and a great eye for angles and perspective. This rocker beach engagement session seems a step away from her usual style, and for good reason – it’s her good friend Candace and her fiance.

“[Candace] may be a tiny piny,” Kelsey said, “But she can hold her own in the wall of death, which is why this was such a fun shoot for me. It was the total opposite of who they are behind the scenes.”

Check out the weddings Kelsey has shot and tell me you don’t want her to be your wedding photographer. Go ahead, check them out. Right?


pics for kicks: love and marriage

August 21, 2011

My heart couldn’t have been any warmer than if it peed itself when I saw this photo on Hi-Fi Weddings. Photo: taken by the marvelous Carl Zoch found on Hi-Fi Weddings

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looking into the past

June 29, 2011

These beautifully composed, rich photos of UK photographer Mark Wilson have me thinking about the past. His photos in the series are also part of a fascinating pool on Flickr called Looking into the Past. Photos: UK Photographer Mark Wilson from the series Looking into the Past

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geek out: fever-inducing images

January 12, 2011

We started a little tradition on Facebook for your inspiration. We called it “Pics for Kicks” because we can’t tell you what to do with them…Gah, think for yourself once in a while, right? Kidding. Really it was because “Pics for Shits and Giggles” would have had a totally different interpretation. We’ve got a lot [...]

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mixtape masters: jazz

December 10, 2010

Today we venture simultaneously into two of our favorite worlds. Film photography and jazz. Francis Wolff’s iconic photography during the hayday of jazz are of my all time favorites and Isaiah even bought me a book, Blue Note Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff at Half Priced Books which sits prominently placed in our bookshelf. Miles [...]

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Graduation Photos

November 23, 2010

I’m spending tonight getting my graduation photos done! They should be back after Thanksgiving break, so I’ll share them when I get back. Fall and Winter are my two favorite seasons. I actually despise summer. I never like summer. I never have liked summer. I likely never will like summer. One of the weird things [...]

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A (Badass) DIY 50's Engagement Shoot

November 2, 2010

I fell in love with Pat’s creativity in her wedding journey when I came across her blog the week that we were freshly pressed.   She has impecable style and grace and is all about some DIY projects, including her engagement shoot.  Yes, she DIY’d her own pictures.  Her entry for the Ruffled DIY contest [...]

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