the fort worth perspective

by lizzie & isaiah on November 3, 2011 · 5 comments

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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.


mac’s posh paradise

by lizzie & isaiah on October 24, 2011 · 12 comments

Alyssa (Kind of a Mess) recently invited me to go with her to Mac’s Posh Paradise in Dallas. It was quite the experience, really. I get very uncomfortable around models because I start to feel all Tina Fey-y and worried about their well-beings…especially when they’re nude, covered in skin-toned pantyhose. But we went anyway and had our makeup done with the new line, chatted with the stylists for a while and then headed to Maggiano’s (which I hadn’t had since I left Chicago four years ago) for calamari, pasta and crème brûlée[click to continue…]


the dangers of non-confrontationalism

October 20, 2011

I recently chopped all of my hair off (after this photo). It’s short. I don’t have a problem with short hair. Actually, I have always had short hair. The problem? I didn’t ask for short hair. What I asked for was to keep the asymmetrical cut I had before…just trim it up, chop it up [...]

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the thing about being a student

October 19, 2011

I went to a small Christian school from preschool through graduation. I went on to the next logical choice for several other classmates – a small-ish Christian University. I hated it. I was suspended throughout high school. Whether or not I believed in God was called into question often after I fessed up to smoking [...]

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depth of focus

October 5, 2011

We’ve been talking about building a budget for years. In the end, we’ve built automatic withdrawals to savings accounts and set up our bills to be paid automatically instead of building an actual budget with dollar amounts and percentages. You can tell I don’t know a lot about building a budget? Cool…it’s clear to everyone [...]

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not so angsty

September 30, 2011

I don’t know how often I look this angsty, but I assume it’s quite a bit. I have this problem where I take a problem and I Rubik’s Cube it to death. If I can’t solve it, I’ll just…you know, lose sleep over it for a couple of weeks and try to fix it until [...]

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the spaces we work in

September 29, 2011

Lauren of Better in Real Life asked us about our workspace on her visiting artists series. We were pretty excited when she did because we had just, as in…the day before she asked…rearranged our space. Before we rearranged everything, that vintage rolling chalkboard? The huge one? Well, there were two of them blocking off 1/2 [...]

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i almost forgot abby is a doll

September 27, 2011

Remember that time I was half kidding about Abby being a terror? Turns out I still completely adore her. Isaiah caught the evidence on film. Too bad it took a few days to process, because…you know…I almost forgot and disowned her.

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