In the middle of March, Jimmy and I took a trip to New York City for four days to refuel, relax, and just be together. To be quite honest, the most relaxing thing to my husband is city life and coffee. The most relaxing thing for me is shopping. We would probably drive anyone crazy if they were with us. We have an extremely loose agenda, we block ourselves from social media, pack up our film cameras, and wander around without a clear destination. We packed up some Fuji Velvia film and Fuji Reala film in our Canon AE-1 and had it wherever we went.

The first time we went to NYC [October 2010], I was 5 months pregnant and wasn't up to the 8 hour/day walking, but I still did it. I was excited to descend on the city again without any limitations. We walked. And walked. Ate Lombardi's. And walked. And walked some more.

I loved our lazy conversations that laced in and out of our trip, accompanied by coffee, cool air, and getting lost in the city with my beloved.

Here are some photos from our trip :) 

{All photos in this post were SOOC ("straight out of camera" - meaning, there was no post-processing or additional editing done to enhance them.). The red-tinted photos are Velvia, the cool-toned photos are Reala.}



















ikea = love

Can I just tell you something? My husband and I are addicted to Ikea. When we go, we go for hours. and hours. The shortest span of time we've ever gone is 1.5 hours. Longest? FOUR AND A HALF HOURS. We always pick things up and visualize it in our beautiful single family brick home with a porch, pool, and yellow or red door.... that we don't own. Not yet anyway. But the fact of the matter is that we love cheap stuff. Cheap stuff that makes us look way cooler than we really are. And Ikea serves that purpose perfectly.

This time, we brought Jimmy's film camera and tried out some new Astia film. Oh my. How I love film so much (as you already know). This stuff is legit and is able to be cross-processed, if the lab will allow it. Unfortunately, CVS has some notion that it will ruin the chemicals. To combat the CVS employees shoving the film back into our palms and telling us to go elsewhere, we have resorted to scratching off the little words that say "E-6"processing with our keys so it looks like beat-up film that we bought on eBay. I know, I know. You gotta do what you gotta do!

The result came out suuuuuper red.... and I LOVE it. So interesting and different!


I freaked when I saw how the Ikea store map turned purple. LOVE!


Sidenote #1: My husband loves books. Surprise, surprise. It's his dream (and MINE for him) to own and get a library stocked with Billy bookcases that wrap around corners filled with books and odds & ends. Ikea recently put up a bunch of variations to the Billy bookcases and Jimmy was hooked.

Sidenote #2: IS THE PICTURE ON THE RIGHT NOT AWESOME?!?!?! I had no idea it would come out so stinkin' cool.

The rest are from Jimmy. I post these because I love to brag. And also because my husband's photography inspires me. Also because I want to remember this day forever. 


The precision of the focusing on the script. The natural red vignette. Be still, my heart! (FAVE)

(We finished up a roll of film just to shoot the Astia. :)


My life rules.




Way before I ever invested in a Nikon DSLR, my love for photography grew primarily on film cameras. I don’t know why I chose to buy a Nikon EM camera on eBay.  Maybe it was the fact that it was super cheap and it included the lens (I do love a good bargain). Honestly, it was probably an urge to get out of the rut of the ordinary and try something new. Whatever it was, it was a good thing.

To be quite honest with you, I shoot film to relax. There’s no LCD screen to view, critique, and then adjust your settings. It’s all guesswork at first, because you never know if you’re doing it right. However, once you find the magic sequence of dials and expose correctly, it’s MAGIC. It’s been a cool experiment whenever I pick a film camera up. Especially when you start using slide film and give cross-processing a go. I haven’t had much success with Xpro lately, but one of my good friends has. Check out Ryan Collman’s latest uploads… INCREDIBLE.

Not many people shoot film anymore, which is so tragic to me. I feel that it takes so much talent to get it to work properly that many people don’t want to bother anymore. I don’t think I personally will ever get film technically right… but that’s OK with me. 

One film photographer’s work I thoroughly enjoy is Jose Villa. He shoots entire weddings in film and the pictures he gets from the lab are flawless, and don’t require much editing work afterwards.


These pictures are all taken within the last year on my Canon AE-1 and Nikon EM. Enjoy!



And I will end with a picture of Kilwins.... only because I'm CRAVING their Banana Fudge Pie ice cream right now. 

I love film... more than I love Kilwin's. And that's ALOT.


St. Augustine

Hands down, St. Augustine is one of my favorite places in the world to go to relax and re-energize. It’s where Jimmy and I honeymooned for four days last year and we keep coming back because we love it so much!

The cute and endearing thing about St. Augustine is the anti-corporate mentality that a lot of the shop owners and residents have. East of US-1 in the historic district, it’s all mom & pop shops amongst beautiful Victorian homes built in the early 1900’s. When we go, we walk around for hours without a schedule, just observing and letting our minds at ease.

There’s just something about this town that is so magical to me. I don’t know, maybe it’s the small town atmosphere that I’ve never been a part of. Maybe it’s having two (TWO) Kilwin’s ice cream shops on the same street, within a mile of each other. Maybe it’s waking up early and actually enjoying a hearty, unhurried legitimate breakfast (pancakes AND bacon) instead of rushing off to work without. It could be hanging out in Jimmy’s grandparent’s living room with Grandma Edie on the piano, Jimmy’s dad on the drums, and Jimmy on bass playing old songs that makes life slow down, just a little. Just enough to get a glimpse of what life was like before people got distracted by too many things.

Jimmy and I take this time to walk around and sharpen our photography with little to no pressure. Here’s what we came up with. I can’t wait to go back this December and compare!

The first two pictures are film shots taken with a Canon AE-1 film camera with Kodak Supra 100 film (expired). I got the film bug again and borrowed Jimmy's camera!

This was fun to spot... another photographer doing an engagement session. He was in the right city - St. Augustine has so much personality!

My beloved. :)


Just because I absolutely love my husband's photography, I thought I'd brag on him a bit. He is so good!

Starting out with Jimmy's grandparents' house... right in the middle of the historic district!


Hope this finds you well!