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All Yellow

I have completely forgotten how utterly difficult self portraits are (ESPECIALLY when you don't have a wireless trigger). I've been itching to do a conceptual shoot but my ideas have thus far not panned out very well (mostly because it's really hard to focus the camera and then run and pose in under 10 seconds. Really, really need to get a wireless trigger). So instead, I've found myself drawn to color instead. Keeping with the moody themes. Something a little more dark coming up soon!

Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

If you ever were to ask me "Ocean or Mountains?" you'll learn that I am, hands down, a mountain girl through and through. A couple weeks ago we finally went on an excursion we'd been talking about for years, visiting the mountains of North Carolina.

One of the first things we did was jump onto the Blue Ridge Park Way. Day 1 was a complete bust as fog pretty much made it impossible to see more than 10 feet ahead (would not recommend) but day 2 was nothing short of beautiful.

Seriously, by the end of it I was convinced of where I want to retire one day. Boone was everything I hoped it would be (and more) and we even took a little time to border hop to Tennessee to visit the Appalachian Trail but more on that later!

Low Light

I'm finally getting back in the rhythm of experimenting again. The biggest struggle right now is inspiration. Or rather, original inspiration. There's plenty of photography artists that inspire me but it would feel cheap to re-do shoots thought up by someone else. So I am trying to reorient my brain to think creatively and come up with ideas on my own.

I've been playing a bit with low light/indoor light but thus far, I've been a bit dissatisfied with the way Fuji handles it. I'm not sure if it's user error (probably), or something else but I'm going to keep at it a little while before deciding whether or not to switch to Nikon for those kinds of shoots.

Black and White

It's always interesting to go back and look at old work to see how much you've changed. My earlier work tends to be a lot more vibrant, almost borderline unnatural. The last couple years I've found myself slowly moving more in the direction of natural-to-moody colors. I haven't touched black and white in quite a while though, so I thought I should start playing a little more with that again to vary things a little. I really love black and white for the way it brings out textures, particularly in clothing and skin.

I'm hoping to squeeze in a shoot or two this weekend before the weather starts dipping down into the really cold temps (well, for me anyway).

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

A couple months after we first moved back to NC, we stumbled on the Decoy Festival (and shortly thereafter the charming Core Sound Waterfowl Museum). It's since become an annual tradition and since it's happening this weekend, I figured I'd dig out some images from last year that I really liked but never got around to editing/posting.

I'm trying to slowly bring myself back to a blogging rhythm. Over the past years I'd gotten so horribly critical of myself. I'd write posts only to end up deleting them because I didn't feel like they were good enough. From there, I started to convince myself that none of the photographs I'd been taking were good and that I should just stop sharing my work and stop taking photos altogether. I removed from my life one of the few therapeutic habits I had so painstakingly built up.

These were some of the first photos I took with one of my now-favorite lenses, the 10-24mm. While they aren't the best photos I've ever taken, I love the mood and leading lines in them.

Lake Garda, Italy (Part I)

So during that whole time I fell of the wagon (all 3 years of it!), I also happened to do some traveling. Not as much as I've wanted to but a couple pretty awesome trips nonetheless. So in between portraits I plan to (finally!) start unloading all these pictures that I've been hanging on to.

One of my hands-down favorite trips was to Lake Garda, Italy back in 2014 (how has it already been that long?!). Seriously, it's impossible to take a bad picture while galvanizing through cobble-stoned streets and exploring castles that were built during the last centuries of the first millenium B.C. Every inch of Lake Garda was magical.

Conceptual Shoot || Germany