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2015 Summer Vacation

How'd I let four whole months go by without updating?  Well, pretty easily actually.  I've had a lot of personal things happen during that time period.  But anyhow... here we are in the peak of summer, my favorite season!  
I got to do something this summer that I haven't done before: take a week off work to explore Northern Michigan (unless, of course, you count when I lived there)!  It started with two sets of annual plans:  visiting with Joel's cousins (this year in the Upper Peninsula), and ladies camping in the Sleeping Bear area.  Since they fell on consecutive weekends this time, and my parents live right in the middle, we decided to take the whole week!  Best part of all, this time fell right in the middle of Holga Week.  I was going to shoot with my Holga either way - but having the hashtag has made for great camaraderie online.  I also did an exciting collaboration project - which I will share an article about when it's live!  
So here's my Holga "outtakes" from both trips.  They were all shot on Kodak Portra 400 film.  Most are double-exposures; a few have been converted digitally to Black and White because I do what I want.
 

Waterfall hike outside of Munising, Michigan

By the docks in Munising, on Lake Superior

Joel on some sand dunes across the street from Grand Sable Lake.  He loved driving on curvy Hwy 58!

Platte River Point, near Frankfort, Michigan

We were obsessed with floating down the Platte River, right by where it meets up with Lake Michigan!

Our spot on the beach, overlooking Sleeping Bear Dunes in the distance

Our campsite was on Lake Ann

Spring through a Lensbaby

All-season tires are back on my car, and my hands are blistered from raking dead grass, it must officially be spring!  For some reason it occurred to me that I hadn't used my Lensbaby in years.  It's a novelty lens for DSLRs, and mine happens to be so old (9 years) that this particular model is kind of tricky to focus (the new ones are so much easier).  But it sure is fun when you have the luxury of time to play. 
My husband Joel and I have been busy on the weekends with "spring projects", the first of which was this beautiful planter he made for me to grow herbs & veggies in!  

It has been so successful, that only a week later, I have some sprouts!  

Soon-to-be lettuce!

Soon-to-be lettuce!

Another exciting development is that all of my tulips are blooming this year!  My Mom got me the bulbs in fall of 2013, and only one yellow one came all the way up last spring.  The past week or so I've seen yellow, red, but today... two combos came up!  Exciting and unexpected.  Google image search tells me they might be "Olympic Torch" tulips, can any floral experts confirm or deny?  

The shrubbery is finally greening

The shrubbery is finally greening

And while I was playing with this fun lens, I couldn't resist photographing Joel working on re-finishing our patio table that his Dad built, many years ago.

My next post should be more analog focused.  I played with a very novelty disposable camera at last week's Shutterbugs Meetup!  And in two weeks Focus On The Mission has our big, all-day photo walk through Detroit.  How will I even narrow down cameras and film to bring!?

Focus on Detroit

I'm happy to report that our first Focus on the Mission class went splendidly.  I did have to specify a few times that I myself am not a high schooler :)  
The class is primarily about diversity, and we had a lot of great discussion on this topic.  I was especially impressed by how willing the students were to speak up on those touchy subjects us adults seem to shy away from.  
During the day they also completed two photo assignments, using their point-and-shoot cameras with black and white (Ilford XP2) film.  For the first shoot, they worked in pairs to brainstorm a word relating to diversity.  Then they photographed each letter as found naturally occurring - perhaps a tire for the "O" in HOPE, for example.  Later in the day they were paired with a different peer to help each other photograph while blind-folded!  This assignment was all about trust - literally and metaphorically.

The following are images I snapped while walking up and down Historic Oakman Blvd. with the students.  The moodiness of the overcast day really speaks to the struggle of many residents living in an area that is still trying to recover from the collapse of auto manufacturing.  However, Focus Hope serves as an invaluable resource to this community.  I can't wait to be inspired by our next class!

February Film 2015

Old, black and white film (Portra 400CN) seems appropriate for photographing two places from my past (using my first ever SLR - the Canon Rebel 2000):  Petoskey and Grand Rapids, MI.
 

Stereo Artifacts at City Park Grill

Stereo Artifacts at City Park Grill

My baby chucks!

My baby chucks!

Mom & Dad at Tap 30

Mom & Dad at Tap 30

My parents' new cat, Venus

My parents' new cat, Venus

Hipster Snowman - Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids

Hipster Snowman - Heritage Hill, Grand Rapids

Maiden Voyage

Hi everyone, welcome to my new website!  I had been sick of my old web host for awhile (not easily customizable/expensive), but it wasn't easy for me to delete my blog entries from 2009-2014: a great time period in my life.  Inspired by spring, I finally feel ready to start anew!  I'm already enjoying the ease of using Squarespace.  

As you may have guessed by the URL, this site will primarily be focused on my film photography work.  Quite simply - it's what I feel the most passionate about.  I took it as a sign from the universe that I was on the right path when just after creating this site, my friend Cameron Kline from the Film Shooters Collective shared this article!

I am also excited to share that I will soon be mentoring high school students from the SE Michigan area, through Focus Hope's Focus on the Mission program!  This is very exciting to me, because they will be working in black and white using point-and-shoot cameras.  Point-and-shoots are the perfect camera to focus on the more creative aspects of photography!  I had the opportunity to dual-enroll in a photo class at my local community college during high school, and it really helped me realize just how great of a medium photography is for someone struggling to find their voice.