Thursday, July 24, 2014

the first jersey collective instameet!

Last weekend, we had an Instameet! Getting together and exploring with New Jersey-area photographers is one of my favorite things. This was the first meet I hosted/planned, and I did it through Jersey Collective, and it was fun to see who showed up. We had a really great crowd. Here are some of my photos from the day!

Can't wait to go to the next meet!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

portraits of scott

A few weeks ago, I spent some time photographing Scott, who is a filmmaker and actor. It was fun to talk about movies, film school, and Philly with him! It was also a beautiful day and the light was wonderful. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

some changes

I've had this blog since 2011, which is both recently and also sort of a while ago, now. I was in college when I started posting here, and my goals were for it to be a space to document my daily life. I was worried about forgetting all of the little, seemingly-insignificant things that were happening to me. It was a personal space, and I felt like I was really documenting things for myself. I didn't have very many readers.

A few years later, I changed the name of this space to Happy Tuesday, and I posted Mondays-Thursdays. I had some reappearing features, I had guest posts, and I even went to a big blogging convention and brought along a few hundred Happy Tuesday business cards. I learned about curating content and thought what I was doing was lifestyle blogging. I sometimes did outfit posts, and I frequently did recipes and craft tutorials.

Going forward, I don't want to blog using an editorial calendar. I no longer want to treat blogging like a job--because it never was for me. My main job right now (aside from school and its related responsibilities) is working as a photographer.

My goals for blogging were always to share and document who I am right now, what I'm doing, and what around me is catching my eye. I have since realized that those goals are much better realized over on Instagram.

But I like having a place to share my work. Not everything I shoot makes it onto my website, but I like posting my client sessions and personal work here. So I am going to continue to, but this space will no longer be called Happy Tuesday. It's simply named after me now, with my logo as the header image and almost nothing in the sidebar. This space is cleaner, more simple, and I hope it will serve as a good place to show my work and say some words.

I'm still figuring out what to do about the URL, so it's still for now. Things might look a little odd until I get everything sorted out, so bear with me. I've reverted some posts back to drafts--because they made me cringe when I reread them, don't fit the direction I'm going, or don't feel like my best effort. I don't know what this will do to any Pinterest pins or bookmarks, but it's done.

Whether you stick around to see this new space or not, thank you for reading and for being a part of my blog community. The somewhat disparaging things I said about blogging above aren't directed at anyone and aren't meant as insults. I just never felt like a proper part of the blogging community, so from now on I'm doing it on my terms.

Oh, and if anyone has any ideas about what to do with several hundred business cards for a blog that doesn't really exist anymore, let me know.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

portraits of jenna

Here are some portraits from a recent session I did with a filmmaker friend! I was helping with a film project last year, and I met Jenna on set. I was so thrilled when she contacted me about taking some portraits of her so that she could develop her website as well as have head shots to send along with her press kits and to festivals.

She requested some shots in black and white as well as color, and while I don't usually work much in black and white, I was pretty happy with how these came out. It's something different for me, but it's a good different.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

it finally felt like spring

The other day was one of the first days that felt like spring. It was still a little chilly, yes, and it was windy, but it was warm enough to go without jackets and to walk on the beach. 

Two days later, it snowed.

Enough already, winter. We don't want you anymore. More days like this please.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

film from last year

These are from nearly a year ago, oops. I meant to shoot a whole roll of film at this Sweet and Sour Vintage shoot last April, but I didn't quite use it all up. And then my light meter battery died and the camera sat untouched for a little while. I finally fixed the battery and finished the roll, in anticipation of using some new film this season.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the shoot. I think film was such a lovely choice for this and I wish I had shot more!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

photos from a recent collaboration

I'm working on a project and it needed a logo. I contacted a few designers, offering to trade photography services and hoping I would find someone whose work I liked and who would be into the project, too. At first it seemed like I wasn't going to be successful. 

But then I found Jason Carne, who fit the criteria for what I wanted. I was really excited but also really bummed out...Jason's work was so great and he had a list of clients that were way more interesting and impressive than I would be. I didn't think I had a shot at him agreeing to collaborate, but I sent the email anyway. And luckily, he was into the idea of the project and was in need of photography services for the new Etsy shop that he was getting ready to launch. 

When things work out in your favor like that, it's so great, right?! I was ecstatic to have him on board. And shooting for his shop (and some portraits of him) seemed like a lot of fun to me. Here are some of the images from that weekend.