Little League

I have a love for baseball. I grew up playing it. There's a simple joy to throwing and hitting a ball. 

I remember tossing the ball with my dad in the backyard and I have fond memories of collecting baseball cards. Now, as a real-life adult, I have kids making up their own ''full count, bottom of the ninth" scenarios (though they may pretend to be Robinson Cano instead of  Ken Griffey Jr.) and wearing their little league baseball caps to bed. It's an amazing feeling to watch them grow and enjoy some of the same things as I did as a kid. 

With that in mind, I don't love brining my camera to the kids games because I want to be in the moment and enjoy watching them. To see the emotion on their faces when they get a hit or drop a ball rather than putting all my energy into aiming for the perfectly timed and focused image. But earlier this year I bought an old waterproof Nikon point-and-shoot 35mm film camera. It was easy to carry around throughout our summer adventures and allows me to snap a few images here and there and not worry about getting everything perfect. 

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Spring 2013

Driving through Skagit County with the family (Spring 2013) we stopped at Snow Goose Produce, Mt. Vernon, WA. I remember stopping here with my family as a kid. Still love their ice cream cones.

Driving through Skagit County with the family (Spring 2013) we stopped at Snow Goose Produce, Mt. Vernon, WA. I remember stopping here with my family as a kid. Still love their ice cream cones.

I developed a 3 year old roll of Film (Kodak Tri-X) from the Spring of 2013. Images from a family trip through the farms (met up with the Moes family, yeah), our food Photography Workshop at The Pantry, date night with Ashley and Baron, and a family trip to Hood River. It's been fun developing BW film at home.

Snowday in the Mountains

Let's just say I'm "still getting used to" the focus and meter on this old film camera. But I really enjoyed developing these frames from a few weeks ago (January 2016). We decided to drive up to find snow and it didn't take too long to find a good spot to pull of the road where we goofed around in the snow until we got too cold. Ashley has a good nose for a tasty burger and we soon found ourselves warming up with burgers and fries which was absolutely perfect. We had plans to explore further but car troubles forced our hand to head home. But a faulty volvo thermostat is easily forgettable with memories from an adventure like this. (Kodak Tri-X developed at home. Shot on Canon AE-1.)
 

Photographs in General

April 2011 // Canon AE-1, 50mm // Kodak Tri-X

April 2011 // Canon AE-1, 50mm // Kodak Tri-X

It's common knowledge but I'm going to say it anyways. Photographs are amazing. They are amazing because they capture a moment. It's an instant reminder of the emotions and events that were taking place at that time. In one glance you remember different hair styles, glasses, and clothes that represent who you were in that moment. And who you were then makes up who you are today.

I love polaroids (instant) photographs for that reason. They are an unfiltered snapshot of life at that moment. As I've been reflecting on photographs from my childhood, there are goofy smiles, bad hair, and hammer pants. And I've never looked at a photograph that my mom took with her point-and-shoot nikon and thought, "Man, Mom, you should've taken me to a spot with better light." No. It's just a rad moment in time with me in hammer pants at my birthday party with all my 4th grade buddies. (Thank Mom for capturing those moments.)

In our modern life, we snap iPhone pics and have apps that remind us daily what happened a year ago and I love it. I'm reminded of when my kids were younger and the funny little mannerisms and quirks that are lost and forgotten as they age and time goes on. It's often the most normal photographs that remind me of these things. Walking my daughter to preschool in the morning. A trip to the hardware store. Make dinner together. That's life. Capture it. Whether it's analog or digital, my message to you is to make photographs often

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Baby Ivy eating dinner with our good friends the Starks in the background

Baby Ivy eating dinner with our good friends the Starks in the background

The boys geared up for what would become the saddest Super Bowl ever

The boys geared up for what would become the saddest Super Bowl ever

Whidbey Island, WA // Us at the wedding of dear friends Sam & Megan

Whidbey Island, WA // Us at the wedding of dear friends Sam & Megan