Cydney | Escalon High | Class of 2017 | Stockton, Lodi, Escalon, Ca High School Photographer

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Film is Not Dead | Haleiwa | Day 2

Film is Not Dead, Day 2 was all about families. (If you haven't read about my Day 1 experience yet, you can read more about it here.) We had sunshine, clouds and rain that day, but any day on the beach is a perfect day in my book!! Like Day 1, Jon split us up into three groups and then assigned us a family to practice what we learned that day. My group got to shoot the Seibel Family and each person had 3 minutes to pose them and shoot them...yes, you read that right...3 minutes...you thought I was shaking in my boots on day 1, well let's just say that I wasn't sweating because it was hot! LOL...I don't even remember what happened...but, I survived my 3 minutes, grabbed a shot from Jon's awesome setup and then tried to get a few shots of the other beautiful families as well. I have to admit that before attending FIND, shooting families made me a little anxious, but after Jonathan spelled out exactly how he goes about it and and then actually getting the opportunity to watch him do it, I have to say that I absolutely LOVE his casual approach to his family sessions! These are what I want my family photos to look like and I hope to check that off my to do list this year...I was holding my baby boy who is now 13 in my last family photo, yikes!!! As Jon stresses...photograph the people you love and do it NOW!! I'm hoping to get my sister's in front of the camera this year too...I'm sending this out there in the universe hoping that they hear :)!! Next blog post is all about my FIND family and some of their beautiful faces. Have a good week!! Thank you FIND family models!! The Seibel FamilyThe Greig FamilyThe Zulueta FamilyContax 645, Kodak Portra 800 & 4oo, dev & scanned by RPL

Film Fridays | December | Film is Not Dead | Haleiwa | Day 1

Shoot a roll of film and share on the last friday of the month...its called...film fridays! You can follow our entire group by clicking on the blog links in each post. I'm looking forward to learning from everyone's film adventures. Grab an old film camera and start shooting :). Don't forget to visit Hampshire Wedding  Photographer, Jenny Owen's blog next :). I have a lot to share with you my friends and I will share more of my adventure with you soon, but for now here are a few images from Day 1 of my Film is Not Dead workshop, hosted by Jonathan Canlas on the North Shore of Oahu...yes, as I sit here in my office wrapped in a blanket, I want to go back! And if you don't know what FIND is all about, go check out what Jonathan Canlas has to say about it here. Yes, his passion is infectious :).

Thank you to Jonathan and our real couples, Austin & Katie, Ashley & Marshall and Raelayn & Bryson!! You guys are all awesome, mahalo. And this is how Day 1 shooting took place (after a full day of lecture material)...we got split up into three groups and each person in the group had approx 5-8 minutes to direct & pose them. Yes, I was nervously shaking and not sure how I actually got some shots off :)!! Such a terrifying, but awesome exercise and experience! Remember, this is just Day 1 folks...and just the beginning to my film filled 2013.

A very special thank you to my husband for making this trip possible. There were times when I thought I wouldn't be able to make it, but I think he knew far better than me how much I needed this. From my awesome FIND family to Jon's inspiration and passion, I am one lucky girl to have been able to experience it all. These past couple of years have been filled with a lot of ups and downs, and I love you Mr. Johnson for seeing me through it. xoxo

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." -Aristotle Onassis

Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400 & 800, dev & scanned by RPL.

Kaede on Let the Kids Dress Themselves

So honored and excited!!! to have a few images of my niece on the Let the Kids Dress Themselves blog today...I love how they feature real, "honest" photography...but I'm warning you, once you click on their site, you're gonna stay for awhile :). Have a good weekend!

Birthday Girl, Birthday Girl...My Niece Miss Kaede

Cutie Kaede's birthday is the day after her mom and auntie's birthday (did I lose anyone with that?)...we celebrate a lot of birthdays in November and I loved how Kaede made us sing to all of us on Uncle Ranch's bday, which was the day after Thanksgiving this year...now I think I'm lost :)!!!  Happy Birthday Kaede...love you!  xoxo auntie

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