Archive for July, 2010

The Magic of the Hasselblad :: film vs digital?

July 20th, 2010  |  Posted in personal

I love film.  Always have and always will.  I grew up with a darkroom in my garage and some of my earliest memories are from playing in the circle light trap door with my brother at my dad’s photo classroom. The smell of fixer and stop bring back fond memories.

I also love digital cameras. They have added a new dimension to photography — one more tool for the toolbox.   I think each has a very distinctive place and use. When you have good light and want a more organic look,  film is the way to go.   When light is low, even if it is nice or you have mixed light sources inside, digital can be better. I also love digital for capturing those quick moments.

Which is best?  Ask a group of photographers that question and you’re likely to start a heated debate.  Here’s my take.  Asking which is best is like asking what’s the best pair of shoes to wear.  It really all depends on what situation you’re going to face that day.  I’d hate to wear tennis shoes with a formal dress to the Oscars but I’d also never wear 3 inch heels on a hiking trip.

Lately I have been playing with my old Hasselblad 500C Medium Format film camera. It started as a fun diversion from my everyday digital work and has evolved into what I shoot with outside of work all the time now. Thanks to Richard Photo Lab I can get great post-shoot services and products which make shooting film even more enjoyable.

A few film images I’d like to share with you…

These sets are from my personal work I have been doing exploring Brazos Bend State Park. My mini photo safari in Texas. Also I am dying to do some portraits here so if you’re up for it let me know.  The gorgeous tree was recently featured on Dog ‘n Bird Artful Wedding.

Quick portraits from the Houston Art Car Parade.  So many fun characters and the cars are simply amazing.  And now,  onto the Houston Rodeo.

You know I can’t resist including a couple rodeo food shots!

I’ll end with the most bizarre set. these were from the Round Top, Texas antiques festival. Crazy place! On the left, old knives and on the right,  molds for making baby doll heads.  Slightly creepy, but I love it.

Later this week I’ll show you how the Hasselblad translates to weddings.

Spotlight :: Floral Elegance, San Antonio florist

July 15th, 2010  |  Posted in vendor spotlight

Back in January we had the pleasure of working with the Floral Elegance team for Katrice and Michael’s San Antonio wedding.  You can see their lovely creations here and here.    We recently popped into their studio for a visit and wanted to share some of their loveliness with you.

I really like their logo and love how it translated into the floor design. Yes those are my fun yellow shoes! Yayness!

Floral Elegance
434 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 2106
San Antonio, TX
210-494-2024
www.safloralelegance.com

The Plant at Kyle :: Texas Hill Country Wedding Venue

July 9th, 2010  |  Posted in vendor spotlight, weddings

We had the great fortune of spending the day at The Plant in Kyle, TX for a photoshoot. This is not your typical Hill Country ranch house! The award-winning architectural wonder located on 17 hill-country acres is a unique option for an intimate wedding, a corporate executive retreat or a weekend get-a-way.  I encourage you to visit their website to learn about the unique history of this building.  Can you believe it started as a humble cement plant?

It rained the entire day we were there, but I was able to catch a few outdoor shots just as we were leaving. You can see more of the images from our (indoor!) photoshoot at Elizabeth Anne Designs. Enjoy!

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle - Texas Hill Country Wedding Photography

The Plant at Kyle
Kyle, Texas
For reservations, rates & current availability visit their vacation rental management website.
For inquiries other than those relating to reservations, email info@theplantatkyle.com or call Mark Holzbach, 512-689-6777.

Disclosure: The Plant at Kyle generously donated the use of their facility for our photoshoot.

Fun Food Friday :: Al’s Breakfast, Minneapolis

July 2nd, 2010  |  Posted in fun food friday

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

I recently made my visit visit to Minneapolis and if you’ve talked to me since my return I’m sure I’ve told you about Al’s Breakfast. I can’t sop talking about it. It’s one of those places that you can’t help but talk about. It was probably one of the best dining experiences I had, all in a 14 seat diner. It is the quintessential greasy spoon. If you ever make a trip to Minneapolis you need to go there, actually you have to go there.

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

I stumbled upon this place when my mom and I were looking for a late breakfast one morning during a visit to see my brother. I did a Google search and Al’s Breakfast was one of the top hits and everyone was raving about this greasy spoon. So we went. I had my camera with a 24mm in my purse and was just planning on a quick breakfast before a day of exploring. Al’s was quick in some respect. We got our food quickly and the service was fast, but the wait, well that took at least 45min. The place seats 14 people and the rest of the customers line up behind the stools with only breathing room between the two. There were a couple times we were asked to pick up our stuff and move down the bar. It was great. There was even a great cook whose been there for decades and had great conversations with everyone.

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

I ended up finding out that this place actually got a James Beard Award. A well deserved award I have to say.

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

The yellow papers are vouchers or tabs that customers keep. You can buy them for other people and when they come in they just pay with the paper. Fun!

Fun Food Friday - Al's Breakfast, Minneapolis

And here is the crowning glory of this place, the food. Probably the best blueberry pancake I’ve ever had – thin, crispy on the outside and blueberry goodness on the inside.

My only disappointments were that I couldn’t eat more and that I didn’t bring better gear to shoot inside. I guess this means I need to make another trip. We almost went the next morning but since it was Saturday I thought the line would be too much. Enjoy and wish me luck in the neighborhood pie contest this weekend.