First Day of Kindergarten – Quinn

School is back in session, and Quinn is off to Kindergarten!

Wrapped up Summer Vacation with a Back to School / Off to Kindergarten session with Quinn. He was more excited for school to begin than for holding a sign board but he quickly warmed up to his new modeling gig. (The attitude for the camera from this guy! He’s ready for the stage and screen.)

Congrats, Quinn, and welcome Class Of (wait for it)… 2030!

Creative Potential of Simple Tools

Apple corer peeler slicer machine

Never underestimate the creative potential of simple machines.

Apple corer peeler slicer machine

This whiz-bang “Apple Peeler Corer” kitchen accessory did more for my kids’ snacks than save me prep time. It got them excited to make (and devour) their own Apple Slinky.™

Kids who “didn’t like apples” started asking for seconds after watching the solid fruit spin through and exit as tasty spirals.

Today’s reminder: You don’t need fancy camera setups to enjoy making images.
(Are you reading this on the last device you used to snap an image, or is that device within arm’s reach? Precisely.)

This winter I picked up an Instax instant film camera and it quickly became the Apple Slinky of picture taking among my minions. Sure they can all snap on phones and tablets but seeing a photo appear and holding a print in seconds is pure magic.

Instax Mini 8 camera and print

What simple tools are right in front of you? Let’s put them to use making art, not excuses.

Your cohort in creativity,  eB


(PS – this post has affiliate links. If you want to try out a fun way to make apple snacks or instant prints using the simple tools above, buying them through these links drops change in the tip jar for more apples and film. Thanks!)

Share the Love – Happy Valentine’s

Heart designs in snow

Heart designs in snow

It’s that time of year again…

Construction paper scraps, glue & glitter blobs all around. Mass-produced chalk hearts stamped with dearest sentiments. Chocolates filled with a range of cough syrup to toothpaste just waiting to startle taste buds in a game of cocoa-coated roulette. It’s Valentine’s Day week and love is in the air.

And if these don’t exactly scream eternal endearment, I hear ya.

I’m all for love (and chocolates) and have learned by now it’s more than just cards, crafts and nice thoughts once a year. Among other things, it takes work, patience, and good communication. But don’t worry, this isn’t a relationship advice column… or is it?

Can you feel the love?

Let’s talk. It’s been a while since your shoot and I’d love to know what made it perfect for you. Or, maybe you got a chocolate full of something unexpected and stomached it anyway, not wanting to offend.

Liked it or… grinned through it, I’d like to hear from you.

Love your shoot?

I’d love to hear about it!

Dislike something?

Why not share your thoughts and leave a review?

I wish we’d known each other (this is a little awkward)

Haven’t had your chance in front of the camera yet? No problem – I’d love to hear how we can change that and what you’d like to see in your own shoot ahead.

 

And no matter with whom or how you’re celebrating your love, make it sincere. -eB

New Year, New Art

Road sign and trees in fog

Road sign and trees in fog

Happy New Year, friends & photography fans!

Remember way back before social networks were the way to share photos?

Yeah, I ‘member.

Back before high speed & mobile Internet I wrote letters to friends across town and across the globe, then waited for the snail mail to bring their replies.

There’s something about reading the words written out, corrections and lost trains of thought jumbled among the paragraphs, that makes them more personal than, say, a message typed on a screen. (*cough* oops *cough*)

There’s something equally personal about holding an old photo print. That sentiment seems to be missing when scrolling through screens to find a photo to share.

I’d like to share my photography with you in a new way.

I’m creating a series of prints for the sole purpose of sending them away. These limited prints will be gone before they can sit in an editing queue and be lost to second guesses.

Join in & receive a surprise bit of inspiration by signing up here. I’ll pick a snapshot just for you.

Here’s to a creative 2017! -eB

Originally published 1/3/2017

Wedding Flashback Wednesday – Katie & Mathew’s 9th Anniversary

Groomsmen reservoir dogs walk

This spring and summer have been rich with celebrations, milestones, and joy. Last week we looked back a decade while marking an anniversary, today we go back 9 years for Katie & Mathew. 

These are just a few of my favorite images and moments from their beautiful ceremony at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. 

Bride enters Notre Dame Basilica

Katie and Mathew’s smiles say it all when they saw each other during Katie’s procession to the altar.

flower girl at Basilica of the Sacred Heart altar

Rings Exchange Notre Dame Basilica

Notre Dame Basilica wedding Lady Chapel

Despite storms brewing outside the Lady Chapel had a beautiful glow during their wedding ceremony.

ND Basilica Wedding first kiss

recessional Notre Dame basilica wedding

The newlyweds beaming all the way down the aisle, brighter than July sunlight. The summer storms outside could not dampen their spirits.

And this, friends, is a key part I believe we all need for successful relationships. To realize life will not always be perfect, that rain will fall, and you’ve got to make the best of each moment. When life gives you thunderstorms and humid haze, you have a choice: You can run for cover or… go make diffused light portraits.

We made a short drive from Notre Dame to Saint Mary’s College for bridal party portraits under ivy covered arched walkways. 

Saint Mary's College LeMans Hall Arch and Ivy Portraits

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay dry, stay cool, and wait for sunny skies. There is something to be admired about couples who are determined to make the best of each moment, together, and will go out in the rain and weather the storms. Once these storms have passed may you look back on ordinary moments that become an extraordinary story together.

Newlyweds under umbrella candid

rainy wedding day puddle reflection portrait

Even in a puddle reflection portrait the bride and groom were full of smiles throughout their wedding celebration!

Congrats, Katie & Mathew!