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Personal // Helene + June

Helene is my most awesome wedding shooter sidekick extraordinaire.  And Lester A. Walker is my most awesome polaroid shooter sidekick extraordinaire.  What happens when the two collide… and we throw a Boston Terrier in the mix??

Polaroids that could double as missing Domino Magazine Covers.  Most Excellent.

Happy Easter… from Lester and Me

I have an irrational love for photographing a few objects… bicycles, for one.  I don’t know what it is, but I can spend hours taking photos of their curves, their hardware, and the way the sun reflects off their metallic surface.  Beach cruisers, especially.  Since moving to the beach, I have hundreds of beach cruiser images, all of them unique and special to me in some way.

Eggs are another subject I can easily spend an hour or two photographing.  Maybe I have a thing for curvy objects?  I don’t know…  However, I do know that I love when all the Easter blog posts start hitting my feed reader because of the beautiful egg images I am bound to see.

This Easter, I decided to treat myself to a special treat and splurge on Lester A. Walker.  (If you don’t remember Lester, go here.)  I was so excited to find 4 boxes of TZ Polaroid film in my mailbox, especially since I’ve only ever loaded Lester with 600 speed film.  The color and tones are so different.  I may have just found myself a new Easter tradition…

Santa Monica

In honor of Polaroid Week, I thought I would share a few of my beloved Polas. Lester A. Walker is probably my favorite camera to shoot. Yes, he is old and quirky and I can’t shoot anything without making all kinds of adjustments and getting the stars to align just right. But, he is always up for adventure and conversation. (Well, a conversation-starter, anyway.) And being that a lot of my adventures include a non-photographer who would have me come out from behind the lens from time to time, sometimes Lester A. Walker is the best camera for the job.

Way back in February, we had decided not to do anything fancy for Valentine’s Day. It seemed cliche to go to all that trouble for one overly-commercialized and Hallmark-driven weekend (Cynic? Me?) when we actually celebrate each other all year round. But when Thursday rolled around and a long workweek was nearly behind us, a weekend getaway sounded pretty amazing – cliche or not. We ended up heading up the coast to Santa Monica, a fun little beach town that is all tourists and exploring and sunshine and perfect for being outside holding hands. We stayed at the Doubletree in Santa Monica, which was nice for it’s central location. Right outside our hotel was this cool parking garage for the Civic Center.

Then it was out to the pier. The sunlight was amazing and I was really excited to capture a little part of it on film.

Because the sky was so clear (as opposed to the cloud cover that sometimes blankets our coast) there were all sorts of folk lining up to take in the sunset. And the local musicians were definitely taking advantage of the extended audience.

We try to keep our road trips pretty low-key and this was no exception. My souvenirs were these glass bracelets from one of the vendors on the pier – $3 each!

The last few moments of the day. Going….



Once the sun went down the crowds dispersed, us among them. We walked back down the pier, people watching and eventually heading over to ride the Ferris Wheel.

The rest of the weekend was everything we were hoping… a lot of walking, relaxing and great conversation. I probably would have missed out of just enjoying the trip I hadn’t ran out of film. But I’m so glad I have these to remind me that spontaneous road trips are a must.:)

Trying to slow down + Polaroid Love

I hate this time of year. I feel like I never get to enjoy the holiday season in the days leading up to it. I always have a few days off after Christmas, but at that point everything is so anti-climactic, my previous resolutions tend to fall by the wayside. As of this writing, 3 days before Christmas, I still have shopping to do, Christmas cards to get out, and one wedding left to finish proofing. Dear Santa, the only thing I want for Christmas is more time…

In spite of my complaining (see above) I HAVE taken a bit of time out for myself. A lot of it has involved Lester A. Walker, Sidekick Extraordinaire, for 2 reasons:

1. Polaroid, and film in general, is beautiful and I can never get enough of it;

2. There is no post-processing involved whatsoever. (HA!)

Here are a few of my favorites from a walk through one of the woodsy areas I love to go, “Chicuarita Creek.” You can see past explorations of the ‘Creek here.

These were taken a couple of weeks ago, at the beginning of December. My apologies to all who are snowed in right now. I swear, I am not gloating.Â:)