Your legacy in photos {cleveland photographer}

On Thursday, Feb 1, my Grandmother Martha Randall left this life for the great dance floor in the next. My husband, kids, and I drove home to PA on Friday and spent the weekend with my parents and the rest of my family. We did as so many others do when there is a loss; we sat around together, looking at Gramma’s photo albums. My Gram apparently had a camera with her at all times- something I didn’t know. Seeing the photos of us and her travels, the photos of her with my Great Grandma Ross who seems to have snuck into 3 out of every 5 photos ever taken, reading the captions she wrote in margins, in her own handwriting… that time capsule of Ross/McGaughey/Randall was such a wonderful piece of history. Someday, your photos will be your living legacy. They will be the last physical piece that you existed in this life. For the Great Grand kids who won’t have memory of Gram, they will be able to see her smiling while holding them- they’ll be able to know they were loved and have been loved for decades. They can see the roots of their family tree, in more than just the faces of the people around them.

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Grandma and Jameson. Jameson is Gram’s seventh great-grandbaby

I am guilty of not printing as much as I should this myself, and realized it when I was scrolling through my Cloud storage looking for photos only to realize, it was too late- I had no way to print any of the digital files I had saved. I had photos of my Gram holding one of my daughters on the day my daughters were born- the three ladies share a birthday (Molly, Lilly, and my Gram that is), photos of Gram and Dave (my step grandfather who loved my Gram to the ends of this earth) at weddings, Gram with my Dad and my daughters just visiting and hanging out together. But I had no way to print those digitals. Nothing says “quality family time” like passing around your cell phone, and trying to teach others how to scroll through, right? 😦 Had I printed those pictures when I took them, I could have brought albums with me back to PA to share with everyone. Instead, I felt selfish and foolish for not having *anything* to contribute.
While going through Gram’s photos, I found these wedding photos from when she married my Grandpa. While their marriage was hard (they suffered losses no parent should every suffer, multiple times at that) and their lives grew apart, it was really a treat to see the beginnings of our family.
The wedding photos had yellowed considerably since they were shot in 1948. I asked if I could take two of the photos home, to try to restore them and I think I got it 🙂 If I recognize the scenery correctly, I believe these were shot at the house my Gram grew up in, on Clay Street in North East, PA. I feel like I can see some pink in the bouquets, but I think that was painted in, and the bridesmaids gowns look like they might have been blue, but again I’m not sure if that was painted onto the image afterword. Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 8.32.24 AM

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My Grandma would have been twenty in these, my Grandpa about the same age. I plan to print these, and will be able to have copies made for any family who may want one.Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 8.32.05 AMGmaGpaMcG-2
A couple from Cmas 2015, at Gram and Dave’s house that again, I’ll be printing for my daughters. Print your photos. Get IN photos. Don’t get deleted from your family history.

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Molly, Gram, Lilly, Dave, and Caleb being funny Dec. 2015
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Gram and Colin 12/2015
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Kelly, Gram, Colin sunggle 2015

Another film post? OH YEA, BABY {cleveland film photographer}

I have been loving using film; the way the film reads light, the way it reads sky, the actual psychical feeling of the print in my hand, the texture of film. I love the anticipation of getting my scans back, I love getting the actual print itself. I even love putting the prints in my albums!
My D750 was involved in a recall (despite not having any issues with it) which meant I had to ship it off to Nikon and that I wasn’t going to be able to take it on vacation with me (aw, shucks). I took my cell phone of course, but also took my Vivitar v3000s- the same one that was given to me by an incredibly generous friend. I have the scans back from that trip and wow; I am so happy with them. *My Nikon ended up being sent back cleaned up and fixed up within seven days, which was also pretty amazing so props to Nikon’s service center in NY.*

My husband gave me a bit of a start when he said, “What will you do, if something goes wrong and the film doesn’t develop?” because, yea that would have been pretty crappy. And it did happen one time- that a roll of film didn’t come out (but like, one time out of 25).

But.

I trusted myself. I trusted what *I* know. I trusted my camera and my film. And I have 240 images to show for our first family vacation 😀 I’d love to share them all, but I know going through other people’s vacation photos is about as thrilling as going to the dentist. I hope you enjoy just these few peeks into NYC on film ❤

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I love that my reflection shows in the glass!

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*special thanks to Old School Photo Lab for the developing!

Film Photography Love {cleveland film photos}

Once again, I need to sing the praises of my favorite film developers, Old School Photo Lab, in Dover NH. I sort of, kind of, went nuts with my film. I think in June-July I developed something like 10 or 12 rolls. I was getting the actual 4×6 prints back as well as high res scans and that was adding up- for good reason of course and I’m happy to pay for services used.  But I was running out of film budget quickly, haha! I believe these were all developed on Fuji 200 and 400 speed film, which I’ve been getting on Amazon.

I shot film while we visited the zoo in Akron….

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We’d never been, and I was really surprised with how botanical it was! The gardens were so pretty. I wish I had brought three full rolls- I only brought one and a half :/ Live and learn; bring more film than you think you need.  All of the following images are SOOC (straight out of camera). The only edit work done was to place them into the collage spaces.

I shot film at my hometown’s Cherry Festival (North East, PA represent!) I shot some of the attractions and the things that just scream Cherry Fest , North East for me…

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I only wish I had time to get down to Freeport Beach. Oh well. I am planning on only taking my cell phone and my Vivitar v3000s camera on our family trip to NYC this month! I bought 40 rolls of film, and honestly I hope it’s enough. That’s going to be a hell of a develop fee though :S

I took my Yashica to the Luvin Lavender festival in Madison OH. One of my daughters and I went and had a nice morning together.

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And my other daughter and I took both the Yashica and the Vivitar on a walk through our neighborhood. We were having some painting done on our house, too 😉

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I am obsessed. I can’t believe how much more I’m enjoying photography working with film as my medium. A friend encouraged me to invest in a Nikon F6 film camera… but with a $2500 price tag, I think it’ll have to wait. Forever. I am sort of eyeing up this Nikon F10 though. How many cameras is too many again?

 

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Thrift Shop Find UPDATE! {film photography}

A few weeks back, I was one of the lucky few who find vintage cameras in thrift shops. I happened upon a Yashica 35ME at Givits Thrift and Recycle. Read about that HERE. I used up one roll of film, with all my fingers crossed that something, anything at all would come out. The camera itself could have had any number of issues; it’s about forty years old and had been lord only knows where its entire life. If it had issues, that would have been fine, buuuuuuut I really wanted it to work.

I sent my roll of film (Kodak Gold 400) off to OldSchoolPhotoLab, paid my fee (more on that later) and thought, “here goes nothing,”. Let me say straight off, OldSchoolPhotoLab is fast like lightening. I mailed my film on Friday- to Dover, NH from Cleveland, OH. I selected high res scans and 4×6 prints. I got my gallery with scans on Wednesday. That’s pretty fast, friends.

So what was on those scans? Oh just things like… 1wm15  And a couple of these…

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I love that the lens focused on the blades of grass, and my daughter is soft behind the grass.

But my favorite shot, of all 27 that came out, is this one. It’s 100% out of focus, but it looks like a memory. Sort of fuzzy, like you know it’s there but you can’t quite make out the details. The soft greens, and the sky through the tree limbs, my daughter’s bike in the lower corner… the shadow of the bridge on the creek bank. I just freaking love this so much. It’s technically garbage being 100% OOF but man. Rules are made to be broken, right? 25wm

I can’t wait to get my little prints back! I am going to work on learning the camera’s focus planes, and keep shooting. I am so so so excited to have found this camera. Talk about a great Mother’s Day gift!

Thrift shop find! { film photography}

For Mother’s Day yesterday, my husband, kids, and I went to a local thrift shop Givits “Thrift & Recycle” (5153 Darrow Rd. Hudson, Ohio). It was so cool- I found exactly what I was looking for (a nice solid wood chair for kids) and…. then I found this beauty. I love it. It was super well priced for what I thought was going to just sit pretty on a shelf in my office. The body is in great condition, it came with it’s original user manual (!!), the only thing that didn’t seem to be working was the light meter. Willing to take a chance, I bought some film (Walgreens, if you’re wondering where I found film that wasn’t Amazon), cleaned up the battery compartment and took it for a little spin.

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I have no idea if anything will come out, if there are any other mechanical issues, if there will be light leaks since the seal around the film is pretty rough. But I don’t even care. Being able to fix the light meter myself was so exciting, I nearly cried. I asked my husband to drop the film off back at the ol’ Walgreens to see if anything will come out. They have to send it out, and I can pick up in FIVE DAYS. For real. How am I going to wait five days?! The anticipation might kill me. Are all the shots over exposed, since I didn’t have the light meter working? Did the film even load correctly? What’s my field look like?

If you are a film photographer help a sister out. Where can I send film and get digital negatives back, that I could edit? Is the FindLab the best place to do this? I don’t even know what I don’t know. I am probably putting my cart way before my horse, but hey, can you blame me?

 

****EDIT*** Turns out WG was a bad, bad decision. I went to pick up the film when they told me I should, and was informed that they hadn’t sent it out yet, and that they may not for UP TO A MONTH. #ohhellno right. I picked the undeveloped film up and sent it to OldSchoolPhotoLab in Dover. NH instead.

Moms in the Picture

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend here in the States, and this week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite #momsinthepicture over on my Facebook page. I was inspired to do so, with help from the good people at Pretty Presets who’ve written up some helpful blog posts to help you get in the picture.

You are worth so much more, than a shaky selfie shot. We get so caught up in how we look; is our “mom muffin” showing? Is our grey hair visible?  Can you see the bags under our eyes? These worries make us shy away from being in photos. What message are we giving our kids, when we dog on ourselves over how we look in photos?

Photos immortalize us. They are tangible evidence that WE LIVED. Exist in photos, make sure your children, your children’s children and so on know YOU LIVED.

Check out the helpful bog posts from Pretty Presets Blog HERE!  And while you’re at it, why not book a family session for yourself? I’ve got some gorgeous nights available in June AND July that would be perfect for families! Email me, wendy@wboycephotos.com for information or to book your session! 

Welcome to the busy season

Kicking it into high gear and welcoming the start of the busy season! I’m shooting Mommy and Me minis this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed that the rain will hold off for a couple hours. If you’re scheduled for a session watch your email; I will only cancel if it’s raining during the time of our scheduled shoot. Spring in Cleveland is temperamental, so even if it’s raining in the morning, it might be sunny and 75 in the afternoon. Our rain date was announced via email last week- if you did not receive that email let me know ASAP.
I’m trading some head shots with a fellow photographer friend this week as well. I’ve been doing some writing and need to submit a headshot along with the articles and I don’t have a current picture of myself. What do they say about the cobbler’s children having no shoes? If you follow wendy b photos on Facebook, you know I’ve been pretty busy; and really taking my own photo would be super boring. I like to be on the other side of the lens now and then! If the articles are chosen for publication, I’ll be sure to link to them here and on my Facebook page.
I’ve got some time that opened back in July, perfect for milestones, family sessions, and newborns! Don’t forget, if you refer a friend to wendy b photos, you both get some sweet kick-backs, so send your friends to over 😀 My August dates are limited, but I’ll be back in September with 4-5 session spaces. It’s hard to believe I’m already looking at August and September bookings!

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all images ©wendy b photos

It’s been a great year thus far; thank you for keeping me busy. I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2017 brings!

Why you should just take the picture :life:

I noticed that I had taken fewer shots of my own kids than “usual”. I was working a lot more, and blabla life stuff, but I love taking pictures of my girls. I looked through the pictures I had and realized—they’re all very “posed”. Not terribly much in the way of our daily life or lifestyle. I don’t think I took any pictures at Christmas. I didn’t take my camera to Thanksgiving, and I know it sat at my desk during their birthday (twins man, those birthdays get pretty busy). There are very few of the girls just playing together which is one of my favorite parts of our lives.

Ooh, posey. : /

I tried to step out of my own box and look at what was holding me back and it hit me when I shared a picture of my cat to FB (on my dinner table being a bad kitty, because of course there was a cat on my dinner table).

My house is a mess. My family room has piles of toys everywhere, legos spread across all surfaces, Barbie clothes everywhere. My kitchen has cups on the counter, and last night’s supper pans in the sink. There are books on the dinner table, and like I said, the cat.

If you follow any lifestyle photographers, you see these gorgeous homes- perfectly cleaned, gorgeous light in every room, nary a dust ball on the floor. And forget a-hole pets on their dinner table.

I thought something else—screw it. We live here. Having a spotless home is not a priority for me. We pick up, but you’ll probably never see our whole counter top. There will always be cat/dog fluff swirling their ballets across the floor. My throw pillows will never be artfully arranged. This is what our lives are- they’re messy and chaotic. And I’m going to be more mindful about shooting us just the way we are. Slovenly pig sty and all 😉

Take the picture. Don’t worry about the mess. Sometimes, life is messy.