22 April, 2014

Rain on the Horizon

Last week, V and I went on a day trip to Trosa, which is about 45 minute drive south of us. It was a beautifully sunny, and almost warm day, but things looked a bit ominous on the way home...

Had a bit of fun editing them to look like old photos from my childhood, and I like how moody they became!

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07 April, 2014

Weekend in Photos

We had a lovely, busy weekend doing basically whatever we wanted, and it was pretty fantastic. I didn't heft my camera around on Saturday because we were running from place to place, and shop to shop - and I didn't feel like it. I wish I had brought it along anyway though. Looks like I might need to save some pennies for a less hefty camera for days like that.

I have been in quite a photography rut for the past several months. I just couldn't dig my way out, despite my best efforts - and it was pretty depressing. I even started to question myself as a photographer and wondered WHY ON EARTH can I not get anything in focus the way I want? WHY is that so hard for me right now? Also, I was suffering from feeling inadequate and on and on. Unfortunately it's times like those for me, that even people telling me that I am good and decent as a photographer makes me feel worse about myself... because I am a weirdo. But on a weekend adventure a few weeks ago, I brought my camera out because it was a sunny, bright day and I wanted to play with a reflector I got. 
The day turned out to be completely terrible actually - every single thing went wrong and while it's sort of funny now, it was exceedingly frustrating in the moment. A silver lining to that day was that in fiddling with a few settings on my camera, V discovered that I had accidentally set it to be NOT SHARP on focusing. What?! I didn't even know you could do that. Well I did apparently, but it's fixed now. That plus the combination of a few other inspirations has re-ignited my passion a little for this little hobby of mine and I do say it feels good to be scraping the rust off again.

Here are my shots from Sunday, and our little walk around the neighborhood. 

This (and several other gates like it) were at the petting zoo near our place. I love the sentiment; children who are giving up their pacifiers/dummies/nuks bring them to a special place and hang them with other childrens' old ones as a symbol of growing up. They can visit them whenever they want but they don't need them anymore. Kinda cute!

How was your weekend?

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02 April, 2014

Declan Sinnott and Owen O'Brien

Hey there!

I was going through some of the thousands of photos my husband and I have taken over the last few years together and came across a photo session we did with Declan Sinnott and Owen O'Brien while we lived in Ireland. This was in 2012, whilst Declan was working on putting out an album. Funny thing - I had never heard of Declan Sinnott or Christy Moore or Moving Hearts - but if you're Irish, and like Irish music, chances are you've heard of them. They're kind of a big deal.

Owen and Declan composed beautiful music together for the album, and while V and I were at Mr. Sinnott's home photographing them, we were fortunate enough to have a sort of insider listen to their creative process - and even got a sneaky peek of the album as it was in the works. It was nothing short of amazing. The talent that these two fellows have, and the sounds that come by their hands is truly a wonderful thing. After the photoshoot, I went and looked him up on YouTube and became a fan! Now his album "I Love the Noise it Makes" is one I listen to quite often.

Here are some of my favourite photos from their session:

You can listen to his album on Spotify too! Just search Declan Sinnott, and click on his album "I Love the Noise it Makes"

Rumour has it he's working on a new album. I for one, can't wait to hear it!

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