There is nothing better then to have a family tradition, so when Wakako and Frido contacted me to shoot there favorite tuesday morning family breakfast of home made crepes I was so happy. They have been our great friends since 2007 which makes this even better to photograph, as we have watched their family grow and expand!
Mostly all Film with a few digital shots. Cannon and Hasselblad. Kodak 400
Carneros Inn, Napa, California
Mix of film and digital.
If you have been a follower of our work for the past year or so, you'll know that Courtney and I have a 16 month old daughter, Avellana. Over the course of the first year of our daughter's life, I embarked on a photo a day project where I took at least one polaroid a day of Avi. It was quite a project and I ended up taking over 700 polaroids over the course of a year. You can see the final post of the project here. While I am no longer taking a Polaroid a day of Avellana, old habits are hard to break and I am still documenting her life in instant film. Here's another four months worth of Polaroids showing how fast our little girl is growing (with a few cats and landscape shots too).
Avi: Months 13-16
All images taken with various folding SX-70 cameras and instant films by The Impossible Project and old stock Polaroid.
LOVED this one!! Beautiful setting, crazy in love happy couple, and gorgeous details! It was almost to simple to shoot! :) Thank you to Green Wedding shoes for featuring it here!
The best first look ever!
I just love how they greeted their guests at the reception!! So fun!
Mix of film and digital: 5dmk11 and 111, Hasselblad H2, Eos 1v, yashica twin lens. Kodak 400, illford 3200
In honor of mothers day I wanted to share this soon to be mama's (and papa's) maternity photos! Baby Asha is due any day and I am dying to meet her. Suthi is a wonderful friend and I know will be just an even better mother! Happy Mothers day to all the mamas out there, especially our moms!:)
Here are two Polaroids I also took that day
Mix of both film and digital. Mostly film: shot with a H2 and Yashica Twin Lens: fuji 800z, Kodak 400 & 800, Illford 3200
Erin decided to bring along the Mamiya RZ to this wedding for fun and if it wasn't so heavy we would bring it to every wedding!
Love this shot he took with it!
The pier at Manhattan Beach is always our favorite! These two were great and we wish them all the best on their wedding in Canada this year. Mix of film and digital
If you have been a consistent follower of our work, you'll know that Courtney gave birth to our beautiful daughter last year. Prior to the birth, I knew that I would want to do some sort of art piece to honor and document our child. I had gone on a buying spree of folding SX-70 cameras early in 2011 with the launch of The Impossible Project films. Early images weren't that great, but the film had improved, so I decided (originally) to document the first 100 days of our daughter's life on instant film. However, 100 days had past with out me even realizing it, so at that point I decided to extend the project to one full year. Dedicating one self to a 365 day project to one subject on one format is pretty difficult. Compound that commitment to the challenges of learning how to be a father, learning ever changing shooting materials (Impossible Project and later old stock Polaroid film), and using old unreliable cameras, I had days of where I really wasn't sure if I could pull it off. Not to mention the times I suddenly realized that I hadn't taken a picture of Avi and would delay her bedtime for a picture. Not the best thing to ask of a tired baby or mama. But, persistence and support from Courtney paid off, and here I am writing this blog post. One might ask, why instant film? Why 30+ year old cameras? Why the Impossible Project? The answer to those questions really was that I didn't want this to be easy. I could have simply saved a whole lot of money and toted one of our digital cameras around. But, that wouldn't have been enough of a challenge. Taking pictures with a digital or traditional film camera would have allowed me to shoot too much. With this project, I would have to learn to take the good with the bad and accept that the one shot might not be technically perfect. I will admit, that I didn't limit myself to just one shot a day as I have accumulated about 700 polaroids over this past year.
Shooting this on instant film allowed me to explore an area of photography that I swore was lost. I had taken Polaroid for granted. Even with the rise of digital photography, in that back of my mind, I had always thought Polaroid would be around producing instant film. I figured over time the prices would go up, but not that Polaroid would stop producing film in 2008. This project not only allowed me to photographically witness my daughter growing up, but also allowed me the opportunity to take part in what I thought was a lost tradition of modern americana, stoping and snapping off a polaroid of your family.
While I could go one about my thoughts on the various films and get technical about things, the reality is that none of that stuff matters with this project in the end. What matters is one's ability to look at the pictures below and see a story of the first year in our daughter's life. This starts with a blurry shot on Courtney's chest moments after her birth, through naps, pee pee accidents, visits with family, visits with friends, travels across country (in planes and cars), experiences with a space shuttle, snow, doctor visits, messy dinners, toys, walks, Santa, our cats, to the morning of her birthday, and finally to a shot the day after: Avi at 365 +1 day... an image where Courtney was holding Avi and asked for a hug. Avellana squeezed back and I was able to get a shot of this while she looked out the window. The last image is first day of her new year.
For this project I made a 3x3 grid of pictures for each week of Avi's life. I have posted all of these on our blog through out the year, but here is a summery of those posts. Fifty-two 3x3 grids totaling 468 images in all. I have more beyond these from this past year, but I feel these tell a good story. I hope you enjoy.
I love you Avi! Your dad, Erin.
Thanks to family and friends who allowed me to take their photos with my daughter. Thanks to The Impossible Project. Thanks to my wife, Courtney. Thanks to my daughter, Avellana.
It was such an honor to fly out to Honolulu to shoot this beautiful and elegant wedding of one of the sweetest couples! There is no "Hawaii" in this wedding but just being surrounded by sun and beach while shooting was amazing!
Yes! That is Erin below helping the guys tie their bow ties. :) Mix of digital and film.
Kodak Portra 400 shot on the H2
It is a crazy to witness the growth of your child. Over the past few weeks our daughter has grown so much. She has gotten bigger. She started to crawl during our Christmas travels (just figured it out one day). She is recognizing people and objects by their names. It is also amazing to think that she'll be a year old in less than two months. Below are eight more weeks of instant film images using various folding SX-70 cameras with both Impossible Project and Polaroid films.
I hope everyone is enjoying their first few weeks of 2013. We are planning BIG things over here at EHC to streamline our life and work and to produce our best work yet! Hopefully all of readers and clients will agree! :) Here is another of our favs from 2011! Nicole and Andrews wedding was so much fun and a prime example of how planning the ceremony around sunset leads to such beautiful light for portraits after. :) Plus how rad is the empty barn for the first look??
The wedding was featured on 100layercake last March the day before our little Avi's birthday. :) Boy, does time fly! Mix of Film and Digital
Two images from an awesome wedding that we shot back in September. Still finishing up the editing, but just wanted to share.
Hasselblad H2, Kodak Portra 400
We just loved this amazing wedding at Saddlerock this past October that I had to show a few of the film shots we got back! So much to share....
Just a few from claire and mike's upstate NY wedding. This photo above is one of my favorite photos. I just love all the veil bunched up! :)
First two photos Digital MKlll. Rest are film Kodak Portra 400 shot on the Hassie H2, except last photos Kodak 800 shot on the Yashica twin lens.
Another few weeks with our amazing daughter! I have to admit that a few days ago, I was revisiting some older posts, and I couldn't believe how much she has grown. It is so easy to forget how small Avi was when she was first born. I almost miss her in a sense as that little baby is already gone. However, I can't wait to see where she'll go next. Hope you enjoy.
All images taken with various folding SX-70 cameras using both available light and strobe. Films include Polaroid 600, Impossible Project PX-70 Cool, and one PX-100 UV+