Alli I Film Test

As far back as I can remember I loved to create things. I thank my Grandma for always keeping a craft box full of art supplies. But I can’t give all of the credit to my grandma, since my mom was also a huge influence on me (being a painter and graphic artist herself). It makes me wonder if I came out of the womb singing a song and holding a paintbrush... maybe I should ask. My high school schedule was full of art classes. I sang in the choir every year, attempted ceramics, played around with 35mm film, and studied painting (acrylic, oil, watercolor). Nothing captured my artistic heart like watercolor painting.

After high school I attended Sinclair for one quarter. I was so certain that I wanted to be a “stay-at-home-mom” that I never gave any consideration to completing a college degree, especially a degree in fine arts. But I loved to paint, so I painted a few pictures and sold them at garage sales [insert laugh]. While I needed money for life, I picked up a job at a local camera store, Click Camera. I worked there for several years, and at the same time worked on 35mm film projects at Sinclair, not really understanding where all of it would lead me. Looking back it’s really cool to see how so many steps of my life have brought me to where I am now.

When I started dating Will I knew he was into artistic things, much differently than I, he is a lighting technician, a genius really, but the guy can pretty much do anything. I do mean anything. I never imagined how much someone could encourage me and bring my passions to life...just in a different way. When we were first married and pregnant with Annie, he bought me a canon rebel for valentines day. I was so excited to have a decent camera. Or at least a step up from what I had! Over the course of a year he started encouraging me to take pictures of other families and children...so I did, and I enjoyed it. Editing images, lighting, and building a brand the first few years were really tough. While I felt like I understood the basics (like composition) from my years of painting, there was still so much that I did not know. I solicited help from my cousin to design a blog, which he designed nicely, even adding some cute birds [insert laugh…again]. I have come a long way since then, studying for hours on end. The thing I love most about photography is that there is ALWAYS something new to learn, something new to create. I am always looking for ways to inspire myself and to improve “my look”.

A few years ago Will and I attended the Jose Villa Film workshop in Santa Barbara, CA. We have been playing around with the idea of shooting some film for a while it just wasn't on the agenda last year since we introduced our third child to the family, and on top of that it was our busiest wedding season yet. It wasn't the right timing. Since things are relatively slow right now due to colder months, I decided to make the plunge and try some medium format film which is completely new for me. While we aren't quite sure where this road is leading us just yet, I just got my ftp scans back from Richards Photo Lab yesterday and I was so excited I had to share. Meet my good friend Alli, a mom of three girls [how do you do it?] and one of the most kind, beautiful people I know.

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