Laura: Author Headshots

Posted in Photography, Portraiture, Studio by daybf on February 28, 2013

Right around the holidays an old friend contacted me about taking pictures for a book she may be publishing. I was more than happy to do the assignment, and it was a great excuse to catch up. I met Laura my freshman year of high school, and we were good friends for years. Some of my most vivid memories are of passing notes full of inside jokes in between classes and PE. More specifically the time we had to wrestle each other in front of the entire class…

We more or less lost touch during our college years, but we’ve been able to see each other a few times in the last six months. Since Laura lives in New York City now, her stories are particularly amusing. Then again, she’s always had a talent for entertaining story telling.

It turns out that “this book she might be publishing” came along a lot sooner than I thought! I was just getting a grasp on the fact that Laura wrote a book in the first place, and now I’m in awe that it is now available in paperback on Amazon and downloadable for the Kindle.

It just so happens that you can download a Kindle edition of her novel ‘The Wingmen‘ for FREE today (Thursday February 28th). Take advantage of this opportunity for a great free read and support an up-and-coming author. Or go old school and purchase the book for real.

Get a taste of Laura’s writing chops on her blog and send her some love!

Last but not least, here are my favorite photos from our headshot session: 
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I know these next two don’t have solid white backrounds, but I was experimenting with a faint rose tone since her shirt is a cream color. Thoughts?
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Here you can see the book and my photo in action. She chose the top right image for her author photo:
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Yelena: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography, Portraiture by daybf on February 27, 2013

I took photos of my friend Yelena quite awhile ago, but I recently uncovered these Holga photos from the same shoot. We went to Arana Gulch in Santa Cruz for a nice open field to take portraits in. I like how long it takes me to finish and develop rolls of film, because every roll ends up being a surprise! Check out the original photoshoot here.

Yelena is a super talented designer, so check out her graphic design and illustration work.

The “you don’t say…” look:

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Carson Michael

Posted in Baby, Photography, Portraiture by daybf on February 19, 2013

Carson Michael was born on December 3, 2012, and I had the pleasure of taking his newborn pics 5 days later. His mother Sarah and I have been friends since we were freshmen in High School (11!? years ago) and now she has two beautiful children. You’ve seen her daughter Ava on here before when she turned one and two. Ava is turning out to be an amazing big sister, and it will be fun to watch them grow up together.

How adorable is Carson?

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SFMOMA: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography by daybf on February 18, 2013

Last August I went and saw a great Cindy Sherman exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with a few friends and brought my Holga along. These were taken inside and outside of the museum. 
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My favorite is looking up towards the SFMOMA’s unique ceiling/roof.

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Año Nuevo: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Nature, Photography by daybf on February 13, 2013

Last March my family and I went and saw the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park for the first time. Of course I have a million pictures from that trip with my “real” camera that I never edited or shared. It’s practically a year later and it took a random roll of Holga film to remind me of those forgotten photos. Someday they will make an appearance as well, but for now here’s Holga’s take on the trip. Since my Holga has such a point of view, I suddenly think that it needs a name…you know, like people name their cars (my car=Roxy). I’ll have to give it some thought…

This sequence of photos is exactly how they appear on the roll of film. All the overlap actually worked out nicely:
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I love how the elephant seals just flop about. Pick a spot, flop down, and sleeeeeeeeeep.
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Greyhound Rock: Holga Style…again.

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography by daybf on February 12, 2013

It’s difficult NOT to photograph Greyhound Rock (my favorite beach off highway 1) whenever I go. I’ve captured the beach with my Holga before and had more shots on my recent rolls of film.

Here’s the rock in all of its glory with a flash of blue (blue filter covering flash). 
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Lake Geneva: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Nature, Photography, Travel by daybf on February 6, 2013

I had 2 rolls from my Holga developed recently! I’m still working on perfecting the scanning process-it’s so tedious!

This time around I used a different brand of 120mm film, which must only be compatible with 12 exposures, because when I did 16 they all overlapped. I like the imperfections from using a Holga, so I really don’t mind the unexpected effect. The owner at the camera shop actually tried to give me advice on how to win
d the camera, thinking that I didn’t wind far enough each time.

These 2 photos are from last November when I visited my grandparents’ cottage on Lake Geneva in Delavan, Wisconsin. I think they truly embody the mood of that lazy Fall afternoon. 
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Autumn Gif

Posted in Action, Photography by daybf on November 8, 2012

Just made my first gif! Pretty silly. This is my grandma throwing leaves in Delavan, Wisconsin.

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Quad Cam: Mimosa Giggles

Posted in 35mm, Action, Film, Photography, Portraiture by daybf on October 21, 2012

Reminiscing girl time with Rebecca. She used to be my closest geographical friend (like 7 min away) but now lives out in Lindsay (3 1/2 hour drive) so we see each other every few months. Back in February Rebecca visited for a weekend and we planned a much needed ladies day out: brunch/mimosas at Kianti’s and The Vow. By the way, was anyone else slightly disappointed by The Vow? Maybe all the pre Valentine’s Day hype put a damper on it.

As seen through my quad cam:
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Greyhound Rock: Holga Style

Posted in 120mm, Film, Holga, Photography by daybf on October 17, 2012

I’m on a total film kick ever since I started scanning my Holga 120mm rolls from the last 2 years. Today I’m showcasing photos from my favorite beach off of Highway 1: Greyhound Rock. This particular outing was accompanied by my good friend Sarah who I’ve known since way back when-high school circa 2002. I just realized that we must have met around this time a decade ago. Wow.

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