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Entering Hybrid Waters – Chicago Film Photographer

Yes, I’ve been getting back to my film roots and shooting all our personal photos on film, but what I haven’t shared yet is that I have been dipping my toes in the hybrid digital + film shooting waters. By dipping my toes in, I mean I have been switching gears and grabbing a few frames here and there on film during my sessions. Sessions that are 95% digital, 5% film, just to see if it is something I want to incorporate back into my work. (I LOVE shooting film at home, but shooting film for my work is a whole ‘nother story, as it totally effects my workflow…getting film sent into a lab, processed, and scanned takes TIME…and I hate having to wait to share all the pretty photos with my couples. Granted, I’ve always had dreams of having my own darkroom one day…) So,  lately, it’s only been a few frames here and there so I can do a legit comparison of my digital versus film captures. Here are a few frames from the past couple months that I shot on film…

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Alaina Rau Bos - July 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

I’ve been thinking about which film camera to buy lately so I can start shooting some personal work too… I’m thinking of getting an F6 :)

Christy Tyler - July 22, 2014 - 4:01 pm

What film are you using for these? I’m always curious to see how stuff shoots in different scenarios!! Love those city at night pics!

Jen Sexton - July 22, 2014 - 4:49 pm

Gorgeous, Amanda! There’s just something so magical about images on film. Keep it up, lady!

Surprise Date Nights and a First Timer at the Fair

It’s crazy to think we are about half way through wedding season already and, wow, is it crazy as ever (as usual really). Totally crazy amazing, mind you. I am so so lucky to work with the most ahhh-mazing couples, I leave wedding after wedding on cloud nine, creatively fulfilled, more grateful than ever to be a part of such a precious and special time in couple’s lives, and heart happy! I am oh-so-thankful to be crazy busy, bring it on!

But we are still trying to work on that whole work life balance thing….balance is so not my forte! So, in the name of making a life, I asked the spouse for a bit of time for just us this weekend after weeks upon weeks of nonstop work (for both of us). I honestly didn’t care what we did, I just wanted it to be us and not have pack our days with nonstop events. Truly, just sitting on the couch together would have made me happier than ever. But, K picked me up downtown after the loveliest morning elopement (coming to the blog soon!) and told me we had to go home and change because she had plans for us. I was totally surprised because I didn’t expect her to actually plan something for us! I just thought we would end up at the movies or a local restaurant. But, instead, she surprised me with taking me to my first ever county fair! As a born and raised city girl, I’ve never been to a county or state fair! And novelty or not, I always wanted to go to one! I’ve been talking to her about it for years…mostly about cuddling blue ribbon baby piggies. So, when we arrived at the county fairgrounds and I slowly realized what was happening, I was more excited than ever. My total exhaustion faded away (the glass of wine on the way there definitely helped) and I lit up like a little kid. Adventures with my love are my absolute favorite! Cuddling the tiniest little piglet (You guys, it was WAY smaller than it looks in the photo, sooooo tiny!), munching on yummy grilled sweet corn, cheering on some bull riding rodeo fun, live music on a beautiful night, and holding hands with my love everywhere we went….total date night success!


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Emilia Jane - July 21, 2014 - 3:48 pm

I’m so glad you were able to have this sweet time together!

Christy Tyler - July 21, 2014 - 8:47 pm

Well this looks like a super fun good old fashioned date day!!! I want to go now!!! Love this and the pics! :)

The Miller Homestead On Film – Chicago Film Photographer

You may remember me telling you about how I have been going back to my film roots over the past year or so and shooting all our personal photos on film…well, I recently got another big batch of film photos back from the lab of snaps from around the good ‘ole Miller Homestead and I figured I might as well share all the squishy baby goodness and family adventures! Enjoy the total gratuitous baby photo overload!

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Katie Reidy - July 17, 2014 - 2:24 pm

These are all so amazing! So beautiful! And I totally agree with Grayson’s easter egg hunt philosophy :)

Wendy Jo Riley - July 18, 2014 - 7:44 am

Beautiful pictures!

Jessie Paré - July 20, 2014 - 3:22 am

Such a dreamy life :)

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