Film Mini Shoot #1 | Daralyn & BarryMay 2, 2014

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I’ve been having SO much fun playing with film the past couple months. Film photography is something I’ve loved since I started on this journey, but I’ve always been terrified to jump in because (shock) it’s way different than digital! I take comfort in being able to look at the back of my camera and know that I nailed a photo … or not. And you just can’t do that with film! Film is old school (yes, you actually load a film roll into the back of the camera), BUT you just can’t emulate the look with digital … at least not 100%. No matter how you try. And I’ve tried. :) My style has always lent itself to film–I love bright, clean, light-filled photos–so stylistically it makes sense for me.

And so, after coveting film photography for three years, I decided that it’s time to give it a whirl. It might be scary, but scary things push you and make you better, right? I recently bought a Mamiya 645 so that I could start to learn and play with different film stocks. I’ve had fun testing the camera on inanimate subjects, but I knew that I had to learn to use my Mamiya on people sooner or later.

Enter my little brother, Barry, and his girlfriend, Daralyn. These two were gracious enough to be my first subjects in a four-part mini shoot series. Over the next month, I’ll be testing different lighting situations and locations and subjects with my Mamiya. Already I can tell this is going to be the BEST way to learn. Thanks ahead of time to everyone who’s agreed to help me out!

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What makes film so unbelievably great is that these photos are basically SOOC (straight out of camera). I may have done one or two tweakings (plus changed that right photo to black and white), but compared to the editing I usually do with my digital photos, this took me a fraction of the time. And it just looks so pretty!

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Growing up, everyone thought Barry was the older sibling because he’s a tad on the tall side (ha!), but it’s true, he’s younger than me.

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Love, love love. Daralyn felt silly doing a photo on her own, but I think it’s so cute!

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And let’s add in a couple digital snaps for good measure, shall we? Nathan shot with my 5dmarkiii while I was on film …

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May GoalsMay 1, 2014

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Already May is off to a great start. We have sun for basically the first time this week! Sun makes everything better, right? Here’s something that’s also great: I finished almost every, single one of my April goals! Whoo! That’s especially exciting because April was my month to get caught up before I dive into wedding season this month. I’ll be tackling a few goals from slow season that keep hanging around but otherwise May goals are about fun and making sure I leave time for play. Remember my whole New Year’s Resolution for balance? Yeah, that’s still happening. I’m going to work smart this month (something I learned at Making Things Happen, which I’ll be sharing more about next week!) so I can step away from my computer and play hard, as well.

  • Read two books (25 in 12): Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver and Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner (plus finish Film is Not Dead!)
  • Take one weekday OFF before wedding season gets into full swing
  • Design a new sample album
  • Continue practicing with film (and try Kodak film!)
  • Clean off my computer so it’s fresh for busy season
  • Set up e-mail templates
  • Write content for a new client info guide
  • Host my family for a cookout
  • Finish decorating our entryway
  • Start a new 101 in 1001 (or 30 before 30) list
  • Take (at least) one bike ride
  • CANCEL our cable for the summer
  • Go out for ice cream with Nathan
  • Get our own photos taken (Yay! Can’t wait!)

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The M FamilyApril 30, 2014

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I don’t do a lot of big family sessions because, honestly? They kind of intimidate me. It’s a LOT of people to direct for an hour or more. If I’m being totally truthful, I was really nervous going into this session with the M family, but you guys. They blew me away. Everyone was just so darn happy. Happy to be together. Happy to be out enjoying the sunshine (finally!). Happy to be creating photos for the first time in 10 years. What a fantastic family!

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You might recognize this lovely family. Belen looks JUST like her brother! So crazy!

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New Brand + Website!April 28, 2014

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here! For the past five months or so the lovely Rachelle Sartini Garner has been tirelessly working on my new brand, including color palettes, logos (for LBP and the Photobooth!), pricing guides and a sparkly website. I’m so excited to unveil it to the world.

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This is the first time I’ve gone through the entire branding process as owner of Lane Baldwin Photography (I helped the fraternity with a rebrand, which was actually really good experience for my personal rebrand). When I started out three years ago I had my logo designed … and then I did the rest myself. I chose to invest in things like my client’s experience and cohesive packaging, along with new equipment. I’m not sure if that was necessarily the right or wrong way to do it, but I’m so thankful that it worked for me.

About a year ago, I knew that it was time to start thinking about hiring a professional to create a cohesive brand for LBP. I needed a more grown-up look, and I knew that I wanted my brand and website to have a more editorial style. Rachelle was just the lady for the job!

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The brand piece (colors, fonts, logos, etc.) was fairly easy. Is that ridiculous to say? By easy I mean that 1) I had an idea of what I wanted going in and 2) Rachelle is super talented and I liked what she put together from the start. The website? Not gonna lie, I struggled with that part.

I really, really wanted a completely customized website. Like really. But I couldn’t find a platform that I loved. I always strive to create clean, bright, modern photos, and I wanted my website to match. The bells and whistles just didn’t feel right. I want my website visitors to be able to easily navigate my site and find what they’re looking for. And if and when visitors decide to spend some time on my site, I want them to hang out on the blog because that’s the heart and soul of my business. So … I decided to stick with Folio Websites. It’s a template-based site and it’s not flashy, but it’s simple and editorial and clean.

I find myself comparing myself to others a lot, which is so not healthy but so easy to do. I get swept up in what everyone else is doing and forget where I’m at and what’s best for me. This is what’s best for me. This is where Lane Baldwin Photography is supposed to be. And I could not be more thrilled! Thanks for all your support. Here’s to the next three years!

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