PLACES I'VE NEVER SEEN

I met with Chelsea in Napa, in a hidden little part of town that I would have never known was there. Little valleys, wooded areas, volcanic rock and clay. So much to work with, and I had no clue it was there. I was a little nervous because I had no reference point, no idea what to expect, I had never met Chelsea before...NO GAME PLAN. But winging it, and working every bit of creative energy I had, was both invigorating and gratifying.

MODEL: CHELSEA SCHROEDER

IG: @chelschroeder

www.chelsea-schroeder.format.com


JUST HAVING FUN WITH IT

No matter how important, how much pressure there is to get "that shot", it's always important to have fun with it....and we definitely accomplished that during this outing. The truth is, if you're not having fun, its pretty to see it in your shots. Mood is one of the things that humans can pick up on, in person or through this medium. 

Kelsie had me doubling over in laughter, and my face hurt for HOURS after this shoot from all the smiling. I was really happy to see the results, and that my shaking from laughter didn't blur any of the photos. 

MODEL: KELSIE WILLIAMSON

IG: @kelsie_lw

www.kelsiewilliamson.com

A Sunset Almost Missed

Tuesday afternoon, after a long day of chores, I finally got a chance to hang out with my brother, watch stupid YouTube videos, and catch up. As the clock moved closer to 4pm, I got the itch to pick up my camera, so I invited my brother to go on an adventure. As we packed up our things, getting ready to hit the road, "the game plan" fell apart rapidly.

Putting some boxes and other belongings into his trunk, something metallic caught the lip of his trunk, where the glass meets aluminum frame. The following noise was enough to twist my intestines into a tight knot. Metal meeting the edge of auto glass gives of a very specific ring, followed by the snaps, the crackles and the pops usually associated with a glass of Rice Krispies. This crackling went on for MINUTES. 

Anyways, he'll probably read this, so I'll wrap it up. As he prepped to pull the cracked glass out of its mounts on the car, he noticed me looking towards the west, trying to get an idea of how much time I had left before the sun disappeared. he gave me a nod, and handed me his camera, saying, "get a couple good ones for me". So, I hoped in my car and made for some back roads. 

I found a nice little spot that I have overlooked countless times, finally coming back into focus after a comment from a friend, Michael Kobler. I pulled over and set up just in time for the sun to hug the horizon. I specifically picked this spot thinking about where the sun would be setting...."hmmm, I think the sun will set right about...there...." Sure enough, showing up with just 3-4 minutes to spare, the sun was setting, exactly where I had hoped.


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@IGERSNORTHBAY Meetup #NorthBayTAM - January 16th, 2016

A meetup on the mountain, in the beginnings of a storm that would dump nearly 10 inches of rain on the Northbay in just a week. 28 people were willing to face the grueling conditions, not exactly ideal for photography, for the #NorthBayTAM meetup. 

In preperation for the meetup, I made sure to remind everyone of the fact that 10mph winds (18mph gusts) and rain would be pretty brutal after a few hours, and to show up prepared...well, I didn't really listen to my own advice, as I was soaked to the bones within the first 30 minutes. I brought my camera, but quickly switched to something I haven't gotten a chance to pickup in a LONG time. I brought along an Ilford HP5 Black and White disposable camera just in case, and it came in handy. Somewhat waterproof, I easily filled a roll of film, and I'm really pleased with the results.

Yes, some of them are completely off center, peoples limbs are cut off at weird places, and some people are barely in the frame...But I think that might be perfect. I could barely see through the plastic viewfinder, just fuzzy objects in my field of vision, and the little plastic lense did well enough to capture the feeling of that day. It's a day I will never forget. So many great people. So many great photographers. Photographers who had been at the center of the Instagram Community, photographers well established and those just starting to get their feet wet. SUCH A GREAT DAY

I can't thank everyone who helped put this meetup together, the team at @igerssf, the people WHO SHOWED UP, and those who posted their photos. Thanks for making it so memorable, and I hope you enjoyed it.


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LACK OF PLANNING...AND A LITTLE LUCK

Sunday January 31st, 2016 4:30PM

This is a date, and time, I hope that I remember for a long time. 

The past few weeks have been a different type of adventure. I have been moving my belongings into a new home...a lot of work now matter how you look at it....then came the REAL change. For the past 4 1/2 years I have worked for a group of wineries as a wine consultant, a period of time that has flown by quicker than I could have imagined. That career path came to an abrupt ending just over a week ago. Don't worry...not gonna sit here and pour my heart out.

I painted the walls, cleaned, made slight upgrades and unpacked my things. It's starting to come together in my new place.

Sunday: I was tired, a little grumpy, and I needed to get some fresh air. I brought my camera, figuring, "hey, if I see something worth shooting, then at least I would get something done outside of these freshly painted walls", and I hit the road. I drove north.

As I drove on the backroads, outside of Windsor, CA, I found an old road that I've probably been on 1000 times, but not for this purpose, a frontage road just along the highway, that was just the route to middle school...the route to pure dread. This time, I wasn't headed to school, I was headed to...well..anywhere with a good view...and it didn't take long.

With my eyes scanning east, I spotted Mt. St. Helena far in the distance, and to my surprise, fluffy clouds whipping up against its slopes. I pulled over...to my satisfaction, the sun began to set, and pulled out my camera. With 25 mph winds at my back I stood there in awe pretending that the cool air was warm, and pretending that I didn't have shorts on.

Anyways, I used to keep my camera at home, stored away, safe and sound unless I had specific plans to shoot. This day, I brought it with me, I went with the flow, I listened to that gut feeling I had. This is less of a Journal Post, than just a reminder to myself, to repeat that day as much as possible, if possible, every day.

"ALICE IN WONDERLAND"

This shoot was full of challenges, one being weather. Not in the, rain pouring on your head kind of way, but as far as lighting. So as we wandered up the hill into the trees, to play around with beams of light, just about on queue, the sun hid behind some dense clouds.

So looking around, we found a thick grove of old oak trees that Kelsie said reminded her of "Alice in Wonderland", and an old tree that had fallen, weathered, rich in texture, that made for a perfect backdrop with the soft light.

MODEL: KELSIE WILLIAMSON

IG: @kelsie_lw

www.kelsiewilliamson.com