Film Series: Vol. 5

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Sha La La La, Man

Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Canada, Washington, Oregon. 

 I've been traveling so much this summer and my heart couldn't be any more full. From Iceland, to Africa, to my giant road trip through the USA and Canada, to photographing a wedding in Washington, to Portland, to Texas, and Tennessee... 

I think I'd shoot film full-time if it weren't so damn expensive. I'll be traveling through Europe for a couple of weeks next month with my best travel gal, Eunice, and I think I'll be shooting primarily film while I'm there -- with an exception of video, of course. I'm really getting the hang of it, my latest roll proves just how gorgeous the colors of the Kodak Porta can be.

Come to think of it -- most of my favorite photographers primarily shoot film. I hold a weird desire to constantly fuel my chronic nostalgia -- film does the trick. The natural grain, contrasted shadows, and an organic preset that begs an image to rest in its authenticity.

It's interesting. After years of gawking at my favorite photographs and studying the work of my favorite photographers -- it's all film. I find the deepest of inspiration and feeling from such analog creations. I want to start transitioning my personal work to film full-time. Clients; if you're interested in have some film work done... let me know.  I want a change.

Here is a list of some of my favorite film photographers:

-Nuria Val

-Alec McKeand

-Kristen Blanton x Matt Jozwiak

-Molly Steele

-Joe Greer

-Kevin Russ

-Emily Knecht

Subaru x "Elements of Well"

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"Elements of Well" // Subaru USA

Last month, I had the gracious opportunity to be the official photographer for several content shoots / events with Subaru USA in BOTH Texas and Tennessee! It was one of the most rewarding, precious jobs I've ever been a part of. Not only did I have the chance to road-trip across three different states I had never deeply explored before until then, but I met an incredible team of individuals along the way. Such a unique, positive experience with the BEST team.

We arrived to Austin, Texas in the later part of August. Nearby rainstorms came crashing down, making the streets ominous and misty. I roamed Austin's best coffee shops, indulged in an incredible pizza joint, and gawked at the plentiful food stands around every corner. I so desperately need to come back and explore the city on my own (so many more restaurants to feast upon!). 

The following few days were certainly ones to remember. The team road tripped in our 2017 Subaru Imprezas from Austin's quirky lands to the beautiful Dallas, Texas. After feasting on incredible salads made by lovely wellness gurus, Lee and Alison, we drew a remarkable floral bath (pictured above!) in what was the most BEAUTIFUL treehouse Air BnB we had ever seen! Our day ended with a lovely private yoga session by the ever-so-beautiful, Bibi McGill, and stared in awe of how much we adored our floral pressings lead by our sweet and talented florist, Kelly DeWitt. Also, I wanna give a quick shout out to my partner in crime and videographer, Vanessa Hellmann, who assisted me in the entire creative process. You ladies are all so, so awesome.

Our final day in Nashville was kicked off with a brilliant retreat led by Lee and Alison by the name of "Elements of Well"; entirely focusing on personal wellness and self-love. Lots of yummy treats, an amazing Hatha yoga class, flower pressing with pounds of lavender, sweet rides to and from town in the Imprezas, and a load of beautiful friendships in the making. It was so nice to meet all of the exciting and fresh faces who wanted to be a part of this special day. Our participants had a blast just as much as the team did. :)

Trudging through the best local hot spots, carrying my beloved camera with me everywhere, teaching people the art of floral crafting, AND learning to make the perfect cup of matcha tea? I mean, how awesome? It was a wild week on the road with my girls and I'm so, so happy for the experience. As a long time Subaru fan and owner, this was a real treat. :) Until next time.

Where to next?

In partnership with Subaru USA. Follow them on Instagram at @subaru_USA, and check out their website, www.meetanowener.com, that allows people to explore profiles created by real owners to ask them Questions about their subaru! 

Resistance: Phoenix Protest, 2017

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One Voice. 10,000 People.

Less than a week after the terror at Charlottesville, Trump made plans to come to Phoenix where it was rumored he will pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio for years of unlawful conduct. Arizonians, such as myself, understand just how devastating and treacherous this is.

Thousands of bodies were peacefully protesting outside the hot streets of Downtown Phoenix. Everyday people -- like you and I -- of all age, race, sexual orientation, religion, and class. Many volunteers were graciously giving out free water bottles and snacks, while others roamed the dirty roads picking up each other's trash. It was a community. We had each other's backs.

After I had been separated from my boyfriend trying to find a few girlfriends of mine, tear gas stream lined across my face as hundreds of people were pushing and shoving to evacuate. My eyes were involuntary shutting and my stomach began to churn. I grew shaky and weary of my surroundings. Antifa groups then began to unnecessarily  throw water bottles and tear gas canisters back at the police (to those who are skeptical of these claims, yes. It happened. I was there and saw it. Dumb move.) causing the officers to then deploy air soft bullets, fire crackers, and alarmingly loud grenades that scared the masses of people. Many protesters were hit, including my boyfriend.

I grew frightened. I ran inside the air conditioning of a nearby AMC waiting for a familiar face to pass by. I luckily found my friend, Will, who drove with me and we walked towards the ASU shuttle bus to wait for Reyce to come back from filming / recording the event. 

We went to a friend's house to debrief over Jimmy John's and a card game later that night. No major incidents or casualties, thank goodness. But nonetheless frightening and chaotic at an inessential level.

Please be safe. Please raise your voice. Continue to fight.