Grandma

My grandmother on her 90th birthday.

90th birthday, 06/14/16.

fuji xt-1 + 23mm 1.4

I’ve been in such a rut this year with photography. My first love is street photography, but I’ve been leaning toward taking fewer photos of strangers and toward something more personal. I love capturing the beauty in every day moments and the simple things in life.

At the same time, I’ve found in my personal life that I’m more interested these days in being present and enjoying a moment than I am documenting it. You can’t be fully present AND behind a camera.

I went home to visit family in Illinois a couple of weeks ago. I thought that it would inspire me, but ultimately, I only took five photos during the entire trip. My grandmother turned 90 that week, and I could have taken photos during the festivities, but I didn’t. I just wanted to be there. There’s a balance to be struck with all this somewhere, I think.

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Snow days

It’s been a long weekend of reading, video games, comfort food, and general laziness – until today, when we here in Richmond were finally able to start digging ourselves out of the mess that Winter Storm Jonas brought us. We got over a foot in my neighborhood, along with quite a bit of sleet and wind. Saturday brought near white-out conditions, and the roads are still a mess. I’m always glad to see my husky mix in her element, though.

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fuji xt-1 + 56mm 1.2

haircut, 2015.

haircut, 2015.

fuji xt-1 + fuji 56mm 1.2

I got my hair cut last week and on a whim (literally, driving to the salon) I got the idea to get bangs. I haven’t had bangs since high school. I had them my entire childhood, finally grew them out after high school and vowed never to get them again. But I needed a change. I’ve been changing my hair for years by coloring it, but I stopped doing that this year due to the ridiculous amount of money it costs. There’s only so much I can do to change my hair when I’m trying to keep it long, so… bangs.

It’s been a week, and I’m finally getting used to these things. I thought they looked cute at the salon, then came home and had a “What the hell did I do?” moment that lasted a few days. But that’s tapering off…