Morgan On Film

I met up with Morgan on a beautiful sunny day. We met at Form & Function and grabbed a quick cup of coffee. We chatted for a bit and then made our way to a sweet location she scouted and thought would be great to use. When we were planning for this shoot I told Morgan I was hoping to shoot indoors because it was still pretty chilly out. Plus I just really enjoy shooting indoors for the contrast of highlights and shadows. When we were shooting I said I really wanted to get closer to this window that this location had. It was up high with no real ease of access. Morgan was able to prop her self up, but I have zero upper body to pull myself up this 6.5ft wooden platform. So I used the hand railing to get up here, pretty funny to see! I was stoked once we got up there because we had this HUGE window and the light was incredibly soft. I really enjoyed this shoot, I shot with the Rolleiflex and had something of a natural light studio.It was a perfect day shooting that filled with awesome creativity and conversation. I hope that I get another opportunity to work with Morgan!

Hannah Blake

On my last post with Ellen, I mentioned I sold my Yashica Mat 124G because I had been given a gift. That gift was a 1950's era Rolleiflex TLR, I could not wait to use. So I kicked off the new year right by shooting with Hannah. I shot both digital and one roll of Kodak black and white film. All the square (6x6) photographs you see are from the Rollei. I took a break from shooting inside and we walked downtown Boise. I found this spot at the JUMP building that has interesting light during the day and I was hoping to practice a bit with more high key lighting. Success! We continued walking the bitter cold streets and found this gorgeous light bouncing from a window down to the sidewalk. I could've shot here all day long with Hannah in this pocket of light.  

I was stoked to see the negatives from the Rolleiflex were perfect and the camera had NO issues,Woo hoo! With that being said, I feel I need to start shooting more rolls of film on shoots instead of being so conservative and shooting one. I always regret when I see a whole roll come out great and wonder "what if." 

I have been developing my own black and white for a few months now. I have a C-41 kit for color film that I have yet to put together for developing. Soon I will, there is just a little fear of the unknown and have only doing it once. When I get comfortable I think I will begin a film blog and separate the digital shoots from the film ones!

Ellen On Film

A few months ago I purchased a 1970's era Yashica Mat-124G. I had been really, really wanting a square format (6x6) so the right deal came up and I picked one up. Now this camera was a TLR (twin lens reflex), the same sort of camera that Vivan Maier used to create her street photography, portraits, self portraits etc. 

Now usually when I get a new camera, lens or whatever I have a few people I will ask to create some work with the new equipment. And in this gear test, it was my red headed friend Ellen. Now it was early December so it was freezing cold and Ellen told me she had this amazing window light in her living room. The rest was history. Now I did shoot some digital but I'm more interested in shooting more film this year, especially since I obtained my own chemistry to develop at home. (Real quick I'll tell those photo nerds who are curious. I shot with TriX 400, metered at 1600. Developed with Kodak HC-110)

As excited as I was to use this camera. I SOLD IT. 

Why? You'll see on my next blog post when I develop, scan the next roll of film!


This past summer was filled with adventures the biggest one was this one, returning to Scotland. Some of you may know that I've been to this beautiful country before, but this time I was able to see more and also have my wife Laura tag along with my mom and I. 

We flew from Boise, Idaho all the way to Inverness, Scotland, UK where our adventure began. Inverness is known as the gateway into the Scottish highlands and is often where a lot of people start their trips. Our main plan was to drive the whole North Coast 500 (tad bit over 500 miles) with a small few day pit stop on the Isle of Skye. This was my first time ever driving on the right hand side and for me it only took a few minutes to get used to the difference. I know Laura and Mom were happy on quite a few bits of this journey that I was the pilot. Scotland is an amazing country, but its roads are the size of a ruler. Constantly sharing a single track road, having the opposite car come so close to your car that you question how in the hell it'll get by. 

This adventure held a certain part of my heart more than any of my previous ones. If you couldn't tell by my last name, I have a Celtic heritage. When I had traced my last name to the origin of it, it is a descendent from the Scottish clan Mackay. There is a county in the northern most point where the Mackay's are still living and have the territory of the ancestors who once held that land. Driving though there and visiting the towns just gave me a sense of happiness to know this was the area where my family's heritage once began. 

There are so many memories created from this trip.