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Julie Rose

I met Julie via Instagram last year and I photographed her wedding and since then I’ve become good friends with her and her husband. They messaged me saying they were in town visiting family and that we should meet up. I then suggested why don’t we meet up and create some creative photographs just for fun and see what comes of it.

We had only about 90 minutes or so to shoot, already knowing I wanted to shoot some film I decided that is all I will do. No digital. Scary because I could just waste all our time, even though just hanging out with Julie and Jordan is always fun I still had expectation to have work to share. I brought out the Pentax 67 with the 105mm only along with two rolls of film: Tri-X- 400 and Lomography F2/400. I developed the black and white film myself and then the Lomo film was developed locally. However some light leaks happened with their people and at first I was really upset, but then as I scanned the negatives I saw how it played with the compositions quite well.

2019 started off with work I’m very proud of. I hope this year is filled with plenty of work that I can share and eventually do something with it. I want to either have a “zine” or even have work be displayed locally. I want to have more progression of myself as an artist this year.

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Jackelyn

Few months ago Jackelyn hit me up and was wanting to just hangout and shoot. I totally was down to do so because it had been sometime that I had created anything portrait wise. I knew our location was going to be rather orange-ish so I was hoping to shoot some Ektar 100 on my Pentax 6x7. I had plenty of light and was successful in doing so. It was my first time ever shooting with the film and I was very impressed with it and the contrast. I think I might actually start shooting more Ektar 100 just because the contrast is as equal as my digital edits. I was super excited about this roll because it was one of my first 120 rolls I developed and then scanned myself. It really is an amazing feeling to do EVERYTHING on your own as the artist. The feeling is much more complete and exciting!

Jessica Sulikowski

For quite awhile I have had a strong interest in photographing ballet. I had this huge inspiration from other dance photographers on my Instagram and I finally wanted to try this myself. I reached out to a local dancer and she agreed to come to the studio she trains and teaches at, which had a over abundant amount of light pouring through the windows. Before I had even taken a shot I was already in photog heaven because of the amount of light and space we had to work with. 

During this shoot I really had no direction I wanted to go. I simply wanted to just get a foundation on photographing someone doing dance and understand the timing and proper framing. I also didn't want this collaboration between artists to be a commercial feel. Sure I took shots that were traditional in a sense and got Jessica to show her artistic talent but deep down what I wanted was simple. A documentation of Jessica in her space that she spends 40+ hours a week in. 

Lastly I shot digital and 120 black and white film. And as usual I wish I had more film, than space on my SD card. When I developed my rolls I was blown away at how gorgeous these portraits came out and with film that had been expired (totally accidental).

Scotland

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.

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