Archive for July, 2013
Everyone knows I’m a foodie. I Love trying new dishes and cooking up my own. One thing though that I love to eat in the summer is frozen yogurt. Not only is it better for you than ice cream, for me it’s tastier! In the DC area the last few years a bunch of frozen yogurt stores have open up. This one in particular off of Rt. 7 in Falls Church, Virginia, Lava Yogurt, stood out to me differently than the rest. Not only do they have delicious yogurt flavors they change every week, but they have the most fun and traditional toppings I’ve seen, and the inviting staff that sets the environment apart from the rest. My favorite part is the “grab your bottom” area. They have brownies, cookies, waffle bowls and other baked goods that is cut the exact shape of your cup. Put one on the bottom and pour on the frozen yogurt. Seriously, it’s so darn delicious.
I had the pleasure of photographing Lava Yogurt in a few months ago. I had the store to myself before it opened, photographing the awesome neon green and purple walls. Even photographed detail shots of the store from the cool modern lamps, to the delicious toppings bar. The highlight for me was they needed yogurt cups will with creations from their store to put on their website. So not only did I photograph these frozen yogurts, but I got to create some myself! I felt like a food stylist, it was awesome!
Welcome to Lava Yogurt!
I’ve been craving so much frozen yogurt while editing these images! I thin kmy husband and I have driven down from Silver Spring to Lava Yogurt four times since the shoot to have some frozen yogurt. Don’t they looking delicious?? I wasn’t kidding that you can create delicious creations! :-p
To celebrate the 1st anniversary of Lava Yogurt, we have a giveaway! I have a $10 gift card to Lava Yogurt! For two chances to win, make sure to “like” on facebook Lava Yogurt and Erica Abbey Photography! Winner will be chosen on Wednesday July 31st :-).
Something that many of you may not know about me (unless you learned this from the About Me section of my website), I started in the photography world using film. I was such an avid user of film, avoiding the digital world for years. With the ways photography was going, I knew I had to learn digital photography. At first I hated it, but by the time I graduated college I started to love it. Almost 5 years later, all I have been shooting with is digital cameras and equipment for my job and my business.
Last year, I had been feeling frustrated with my work. It was getting harder for me to dream up ideas and I felt I was starting to lose inspiration. I decided to clean my office and reorganize my bookshelf when I came across all my binders that house my film and prints from high school and college. That lightbulb over my head turned on so fast! Maybe the frustration was I wasn’t trying anything new, not taking more risks? Not doing what I have been doing all through college? I knew how to inspire myself again, to start shooting film.
I purchased a Rollei Magic II camera and have been dying to use it more. It’s been such a long time since I shot film that I really have to learn all over again, from shooting to using that light meter I dug up from my closet. So during a lunch break at work one day last year, I asked my friend, Tom, to come test out the camera with me around the Folger where we worked to see if the camera still worked. From the test, I know the “auto meter” totally does not work. With the help of our light meter, we were able to get a few great exposures! I realized with this camera it’s a fixed shutter speed, so I have to be super still when shooting. The tiniest movement will create a very blurry image. From the two rolls we shot, we had some great images come from them. So I wanted to share a few of what Tom and I were able to get.
I am hoping at some point I can continue to shoot more film, especially 120mm. My husband and I are saving our money to buy a house, so right now film shooting is very limited since it can add up after a while. I used my grandfather’s 35mm camera when Andrew and I went to Texas for our anniversary this month. It was great to use a camera my grandpa used a lot, but also just to shoot film once again. I just sent that out to the lab so I am just trying to be patient waiting for my scans to pop up in my inbox. 🙂
I will be honest, it took me a few tries to write something in this blog post about this couple. I don’t mean that in a “oh they aren’t nice people” way, but in a “this couple is so amazing that it’s hard to share in words” kind of way.
I have known Sarah and Scott for what feels like eternity, but I’m sure it’s almost 10 years. I met Sarah my freshman year in the Towson marching band, but we didn’t become a lot closer until I joined our music fraternity, and even closer after we became alumni. From there I remember Scott, and how caring of a person he was not only to Sarah but to his friends and family. To this day this couple have been though more obstacles than most people ever will experience, but they always thrived in everything that came their way with positivity, hope, stubbornness (yeah Sarah, I wrote that :-p), determination, and always with lots of love. I look up to their relationship because they are truly an example of that term, “soul mates”.
Fast forward to late 2012. I found out some of the best news in the world from my very good friend. Sarah and Scott were going to have a baby!! I was elated because not only is this baby going to be loved so much (and may be spoiled by a few of her friends… 😉 ), but it was a sign of happiness. No obstacles in there way, they were growing their family. To celebrate and give back to my friends that always care for others, I wanted to do something for them. Give them something that they can cherish for the rest of their lives, and that was photographs. Sarah and Scott I hope you love your maternity photos as much as I do. Not only it gave me great practice, but I hope it gave you some memories before your wonderful baby arrived.
So my dear readers, meet Sarah and Scott! We met up early on a June morning in Towson, and luckily for us the humidity and temperature didn’t pick up until after we finished!
(P.S. Sarah delivered a baby boy on friday and he is handsome as ever! I’m shooting his newborn photos Saturday, so stayed tuned! 🙂 )