Archive for February, 2014

“I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away.”

Sigh… but Paul Simon, they did take our Kodachrome away. I’m sure after you finish this post, you all will have that same song stuck in your head too ;-).

For many years since high school, I love trying new photographic techniques and different film. From red film, high contrast Black and White, and even sepia film (which was a big fail in my opinion), I have always wanted to try Kodachrome slide film. I remember reading all about it in my History of Films book about how bright, bold, colorful and crisp this slide film is. A slide film that totally fits my aesthetic as a fine art photographer? Yes, please!  Since Kodak stopped production on Kodachrome in 2009, I have been trying very hard to get my hands on a roll. I can’t tell you how many times I lost a bid on ebay, and I kept failing.

Then one normal day at work in 2010, my old co-worker, Tom, told me he got a few rolls from his buddy and that I can have one! AWESOME!! When I received it, it was three years past the expiration date. I really didn’t care, it just made me more excited. You can still shoot with expired film, but you will never know what you can get. In my case, my photos are more blue hued than what it normally should be and it’s super neat.

I knew I had to shoot this roll quick. At the end of that year the only lab in the nation that still developed Kodachrome was going to run out of chemicals. That summer my family went on vacation to Colonial Williamsburg and decided to shoot with the slide film there. I photographed the grounds of the Governor’s Palace trying to find details that I knew could stand out beautifully on this slide film. In retrospect, I wish I took my time just a little more than rushing, especially now that my style of shooting has changed a bit, but I was too excited. Once we got home I put the film straight in the mail and made it just in time to have the Kodachrome film developed. I’ve had the slide film in an archival box in my cool basement since 2010 to help with the fading. It took until last week, when Tom offered to scan them for me so I can have a digitized copy to get them on my computer. I forgot how beautiful this slide film was, and it makes me miss shooting film more and more everyday. I hope one day Kodak can bring back Kodachrome film, but one can only dream. I spent the last few days color correcting the images to match the slides and wanted to share with everyone my Kodachrome slides. I couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to start shooting film more regularly.

 

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I want this plant image on a big canvas somewhere in my house! I love this shot.

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I have mentioned before that my theme for 2014 is the year of the photograph, offering multiple ways to help get your photos of your session off your computer. Today, I am happy to share a new tool that will help get your photographs on the wall! This baby is so cool! I can not only size images to show you why the bigger the image the better, but what would your images look as a print with a frame or a canvas and help create multiple layouts! This app helps you visualize what you want to see on your wall, and play around with different ideas until you find something that will help you remember those memories we captured together at your session. It’s this great app called Shoot and Sell! This app comes preloaded with different rooms as an example, but you can also upload an image of the very wall you are trying to hang photos on!

I had the opportunity to use it this weekend hanging some prints for a client, and got to take some iphone pictures to show you!

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Say Hello to my trusty ipad!

2014-02-17_0004This is an example of a stock image of a living room that comes with the app. I am using one to play with different options of a project I am working on for my own home.

 

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Here is the photograph of the wall that my client wanted to hang her photos on. It’s a little tricky with corners, but the end result is fantastic! We decided on the layout by which photograph will be in which type of frame and which side of the corner of the wall. She ordered two 8x10s in Midnight Blue color Organic Bloom frames. LOVE these!

After measuring the wall to match the photo, TA-DA! The final result, a little mini gallery in the corner of my client’s nursery!

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Want to book a session and receive an in-home ordering service? Book your session today! We have a great deal going on if you book before March 1st, you will receive a free Organic Bloom frame ornament! Email Erica at erica@ericaabbeyphotography.com for more information!

2014 is going to be a bigger and better year for Erica Abbey Photography. I have previously posted a very personal post about how I really want to focus in on my business and life, trying to find that balance. Well after a few months of research, planning and dreaming, my little business is not only focusing on creating beautiful memories, but the experience as well.  From online forms and payment, to a new session packet that every client will receive after booking; we have great things in store! More professional, colorful, and cheerful! I like to call it the “EAP experience”.

For many years growing up visiting my grandparent’s house in Long Island, I remember the times my grandmother let us in the living room, I would love to sit on the floor next to their pretty cool glass coffee table and look at the wedding albums of my Mom and Dad’s and my Aunt and Uncle. I always thought how beautifully made they were; each photograph printed and matted, bound into this thick leather book. Then upstairs in *I think* my Mom’s old bedroom, was two photographs on a shelf in these ornate gold frames. One of my grandparents, beautifully and gorgeously hand colored, and one of my parents (My Mom wore her Mother’s wedding dress). Even though I wasn’t alive when the photos were taken, I felt like I was a part of it. It felt like Home for me when I saw those things at my grandparent’s, and I am so happy I can do that for my home and for my clients! I will admit after many years in the darkroom and creating my own photographs, to decorating my new home with photographs of great memories, I don’t understand keeping those photographs you love just sitting on a computer. Yes, I can be guilty of it too, but I am so happy now that I have the time, places and the funds to slowly hang and creating albums of my own trips and iconic times in my life. Photography was meant to be printed, and it’s something I strongly believe in. It’s time to start reminding people how important it is to showcase your images, and I have some of the best products to offer to help achieve that. I am dubbing this year of 2014, The Year of the Photograph.

All sessions this year now come included with an optional in-home ordering session! This is where I bring my samples and swatches to show you what you can choose from, and we can bring your session to life! I have something super cool to help visualize your photographs for your wall, which I will showcase here on the blog soon. If you care to print and frame things on your own, don’t worry. Every session with your USB comes with my recommendation on where to get your photos printed. I highly recommend though using my vendors because not only they are great quality, but I only select items are are archival, made with acid free paper or UV coated to help preserve your photographs for years to come. Only professional photographers have access to these vendors, so I am happy to help! If you care to see a few of the items I offer, check out my pricing page.

Now for the awesome part! I am now booking sessions for 2014 beginning March 1st and any time the rest of the year! Since it’s my birthday month, I am throwing in a FREE treat! Every session booked by the end of February 28th, you will get a free Organic Bloom frame Ornament with an image from your session! I LOVE these! Great to hang at your office, on a cork board, fridge, and even your Christmas tree for the holidays!

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But Wait! THERE’S MORE!! (Totally sounding like an infomercial right now… 😉 )

As well as the free ornament, you will be entered in a drawing to win a 16×20 Organic Bloom frame of your choosing for your home (your favorite print from your session included)! The winner will be drawn on March 1st.

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See how awesome these frames are?!? Here is an example of something part of my packaging and also a little fun! 😉

*For both the free ornament and a chance to win a 16×20 Organic Bloom Frame, you must book and pay the deposit of your session by 11:59pm on February 28th. I am purchasing the frames for my own giveaway, not by anyone else or by the Organic Bloom Company. For all questions, email me at erica@ericaabbeyphotograhy.com*

To request for more information about sessions and to book with Erica Abbey Photography, send a message through my contact page above, or email me at erica@ericaabbeyphotography.com