Stephanie + Brandon
We met up in their hood, where it all began.
Long Beach, California, baby.
Their paths crossed one fateful night at the V Room and the rest is history.
Wendy + Billy
You’re about to enter a midcentury modern/funktastic wonderland where there is only one rule….
DON’T BE BORING!
Grab your cassette tapes, it’s time to dust off the boombox and get down with ya bad self.
Get ready for some crazy/killer/funky/cool inspiration.
The talent level is sky high on this creative collab and it was REALLY fun to be apart of.
Inspired by the beauty of smoke.
As seen on Green Wedding Shoes
photography: Laura Goldenberger // planning + design: LB Event Planning // venue: Wolf. Feather. Honey FARM + T H E I N T R E P I D W I L D // florals: Stella Bloom Designs // design: Jesi Haack Design and collaboration with Blot & Dot // stationery: Prim and Pixie // hair + makeup: Girl Meets Bongga // wedding dress: Bride Boutique LA // white tuxedo: Groom Studio // chambray tie: The Tie Bar // tabletop rentals + napkins: Borrowed Blu // lounge rentals + chairs: Found Vintage Rentals // table rental: A Rental Connection // bus: Jaunt Beauty Co // cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop // models: Lindsay Nesselroad, Wade Carr
Casey + Sara
They love each other somethin fierce.
And we love them too. It’s impossible not to.
It was a beautiful day and good ol’ party with the family + crew.
Can’t get enough of these babes.
Gonna geek out for a minute. So if you have no interest in gear talk, I still love you even if you skip over this and just look at the pictures.
The Leica M6
My tiniest baby.
This little one is my first 35 mm + rangefinder.
It took me a while to get used to a rangefinder. Looking through it you can see where your lens is framing but you can also see what’s around it/not in frame.
The focusing system is 100 % manual and like all rangefinders, as you look through the lens, you have to carefully align two images (like you’re super drunk) till they overlap and that’s when you know your image will be in focus.
At first, I was soo slow at focusing and wondered how I’d ever catch any real moment other than some inanimate object that I could spend a full minute getting my focus juuuuust right on.. But I’ve shot a handful of rolls and as with anything, you start to just get the hang of it the more you use it.
The challenges become refreshing.
I’ve been using the Leica as my personal camera. Tucking it into my bag on trips, days out and about and on adventures. I don’t have to baby it. It’s an old goat and solid like a brick. I love that about it. It also draws almost no attention to itself. Unlike my fragile + beastly digital cameras. I hardly ever feel inspired to lug those around for my own images (however I do love my Canon 5D Mark III somethin fierce for any full on sesh).
The Leica has changed the way I shoot. I’ve become more thoughtful with my images. Even more so than with my Contax 645 because of the focusing system. I also have enjoyed really savoring each roll and taking my time to reach 36 frames.
It’s been so fun to mess around with film. Not only with shooting film but figuring out what tones, colors and mood I want from the developing end. Which is still a process I’m playing with.
I dig medium format film as well but also love the grain, imperfections and character that come with 35 mm. Perfection can be boring so I’m all about the highs and lows of this format.
Now that I’ve found my way with this gem, I’m going to start integrating 35 mm film into more work. Along with medium format + digital. Shooting film is addictive and I’m already daydreaming of playing with a Hasselblad, Rolleiflex + more. I basically want to master shooting with every type of camera now because that would be so rad!
This year has been very experimental and a lot of soul searching has gone on.
Always learning, evolving and exploring!
These are just some of my favorites from the Leica M6.