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Finding Vivian Maier & the Rolleiflex camera

Monday, April 28, 2014 | Behind the Scenes
Last night I saw the movie Finding Vivian Maier. Maier was a shy, undiscovered photographer whose negatives were purchased at an auction after her death. By day, she was a nanny and loved to shoot the world around her. The purchaser of her negatives innocently created a blog with her photographs and people began to fall in love with her work. With gallery exhibitions and several books, some say she has become one of the greatest street photographers of the last century. The documentary is about the search to find out who she was and what drove her to amass a collection 100,000 negatives. The film is told through the finder of the negatives, the people Vivian babysat for and her photographs (makes you wonder if your belongings + your acquaintances told your life story, what would they say?)

Vivian used a Rolleiflex, which is absolutely my favorite camera. I love the duality of the crispness and softness, delivered on a square format. The photographs really have a lot of soul. The film discussed her approach to shooting: getting close enough to strangers for amazing portraits, shooting odd things like garbage cans, the sense of humor she had in her photos and the grungy streets that gave her so many amazing subjects. Because the Rolleflex is not used at eye level, it allows you to be a bit more discreet when taking a photograph and she used this constantly to her advantage. I loved learning that Vivian took her camera abroad on travels, which I have done in the past. It's light, doesn't take batteries and is quiet while shooting.

One interesting discussion on this film was museum's reception of Vivian's work. They have not accepted her work into their collections. Vivian was extremely private, eccentric and did not do much with her photography in her lifetime. Because she did not edit her work (by edit I mean she did not select her own images to share) curators are less accepting of acquiring her images, chosen by someone else, despite her indisputable talent. If a photographer shoots and doesn't share, are they not a photographer? Interesting question.

Most of all, I felt so connected with someone who had the same passion as me: shooting on a Rolleiflex camera. In honor of the Rollei, here are a few favorites of mine posted below. The film is playing now at the E Street Cinema in Washington, DC and around the country. The film is uncovering the story behind a true artist and is a fascinating one!

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DC Letterpress House: Typecase Industries

Monday, April 21, 2014 | Interesting People of DC

I recently hired the talented, DC-based Typecase Industries to help create a special letterpressed brochure for wedding clients. (I also snapped a few photos for them posted here as they get ready for the National Stationary Show!) In addition to doing custom letterpress for weddings, social events, restaurants and just about anything else, they have a line of very sassy cards...

check them out here
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Grace turns 2!

Friday, April 11, 2014 | Portraits

I photographed the adorable Grace, eating lunch and just being newly two years old. This cutie belongs to Jamie Sears, the owner of and event planner at Simply Chic Events. A happy second birthday to Grace!

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weddings on 35mm

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Behind the Scenes

One of my favorite cameras is the 35mm. Yep, the little rolls of film we all used when we were kids. I still love the classic/timeless/emotionally driven results! For weddings, I love using black and white. Here's a few of my favorites and if you're inspired, pull one out and give it go. (I get my film developed at Fast Foto and Digital.)

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Lislie and Stu | Mexico

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Weddings

Lislie and Stu's destination wedding in Mexico was relaxed, hip and full of love, friends and family. She's a shoe designer at Derek Lam. He's a Grammy nominated sound engineer whose latest project (just a little artist named Beyonce) went straight to number one. The couple planned their wedding their own way and their talented (and fashionable) friends made it oh so personal:

Ceremony & Reception: Garza Blanca Resort
Wedding Dress: Created by a friend of the bride, Lee Ma, who works at an atelier
Evening Dress: Custom made for Lislie by Derek Lam
Shoes: Lislie designed them for Derek Lam's spring 2014 runway show
Bridesmaids Dresses: Designed by Lislie's friend Vee Lapnarongchai, who has his own knitwear based line SVEE
Hair and Make up: bridesmaid Kalam
Music: groom's custom playlist
Calligraphy: bridesmaid Kalo
Piñata favors: painstakingly made by the bride in her NYC apartment
Wedding Band: custom design from friend and guest, Jayce Wong
Floral Design: Cristhian Rios

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