my first Lomography camera: the Mini Diana F+


Ryan presented me with this neat little camera before Christmas so I had time to perfect it before spending the week in Montana. And I just got back my first roll today!

It was successful in that it was unsuccessful and I’m learning from my mistakes.

First off, none of the pictures from inside my home turned out because I had the aperture set to N instead of B. Apparently, N doesn’t stand for night time, quite the opposite. B is for night time and N is for day time. So all my pictures inside were too dark and didn’t turn out at all. Huge bummer.

However, some of my outside pictures are quite beautiful. Another lesson I learned was to advance the wheel properly, or remember to advance the wheel at all. As you probably suspected, I had a lot of double exposures and even one triple exposure. Sad face.

Some of these were taken in our backyard and the rest were taken at a park close by.

snow on porch
double sun in trees
goose in park
goose on pond in park
geese foot prints and geese
steph in park


flash friday #2 – me and my grammy


steph and grandma in dec 2007

There was a time where I was feeling depressed and frustrated with my situation back in December of 2007 (4 year ago, yowza!). I decided to take a week off of work and drive the 8 hours from Seattle to Missoula by myself to spend time with my grandma Betty (on my Mom’s side). She told me the whole story of how her and her soul mate met, which I’ve only heard referenced but never got to hear the whole thing.

My grandma went to college in Whittier, California and this was during the war. Only one friend had a car where her family got gas coupons sparingly to regulate gas use. The day that they received the gas coupons, her and her friends piled into the car and went out on the town. One of those nights, through some friends, she met Lloyd, the man she would love and marry.

They dated a while then he asked her to marry him. Of course she said yes and they were engaged. Fast forward to the end of WWII, Lloyd was driving her home after a evening of celebration when their car was hit but another car full of drunken sailors. Lloyd was okay with a few bumps and bruises but my grandma was in terrible condition. She was in the hospital for quite a long time. She missed too much of that quarter of school, so her mother asked her to come home and gain her health back. So she went home to Montana, and she never went back to college, or to California. After several months, my great grandmother demanded to send the ring back. And she did. Continue reading

my Christmas wishlist


2011 Christmas Wishlist

1} 2012 Custom Calendar Tea Towel $21
2} Jo Totes Millie Teal Camera Bag $87 (for my future camera)
3} 10″ Wooden Wall Clock $90
4} Wooden Sunglasses Aqua and Wenge Wood Veneer $65
5} Side Bow Echo Touch Glove $34
6} Letterpress Recipe Cards and Recipe Box $46
7} Behind Every Clever Girl is a Guy with a Beard and Glasses 5×7 $8
8} Pink Faux Deer Heads, Set of 3 $9
9} Pink Pop Herringbone Women’s Classics $54

What’s on your Christmas Wishlist?