a Christmas on 35mm film


I took my new Diana F+ mini with me on my Christmas holiday to Montana in hopes of capturing candid family photos on film, just like the photos my mom has at my age. They look like they’re having fun and didn’t have time to stop and pose.

But, the ones that actually turned out were indeed all posed pictures. The candid ones were either blurry, or dark, or didn’t look good to me for whatever reason. It’s obvious I still need practice with indoor photos.

double exposure - Christmas morning

This picture is my favorite. I accidently double exposed it as it was the last frame on the film. One is a posed picture and the other isn’t with a beautiful stream of Christmas tree lights. I love it.

Action shot - Throwing cousins on the couch

This was my best action shot. My older cousins were taking turns throwing the little cousins on the couch. Tthey loved it. As you see in my cousins face here.

Land scape/outside - Peir on lake and mountains behind

On our way from one Uncle’s house to another on Christmas Day, we were asked to grab some vodka. The only place that was open was a little local tavern. While my uncle ran in, my aunt and I ran across the street and trespassed onto some lady’s property (that was inside her house near a window but didn’t see us) and ran onto her small dock to snap a few pictures of Flathead Lake. Because we jumped out of the car in a panic, when we go to the dock, I didn’t think to adjust my shutter and/or aperature before snapping pictures so these photos got way too much light.

Lighting issue - burrly and not enough

To be honest, I’m not even sure what I did wrong here. This was right in the middle of a strand okay pictures. Although I kinda like it.

Overall, being in Montana for 9 days was too many. I love and enjoy my family’s company but there was a point where I didn’t want to be there any more. I wanted to sleep in my bed, lounge on my couch, watch my television. The flight from Denver to Missoula is only 1 hr and 45 mins so I am eager to fly up there for 3 day weekends more often instead of one 9-day trip in almost 2 years.

Also, we went skiing and I filmed one of my runs. It’s almost 9 minutes long so I want to cut it down before I show it you. I haven’t been skiing in years and I felt like it came back pretty quickly. Like riding a bike.


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


flashback friday #1 – 2nd grade school photo


I have seen this feature around the internet a lot lately and thought I would join in!

steph in 2nd grade

Here I am in second grade. My mom styled my hair this way (yes, the bangs too…) but I chose my shirt – it was my favorite at the time. It was purple with a koala in a tree and vines around it. My mom vocalized her disappointment when I chose it because there was two smallish holes in it caused by a button that I wore constantly. I got my way but not with a lot of arguing. “But maaa-ummm!” And the holes are barely visit in the picture anyway. I would say this is my last school picture where I would call myself cute. Kindergarten thru 2nd grade, I was freaking adorable! The remaining 10 years of school pictures were super nerdy and awkward. Lots of hair problems plus ugly glasses and braces. Oh geez…


how to create a .gif in Photoshop


I am excited to say that I have a guest post over at Ruche’s blog. If you’ve never checked out Ruche, you should! They have great vintage inspired apparel as well as up and coming trends. I created a quick and easy DIY .gif post. I promise, it’s really easy and you’ll get addicted!

For readers who don’t have Photoshop, I made a tutorial for you!

heart gif - how to make a gif

Happy Monday, everyone!