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film, take one (again)

I was so excited a while ago to pull out my old Pentax Spotmatic, a camera that I learned photography on over 20 years ago, and give it a whirl.  This was my dad's old camera and I remember going around our Brooklyn neighborhood with him, taking pictures of the boats in Sheepshead bay and some other familiar sites.  At the time my brooklyn photos got to be displayed in Macy's window, through my school's photography contest, and I felt famous at 13 years old :)  I can still smell the darkroom chemicals, a wonderful smell that makes me so happy and brings back great memories. So i got a few rolls of Kodak Portra 400, and tried them out on this 40+ year old camera.  Light meter is broken, manual focus on this is HARD, had some technical difficulties and realized how much I have to learn, but I'm ready to accept the challenge. The waiting for film developing and scans is absolute torture!!!  But it's like Christmas morning when you get them back!

In the meantime I found this amazing group, the Film Mama community on Facebook, that welcomed me as a newbie back to film.  Each month we will be posting up some images in a blog circle documenting our film experience.  Take a look below at my first installment, and then go check out Photos by Misty Smith next, and make your way around the circle until you're back here and have seen them all.   Hope you enjoy!

All images taken with Pentax Spotmatic, Kodak Portra 400

 

 

party of 5

This session is near and dear to my heart, since it's not often that you get to photograph your best friend's baby, let alone her third baby!  What a lucky little man to have these two as parents and to be born with two big brothers!   Can't wait to see the special bond they share as they grow up.  I was so honored to be there to capture these special moments for them.  Love you guys. xoxo  

MTK

You'd never know it was October 4 here in New York given the weather this week... summer didn't want to say goodbye just yet so snuck back in for a few days. All this beautiful weather reminded me that it was barely over a month ago that we spent a gorgeous week out on the beach out in Montauk with our good friends. In honor of the weather this week, and the fact that I hate saying goodbye to the beach for the next 7 or so months... a Montauk post to bring us back to the beach!