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{Pretty in Pink}

Who would have ever thought that I’d like pink film?

When The Impossible Project announced their special edition magentatype film, I didn’t think I’d have any interest in it. This was actually their second special edition film that was a colored monochrome; Impossible Project did a cyanotype film prior to releasing magentatype. Even though I wasn’t that interested in this pink film, magentatype happened to be on sale when I was making an order of some other IP films. I decided I might as well throw a pack of it into my shopping cart!

I’d bought this order of film as a birthday present to myself, so I actually planned ahead of time how I’d use the magentatype film.  My sister and I have birthdays that are exactly seven days apart. That means we usually have some joint birthday outing (or two) during our birthday week. This year, it just so happened that The Princess Bride would be showing at The Orpheum in Memphis in the middle of birthday week. Perfect! Once we’d planned to see that movie, I knew going downtown to that beautiful theatre would be a great way to spend my special pack of film. (It was!)

I even watched the film Pretty in Pink that day at home in preparation for using the magentatype film for this series of photos, because I knew I’d name the series “Pretty in Pink.”

Team Ducky. Forever.

Testing 1-2-3…my test shot in my sister’s office at work

Dinner time in Midtown MemphisThe ghost of Elvis(My favorite place in Memphis)The prettiest in pink (though she’d never wear pink)Kenny G’s star on The Orpheum’s “Sidewalk of Stars”The grand lobby in the theatre

I will say that the scans of these photos don’t do them justice. Given the hit-or-miss nature of the revived instant film format, I was really happy with how these turned out. They made me “birthday happy” the night I took them. Well, the photos made me”birthday happy” in addition to the fact that we had so much fun seeing The Princess Bride on the big screen in my favorite place in Memphis!

Polaroid SLR 680 SE • Impossible Project Magentatype 600 film
August 1, 2014 Memphis, TN

If you ever get your hands on some magentatype film, it’s a bit worrying initially because the film looks cyan as it’s developing. But never fear! It turned pink once it was finally developed properly!


My Possibly Impossible Birthday

Have you ever had a birthday that just did not go the way you wanted it to? My birthday was on a Wednesday this year, and weekday birthdays are difficult to make feel special (in my experience.) Yes, there’s usually a weekend birthday-related event, when people aren’t at work, but the birthday itself can be a let-down.

This year, I decided to take matters into my own hands. My sister was at work. My best friend was at work. So my mom decided to help make my birthday better. She wanted to know where she could take me so I’d feel like I was getting to do something that would make me “birthday happy” (that’s what I call it, anyway.) It might not seem like something that a person might choose as a birthday outing, but I told my mother that I’d like to go to Otherlands, a coffee shop in Midtown Memphis. I used to enjoy spending time there when I lived in that area of Memphis, and I knew that something about it would make me happy. I was right. The strong smell of coffee is probably overwhelming when you open the door of any coffee shop, but in my mind, the smell of Otherlands is unique and brings back memories from a very specific time in my life. I was able to sit, sip my coffee, download scans of my photos from England (!!!) and enjoy the Johnny Cash tunes that were playing over the speaker system in the coffee shop.

So why am I writing about this on my blog, where I share anything from wedding photos I’ve been hired to take, to random film camera reviews? The answer is: the second part of my “what would make you birthday happy” answer was “I want to take at least some photos today.” I had a pack of black and white 600 Impossible Project film, I loaded it in my Polaroid SLR 680, and I brought it along with me to Memphis that afternoon. I have a bad tendency to immediately reshoot a photo that I don’t think “turned out right” – which, when you’re using a pack of film with only 8 exposures in it can eat film up FAST! I’m no perfectionist, but if a photo doesn’t turn out the way I envisioned it, I feel compelled to try it again. So one of the things I was determined about was that I would not reshoot any photo that day. I’d just accept each photo as either a success or a fail. Either it worked or it didn’t. And here are the ones I decided were keepers.

“Cheer me up birthday coffee” and my handbag that I bought in England
Technically, this should have gone in the “Impossi-fail” pile. It’s a photo of my old apartment, which is close to Otherlands. We were driving around the neighborhood for old times’ sake, in case there was anything I wanted to photograph before we left the area. Mom told me that I should get out and take a photo. I didn’t think it’d be a big deal. I moved out of that place 3 years ago. But I actually got weirded out and ran out of the driveway as soon as I took the photo! So the fact that this looks kind of ghostly is appropriate, because standing in the driveway taking this photo felt like I’d seen a ghost! And yet, I’m somehow glad I did it

And this is where I fell in love with my Polaroid
This is at Easy Way, an iconic produce market chain in Memphis. I love it there. It’s like going into some country store on a dirt road in Arkansas to get your fruits and vegetables. And by “some dirt road,” I probably actually mean “My Papaw’s house.” He had a little farm in Crawfordsville, Arkansas, and the first time I went to Easy Way, it reminded me of going on his back porch and getting potatoes and other produce he’d grown there. This photo is of my mom picking out “the perfect golden delicious apple.” It just looked so good with her tattoo facing me that I made her pause so I could take the photo. Everything was perfect. And the exposure and focus were so perfect (for once!) that I fell in love with my Polaroid 680 the moment the photo developed.
Birthday me – arm length self portrait of the birthday girl
Birthday dinner. No beer. Just a menu and my mother.

So ends my “Possibly Impossible Birthday.” Except that I had another Impossible Project birthday outing later in the week that will be coming to your computer screens very soon.

Polaroid SLR 680 SE Impossible Project B&W 600 film, black frame July 30, 2014

Small Town Mississippi on a Friday Night


Beautiful Homes for RentCrepe Myrtles

Bank landscape

Photographer girl’s shoes, awkward stance

Senatobia, Mississippi • August 15, 2014
Fuji Instax 200 • Instax wide film


{Happy Birthday} Celebrating Shiv, Part Two

I’ve already given you a glimpse into Shiv’s mundan. Now, I’ll show you photos from the other birthday events from that same weekend! The mundan took place Saturday morning, and that evening, there was a casual birthday party for Shiv at a family friend’s home. Dubbed a “Beer, Barbeque, & Birthday Cake” party, to be exact!

Happy birthday, Shiv! A little impromptu chalk art for Shiv’s birthday party, by JasonIt turned out wonderfully, don’t you think? Cute cute cute party decorations!

Shiv’s pretty cool. He had specially designed graphics for his birthday party.

Mama and Gigi help Shiv blow out the candles on his birthday cakes

The adults were mingling and enjoying one another’s company, while the kids took advantage of all the fun things to do! There was a trampoline and playset with a slide, a little deck to play on, and ‘hanging crow’s nest” style swings. The kids had a ball!

I discovered the Shiv naturally struck poses that made him look like a professional toddler model

Do you get the idea that Shiv loved the trampoline? Shiv loved being spun around in the swing by his Gigi! Gigi, Shiv wants to play some more!

The nighttime birthday party came to an end when the guest of honor needed to head off to bed. But that wasn’t the last of his birthday festivities! Sunday morning, there was a small brunch held at Kate’s house. It was a more intimate gathering, but it was really special nonetheless. Here are some fun moments from that brunch!

Beautiful dining room at Kate’s house, with some of the brunch foods laid out That ball is almost as big as you are, Shiv!Some sweet time between Shiv and Gigi Shiv and Mama open some of his presents. He’s so excited to have new books! (baby kisses!)

After witnessing the sense of family that Shiv, Jill and Nishta had with people from various aspects of their lives who came together for Shiv’s mundan and birthday festivities. I think the hopes for that weekend expressed in the mundan invitation were fully realized:

We also hope this occasion will be a way to bring together many different parts of Shiv’s extended family, to celebrate with you and thank each of you for your love, support, and guidance in our lives.”


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