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St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/My first few rolls of film

I have embarked on a new adventure to add to my business...shooting film. Yes, real load your camera 35mm film. So I went online, bought a Nikon F100, scooped up some cheap FUJI film from Wal-Mart to mess with at a lower expense because let's face it....I figured it wasn't going to really turn out. As well as ordered from Amazon 5 rolls Kodak Porta 400 from online for the good shots while in Portland. 

I got it in the mail. I loaded the film. I loaded the batteries. I snapped they shutter. I simply just fell in love....one snap after the other. I really think the best part was not knowing if they turned out! I had to trust my skills and the film. It was so beyond my normal adventurous stuff!

It's not easy...here is my first shot...my beautiful Gabrielle.

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Horrible right??? HA! But take a peek in to what I see....See that grain? That beautiful old school grain. It took me back to when I used to arrange my stuffed animals in my room with random objects and take their pictures with my old point at shoot 35mm....I am sure if I looked hard enough at my Mother's house I could find some of these pictures. This look and image...well it fuels my soul. Oh it fuels my soul, more than I ever thought possible. 

So next up I headed out to Portland...remember that blog post? If not view it HERE. You really should because it's beautiful. That post was all digital images that I just couldn't wait to share. But below is what film can do...what it does...oh it's beautiful...the grain, the color, barely touched by editing. 

Are they perfect? Nope. But they are a wonderful and perfect start to something will be so much fun.

I am beyond grateful that a good friend (and my wedding photographer) shoots film and brought it to me to try because she knew I would love it, and boy was she correct. You can take a peek at her beautiful work HERE. She has really become amazing at her film work! Take a peek at this beautiful film shot of my friend and follow photographer. 

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While shooting in Portland I found out I even LOVE the sound of shooting film. When I came home I naturally shot a whole roll of just my dog Rue...ridiculous I know, but oh it turned out so much better than the first roll! These are just a few of my favorites. Rue is a pretty amazing model. I know you all have seen her before!

I do hope you stick around to see how this new aspect of Jheart Photography grows. I feel like this fits my heart and soul so much which usually is the main key to success. 

So cheers to film & my Nikon F100. Can't wait to share more with you!

St. Charles Photographer/St Charles Lifestyle Photographer/ Mom Life meets Business Life - How do you manage?

I am adding a very intimate and candid moment to my blog today....a side that unless you read my personal facebook, you may not see...that I am a Mom of 4 kids and 3 step-kids which equals 7. Yup, that was not a typo...it's 7. 7 amazing children that I couldn't imagine my world with out them....but let's be honest....this.shit.is.HARD. The hardest thing I have ever done. To juggle school, feeding...my goodness the feeding and the snacks are a daily job on it's own, sports, church, washing clothes, making sure they brush teeth, cleaning rooms, wiping butts, my job..3 businesses, and a new marriage....How in the world is this even possible? It was exhausting just to type...

How do you juggle it? How do I juggle it? Juggle being a Mom AND being a business woman??

Humor & Balance....

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Humor is huge...like this picture...Back to school always floods a lot of emotions for me. Sometimes even the smell of the crayons, notebooks, and supplies at Wal-Mart can bring up these emotions. A big one most of us feel is Excited! Excited to have my daily freedom back. Where I can eat a candy bar in silence and not have to share. Where I can go to Wal-Mart without spending $50 more then I planned because somehow there are 7 things we didn't realize we needed until we touched base in the land of all the crap. I also get so sad. Sad that I don't get to see my kids as much. You know, wake up late, enjoy breakfast, plan our day, make them clean for me, playing games, and reading. It's sad to give up that time with them to others. Mad. So mad that I have to spend SO MUCH MONEY ON SUPPLIES. 7 kids starting school doesn't come cheaply but of course I fork it over for the cause. I will be happy my fridge won't empty so quickly because if one more person asks me for a snack I might have to be admitted. Anyone else's kids need a "snack" 4 minutes after ANY given meal?? I am always worried that I won't be good at helping with homework. The way classes are done now days always throw me off. I feel like they have made simple addition SO HARD. Us old people just don't get it. I know I will be glad to have more time for business. Fall season is always crazy and I enjoy giving my clients the attention their pictures are worth. Sometimes I worry I will struggle making my schedule work...cause that is the second BIGGEST part..Schedule...Between traveling, school events, blended kids, sessions, weddings, and practices...some days just don't have enough hours.

Before I even take sessions for a month, I block of dates that I refuse to work so I know to make time for family. Even if that means 10:54pm blogging sessions (like tonight). I make myself STOP at a certain time at night and some days I don't let myself START until a certain time of day. I schedule my blog, my shopping, my gym time, my Jesus time, and my family time. There is of course room for the spontaneous but to make sure my kids feel secure and that they have my attention, I schedule everything and I old school schedule everything with Pen & Paper AND electronicly, ie: my iPhone calendar. 

Don't get me wrong...some days end up like this:

Stressed, tired, and sitting in the tub with a bottle of wine! Business woman and Mom's are human too!  I wouldn't trade running my business, where I can make my own schedule to chose what I want to do with my time and when I do it, for anything in the world. I also try very hard to make sure my family doesn't suffer the stress as well. 

Plus, I love my job! Which is half the battle most days. Meeting new families and sharing my love for capturing those special moments is everyday different and cherished in my eyes. I love watching families come together and then grow. It's such a blessing to be trusted as that person in someone's life....to document the greatest moments of their life! WOW!

PC: Cieara Ruess Photography

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Always remember that with a little humor, a little balance, a lot of Jesus, and a lot of love...you can survive and accomplish anything. Don't give up, especially not on yourself, because most of all those little ones are watching and learning.

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Claire & Michael Cannon Beach

I recently spent a weekend in the mountains of Portland Oregon & one beautiful day at Cannon Beach with Claire & Michael. I know I usually am a St. Charles Wedding photographer, but when and friend of mine, Cieara with Cieara Ruess Photography went on a luxury trip we knew we had to find someone to shoot and we were so blessed with Claire & Michael. 

Claire and Michael met when her Dad invited him to their church's swing dancing club because he knew Claire & Michael would hit it off. Now, two and half year later they are still dancing together in the kitchens of their parents home. I don't know about you, but that is the most romantic thing EVER. They even showed off some of their moves for us!It is always pure joy when I get to shoot couples that have bursting love like these two. 

I do hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed shooting them.