This past Sunday we traveled with some friends to Son's Island in Seguin, - which is a tiny island created on a bed of a river with the tropical island vibe one hour south of Austin. We rented a day cabana, and spent the day eating, swimming in the river and relaxing on the hammock. The facility provides water activities for an additional cost, such as Kayak, Mat and SUP Board. I absolutely recommend it, in fact we had such a great time that we're currently in the process of arranging a family outing there again this month.
This is one dish I never thought I could do at home, in the span of 20 minutes I made these roasted bone marrow chunks thanks to the air fryer with just some salt and pepper and oil and it was super delicious!
I think Photowalks are a perfect opportunity to get to know the camera and its features without any pressure. This particular photowalk was arranged through a local camera store with about 15 photographers. That Sunday morning we met around 9:00am at South Congress Jo's Coffee and we shot up and down the street till noon. Here are some of the images that I took that day on my new Fujifilm X-T2 with canon manual focus 50mm lens.
The portrait images of me below were taken by Josh with the same camera and lens.
After many years with Canon, finally I was persuaded to try Fujifilm - I recently purchased XT-2 body which currently I am using my Canon AE-1 manual 35 mm lens with a ($14) adaptor. I have not used this camera long enough to write a review about it, however I can tell shooting experience with Fuji is much more enjoyable because of all the dials and visually accessible features, that sadly are hidden in different places within Canon. Also, because it is mirrorless the camera is much more compact and lighter to carry around. However, I miss my canon colors as Fuji colors are much closer to films and the raw images are drawn more to hues of blue and adore grain which is beautiful but I am not sure if it works with all the situations that I will be shooting it for. So as you can tell I am still at the beginning stages of getting to know this camera, so for the time being I am trying to shoot all my photoshoots with it to learn as much as I can to use it to its full potential.
I never thought standing infant of the camera could be this fun, thanks to our amazing photographer Angelica Carrette we were both relaxed and genuinely had so much fun during the the entire photoshoot. Angelica is absolutely amazing to work with, not only she is an expert in candid and in the moment shots, she is so quick in editing - we got these images back in less than a week! Truthfully, if this is what photoshoots are about I would be in front of cameras all day everyday!
The flower bouquet is a gift from Josh's sister, the bike is a recent purchase of mine from Target (I have been looking for a retro white bike for eternity and finally I own one!) My white outfit is actually a white bodysuit paired with a maxi chiffon skirt that I bought on Amazon and the green dress is a thrifted find.
I made this top for a white fluffy skirt that was meant to be our engagement dress, (for some parts of it I used scraps of a curtain) unfortunately combination of the the top and bottom together turned out pretty disastrous. Meanwhile I am trying to figure out what to do with the bottom, I decided to wear the top out. I wore this top for the first time yesterday during our photoshoot and we took these pictures while waiting on the team to arrive. It was pretty comfortable, I specially love the straight neckline that gives such a simple design element.
I have always wanted to own a linen dress, and finally I was able to create one for myself! I used 1 1/2 yard of a fabric that I believe came down to $16 for this dress. It has a stiffer body to it than a dress I originally had in mind. Because of its weight I decided to use a very simple and easy pattern, and somehow it turned into a dress for a Star Wars character, which I love it so much!
This summer I got obsessed over nude swimsuit thanks to Pinterest! After much browsing on the net I somehow ended up ordering a yard of a Lycra spandex fabric off amazon for $8.99 and the same day it arrived somehow I got inspired and made this swimsuit in the span of 3 hours, right on time for our Florida trip. I used one of my favorite sport bra and swimsuit bottom as pattern and it turned out without a doubt nothing short of amazing. The fabric was so easy to work with, I used one yard for both the bottom and top and double lined all the pieces and to be honest I have never felt so comfortable in a swimsuit.
Fabric: Lycra Spandex Dryline Performance Stretch (Here)
One thing about film photography is that by the time you actually get the pictures developed, you have very little recollection of the actual date and the event that went by. I remember this was taken on a weekend, we went furniture shopping and I was so much into eating Panera Bread during that time period for some unknown reason not clear to me now, I once ate there 3 to 4 times in one week.
Camera: Olympus Mju II | Film: Kodak Gold
Mystery of the date that I couldn't remember wearing this dress through Josh's film roll is solved! When I got my developed film roll I was able to see some more images that filled in the blank and I can remember a little more about this day. That's the beauty of photography that helps remember events of life a little more clearly. So from what I can remember from this day, I have been working during the day this weekend (I worked crazy hours that month 70hrs/week and nightshift) and at around sunset time we were able to head out the house. We strolled through downtown and checked out Pecan Festival. we ordered to-go dinner at Easy Tiger and ate it while browsing the vendors.