Two babies in one week??? This was a first! Back to back newborn sessions will definitely take it out of you, but were so worth it! Meet sweet Ivy. There is a great story tied to both of my newborns from that week. Nikolai’s (who I posted last) parents and Ivy’s parents are friends. I photographed both of their weddings, AND they had their babies on the SAME DAY at hospitals across the street from each other. It was so wonderful to be able to see both new families one right after the other. It made the sessions that much more meaningful! So...here’s to predestined best friendships! Scanned by @thefindlab #katehargisphotography #newbornsonfilm #newbornphotographer #longlivefilm #fuji400h #ilovefilm #filmisnotdead #fineartfilm #fineartcuration #ishootfujifilm #studiophotography #filmwithstrobes #thehappynow #thefountcollective #seekthesimplicity #liveauthentic #thatsdarling #soloverly #igers #communityovercompetition #risingtidesociety
Oh my goodness, all the sleepy sweetness right here! Sweet and tiny Nikolai was such an awesome addition to my newborn family this year. His parents (a past bride and groom of mine) are heading on their newest and greatest adventure together! So excited for you both, this was a glorious session!!! Enjoy!!!! Scanned by @thefindlab #katehargisphotography #newbornphotography #newbornsonfilm #filmforever #longlivefilm #fuji400h #filmwithstrobes #filmisnotdead #thefindlab #thehappynow #seekthesimplicity #liveauthentic #igers #communityovercompetition #fineartfilm #fineartcuration
Since moving to the studio, newborn sessions have become SO MUCH BETTER! I’ve always loved them, but can’t say I loved hauling all my crap with me, not being sure of what my lighting situation was, asking clients to turn the heat up to 85 degrees, etc. Now all they have to do is come to me and I take care of the rest. My light is always consistent, and I am guaranteed to be able to shoot as much film as I want because my light is on point. My sweet friend (and also insanely talented photographer) Scarlett brought her beeeeeyoutiful new baby girl Magnolia into the studio a couple weeks ago, and scans came back last night. This is one of my FAVS! Scanned by @thefindlab #katehargisphotography #ishootfilm #newbornsonfilm #filmwithstrobes #film #filmphotography #fujifilm #ishootfujifilm #filmisnotdead #thefindlab #thefountcollective #thehappynow #thatsdarling #thebump #newbornphotographer #igers #communityovercompetition
A pop of color this morning. I have been shooting so much black and white film that I forgot what it felt like to see the world in color. Portra 800 | Mamiya 645 . . . . . #bebold #redisthecolor #redlips💋 #colorinyourlife #kodakismyjam #kodakprofessional #kodakportra800 #makeportraits #phillypeople #philadelphiaphotographer #shootrealpeople #philadelphiafilmphotographer #studioportraits #filmwithstrobes #gobrokeshootfilm #mediumformatfilm #ladieswhoshootfilm #shootitwithfilm #shootwithsavage #thefindlab
Sometimes it’s fun to experiment and to shoot a familiar film stock in a different way. I shot Kodak Tmax 400 with the Nikon F100 and used off camera strobe for lighting, rated it at 800 and metered for the highlights. Told @thefindlab to develop +1 and scan for the highlights and this is the result I got. #thefindlab #findinabox #kodaktmax400 #nikonf100 #kodakismyjam #filmwithstrobes
I’ve begun sitting in the living room because I’m savoring these final days before my boy is mobile when I’ll have to child proof this space. There’s an idea in spiritual circles that you can manifest your dreams, that your thoughts create your reality. With the help of some of the men and women of color whom I follow in this digital community, I’m starting to see these ideas through their lens, and I’m realizing that manifestation doesn’t account for white privilege and systemic racism. I attribute much of my success to my work ethic and God’s grace. But, I don’t recall ever attributing it to white supremacy. And now it’s hard to turn toward spiritual platitudes that no longer feel true. Everything I thought I knew is being dismantled which makes it hard to teach yoga, too. Maybe I should not say that here on what should be my colorful highlight reel. It doesn’t have the optimism that yogis like to read. Last week I read from the Velveteen Rabbit at the end of class because more than anything, I continue to practice because I need to stay real. One thing that continues to resonate is what @anipemachodron says about how we can utilize every experience as an opportunity to wake up, no matter what. #selfportrait
I hope you all have at least one friend. I’m fortunate to have five, but all you really need is one. One friend who can see you...your talents and gifts...with clear vision and complete honesty. One friend who has a front row seat in the theater of your life, one friend you can call in moments of crisis and celebration alike, who will listen and cry or laugh, or both, depending on what you need in the moment. One friend whose light gives you permission to own your Divinely inspired talents, to return home...over and over again and again...to the truth of who you are. This is my one friend, Lauren. If you want, tag one friend because we need to be reminded that we belong to each other.
for the first time in as long as I can remember, I am not tired. it’s taken this long for me to trust my body enough to listen when it signals that I’m hungry and tired. one of my yoga teachers says that a Sunday nap is a perfect spiritual practice. as I was sitting on the porch one warmer morning last week, the many things I’ve let go of over the course of my life to create the space for this life flashed before my eyes like scenes from a movie. it seems that the moment I let go of a belief or thought pattern or person, a miracle occurs. I rest easier knowing that I don’t have to hold it all together. even when things fall apart, I am held through it all.
I’m realizing that this life is short, no matter how many years we live, we’ll wish for more. how grateful I am for the freedom my career affords me. I take Monday’s off most weeks, and today I got to introduce my boy to my childhood best friend (25 years we’ve been friends) and her boys and her mom - their Mimi. my mom is Mimi, too, as was my great grandmother and intuitive guide I feel traveling with me most days. it’s special to be so present you forget you have a phone, so present you don’t take any pics or snap any stories, so present that nothing outside the frame matters...nothing beyond the moment exists yet. here’s to more ordinary beautiful moments like this.
It’s Friday and scan day! Two awesome things as once. Pushed through some Fuji Acros with my Yashica Mat 124 in my session with @kerry3052 on the fence as to if I like Ilford 3200 or Acros more with this camera. What is your favorite camera and bw film combo?#scanday #filmforthewin #fujiacros100 #yashicamat124g #originalsquare #thefindlab #filmphotography #oldschoolstyle #studiowork #girlphotographyportrait #makeportraits #filmwithstrobes #strobes #philadelphiaphotographer #gorgeousginger #thathairtho #mediumformatfilmphotography #analogisdope
So....I never made a post about this and I'm really not sure why. Could have been because we did this 10 days before Christmas, lol, but my dear friend Ashley and I took a huge leap and got a studio. SAY WHAAAA???? Yes. My business has an ACTUAL SPACE. It's no longer my dining room table. This has been huge for me. For those of you that know me, I am not a risk taker. I am the girl who puts things in her "cart" and lets them sit for a week, lol. Change does not come easily for me, and I let this studio sit in my cart for a few months before I decided it was time. I'm taking a risk, but I am loving it so far. I know only big things are in front of me. This is an image from my very first roll of film shot in the studio two days ago. I cannot begin to tell you how awesome this felt. Thank you @sandracoan for your @creativelive about film with strobes! We totally watched it before we started! 😂. Only big things, I tell you. #katehargisphotography #filmphotography #filmwithstrobes #studiolife #filmisnotdead #film #fineartfilm #ilovefilm #ishootfujiFILM #fuji400h #thehappynow #liveauthentic #thatsdarling #soloverly #seekthesimplicity #igers #fineartcuration #thefountcollective #risingtidesociety #communityovercompetition