Strawberry Picking at Sweetberry Farms

We've had a pretty great (if chilly!) spring here in Texas, and a few weeks ago the girls and I went strawberry picking out in Marble Falls, Texas, with a few of my fellow film shooter friends and their kids. The kids had a great time picking berries (and, in Adele's case, eating them as she picked her way through the rows), ate homemade strawberry ice cream, jumped on giant inflatable pillows, petted goats and fed them some berry stems, and generally had a great time. For more photos on film of our day, head over to my friend Heather's blog for her shots. Thanks to Heather, Katherine, and Joyce for the great day! {All photos here shot on a Mamiya 645 with Portra 400 film.}

Film Is Not Dead * New Orleans

It's hard to know where to start a post like this one; I feel like this is one of those where I just have to let the photos speak for themselves. But maybe a little back story would help?

I've been following Jonathan Canlas and his film work for a long, long time, and I've wanted to go to a photography workshop for about that long. I've always kept an eye on his Film is Not Dead workshop and thought "I'd like to go to this but I probably don't know enough/won't know enough/ok, fine I'm just intimidated." So last spring, I said "DAMMIT I'M DOING THIS" and registered for Film is Not Dead in New Orleans (and Katherine signed up, too, which made it an easier decision! It's nice to have a partner in crime.)

I had been shooting film on my mom's Nikkormat from the 60's, which is a great old Nikon, but it's pretty finicky with light; after registering for the workshop, I found a Mamiya 645 and starting practicing. I primarily have used it for personal work thus far, and I've fallen in love. It's definitely been a learning curve, but I love the feel and look of film. While I appreciate the convenience and ease of digital, I do feel that shooting film is making me in to a more careful and thoughtful digital photographer, as well. Also? It's such a great feeling to get film back and see the results.

The workshop was absolutely worth it. Aside from the shooting, camera, and technical and business aspects of everything we learned, I met a great group of women (yes, for some reason the workshop ended up being all women!) photographers from all over the country. I feel like I can ask any of them for help, critique, or just advice.

Here are a few favorites from the workshop; these are a combination of a personal shoot day, a day with models, night shooting, and then photographing around town and outside of New Orleans at Oak Alley Plantation just for fun.

Thanks so much to Jon and Catherine, and all of you fantastic women who made this workshop great. I loved meeting you all!

Back to Reality

Well, nothing like launching a brand-new website to make your computer up and KAPUT. First the screen went out, then the "internal temperature monitor" (what does that even mean?!) and then, lastly, the hard drive. Apple VERY kindly just replaced the entire thing with a new one, so now there are no more excuses in regards to posting!  (Thank goodness my obsessive backup tendancies saved all data.)

The summer has been a little crazy over here; we have taken two vacations, both of which involved a lot of driving. In June we drove from Texas, to Louisiana, to South Carolina, and then back to Texas, and then in early August we drove to San Francisco! Casey and I took the long way home and drove down Highway 1 in California, which cemented two facts for me: 1) I am really terrible at driving on twisty turny roads, even as a passenger 2) California is lovely but also VERY hot and desert-y in the inner portions. Big Sur, however? Oh, I would move there. I mean, I would have to live in a tent within a national campground area because I couldn't begin to afford a square foot of coastal California real estate, but that's neither here nor there. 

In the meantime, I have a few shots of our annual trip to Pawleys Island; these were shot on a Nikon F100 with Ektar 100 film (which I have heard referred to as the red-headed stepchild of film) and scanned by the FINDlab. More actual vacation photos to come once I get my head back in real life! 


New chapter and site!

This has been a long time coming, but back in April, I heard about Ann, the amazing designer behind Grit and Wit Design. I took a look at her work and immediately knew that I HAD to have her redesign my photo website. I've been thinking a lot about where I see my photography going in the future, and I decided awhile ago that it was time to operate under my own name. I've loved being hazeled photography, but I think shooting professionally under my own name is a natural progression to make. After talking with Ann and going through the design process with her, I am super excited to introduce my new site here!

Ann did such an amazing job... I could not be happier with the logo she created and the site that she has built. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. Take a look at the fun Pinterest board that we worked on together; she used this as a basis for a lot of the design elements you see on the site. And check out a couple of her posts on the process here and here.

There are a lot of new things on my calendar for fall, and I am thrilled to have this new canvas on which to build.  

Thank you, Ann, for all of your hard work and effort... you are the best!

Welcome to Natalie Seeboth Photography!




Louisiana on Film

The girls and I took a quick weekend trip to Louisiana last week, just because. It's been awhile since we were there (the Christmas holidays were our last visit) so we decided to drive over for a long weekend. I hadn't been to Jazzfest in years and was dying to go, so I went in to New Orleans by myself one day, spent some time with good friends, and heard some music. The rest of the time was spent doing a lot of nothing in particular at my parents' home in Abita Springs; the girls went swimming, we all went to the farmer's market in Covington, and we read a lot of books and drank coffee and visited. It was one of those weekends that really makes me sad that we live so far from family.

I didn't bring my digital camera on this trip... just film. I just got everything back from the lab; this was my first time shooting Fuji color film and I like the way it turned out, especially the ones of the girls (who were surprisingly amenable to having their photo taken... it's hit or miss these days.) All of these photos were taken on a Nikon F100 with Fuji (color) or TriX (black and white), and were developed and scanned at Holland Imaging in Austin. This film thing is addictive, I tell you.

I've lived in Austin for a long time, but New Orleans, you'll always have my heart.

Easter and Cascarones

I've been on film bender lately; I've been shooting almost entirely film for my personal work, and even got the courage to do some film at my last client shoot.

These are from our Easter weekend a few weeks ago, when we came home from a walk to find bluebonnets and discovered a dozen cascarones on our porch (thank you, kind neighbors!). The girls immediately jumped in to smashing them on each others' heads.

All shot on a Nikon F100 with Portra 400 film.