Desktop Background | September 2014

Do you have plans for Labor Day weekend? I am enjoying some nice family time this holiday weekend. Labor Day always seems to signify the end of summer and the anticipation of autumn, but I like to revel in the last remaining days of late summer. Autumn is my favorite season, but I also love late summer, when football season begins and there are still warm, sunny days, and cool evenings. I like that last bit of sunshine I can soak up. Nothing feels more late summer and sunshine to me than sunflowers, so I thought it was fitting to outfit your backgrounds with a bit of sun...flowers! 

Wherever the holiday takes you, I hope you enjoy it and revel in the last of the summer sun. Click the link below for the size you need and enjoy!

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Center Point-Urbana Class of 2015 | Jylian

Summer can be sweltering in the Midwest with all the of humidity we get. Sometimes, there is no other choice but do portraits on these hot and sweaty days. I recently travelled to Iowa to photograph Jylian for her senior portraits. We were stuck with one of these days. I think she rocked the whole shoot and you'd never know how hot and humid it really was. There were big summer storms rolling in the whole time and we were just trying to stay ahead of them as they got closer and closer. By the end, I could hear thunder and knew we were on borrowed time. We managed to all scramble back in the car, mission accomplished just as it starts pouring. It was an adventure for sure, and one I'm sure Jylian won't forget anytime soon.

I love that she incorporated her interests into her session, including her passion for books and travel.  We found some great locations that blended well with her personality and the iconic Iowa landscape. Her session below is a mix of film and digital. The film is all Kodak Portra 400 and the digital is editing with Mastin Labs portra pack to blend right in with the film files.

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Travel | Grand Canyon National Park

It's been awhile since I travelled out west with a dear friend. You may remember my post of all the prettiness in Scottsdale from this post here. While on our trip, we also drove up to Grand Canyon National Park. We didn't really luck out weather wise, per se. Even though it was late April, we encountered a 30 degree day with blustery snow. It was very chilly on the south rim and we rode the bus a lot that morning to stay warm. We really hated packing jackets for Arizona when we were coming for a long, cold Midwest winter, but I'm so grateful we did. There were, however, moments of clear when the snow subsided and then I managed to make a few images on film. I think we were also lucky to see this place in a different light than most get to see it. I certainly didn't bring home the typical "postcard" sunny day images, although I would love to go back and see it in that light as well.

This was really my first attempt at landscape photography on film and between the gear, my skill set with metering landscapes on film, and the weather, it was certainly a challenge. I used a rented light meter that had a spot meter to help me because obviously, the distances are so great, you can't just meter the light you are in because the light can be drastically different in the scene a great distance away, especially on a cloudy day with changing light conditions, like the one I had. I overshot, and made lots of various exposures, all in desperation to come home with something. Honestly, though, I truly believe no image could really come close to capturing what an amazing and awesome place the Grand Canyon truly is. You really must be present in it with your own eyes. So, please go and do me favor. Take a photo, then put your phone or camera down and just look, really look with your own eyes. You will thank me later, I promise.

I was awestruck at this place, without a doubt. Here are a few images I am happy to share from my visit. The film ranged from, Kodak Ektar 100 for the color images to Fuji Neopan Acros 100 for black and white. 

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And of course, one of us at Mather Point, first thing in the cold cold morning, before a blizzard hit us maybe 20 minutes later.


Midsummer Night's Garden

I'll keep this short because there are just so many images I'm dying to share from this magical session inspired by Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. This session was a creative collaboration with good friend and fellow photographer, David Vernon. We both loved the concept and had the perfect location in mind for this shoot. David shot all digital and used flash for a fashion look while I shot all film for an airy dream look.

We had a wonderful team of people who made this dreamy shoot look the way it does. David's wife, and theatre instructor, Kevin, helped with the wardrobe and styling. Her theater students, Tori and Katelynn were our models for the day, donning elegant fairy-like dresses and floral crowns. We spent the afternoon (and Tori's 18th birthday) wandering around tall garden hedges and lounging among peony buds. The lighting was truly magical and I'm very pleased to share this images with you, all captured on film. I'm even holding back a few images that are scheduling to be published in Hearth Magazine next spring, which is very exciting. So, you will just have to wait for the magazine to see those images.

Film: Kodak Portra 400

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Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center | Models: Tori Moss & Katelynn Shennett | Makeup: Kayla Pritchard of SheekndivineHair: Scarlett Riesselman of Salon RenaissanceFloral Crowns: Gregg FloristStyling & Wardrobe: Kevin Vernon | Film Developing & Scans: Indie Film Lab | Photography: Stacy Hanna

Desktop Background | August 2014

I can feel the Indian Summer taking ahold and its fast approaching my favorite time of year. I simply love the end of summer and early fall season. This time of year always seems to be filled with golden hues and cooler nights. I start feeling ready for bonfires and smores in the evenings while still visiting the pool and long hikes in the day.

I need to get outside more, I've been busy the past few weeks culling images back from the film lab and prepping them for submissions. It's been an exciting year sending my work off for the world to see. I can't wait to show it here, and thats been one of the harder things for me. I hate holding back all of my recent jobs. I'll be patient if you can. There is lots of new work coming.

This shot is from this time of year a few years ago and I just love these kinds of little nature detail images. This is an old, abandoned corn crib that has lots of ivy growing up the sides. I should really consider a portrait shoot here. So, if you are interested, just let me know. ;)

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Sneak Peek | Rocker Chic

I just had to share this one sneak peek of Stephanie looking sexy in black and white for our Rocker Chic styled shoot a few weeks ago. When I saw these film scans for the first time, these images on Kodak Tri-X blew me away. I already loved black and white photography, and I just fell even more in love with film. I will be shooting more of this film stock for sure from now on. 

Model: Stephanie Blue

Makeup: Kayla Pritchard of Sheekndivine

Hair: Scarlett Riesselman of Salon Renaissance

Photography: Stacy Hanna


Desktop Background | July 2014

It's July! That means summer heat, grilling, pools, camping, and fireworks. What does my July photo have to do with any of that? Nothing, I admit. But, hey, it's summery, right? I hope your summer is going well. I've been keeping busy shooting lots of film and learning a lot of lessons along the way. I keep promising some more blog posts on my adventures with film, and I am very behind. I promise I will start working on that soon. I've also got some new sessions on film in the queue to share. Trust me, I can't wait to share them with you. In the meantime, get outside and enjoy some summer while you can. 

For when you need a break from the heat and retreat to the A/C, here is a little something pretty for your desktop. Click the link below for the size you need. 

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Desktop Background | June 2014

It is officially summer! The weather is hot and I can think of nothing more fun than family vacations and hanging out at the beach. My favorite beach spot is on Lake Michigan and now that the mercury is rising, I thought I might help you cool out in front of your screen with a little lakeside action. This shot is from Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan. Where are you traveling this summer? Do you have a favorite beach location? 

For a little screen side relaxing, just click the link below for the size you need. Enjoy, friends!

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