Victoria O’Leary: Twins!!

As a twin mamma myself, these photos make me happy (and take me back!)


From Victoria:

“I’ve been photographing this awesome family since miss Kylie was only a few weeks old. LOVE my families that keep coming back to me…it’s so much fun to see their families grow year after year!!

​Techie info | Contax 645/80 2.0 + Nikon F100/35 2.0 – Portra 800 – Goodman Film Lab”
About Victoria, based in California: website | facebook | contact
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Kel Ward - Love, love, love!

1984023 reasons why I love film

Film photography’s popularity has been growing  lately. Not only are my Intro to Film Workshop, Embrace The Grain seats, are sold out this month, even Sandra Coan and Cat Thrasher’s Film for the Studio Photographer Workshop seats have been selling like hot cakes. I don’t see why there is a reason that you shouldn’t shoot more film! Film is AMAZING, because it is the the simplest and easiest medium to photograph with. Yeah, IT IS easier than digital, hands down, no doubt!

For those who have been following Little Bellows blog, you know all of us here are swooning over the look of film. Although we are still loving our digital gears, we have very special bond with our film ones. If you have not seen our new features, you should go check them out! We have added Film Photographer Spotlight Feature where I interview a very talented film photographer every month. Be sure to stay tuned for next month’s Film Photographer Spotlight because I am bringing a very special guest to you all!!  In addition, I also feature many of our fans’ film submissions over on our Facebook page in our Bi-Monthly Film Favorites features.

Today, I want to show you a few of 1984023 reasons why I love film!  See these two images below, one was taken with a digital camera, and the other on film.  There were taken just seconds within each other.  Can you guess which one is film and which one is digital?

why I love film by joyce kang 9-29-2014

Answer: Top/Digital with Nikon D700, Bottom/Film Portra 800 with Nikon F100


So why do I prefer the film image?

  1. more details in highlights
  2. beautiful luminosity in highlights
  3. buttery film grain can’t be duplicated
  4. details in bride’s dress
  5. softer shadows
  6. more depth
  7. rich in color and tonality
  8. Beautiful saturation without editing (film image came as is, no editing added)

Here are just some of the 1984023 reasons why I reach for a film camera more often.  Maybe it’s time for you to try film as well.  Do you know we have a Little Bellows Facebook Group where you can join other film lovers?  Come Join us!  We would love to see you there:)


Blog Contributor and Writer:  Joyce Kang

©Joyce C. Kang 2013-3912003948-R1-036-16A001Joyce Kang is a fine art lifestyle children & family photographer in Austin Texas.  She is also a mentor and a film workshop instructor for Embrace The Grain.  She is married to her best friend and enjoys outdoors with her family.  She loves to curl up with a good book and has a terrible addiction to any thing that tops with a heaping scoop of ice cream drizzled with chocolate fudge!

Follow Joyce and see more of her work at: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Google+

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Sandra Coan’s Friday Favorites: Fall

Hello and happy Friday!

I don’t know what it is like where you are, but here in Seattle it’s like someone just suddenly turned on the “It’s Fall” switch.  One day it was sunny and 80 degrees, and the next day it was 60 and raining, and it’s been like that ever since.  Time to bust out the boots and cozy sweaters!

Next week our theme will be Yellow!  I need a little color!!

To play, just post your Yellow photo to our Facebook page, sized no smaller than 600 pixels wide.

Have a great weekend!



Snappy Apple Photography


Essential Life Photography


Daphne Laput Photography


Monica Hart Photography


Nichole Reid Photography


Breanna Peterson Photography


Editor, Co-Founder and Blog Writer:  Sandra Coan

Sandra Coan is an award winning family photographer based in Seattle, WA as well as the editor and co-founder of Little Bellows.  She also is a mentor and co-teacher of the Film for the Studio Photographer workshop, and is wildly passionate about film, portraits and all things pretty.

Follow Sandra and see more of her work at: Website | Facebook | Instagram

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Throwback Thursday: Fiona Andersen Photography: Old Photographs of Young Girls

 Holy moly!  I loved these back in May of 2012, and I love them now!  Just stunning!!
-Sandra Coan

There is something to be said for a really good, really simple portrait.  It’s so hard to do!  And so powerful when done well.   I’ve had these amazing portraits by New Zealand Photographer Fiona Andersen on my computer for a while now, and I find myself  staring at them at least once a day.  They are just perfection, as are all of her photos.  I’m such a fan!

“My passion for photography started way back when the dinosaurs still loomed.    I have always had major envy for those gifted artists who can pick up a pencil and draw and create a replica of nature, people, animals, anything.  My camera is my artistic voice and it brings me joy.”

-Sandra Coan

About Fiona: based in New Zealand / website / contact / facebook

 Scroll down to the end for Cat’s take.

Cat’s take:

Maturity defines these three children’s portraits by Fiona Anderson. Sure, the children themselves are young, but their neutral facial expressions are heavy, old, and most un-childlike. Neutral faces are not something that we see in child portraiture coming out of the western world: it is understood that children will smile, perform, or express in some way for us, and this has been an integral part of portraiture starting in the early-to-mid twentieth century. So when you see a portrait of a child with a neutral face, it is a powerful image. Adding to that power, we see three gorgeous little girls, each with natural, wavy, dirty blond hair, who might have just been out in the yard playing, or might have just gotten home from school before being asked to sit down for a quick portrait.

The simplicity of the set-up also adds to the power of these photos: centered, black-and-white portraits, against a white wall. The whole package reminds me of two great photographers: Richard Avedon and Sally Mann. Avedon defined and redefined the use of a white backdrop, and Mann is known for large-format, earthy, serious portraits she has taken of her children on their rural farm.

These photographs were shot digitally. Looking forward to seeing more of Fiona’s work in the future!

- Cat Thrasher

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Carrie Geddie - Oh my, these are stunning portraits! I started doing something similar earlier this year with my boys – I need to get back to it! Thanks for sharing.

Christina Mallet on Instagram: Full of Pretty Color and Light

Hello and welcome to Instagram Wednesday!
Wowee, I sure had my work cut out for me this week–there were so many images added to the #littlebellows IG pool this week!
Today’s images are super strong compositions, full of pretty color schemes and light.
Congrats to the featured photogs!

Cheerio from South Africa,




classic, painterly sort of image. Film colour richness abounds.



Little delicate flora and fauna


When he’s famous, this picture will be shown to illustrate his worldly childhood.IMG_2583willfuljoyful

Awecome light and color. The action, questionable.



Dreamscape painted with a Cinemagraphic brushIMG_2607


I love the worn texture of the dock contrasted with the Beauitful jewel tones



pucker up. a great image to illustrate how childhood is colored outside the lines.


such a great image. Getting low when making your compositions can yeild powerful images.


This color palate reminds me of Loretta Lux. If Vogue had a child edition this could be in it.IMG_2562tywynn

so so sweet. I love how her little hands create creases in his pants, which serve as a cool framing element.

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