Christina Mallet on Instagram: These Photos Make Me Think This…

Hello and happy Instagram Wednesday!

You’ll notice, in the past few weeks, I’ve been using the same title for this post.

Rather than coming up with some new title each week, this “These Photos Make Me Think This…” title seems pretty apt and it keeps things consistent.

Congratulations to the featured photographers.

Keep on keeping on with hash tagging your photos #littlebellows.

I look forward to going through them every week!





Summer is gone and here is a dream of it.

This image reminds me of cinema, like when we are about to head into someone’s memory or dreams.

There’s mystery in the softness and that mystery makes it seem like it could be our own story.



Can I say for the 324th time how much I miss fall?

I miss fall.

For me this image is multi-sensory.

I can of course see the beautiful color palate ( I love the lavender/grey to break up the ‘fall’ colors).

I can also smell the leaves,

and feel the crisp air.



Itsy bitsy feet.

Is there anything that makes a mother with out-of-diaper kids swoon more?

I love this composition and that it’s black and white.

It’s classic and any mother would cherish a photo like this of her little one.

I’m feeling nostalgic.

P.S. This image was made using film.



uhm… Hi!

That is all.

Just kidding.

Okay, I’m going to say what we are all thinking.

These men are gorgeous, but I’m not here to objectify, so I’ll move on.

This is a classic image with so much natural emotion and great composition to boot.

I love the leading lines of the fence and the depth of field, keeping this dynamic duo at the forefront.



Oh the magic of childhood.

What a beautiful moment captured.

I’m assuming these two are siblings, and as such, this little man’s expression, although serious, makes him seem all the sweeter.

He’s accepting his sister’s embrace and kiss.

They don’t seem like they have ever argued.



This image has such a retro feel to it.

The seemingly cross processed colors and the big lady shades make me this this is 1980.

Both of her hands are doing something interesting.

I would like to know what she’s just said or is about to say.

She seems like a sophisticate.



Oh my.

This image is so beautiful.

The lines and the graphic nature of the pier serve as great framing elements.

This is a great example of how composing the horizon in the center, thus breaking composition rules, can work really brilliantly.

What are they seeing?

A storm coming, or maybe their future?

It’s hard to know and the black and white makes it even harder to know.

but sometimes it’s good to not know.

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Brett and Jessica: Fall Family Photos

Brett and Jessica sent me these photos back in May, and I’ve been holding on to them all this time!  I wanted to share them in the Fall, as these images really showcase the beauty of the season.  I’m so thrilled to be sharing them today!  Gorgeous photos and an amazing story! Enjoy!


From Brett and Jessica:

Meet Yana, Derek + Ezra.

A year ago, they welcomed their first born son, Ezra. Little man Ezra has Bicoronal Craniosynostosis. He had Frontal Orbital Advancement and Cranio Vault Reconstruction (skull surgery) on June 7th, 2013. He is officially going to yearly appointments. He has no holes or gaps in his skull from the reconstruction, that means no more surgeries! He is doing really well and looks great! It has been an emotional journey and scary experience for them. So, to celebrate and document him becoming one year old and staying tough and making it through all he’s been through, we did a shoot with this beautiful family. In addition, we had just found out Yana, Derek + Ezra were moving away to Texas, from North Carolina, for Dereks position in the Navy. We are so happy we were able to document the love this family shares and how they are so content just being with each other.
Shot this in Greensboro, NC with a a 5d MkIII and MkII with a Canon 50 1.2 and Canon 35 1.4.
About Brett and Jessica: website | facebook | contact


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Brett & Jessica - Thanks so much for sharing! You’re the best :)

How to photograph kids everyday on film

Photograph your kids everyday on film is not as hard as you think.  With the proper gear set up and the right film in your camera, you are good to go.  Here are 5 quick tips I use to photograph my own kids on film:

1. Shoot close and wide

35mm to 28mm lenses are my go to when I am out and about with my children.  I find that the angle and length of a 35mm is most versatile:

  1. I can shoot in a tighter space and “be there” with my kids without having to back up too far.
  2. I can also shoot portraits without too much distortion.
  3. I can pull back and shoot wide for an environmental image

In fact, I love the wide angle lens so much that all of my medium format SLR cameras are now equipped with 35mm focal length equivalent lenses.

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2. Keep it Simple

It doesn’t matter if I am planning to shoot indoors or outdoors,  I always make sure to pack my bag with the intention to photograph children.  I don’t know about you, but my kids are movers and shakers (in the literal sense of these words)!  Gone are the days when I load my bag down with a camera and 3 lenses for “just-in-case” situations.  Simplicity is mom’s best friend, wouldn’t you agree?  These are my essentials when I am heading out with my children:

  1. one camera and one lens
  2. handheld light meter
  3. film speed of 400 or faster, ie. Portra 400, TriX 400, or Ilford 3200 (although I do like to throw in Ektar and Slidefilm in the mix)

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3. Let there be {bright sun} light


Although I prefer to shoot in soft and pleasing lighting such as open shade and golden hour, I am no longer confined myself to shoot ONLY under these lighting.  With film’s amazing highlight latitude, I can shoot during mid-day bright sun without worrying about blown highlights.  I am a happier mom because I no longer have to deal with cranky, hungry and exhausted kids in the late afternoon/evening hours.  Here are a few things I always keep in mind when I am out shooting under bright sunlight:

  1. be mindful of unpleasing shadows
  2. utilize The Zone System to expose film
  3. know the stop differences between highlights and shadows

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4. Let them be kids

Let the kids be who they are…kids.  I let my kids run, jump, and go nuts as long as they keep themselves and others safe.  In my opinion, “looking into the camera and smile” portraits are over-rated.  I love capturing my children’s childhood authentically on film.

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5. Relax and enjoy

Allow yourself to put down the camera and enjoy the moment with your family.  This is something I started to do when I go on a family outing: I would put away the camera after shooting just one roll of 35mm/220 film or 2 rolls of 120 film.  Believe me, it’s HARD to do when I see so many “kodak” moments missed by not having my camera.  However, what is more important in my heart is spending real and quality time with my guys.  I don’t want my kids to see a photographer, but a mother who is there and present for them!

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Blog Contributor and Writer:  Joyce Kang

Joyce Kang selfie black and white on mamiya c330Joyce 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, binges on Netflix and has a terrible addiction to any thing that tops with a heaping scoop of ice cream drizzled with chocolate fudge!  Her next workshop starts March 1, 2015.  Mark your calendars now!

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

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Sandra Coan’s Friday Favorites: Black and White

Holy Moly!!!  You all out did yourselves!  Such a stunning collection of work this week, it was really hard to choose.  Dang!

And what is it about Black and White that is so magical?  It honestly just stops me in my tracks sometimes… beautiful!

Next week out them will be “Personal Favorite”… what ever your favorite photo is, we want to see it!

To play, post your image to our Facebook wall, sized no smaller than 600 pixels wide!

Thank you!

And have a great weekend!!



she saw things: photography by jen downer


Molly Matcham Photography


Agi Davis Photography


Horse & Feather Photography


Monica Hart Photography


Courtney McAtee Photography


Pinball Photography


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Catherine Abegg: At Home in San Francisco

Wow!  What a perfectly gorgeous set of family photos by the lovely and talented Catherine Abegg!  Truly beautiful!!
- Sandra
From Catherine:
“I photographed this family in San Francisco, in their stunningly beautiful home. I had already photographed their family here in Seattle, but not since Stella was just a couple of years old & Evan was still just a baby in her mama’s belly! It was a real treat to have met them here in Seattle so many years back, and then get to experience their life together in San Francisco. Their house is not only beautiful, but it’s full of life & vitality… and “girls being girls,” which meant some seriously impressive displays of acrobatics, lots of running & jumping, singing, and so much hugging.”

About Catherine: based in Seattle, WA / website / contact /facebook

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Catherine Abegg - thank you so much for the feature! love you guys!!! xo!