Aria Photography : Carmel by the Sea

Aria Bethards of Aria Photography shares a recent session in beautiful California.  Her vibrant work has me swooning for warm coastal breezes and sand between my toes!

In Aria's words:

"I recently took a much-needed escape to the most quaint little town of Carmel-By-The-Sea in Northern California. As soon as I drove up to the small village, my heart melted at the sloping wood shingle roofs, colorful painted houses dotting the cobbled streets, and the smell of sea salt and cool ocean breeze. What made this weekend even more special was taking my littlest of 4 children, my baby Oliver, and having that quiet, uninterrupted time together. When you have a house full of little ones, there is wonderful chaos and energy and noise. ;) And while wild adventures with my silly clan is my jam, every now and then it is sweet to have one-on-one time with each child to fill up both of our love buckets. And this weekend in Carmel did just that."


These were shot on a Contax 645, 80mm f/2.0 lens, with Fuji 400H film. Processed by the wonderful The FindLab ( 

See more of Aria's work here:

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A Road Trip Through Utah by Divya Pande Photography

Nothing says summer time like a good old fashion road trip!  And these stunning images by Divya Pande Photography make me want to pack up my car and head straight to Utah!  Wow!!

Here's what Divya has to say:

These images were shot on a summer road trip through the stunning national parks of Utah. I loved using film and Fuji 400H to capture the parks in a soft and pretty way. I don't know what I was expecting, but the parks completely exceeded all my expectation!

Divya Pande Photography, Little Bellows
Divya Pande Photography, Little Bellows
Divya Pande Photography, Little Bellows
Divya Pande Photography, Little Bellows
Divya Pande Photography, Little Bellows

See more of Divya's work.
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A Little Break on Lopez Island, WA

Lopez Island is the largest island in the San Juans, located northwest of Washington's mainland, and ironically, northeast of Vancouver Island, Canada.  It's known for its gentle rolling hills and open fields, making it a popular destination for bike riders who tour around all the islands.  

We got to spend spring break here with friends in a quaint little cabin free of wifi and cellular access.  This seems alarming to many at first, but I can assure you, after you're out of range the first day or two, your whole body will relax and your mind will clear of your to-do list to instead focus on the beauty around you.  This serene countryside is an hour and a half drive north from Seattle to Anacortes, followed by an hour ferry-ride.

We spent our week visiting many beaches and inspecting tide pools, collecting sea glass, riding bikes, going on walks, hiking to a secret mountaintop rope swing, and just hanging out at the cabin.  It was the perfect antidote to the busy life we lead.

I brought my Pentax 645n and Canon 1V cameras, equipped with Kodak Tri-x and Fuji 400h.  I've been shooting all our personal vacations on film for the past year and love it.  I see the shot, take the shot, then set my camera down and enjoy time with my family.  Now that many of you are starting your summer vacations, I challenge you to shoot more film and let me know if it frees up your time as well. :)

You can see even more photos from our trip here.

Michelle Lemay: Portugal

Traviling with film can be an ordeal!  Film cameras are heavy, and packing film in and out of airports is not always convenient.  But holy moly, are the results worth it!

Check out these gorgeous images by Michelle Lemay!  The make me want to pack up and go to Portugal!


From Michelle:

These images are from my trip to Portugal this summer.  

I selected photos from only Evora and Arriolos, two inland towns.  We also visited and loved Lisbon and Comporta during this trip, but these places had such a specific and unique feel to them, I thought they stood best alone.  

Both Evora and Arriolos are sun-baked, sleepy communities where little English is spoken and you really feel you’ve stepped out of your life into another world.  

It was 110 degrees fahrenheit during our stay, and the white hot, baking streets were utterly deserted during daylight hours.  Only as the sun dipped low in the sky did the Portuguese emerge and start walking their dogs and doing their shopping.

 I shot these on my pentax 645nii with fuji 400h.  Scans are by Photovision.

Michelle Lemay: Portugal, Little Bellows
Michelle Lemay: Portugal, Little Bellows
Michelle Lemay: Portugal, Little Bellows
Michelle Lemay: Portugal, Little Bellows
Michelle Lemay: Portugal, Little Bellows
Michelle Lemay: Portugal, Little Bellows
Michelle Lemay: Portugal, Little Bellows
Michelle Lemay: Portugal, Little Bellows

See more of Michelle's work
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Our 5 Favorite Holiday Cocktails!

Tis' the season!  Time for holiday parties and Christmas cheer!  Are you planning any festive events this week?  If so, we want to help.

 Today, Meghan and I are sharing some of our favorite holiday cocktails.  We hope you enjoy!


Perhaps my most favorite holiday cocktail is this cranberry margarita.  
For starters, it's beautiful.  And with all of those fresh cranberries, it's practically health food. 
It's also super easy to make in large batches, making it the perfect signature cocktail for your party.

Cranberry Margarita by Sandra Coan on Little Bellows

Cheater eggnog!  Sign me up!  
I love this recipe over ice, but have also had it steamed and served with a dash of cinnamon on top!  
Either way is delicious and festive!

Eggnog by Sandra Coan on Little Bellows (image shot on film)

No holiday party is complete without a classic martini.  
Elegant and tasty!  I always feel fancy when drinking one of these.

Classic Martini by Sandra Coan on Little Bellows

What's a holiday celebration without bubbly? And since it's citrus season, blood oranges are so easy to find and have amazing flavor. I get tired of regular old mimosas (ok, i could still drink them all day long), and it's good to change things up. Try these Blood Orange Mimosas. The touch or triple sec really brings out the flavor.

I don't know about you, but Christmas Brunch is a favorite of mine. Anytime I can eat breakfast food throughout the day works for me! And I can't think about brunch without Bloody Mary's. Here in Maryland, adding Old Bay crab seasoning is a must. And here's a tip, you can find a good bloody mary mix like Zing Zang (THE best) and save yourself a few minutes. You can also add other things as you like like pickles or olives. I like a more traditional bloody myself, but you can't go wrong adding more things to your taste. Also, use citron vodka or pepper vodka for extra flavor!

Well hopefully this can get you off to a nice jolly start to Christmas week!


Shooting Film in India Part I // An Introduction

Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400

Contax 645, Kodak Portra 400

Hello! I’m Elise Hanna. I just returned to the U.S. from two years abroad, living and working in Chennai, formerly Madras, the capital of India’s southernmost state, Tamil Nadu. I am a photographer, a traveler, a mother of three, and lover of film. I am the wife of a diplomat (a la Julia Child) and I’ve been an artist my whole life.

After the birth of our daughter, Clementine, in Brazil, I hesitated to shoot anything, because shooting meant editing, and editing meant time away from my family. As an artist, a mom, and a perfectionist, the “endless possibilities,” of working in digital format was too large of a parameter for me to work within. I wanted to get my photographs just right, simply, and right out of the camera. Most of all, I wanted to love the process again.

I scaled back my editing to one-click VSCO film emulations. I modified my shooting further to get it right with just one shot and then I began to wonder why I needed the Canon 5D Mark III I possessed at the time at all.  I had shot film in my adolescence and was intrigued by the simple beauty film provided, but I needed a push off the cliff to set me free of digital distractions.

I got that push at Jon Canlas’ FIND Workshop in May, 2013. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I attended the workshop with a thirst for knowledge and left with a family of like-minded film lovers that became my support system from across oceans. For the past two years, I’ve shot film nearly exclusively.

Despite moving to India, I decided to continue to shoot film, because I had finally found my groove. I had begun to love photography again and seeing through the lens of my film cameras, namely the Contax 645, was like putting on a pair of glasses after not seeing clearly for my entire life. I also figured while a million photographers have laid their lenses upon India, I had an opportunity to shoot India in a new and different way. While it may seem a little nutty to have lugged the Contax about the streets of Chennai, I don’t regret it for a second, and the portfolio I created yields a softness about a city that at first glance seems deserted and dirty and that one only comes to know after falling in love with Chennai.  The Contax isn’t just for hazy afternoon weddings in the California countryside; it lent compassion to the often over-dramatized grit of India.

But shooting film in India certainly wasn’t without its challenges or its costs. Upon my arrival, I searched for labs in Chennai that would develop medium format film and discovered that only 35mm color was being processed and in “pharmacy” quality labs with the same quality results. With labs popping up in the U.S. and throughout Europe, I found that labs in India were swiftly closing down. I hunted high and low, I found myself at tea in the homes of complete strangers, discussing the possibility of shipping film via courier to other cities within India. I even once found myself at the top of a terrace at “The Camera House”, on the verge of being swallowed by an immense collection of antique cameras and being swarmed by the entirety of Chennai’s wild parakeet population simultaneously. A story for another time.

People questioned my ability to continue to shoot film, and India challenged it, but film and its incredible, faithful, and passionate family reigned supreme. 

I'll be back soon with more tips and tricks for shooting film in India, how and where I developed it and how it made it's long journey back to the U.S.A. Until then, for more photographs from India, recipes and travel guides, please visit my blog



Holiday Card Paper Chain

Holiday Card Paper Chain, Sandra Coan on Little Bellows

Step one:  Cut your old cards into one inch(ish) strips.

Something you probably don't know about me is that I love holiday decorations.  Like, LOVE them.  And I'm not ashamed to say it!

I'm also kind of a pack rat.  And I can not bring myself to throw away any of my holiday cards at the end of the year.  

For years I stored them all in a big box in the basement. But I never looked at them.  They just sat there.  Collecting dust. Then one day, about 9 years ago,  I decided to merge my two loves.  I took all those old cards and turn them into a decoration, a beautiful holiday card paper chain.

Ever since then, the making of the holiday card paper chain has become one of my family's favorite traditions.

Every year when I take down the decorations in January, I store all of the old cards in a box, and then, the next year, when the decorations come out, my family and I get to work turning last year's cards into a colorful festive chain.

We add the new links onto the old chain, and so every year it grows. And it's so fun to be able to look up and see faces of friends and holiday wishes from years past.

This is how its done.

Holiday Card Paper Chain, Sandra Coan on Little Bellows
Holiday Card Paper Chain, Sandra Coan on Little Bellows

Step two:  Make a loop and staple it together.  (In the beginning I used tape, but I have found that staples work best!)  Then make your next loop and start building your chain.

Holiday Card Paper Chain, Sandra Coan on Little Bellows
Holiday Card Paper Chain, Sandra Coan on Little Bellows
Holiday Card Paper Chain, Sandra Coan on Little Bellows

Step three:  Decorate and enjoy!   Isn't it pretty!!

Holiday Card Paper Chain, Sandra Coan on Little Bellows
Holiday Card Paper Chain, Sandra Coan on Little Bellows

Happy Holidays !!!

All images with captured on a Pentax 67 with Portra 400 by Sandra Coan.
Processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

Stephanie Fishbein, Travels in Europe

I always find traveling to be so inspiring!  Seeing new sites, visiting different cultures... it's makes you view the world differently.  

I love that for portrait photographer Stephanie Fishbein, traveling has pushed her out of her comfort zone as an artist.  And the results are beautiful. 

Thank you for sharing with us Stephanie!

From Stephanie:

I am a California based wedding/lifestyle photographer, but have been traveling around Europe (7 different countries!) for the past few months shooting lots of beautiful medium format film. Catching the mood and light in each city was something that I strived for while maintaining my own vision. This traveling allowed me to branch out from what I love shooting most, people and details, and stretch past my comfort zone capturing scenes and places.

See more of Stephanie's work:  Website | Facebook | Instagram 

Images captured on a Pentax 645N with Fuji 400h.
 Processed and Scanned by Photo Vision Prints

Friday Happy Hour // Old Fashioned

I was introduced to Old Fashioned's last winter when in the south. I have never ever been a whiskey, bourbon, or brown liquor person at all. One sniff and my entire body would burn. But I was cold, and at a social event and someone suggested trying one. One sip and I was hooked. And one drink and I was warm (and nearly buzzed). 

Now that it's winter again, it's the perfect cocktail. And what better way to intro our first Little Bellows Happy Hour post!! It's Friday, and I don't know about you, but my week was LOOOOOONG. And well, it's 5:00 on the East coast, so why the hell not make us some cocktails!

Here's how I make my old fashioned's at home. They never are quite as good as when someone else makes them, but for me, this comes a close second. Cheers!!

LB Old Fashioned


Rye or Bourbon (I prefer Bulleit Rye)
Few Dashes Bitters
Sugar Cube (or 1 tsp of simple syrup)
Splash of Water
Orange Peel
One BIG Ice Cube (or in my case, whatever size your fridge spouts out)

In old-fashioned glass, place sugar cube and cover with bitters and a small splash of water (only enough to cover the sugar cube). Muddle the cube until completely crushed. Add enough ice to fill glass. Squeeze orange peel over glass and add whiskey. Stir until cold, about a dozen times. Garnish with cherry (or two if you love them as much as I do. ENJOY!

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hot on a Hasselblad H1 with Fuji 400h

hot on a Hasselblad H1 with Fuji 400h