#autoside tuesday

ford scout, spotted on a walk on the east side of austin / shot with iphone 4S

scout sportstar, spotted on a walk on the east side of austin / shot with iphone 4S

a little internet research taught me that these guys, built by international harvester between 1961 and 1980 (according to wikipedia), are pretty rare and sought after in the world of vintage SUV enthusiasts.  austinites seem to love them.  understandably.  they are awesome and i would totally love to get one for myself.  i wonder what kind of gas mileage they get…

feel the heat

nars' lip color heat wave

nars’ lip color heat wave

you know something is a must-have if you keep thinking about it long after seeing it.  such was 100% the case with my newest favorite lip color, the bright orangey-pinkish red “heat wave” from NARS.  i’ve gone through my fair share of lipsticks from the line, including “manhunt” (a super bright true red) and “fire down below” (a deeper, plummy color), and was excited to venture into slightly more playful territory.

with a new season upon us (sort of!  austin is still getting temps in the 80s despite it being late october!), and a little inspiration from style icon joanna hillman of harper’s bazaar, i made not one but two treks to sephora to find my next shade.  the first trip was, yes, reconnoissance, but i would’ve bought it then had the color not been sold out.  second trip to confirm the choice and take the plunge was successful.

in celebration, i made a little kaleidoscopic collage in photoshop:)

here’s to small treats and changing one’s look–a couple things that are making my day a little brighter.

#autoside tuesday

jeep, spotted in the rosedale area/shot with the iphone4s

jeep, spotted in the rosedale area/shot with the iphone3G

i think there’s something super nostalgic and evocative about open-top jeeps like this guy.  for a brief while i had a tumblr going with a stream of the #autosides i was posting to instagram and this one had, by far, the most reposts.

i mostly dig the awesome 70s striping on it.  right on, man.

workshoppin’

at candice stringham's food photography workshop, 18 october 2014, at you're welcome studios

a breakfast scene staged at candice stringham’s food photography workshop/shot with the iphone4S

as a teacher i’m always looking for ways to keep up my skills (and improve upon them) to make my classes better and better.  this past weekend i was excited to attend candice stringham‘s food styling and photography workshop, held at the adorable new you’re welcome studios over at canopy on the east side.  i teach food photography about twice a year and have really come to love it–even though, honestly, i’m not that much of a foodie.

the tips on sourcing props, using directional natural light and telling a story with each image were especially good.  and candice and her team from homemade mood had fantastic little scenes set up around the studio that gave the attendees loads of opportunities to try out styling and using the tips they’d just given us.

between learning some new tricks and mingling with other creatives, it was a great way to spend an afternoon!  i highly recommend candice’s workshops if you can make it to one.  and she teaches online classes, too!

candice stringham shooting sample images at her workshop/shot with iphone4s

#autoside tuesday

turquoise scout, shot with iphone 4S, east side austin

turquoise scout II, shot with iphone 4S, east side austin

in my 5 years in austin i have lived in 4 distinct parts of the city, including about a year and a half in the heart of the east side.  it might be the best #autoside spotting grounds in all of austin.

many an awesome scout (like this guy) live over there, and i love coming across them.  it’s like finding some rare (or not so rare but really cool) beast while on safari.

 

changing the face of watch ads

i was flipping through the 2014 september issue of vogue when i first came across chanel’s new l’instant watch ad campaign.  they immediately caught my photography geek eye because the campaign eschews the norm that watch ads feature the hands at 10 and 2–the position in which they best frame the brand logo.  [check out daniel wellington‘s beautiful line to see what i mean.]

a little research turned up a lot of buzz about these ads.  the jewelry editor blog explained that it’s actually the brand’s first watch campaign in over 10 years.

i love them not only because of they buck convention but also because they are totally lovely, shot in crisp black and white by the amazing patrick demarchelier, and shown in diptych as 2-page spreads with sleek models on the left with limbs in positions that mimic the position of the hands on the watch faces to the right.

 

chanel l’instant watch ad campaign, fall 2014, photographed by patrick demarchelier

chanel l'instant watch ad campaign, fall 2014, photographed by patrick demarchelier

chanel l’instant watch ad campaign, fall 2014, photographed by patrick demarchelier

#autoside tuesday

one of the first autosides ever, shot on iphone4S, east side ATX

one of the first autosides ever, shot on iphone4S, east side ATX

i remember walking around the east side with my dad–he LOVES austin and comes to visit almost every summer–and spotting this car.  i photographed a car with suicide doors while in grad school and that became one of my signature images at that time (see below); even before then but especially since, i am always drawn to cars from the mid-20th century.  when i posted this shot to instagram a follower tagged it “#autoside” and i’ve been posting photos like it ever since…

diptych from grad school days, shot on provia 400 film (if i recall correctly) in the funk zone of santa barbara, ca

diptych from grad school days, shot on provia 400 film (if i recall correctly) in the funk zone of santa barbara, ca