CA Holga pictures

Below are some of the Holga pictures that I took on our California vacation this past September. I cannot believe this trip was almost a month ago.  Two things about my holga: One- I LOVE the look and feel of these images. To me they remind me of the pictures my parents took on their trips out west together-classic. But two, I do not love it’s unpredictability. Several images at the end of the roll did not even appear on the negative, which can be a little frustrating (although a little unpredictability is probably good for me!). After each photo shoot or session I like to look through the images to process and reflect on what went well and where I can improve.  I even do this when shooting on our vacation. As a photographer, I want to continually push myself to grow, to be more creative, and to take more risks.  While the Holga sometimes makes this difficult, the images that turn out are always some of my favorites.  So, after reflecting on all my photography from our vacation and getting these images developed, I’ve decided to try a few more with the Holga next time.  (they seem more grainier once I scanned in the prints) Enjoy!

Lombard Street-San Francisco. We walked to the top of the street from North Beach, but did not make the drive down!

Golden Gate Bridge.When we crossed the bridge the first time it was completely fogged in and I was disappointed. So we tried the next morning and the bridge was out as the fog was rolling in.

She prefers to be bare feet, like her mama.

we were taking some pictures when someone showed up in perfect time to take our family picture.

Above and below are pictures of Yosemite from Tunnel view. we stayed in Yosemite for three nights and this view never got old.

Myla and her daddy looking at Half Dome from the top of Sentinel Dome. Myla hiked the mile in to the base of Sentinel Dome.

From the top of Sentinel Dome there is a 360 view of Yosemite park.  It was my favorite hike of the trip.

Below is Lyndon with El Capitan in the background.


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Laura Neumann

I agree…you should take more with the Holga! Love these Jamie they look amazing.

Costly Click

We were on day four of our vacation in CA and I was sitting on the bed downloading the previous day’s pictures. I had hoped (okay planned) to download my pictures each night on vacation and then also find time to edit the pictures along the way. A girl can dream-right?!  Turns out, most nights I was exhausted by 9 and editing did not even cross my mind. So, four days in I was finally taking a few minutes to import all of our images.  As they imported into Lightroom I quickly noticed that some images of Myla asleep on her dad during our flight were missing.  I don’t know whether it is because I am a mom or photographer (probably both!), but each of those pictures is significant to me.

I minimized Lightroom quickly and tried everything I could think of to find those images. I tried re-downloading all the images, thinking maybe they would reappear. And they did, but in a completely different format. So this time I could see the six missing images, but when I clicked  to open them an ominous ‘Operation failed’ stared back at me in the middle of the screen. Such a tease!  So I highlighted the images that were in the wrong format, right clicked and delete them. They disappeared out of the folder, which was just what I wanted.  Or so I thought.  But when I attempted take three of downloading all the files, the six images did not appear.  And that’s when I realized that with that one click I had accidentally deleted the six file images not from my computer but from my actual memory card.  As any photographer can attest to, these rare instances of lost images instantly make your heart sink. So as you can imagine, I was pretty upset with myself.  In all of my Type A glory, my usual process is to never delete images until I am finished editing and saving them in two places.  But I wasn’t quite ready to give up on these images.  When we returned home I immediately took the memory card to the camera store for them to run their recovery software. Technology never ceases to amaze me.  That night it was a costly click, but I am now even more thankful to have these images recovered. To me…they are worth it.

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[…] Our first day consisted of my parents driving us down to BWI airport. Once through security and we arrived at the gate to learn that our flight was delayed. And then delayed a little more until they finally flew in another plane for us. It poured and poured as we waited. Finally, we boarded the plane and the timing actually worked in our favor as it was Myla’s nap time. You have already seen most of the images below of her sleeping as I learned a costly lesson. […]

SO SWEET!!! Glad they were saved!!

So scary! I too never delete images from the memory card until my session has been backed up in two places . . . you just never know!! Glad they were rescued!

Nikolina and Shane (day after)

Each wedding package I offer includes an engagement session, and Nikolina and Shane opted to have their session after they were married (Click here to see photos of their wedding this past June at the Stone Mill Inn in Pennsylvania.  It was on a perfectly beautiful sunny afternoon!). There is something about having this shoot after the wedding that allows couples to be a little more relaxed and carefree.

As I drove down to Rocks State Park last Monday to meet Nikolina and Shane for their “day after session” the air was warm and the fall leaves were beginning to change colors. I love shooting in the ‘Golden Hour’, catching the evening sun right before it sets. The lightening made an absolutely perfect evening for capturing them together as husband and wife.   Nikolina has the most beautiful smile and her dress has the perfect amount of fall color.  I loved watching and capturing how Shane’s smile became most natural when his eyes focused on Nikolina. I had a wonderful time climbing around the King and Queen Seat, although I was constantly making sure not to look down! Thanks to the lovely couple for taking time out of their schedules and studying to do your day after shoot with me. Enjoy!


above was one of the first pictures out of the camera!

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Funny that you were just here recently. Was thinking about taking my next client here . . .

The Miller Family

I was initially in contact with the Miller Family as they were orchestrating an adoption auction for my friends Nate and Darlene Neustadter for which I donated a family photo session.  At the end of the auction, I was completely surprised to learn that the Miller family won the session with me. When contacting Kara to schedule their family session, I jokingly asked her if she had rigged the raffle in any way. She still claims innocence!

Over the past year I have gotten to know the Miller family better through our church, Crossway. I wish we did not live at opposites ends of Lancaster County as I truly enjoy their friendship. They are incredibly sweet, caring, and full of love not only for their blond hair blue eyed boys, but also for one another. You can see their love through their gazes at one another, their sweet kisses, and their shared laughter. During the session, the brothers’ played off of one another’s energy, it never stopped. I love the picture of them upside down together. Their laughter was definitely contagious and made for a really fun shoot and some really great photos. Thank you Miller Family for allowing me to capture your family of four last week.


this last picture was taken with my holga. i love the grainy texture and feel it gives the picture.


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adalie plain

Ah Jamie, I love them!