Sunday, July 31, 2016

On Being Still....

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Sometimes, a rainy weekend is just what the doctor ordered. It's been so unbelievably hot in coastal Virginia the past 2 weeks. The rain came yesterday around lunch time and it wasn't soon enough. I've felt my whole being wilt over the past days and nights. Despite having the luxury of AC in my home, it's an old home....with old window ACs that are gasping under the weight of the heat and humidity. Sometimes, just laying still was the only thing you could do. Yet, I'm still blessed beyond reason and remind myself of that daily.

So, on this rainy Sunday evening....as the cats lounge in the window watching the rain splatter and cool of our world I'm diving deep into the newest Harry Potter story. I'm counting my blessings for the life I'm building and just being still.

It's a good thing:)

<3 Jenn

Saturday, July 9, 2016

A Life In Film & Slowing Down

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Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. ~Dorothea Lange

Next week I'm heading down to NC to visit my parents. And I'm only bringing one camera with me, my 35mm film camera. "Are you crazy?" you might be asking. Trust me, I've asked myself the same thing over the past 24 hours as I came to this decision. But, here's the thing. You can't learn something if you just let it sit on the shelf and collect dust. Yes, digital is easy. It's instant. I love it! But my love affair with film photography is intense and it's now or never.

I've researched the best film to use based on the look I'm interested in. I've place the order and I'm anxiously awaiting these tiny little cylinders of celluloid to arrive on my door step! I've also researched where to get my images developed after all is said and done. I've narrowed it down to two online companies and may send one roll to one and the other to another...just to compare. I'll definitely be sharing all this information with you once everything is returned and I post the results.

I'm super excited and also really nervous at the same time. Film is definitely not cheap anymore and it forces you to really think about the shot. You can't delete and start over and you have no idea the outcome until much later. It forces you to slow down....and I'm trying to do that with so much of my life right now. Slow down and be selective on what I do, say and share. Who I spend my time with and what I allow to seep into my soul.

The past month has been hard on the United States. I can't remember a time prior where I've been so sad for who we've become. I went to the movies last weekend and made sure I knew exactly where the exit was....just in case. That's become a "way of life" and it scares and saddens me. We are broken right now and I'm not sure if anyone is up to the task of fixing us. But....despite the sadness, there is always hope and I'm clinging to that fervently. Part of that is the slowing down and savoring of life and all it's beauty....because it's still there, despite what the headlines scream at us.

I hope you have a safe and happy upcoming week. I won't be posting again until my return from NC...but you can definitely follow me on Instagram {orange.tree.square} and Snapchat {orangetreesqre}!

Stay Blessed,
Jenn <3

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Orange Tree Square // A State of the Union

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The last few weeks have been....as always....busy! But a good kind of busy, the kind of busy that has you come home, throw off your work clothes and sink into the couch each night. Barely enough energy to make, let alone eat dinner. In bed by 10 PM and it was a fight just to stay up that late! So yeah, a good kind of busy.

One of the things that I've decided over the past few weeks while decompressing each night...is to really dedicate myself to my blog starting in July. I've neglected it so much this past year....and I really miss it. I've also decided that my photography is something that I don't want to dread...that I don't want to stress over. For that reason...I'm no longer taking on photography clients, a decision that has me breathing a little easier. I'm just too busy to dedicate the time and attention needed to meet client needs the way I would want my needs met. I love the shoot....I despise the editing and delivery process. For that reason, I know my limits and I've reached them. I'm nothing, if not transparent these days and sometimes we just need to set boundaries for ourselves!

I know I've spoken here about re-opening my Etsy shop and that is still something that I feel very strong about. It will happen and that excites me!! One of my favorite forms of photography are still-life, landscape and animal images and that is what you'll see in my shop! I'm cultivating some really great, unique prints right now and I'm super excited to share those with everyone!

So, that's my little state of the union around here:) It's a holiday weekend and I'm off from work tomorrow, what a nice respite! I'll be taking some vacation in 1.5 weeks with plans to visit family in NC so there will be some fun blog posts coming up.

I hope you are having a great summer so far and if you are one of the few who stop by Orange Tree Square, thank you. I really appreciate it and YOU :)

Stay Blessed,

Well Isn't That The Truth?!?!

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