the friday editorial: enchanting hawaii

images via vogue china, july 2009
model: anna selezneva
photographer: camilla akrans


things i love thursday

amazing statement feather earrings from owlita. i want them all, they are to die for!

halloween and all things halloween related even though i don't have any plans for this halloween. there is something called "goth rave" going on at gillie's which is a local vegetarian restaurant where i would like to go take pictures, but it's on my boyfriend's only night off so we will have to wait and see...

awesome specials on photos - snapfish has a special through november 2 where you can get 100 free 4x6 photos when you purchase 2 8x10 ones which of course lines up perfectly with halloween. the promotion code is SCARYPRINTS

dressing my little baby man up like an astronaut for his first halloween and hopefully taking him to get some pictures of that and his 6 month pictures taken at the same time.

my mama, always, but had to mention it special today because she is getting me photoshop for christmas because i got ripped off by someone who was selling it on craigslist so now i have a $150 cd shaped coaster that says "photoshop cs4" on it.

this yummy volcom hoodie that i've been lusting after in a local skate shop window for about a month now.

horses. pictures of horses. going to go take pictures of horses and maybe some llamas before it gets too cold out hopefully.

tattoos. it is about time for a new one. and what do i have in mind for my new tattoo? well i have had this image in my mind for a tattoo for a few months now, but no one else thinks it is a good idea.
free bowie aladdin sane mask like the one below when you visit david bowie free media and click on "david bowie aladdin sane face mask" for those of you who still haven't gotten your stuff together for a halloween costume yet.

antoine dodson - "bed intruder song"


etsy love & wild wednesday: rover by roverdog

when i saw rover by roverdog it was love at first sight. the photography is beautiful, the little dog clothes are to die for, and those little dogs are so sweet! it makes me want a smaller dog or to dress my little bunny charlotte up in these cute little outfits. so roverdog is doubling as my etsy love and for somewhat couture's wild wednesdays.
janae... tia and tre need cute little outfits. so does chewy shortcake, joli!

twice owned tuesday: my canon elan iie

this is my canon elan iie. i bought it off of ebay a couple weeks ago. i had been looking for a good slr camera that would be compatabile with the lenses for my canon rebel xti. i think i got an amazing deal for $40. the previous owner kept it in really amazing condition.
here are some photos i took with my first roll of film that i put through my canon elan iie...

blueberry beer... down the hill from my house. this has been sitting there for at least a month now.

tibetan prayer flags in downtown blacksburg

halloween costume display at xanadu in downtown blacksburg. wilma flinstone and betty rubble.
and some pink balloons. i'm very happy with the results. i madly love my new camera!



wednesday addams halloween costume

How to Dress up as Wednesday Addams for Halloween

Wednesday Addams is the only daughter of the Addams Family, the creepiest family on the block.

Wednesday Addams Costume Supplies
-Dress [keep it black with a goth feel], bonus points if it has a white collar
-Black Mary Janes/boots
-Black stockings
-Black nail polish
-Creepy bald babydoll
-Giant [fake please] knife

Wednesday Addams Costume Hair
Wednesday Addams has jet black hair, if you don't have it you can always fake it with a black wig or spray in hair color. Wear it in pigtail braids on either side of your head.

Wednesday Addams Costume Make Up
In the movies, Wednesday's makeup was pretty much nonexistent... Black eyeliner and black mascara and you are good to go. If you want to glam it up a little bit, do a smokey eyeshadow and add some fake eyelashes.

Wednesday Addams Costume Photos/Reference Materials...

i mean, seriously. who did not love christina ricci as wednesday addams? this is such a great halloween costume, easy to pull off and the clothing items that you need for it can be worn year round!

still don't have your halloween costume ready?

[image of hrrrthrrr by pauliophonic]

no one is judging you... i don't even have a halloween costume ready yet and my favorite holiday of the year is only a few days away. if you are in the same boat and don't have your halloween costume yet, check out my article:

to find out how to make a sweet ass halloween costume using a hoodie, some felt, and not much else!

[image via monster-hoodies]


the friday editorial: bal masque

[images via the fashion spot - see full photo spread there]
vogue paris, october 2010
models: lara stone, mariacarla boscono, freja beha, daphne g, crystal reyn, and male models
photographers: mert alas & marcus piggott


window shopping

tiger booty buddy
i linked up this post and the tiger booty buddy to somewhatcouture's wild wednesday because janae expressed her disgust with it so now it's part of her page too! :)

i was told there'd be cake by sloane crosley

lomography diana+ 55mm lens and close-up lens since now i have an slr i could use it on and i will know that i didn't leave the stupid lens cap on for half the pictures like i did with my holga 135.
lomography diana f+ adaptor for canon eos mount so i can use that diana lens on my canon rebel xti and canon elan iie... dslr and slr with interchangeable lenses ftw!

jessica simpson clogs

just a few items that i am lusting after right now. in an effort to save money i will just be posting things that i want to buy and photos of them here on my blog every week so i can look at them all i want without maxing out my credit cards. and then when i do have extra money i can go back and buy it all!


photographer feature: john hill

How old are you/when were you born?
I'm 19 years old, born on August 17th 1991.

Where are you originally from and where are you located now?
I'm from a suburb of Sacramento, CA, and I now live in a different suburb of Sacramento, CA.

When did you discover your interest in photography?
I bought my first film camera a Canon AE-1, which is still my main camera, at a yard sale when I was 13 for $20. Pretty solid deal. Not much of interest really came out of that time. I took a black and white class in my freshman year of high school where I took a few decent pictures I guess. Photography was pretty far on the back burner for most of high school. In my first semester in college I took another black and white class and I suppose that's when I get really excited about photography then.

Who are some photographers that you like that inspire you?
Silvershotz Magazine almost always has some impressive work in each edition. On Flickr I'm a big fan of thedirtystory's work. It's pretty dang sexual and I like it for that. Netra.n has some really amazing work. I love the good use of people vs architecture/geometry. Her shots are oftentimes pretty large in scope in both visual and emotional weight. Martin Stranka's work is just DARK, and therefore AWESOME. Cass Bird is awesome. Oh and Samuel Bradley, just like everyone else does.

None of these really seem to show up in the translation to the work I make though, bummer.

What is your favorite thing to photograph?
I'm not really sure, I really like portraiture, but I think I get most excited about long exposures. I love water, I wish I incorporated more water into my work. I love anything that can be shot with super shallow depth.

Can you list off all of your photography equipment and which of these items you use most often?
I shoot a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.4 which I use a lot. A Ricoh XR-10 with a fucked up light meter and a whole ton of Tamron lenses. Two wides, a 50, Portrait Macro, and a 300mm (I forgot) Macro & a Holga 135TIM, it takes two picture on each frame, it's pretty neat.

Do you believe that film photography will be replaced by digital photography?
I don't think it'll ever be entirely replaced. I feel like the texture of film will always be admired, or at least for a long while to come. When film dies, I'm sure it'll be at the same time still photography dies.

Do you have any advice for someone who is aspiring to become a photographer?
Shoot full manual. Always.

See more of John Hill's photography on his CarbonMade page or on Flickr. And for the full interview with John Hill please click here.