The great American road trip in film photos


As many of you know, I’m kind of into film photography. There’s nothing practical about it, and I’ve had my fair share of mishaps which, unfortunately, are expensive lessons to learn. I’m living on a tight budget these days, but I couldn’t wait any longer to get my film photos from the road trip developed. While you’re a lot more hard pressed to find a store dedicated solely to cameras and photo developing in other places, Los Angeles boasts plenty. I figured I’d show you a few of the highlights from the trip (already almost two months ago!), plus some pictures I’ve taken in my new city.

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Exploring abandoned houses off of Route 66:

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Yep, I use up exposures at close to a dollar a pop on things like handmade natural wood fences. Why? Combine the texture of the wood with the graininess of the film, and you’ve got a pretty cool image. Or at least a decent desktop background.

Below, explorations in Malibu, Venice, Runyon Canyon, and my very own neighborhood, Silver Lake:

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Incredibly enough, I took this last photo just a couple of streets over from my own. I love walking through these hills and checking out all the homes of people much wealthier than I am.

So why do I love film photography if it costs so much—especially if I’m paying for pictures that aren’t guaranteed to come out well? Aside from the anticipation of getting the photos back and finding a gem or two, I love how it forces me to take each shot with care. I love how it makes me consider things like texture, as mentioned above, and color. I even love it when I make a mistake (sometimes). Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised with the results of a mishap, like with this photo I took just before we left home:

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Though costs may dictate how many film photos I take, and how often, it’s worth it for an image I’ll always be proud of. In the meantime, our walls are still pretty bare in the new place, and I’m contemplating which photos to blow up and frame. If I don’t find a job soon, I might just have to open up an Etsy shop and start selling prints. (You guys will totally buy some, right?)

Puppy love

Some of my favorite pictures to take are the ones of animals.

Whether it’s John’s cats, McKenzie’s alpacas, or the sweet donkey named Mike who lives over by the bike trail, nothing excites me more than the perfect shot of a photogenic (and energetic) animal. Ever since I got my new camera, I’ve reveled in the fact that I can take tons of shots without worrying about the cost of each one, like I do with film. So the subject of my first photoshoot with the Nikon D3200? Our puppy-at-heart, Iris.


You’ve met my dogs before. They’re stinky. Loud. They bark incessantly at the door 30 seconds after letting them out if it’s below 60 degrees. And I love them. Iris, as it turns out, is a natural when it comes to being photographed. It can be pretty tough to get most dogs to look anywhere near the camera when you’re shooting them. But not Iris. All it took was a little cooing (and lots of complimenting) on my end to get her to look my way. The results? A plus-sized modeling career in the making.

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Maddy didn’t have much interest in the photoshoot—she’s camera shy—but I still managed to catch some candid shots of her in her natural state.

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Nothing like pictures of puppies to get your week started off right. I’m dreaming of a new career—pet photography, perhaps? I love animals, and I love photography. It’s a win-win, if you don’t count the inevitable turds that come with the job. Could make for some shitty sessions. I’ll have to think more on that one. Until then…