A few weeks ago, my Dad sent me his gently used Canon Elan7. It’s one of the last film cameras Canon made before going full digital. I’m still learning all the ins and outs of the camera. But I’m having a great time learning! A few things I’ve noticed taking this camera out and about with me:
Thoughtful pictures: Between my iPhone and a sizable memory card on my DSLR, I’ve become accustomed to shooting a zillion pictures while I’m out and deleting all the poorly framed, underexposed, or just unappealing photos when I get home. But when I’m shooting on film, I know I only have a set amount of shots left on a roll of film and each shot costs money to process. It forces me to be more thoughtful about the shots I set up and waiting until the perfect moment to capture a scene. (It also saves time when I get the photos back! None of the photos below were edited at all!)
I think Matt’s enjoying the camera too! 😀
Enjoying a moment: When I’m taking pictures on my T3i, after each snap I can stop, check the photo I just captured, and adjust my settings or frame accordingly before snapping more shots. But on film, there’s no screen to check. I set my camera, set up the best shot I can, click, and that’s it! It allows me to take one photo of a moment I want to remember, then move on and enjoy the moment in real life.
I’m not a patient person: I know at this point, I’ve only been able to get one roll of filmed developed, but I can tell it’s already helping me with my patience issues. (And that’s only semi-sarcastic.) I know you might be surprised but drug stores don’t have dark rooms anymore. A Walgreens close by will accept film, but they have to mail it out to process and it takes a week to get your prints back. I like that it built anticipation about the photos I’d taken. When we got them back, Matt and I grabbed a drink at the Pret near by and looked at the printed photos.
While I’m still very much a film amateur, I’m enjoying this new little hobby of mine and the little lessons that come with it.
Life seems to be whizzing by these days. Things at work are challenging, fast paced, and wonderful. Matt is working hard at his Georgetown classes and simultaneously being the president of his own company. We are still figuring out the whole work/life balance thing. One day at a time, right?
While I still try to figure out time to write more blog posts, here are some photos from life recently. (I’ll have more photos from y first roll of film coming soon!)
As women, we want to do it all. Clean the house, grocery shop, do the laundry, have a successful career, maintain a social life, take care of the dog, take time for ourselves, take time for our husbands, all the while maintaining a “perky” and “can do” attitude so as not to come off as a royal Witch.
Couple feeling like I alone have to do all of these things with a sometimes intense type-A personality, having it all or (attempting) to do it all is exhausting. But, I’m learning, it really doesn’t have to be this way.
I don’t have to do it all. And you don’t either.
Whether you have a husband, a best friend, a roommate, or a friendly neighbor, you can ask for help.
I know it sounds obvious but honestly, I’m really just starting to figure this out. I’m away from my home five days a week for about ten hours a day including my commute. This doesn’t leave a whole lot of time during the week to grocery shop, clean, cook, etc., etc. To think I have to do all that stuff on my own and keep a full time job is insane.
I don’t like to ask for help. I like to just do everything myself. And that’s stupid. I have a wonderful husband who is happy to help. All I have to do is ask. That’s it! And sure there are some days I feel guilty that we don’t have a home cooked meal on the table by 7pm (or at all), dirty laundry is exploding out of the hamper, and the refrigerator hasn’t been cleaned out in a month. But that’s okay. I don’t have to do everything. I have help. We have help. It will get done. All we have to do is ask for a little help.