Back in May, we took our first week long vacation in years. The last several years we’ve only been able to take long weekends, so a full week on vacation was a dream! It had been just 10 weeks since Margaret was born, so we were very much still in the “we just had a baby” phase. Luckily my wonderful mother-in-law, Maryann, came along for the trip. The kids were in heaven with Nina being there, and Kent and I were able to sneak away for a few date nights during the week. Vacations really give me the film shooting itch, so we ordered some rolls of Ektar, Portra, and Tmax and let the week unfold in front of my Nikon 35mm. The Ektar provided some vibrant, colorful portraits around the beach and pool. Kent is especially fond of Ektar…everything just seems a bit more magical. Some of my favorite images from the trip are from the Portra roll. Just instant classics all around.
We are very low-key vacationers. Beach, pool, charcuterie lunches, cooked dinner at home (or take out), porch sitting, ice cream eating, and a little souvenir shopping. We picked up a precious mermaid necklace for Frances, a much needed Seaside baseball cap for Walt, and Margaret’s first Seaside t-shirt. This was one of the best vacations our family has ever taken and I’m so glad we have such an awesome collection of portraits to go along with the memories.
It ain’t easy getting in a swimsuit at only 10 weeks postpartum, but I made peace with that reality and just enjoyed our family time together. Look at those gorgeous blue eyes on baby girl. That’s the beauty of Ektar for sure.
The kids are all so young, so going to the beach for hours and hours on end wasn’t in the cards for us. Thank goodness for the pool! The beach was our morning routine, while lunchtime and beyond was spent playing at the pool.
Hands down one of my favorite portraits of all time. In fact, I have it printed and framed in our living room.
The Portra images are so lovely. During our last night, we headed over to The Hub for burgers and ice cream. You can tell the kids have tanned cheeks and permanent sunscreen in their hair.
The hardest working Dad I know.
*Scans by the wonderful Indie Film Lab