With Kara Jean Caldwell

Admittedly, I feel a little guilty posting a blog while in India (isn’t there myriad more awesome things I could be doing here?), but it’s after dark and my body has no idea what time or what day it is and I am up and can’t sleep. And in any case, I’ve been meaning to post these photos for a few weeks now, so I’m just going to chalk this up to ‘being a little extra-special efficient.’ Here goes.

Shooting with Kara has become something of a yearly tradition. I’ve been taking photos of this woman almost since I’ve known what medium format was and I’ve come to regard our sessions together as benchmarks —a shoot with Kara for every year that I’ve been studying photography.

The first time I pointed a camera at Ms. Caldwell, I was using a Rollei SL66 with so many light leaks that every other photo was completely unusable. The few that did turn out, though, are still some of my favorites (this and this and this). The second time I shot with Kara was the first time I used studio lights ever. Our third session is now below. It was very laid back and shot mostly on her staircase. Here’s to another year and another shoot. May there be many, many more.

Of course, notes: all of these photos were shot using Kodak Portra 160 (except for the Polaroids, obviously). I used a Leica M3, a Contax 645, and a Polaroid 195 (just so you know).

6 Responses to “With Kara Jean Caldwell”

  1. love these! the lace shots are brilliant!

  2. love the look of your contax 645 pics!

  3. stefania says:

    I was waiting for these and I can see it was worth the wait! She looks so beautiful and feminine and the pictures have that natural, pure feeling that is so characteristic to your style :)

  4. Ryan says:

    Nicely done. It’s so simple and so elegant. The floral shirt was s great choice, and the projector screen adds so much to the framing of those shots…

  5. Christine says:

    love the personal impression of each image..

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