Early Mornings In Bondi

Hey friends!
I know it seems like we've fallen off the grid a bit over here but we promise there's still a lot of very exciting things in the works for Meet The Lowes!

Anyhow, we thought we'd throw up a few snaps from a fun early morning we had out in Bondi the other week. Ellie had a little shoot she was doing but unfortunately the sun didn't come out to play as we had hoped... no glorious sunrise for us #thankssydney. We still made the most of the moody skies and shot away anyway! 

Shawn captured some footage and put together this little vid -- ain't he just pure talent?! 

The best thing we can do for our marriage is set aside quality time to just be together, and have fun doing what we love with no pressure. There is literally nothing I love more than going out and having a good time with Shawn! And I hear he thinks the same about me... ;)

Enjoy some snaps!

Words and photos by Ellie
Video by Shawn

An Update On Us

Hello 2017! We're happy you're here 'cause we have a whole lot to look forward to! One of the things we want to do more of this year is blog. We haven't been too committed to it so far, but we love it and want to share more moments and memories of us. 

Personally, I flipping love the month of January. It's the middle of Summer here in Aus, and everyone is on that 'New Years High' where dreams are flying left right & centre, everyone's reviving via a holiday break (best spent by the sea), we are all trying to eat a lot of fruit & salads to get back into shape after that holiday season binge, the sun is shining on the daily, and the possibilities are seemingly endless for the year ahead. 

We've been pleasantly surprised by what God's already laid before us for this year. When we got home from our Scandinavian adventure in early December, we really didn't have a clue what we were going to do for work or where we would live. We've been based in my parents place for over a year now (although 5 months have been spent overseas) and we are so ready to get back into our own groove and find ourselves a little home. 

Much to our delight, we felt a nudge from our Heavenly Father to head east to the stunning Northern Beaches of Sydney. I have wanted to live by the ocean for who knows how long and to finally have the door opened makes my heart do leaps of joy! A couple of days after Christmas, Shawn managed to land a job in Manly. The funny thing was that he'd been applying for a million and one video jobs all over Sydney, but out of the blue he is offered a full time salary job at a beautiful cafe/restaurant right on the beach. This finalised our decision to move to the beaches and to be gifted the opportunity to focus every inch of our creative energy into our travel book. We'll also be able to spend most mornings together as Shawn is usually rostered on for afternoons and nights. This is totally a blessing in disguise, and although I believe God does have the perfect video job out there for Shawn when the timing is right, I think this work will be so good for the season we are in. 



Obviously we are so beyond thrilled to get stuck into creating our book, and sharing our hearts and travels with the world, however that is definitely not the most exciting journey we are undertaking this year. Whilst on our trip, as many will know, we conceived a perfect little bundle of Lowe goodness! Growing our family is absolutely one of the best things we will ever do! We are both feeling incredibly blessed by God giving us the opportunity to be parents. The little darling will join us earth-side in June, so the second half of this year will be absolute magical bliss!! Raising kids by the beach is something I've always wanted, and sometimes I just want to cry thinking about how brilliantly everything has lined up to allow this (okay, the crying thing could be hormones, it never is easy to tell).

Aside from baby Lowe, moving to the beaches, and creating our book, there are many other little ventures stirring in our hearts. But these will develop over time and we can't give too much away just yet!

We'll keep this blog us up to date as we can (cut us some slack if it takes a bit of time to get into the groove) and share snippets of our life and the transitions we'll be going through this year!

Above all, we want to trust God more, lean on HIS understanding, and praise Him in ALL we do (especially before the blessing even arrives!!) 

Words by Ellie

Learning Film

I (Shawn) had the privilege of visiting family and friends back in Seattle a couple months ago and organised to take some portraits of my friend Don completely on film. I brought my Pentax 6x7 with the 55mm 3.5, 90mm 2.8 and 200mm f4 lenses, my new Nikon F2 (which I’ve now sold) with a 28mm 2.8 and 50mm 1.8 lenses as well as a Gossen Luna Pro SBC light meter. We met up at Snoqualmie Falls at sunrise but unfortunately Seattle lived up to its reputation and filled the sky with clouds. No surprise there. No rain was a plus though. I was forced to shoot wide open pretty much all morning but I quite liked how the photos turned out to be somewhat cold and gloomy despite the softness and noticeable lack of focus in some shots. 

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Shooting on film is definitely not new to me but only just recently I’ve been learning the intricacies and how to expose with different light meters, film stocks and speeds. It’s been a journey thats for sure. On my previous trip back to Seattle during Christmas I shot nine rolls of 120 which was my first time testing out the Pentax 6x7. A couple hundred dollars later, they were all out of focus and underexposed. As heartbreaking as that can be, I learned a lot. 1) Maybe shoot one single test roll instead of nine. 2) Expose for the shadows - film is much more forgiving in the highlights than digital. 3) Know your camera system - apparently the Pentax 6x7 should have a properly calibrated focus screen which is why I came back with 90 back focused photos…finally fixed that. 4) The Zone System and a spot meter is probably my best bet for precise exposures - finally got one. 

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Anyway, back to the photoshoot with Don. I shot three rolls of 120 - a mix of Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji 400H which I still can’t tell the difference between. Probably because I scan myself and suck still… & one roll of 35mm - Kodak Portra 400. For me the 35mm shots turned out better despite the fact that it’s a smaller negative with less resolution blah blah blah. I took the photos faster with the Nikon F2 and therefore captured moments that were more real and authentic than the medium format shots. I was too much of a perfectionist with the Pentax 6x7 and that meant Don was waiting far too long for me to take the photo which is just uncomfortable for everyone. I’ll get better. I hope. It’s better for landscapes I reckon. With that said, I am still happy with how some medium format shots turned out.

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I tried not to take too many typical hipster waterfall compositions and poses but it still kinda happened. I do like the look still, however I wish I had captured Don in a more rough and gritty sort of way. I am constantly looking for ways to stray from my predictable approach of framing subjects but it’s really hard. A good way to do this is learning from other photographers and taking risks that don’t seem like something I would normally do. I think that’s the only way I’ll grow. So next time I will be a bit more risky. 

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I scanned these myself at home which is a whole different beast to tackle. Lot’s to learn in that department. I'm sure some of you will notice the inconsistencies in colours etc. If not, I have fooled you well. I am obviously still working out the kinks. I hope you enjoy the photos nonetheless. From one film-newb to another, remember that mistakes are good. You wouldn’t get better without them.

 

Cheers

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