Frances Photography: Young At Heart

I'm pretty sure I mentioned on here that I'm took a digital photography class last year, and it was the best experience ever! The lectures were dry, and at times it was boring when we had to do lab time, but when I took the ideas I was taught and implemented it into my photography...well, its all worth it. 

This was part of one of my photography assignments, in which we were to pick a photographer we admired and imitate his style. I chose Richard Avedon, who was a fashion photographer that became known for his portraits. He worked with many famous faces, including Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, and the iconic Twiggy. His simple, minimalist style caught his subjects in a personal way, yielding a sort of intimacy with celebrities - which the public loved.

So I decided to do the same thing with my parents. I put on some oldies music, set up dad's old projection screen as a blank backdrop, and had them pose in front for me. It was fun to put the spotlight on them for a change, and I love the shots I got!

No matter their age, I think my parents will always have a playful, youthful sense to them. More than anything, I hope to find a marriage like theirs. It feels like it's becoming more and more rare these days, and I've entertained ideas of remaining solo all my life.

Meh, the musings of a single girl who hasn't had a date in ages. Haha, there are new things on the horizon for my young self, so I know better than to say bitter, silly things like that. Albeit, when I picture my fallback plan for my future self, I kind of like the image that appears in my mind.

I'm driving down a dirt road in my dream jeep, with my fennec fox (one day, this is happening) hopping about in the back excitedly, anxious for us to reach our destination. All my camping gear is packed up, with a paddleboard strapped to the top. Good music is playing, my window is down, and I have the scent of clean air and freedom blowing through my hair.

Yeah. If I end up doing this life solo, I'm not too worried.
So either way, I'll be okay.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
I Timothy 4:12


Unknown said...

Richard Avedon is a legend, and I definitely see his influence in the photos. You perfectly captured the youthfulness and love between your parents in these photos :)


Unknown said...

You are the perfect mix of your mom and dad. Great photos!


Mica said...

Aww, you are much too young and pretty to be thinking about staying single forever! :) Although it does sound like an amazing travelling life! ;)

Lovely photos of your parents, what wonderful subjects! :)

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Imogen said...

That is so lovely what you wrote about your parents. I can definitely see the playfulness coming through in the photos. Such amazing pictures, I have always wanted to get into photography.

Larissa said...

This is really really beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us!
The pictures turned out perfect by the way :)

thehonorableMissDecaf said...

Beautiful! Your parents look so sweet and comfortable with each other. Hang in there, lady -- you'll find someone. ;)


Ali Hval said...

LINDA! These photos are just incredible! I can definitely see your photography improving. You're really capturing a moment with these and getting a feel for your subjects (in the image I mean). If I had one teeny suggestion it would be to my fear pushing those blacks just a little more for richer contrast--even a little goes a long way. You really did good on keeping the subject's eyes in focus though and that's a very important thing in portraiture. Beautiful job and I can't wait to see more!

Yeah, lectures can be rough some time and I feel that in my photo class too, but it's best for us to absorb everything even if we think it's review.


Ali Hval said...

*it would be to not fear pushing those blacks

WOOPS typo!

Amanda said...

The cutest and most genuine photoshoot ever!!! So beautiful!!!

NotJessFashion said...

Nice photography! I can feel emotions in your pictures. Great!

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Viv said...

Wow, your photos came out amazing! I wish I had taken a digital photography class.. I guess it's never too late though!

Sybil said...

beautiful!!!! i can totally see your resemblance from your parents! thanks for sharing this!

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Veronika Novotny said...

LOVE, Richard Avedon and I adore these portraits of your parents. I feel the same about mine, no matter their age my parents are always young at heart, up with the times and I so admire them for it!! xo

The Braided Bandit said...

These turned out so beautiful! I loved my college photography class too when I got to actually put the stuff into action! Hope you're having a great day!
xo Hannah

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Elana said...

I'm seriously in love with these photos, Linda! Your parents are beautiful, and you've captured them so effortlessly. I'm sure they'll cherish this set forever :)

Izzy said...

love the beautiful intimate close ups of your parents! and with regards to single life...there are so many exciting things that await for yourself in the future. I've been feeling the same way as well as I just got out of a long relationship. time to work on yourself and make your life as great as you can, attached or unattached! :)

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Chloë, Wardrobe Quarry said...

This is so cute. Lovely photos. Can definitely see the resemblance between you and your parents!

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czarianonuevo said...

the photos are so nice and your parents are too adorable!!

czarina :)

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