I recently received a pretty awesome little gift from Hobstr. Well what was it you ask? A Holga camera... who (yes, who) I've nicknamed The Holgs. We were a little unsure of each other at first. It had been years since I loaded film into a camera, ugh that was like so 2004. But it was kinda like riding a bike... plus I watched the Hobstr tutorial video (thanks, guys).

I brought The Holgs camping with me and Kevin. So not only was I creating this video while we were "away from it all," but I was also playing with my new toy. Man, I didn't really unplug at all, did I?

I may not have unplugged, but I sure had to let go using this camera. It was an unexpected challenge... and a great lesson. These days I'm so used to controlling every little aspect of the creation process. When I take photos for the blog or for Instagram, I basically take and retake a shot until it looks EXACTLY how I want it to... then I may go into Photoshop and perfect it even further.

But you can't control The Holgs. I had to let go and try my best to create a photo the "old fashioned way" by concentrating on composition, lighting, and subject matter. I only had 12 shots too!! It made me much more discerning with my photo-taking. I often found myself thinking that would be a good Instagram, but would it be a good photo? Ha!

Then I started noticing I wasn't taking certain shots because I wanted to "save" my film for something cooler... something I never have to worry about with my iPhone. It got to a point where I just had to start snappin' aka the reason why there's a picture of our New Belgium beer and 3 pics of the sky.

It's been a long time since I took real photos. I loved it. Time for the next roll... and now that I've gotten used to The Holgs, hopefully the next batch will be better.

Do you guys ever take photos the "old fashioned" way or have you made the switch to digital for good?

all images by artsocial | post made possible by the generosity of Hobstr

Ma Weekend

1. I found the most awesome site ever this weekend. Hobstr creates hobby starter kits for your next creative project. Ummm awesome. I'm seriously thinking about trying their Holga starter kit. Lomography, or toy camera photography, creates super awesome flaws and effects such as vignetting, blurring, discoloration, and lens flaring. Just like Instagram only cooooler. Check out their Pinterest board of Holga photos.

2. If said Holga starter kit is purchased, how many photos do you think I'd take of this little guy? It might get out of hand. Sorry Meowmers, I might be following you around with a camera soon...

3. Guys. Mini sculptures. They're the wave of the future, you heard it here first. Mini banana by Shay Aaron.

4. I did a little house/pet-sitting for my Dad this weekend. It's always nice to go home every once in a while... makes me reflect on my life a lot. Does that happen to you when you go home?

5. Denver friends. Eat at Toast. You won't be disappointed.

6. Me and Kevin decided to have a pizza making party on Saturday... and it. got. crazy. Just kidding. But we decided to make our own individual pizzas, so he had free reign to put anything on his pizza without my input, something that rarely (never) happens when we share a pizza... so this is what we ended up with: buffalo chicken pizza with onions and blue cheese VS veggie pizza with artichokes, olives, mushrooms, spinach, and feta. Hmm can you guess which one's mine? P.S. they were both amazing... maybe I should let him pick the pizza toppings more often.

7. Amen, pink balloon, amen.

8. This weekend I learned that sangria is crazy easy to make... and crazy delicious. So excited to feature this summer sangria on The Art Drank tomorrow, eep! And so excited to drink the rest of it that's in the fridge...

9. Is there any better way to end the weekend than with sushi and Breaking Bad? The answer is no, no there isn't.

How was your weekend??


(all photos without links were taken by me for artsocial)