Friday, August 31, 2007

i haven't seen her in action but i can tell she rips

boy have i been slacking with my posts this week! i haven't been shooting much because i started a new job, and i want to see the film i've shot so far before i continute, just to get an idea of where i am. but i've yet to see the film beacuse i'm trying to decide whether:

a) i should pay to have someone scan my negs
b) get my own scanner (if so, which one?! i can't afford a film scanner right now)
c) i should just bite the bullet and ditch the film completely and shoot digital only.


i would like to take this chance to give a shout out to my super smart and supportive boyfriend Greg for patiently listening to me mull these things over and giving me his thoughts on the matter. it's an endless debate between analog and digital lizzie.

any thoughts on this would be much appreciated.

i shot these north of the campground this morning.....

I am going to start doing one of these (immediately above) of every woman with her board. I think it say something about their personality and as a series would be pretty interesting. Thanks for the reminder Paul!! Of course I'll keep shooting whatever else I find interesting too. Right now I'd like to try some different locations, more on the beach, less in the parking lot. It's hard to decide to shoot and not to surf when I'm right on the water :) Thank goodness I have an Optio W30 coming to me so I won't have to choose as much anymore.

I shot these earlier this week but I don't really like them to be honest. The color is too washed out in the first image. The second image is alright, but I wish I could see her face. I love photo projects :) It's good to be back.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sunday, August 26, 2007

sunday at sandbars/traps

i met three ladies on a surf trip from san francisco and photographed them in cardiff. they were very nice, like the rest of the women i've talked to, and told me about the awesome waves they found at malibu and rincon. sweet! i wish i could have been there...anyway, here are the new images from today. i'm really anxious to get my film back, though i realized that everything i shot yesterday is going to be underexposed due to some funky setting on my meter that i unintentionally had set. arg. oh well, you shoot and learn. i know what i shot on film today is great and i can't wait to see it. hopefully, niether can you :)

Be a part of it all!! You know you want to

I am continuously looking for females to photograph for this project. So, if you are a girl who surfs that wants to be a part of this project, drop me a line!

I'm interested in making pictures of girls of any age, any level, that surf. If that's you, let me take your picture! I can email you jpegs of the images and give you copies of any prints i end up making.

Thanks :)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ponto Jetty & Barny's

Surfed at Ponto Jetty this afternoon and didn't see any other girls out there until a young woman and her ?brother? came along as I was about to leave. She was gracious enough to allow me to photograph her which I was very stoked to do as I had not made any photographs all day and it was nearing magic hour:

After we left Ponto Jetty, I stopped off at Barny's to see if I could find anyone else to photograph while the light was still great. I saw one woman coming in on a bright green board, and chased after her for at least half a mile before I breathlessly caught up with her and asked her if I could make her portrait. Denied! Ouch. I was very happy to find these other subjects though :)

I must admit that I'm not really crazy about any of the images I made today, unfortunately, but I wanted to put them out there anyway and see what you think. It feels great to be out and shooting, no matter what.

After seeing these pictures, I'm asking myself what will this group of images be about in the end? What else can I do to capture the culture, lifestyle, etc. of women's surfing? I am going to get a housing for my point and shoot to do some action shots. I just can't afford it for my larger camera. But otherwise, I feel that I need to branch out and get in there if this is going to work. I know it's only been 5 days since I started shooting, and maybe I should just let the pictures lead me. That worked in the past....anyway. Here they are, and thank you for looking!

Friday, August 24, 2007

As I Promised....

New pictures! Here are some photos I made this morning. I dropped off my film for processing and worked out a deal to get the negs scanned inexpensively, so the film images will be up in a week or so. Hooray! Please don't hesitate to tell me your thoughts.

All of these images have been made in Cardiff, between Pipes and just south of Barny's.

I also want to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all the women I've met this week who have allowed me to photograph them. Hopefully this is the beginning of something big and you can say you've been on board since the beginning! I really appreciate the kindness and warm wishes everyone has given me. I hope to see you all out in the water!

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Ahoy hoy! Welcome to my blog. I hope to update it regularly with new images, and I also hope to get feedback from anyone who is willing to give it. I'm new to blogspot so I'm not sure if you can leave comments, but if not, please email any feedback to

I recently moved to San Diego county from Chicago to live my dream of surfing daily in a warm, sunny place. As a photographer, exploring my new surroundings with my camera is a must, and what better way to do it than to photograph something that I love just as much as pictures? Initially, my idea was simply to photograph anything and everything to do with surfing, but as I spent more time here, I realized I needed to focus the project. Here goes:

Women in surfing get so much less attention than men, but they are as much a part of the culture and lifestyle. This will be a means to bring attention to women in surfing, and meet some kick ass ladies! Strong women rule :)

These images are just the beginning, and so far I've been shooting everything with my 30D first, and then with the Hasselblad- I haven't processed the film yet, but I am almost positive those images are much stronger. These will serve as my proofs for the time being. What do you think?