Oh Boris... If you've been reading here for any length of time, or if you're a client who has come to my home studio space, then this sweet dog face should look familiar to you. Well, unfortunately today's post comes with sad news as our furry boy unexpectedly passed away last weekend. Our hearts are heavy and although I occasionally share glimpses of my personal life here, I try not to get too detailed into it. After thinking about it for a few days, I felt like even though this is something a little more personal than I would want to share here, that he deserved his own post today. He has not only been the best dog in the world- no joke, he was super well behaved and everyone loved him- but he has also played the role of model for me more times then I can count. When I needed to test a new technique or piece of photographic equipment before doing a full-blown test shoot with a person, I would first call on Boris since he was always by my side and willing to sit for photos (he was a way better sitter than Swampy is!). So here are a few of my favorite shots from over the past couple of years... I had not posted the first three anywhere yet, until now. The first two shots were taken just a few days before he passed, and are the last photos of him I would take. RIP booger. We miss you.


Retro Lacing Cards How-To

Do you remember 'learn-to-sew lacing cards'? They were so much fun. They are definitely a thing of the past, but there are a few companies currently making reproduction ones. But it's also easy to make your own... you can make them from any kind of image whether it's a photograph, illustration, or even printed text.

Materials needed are: your chosen image, cardboard, glue, scissors, a hole puncher, yarn, and a needle. I choose to print one of my photographs... I printed it on regular printer paper instead of photo paper, so that it would have a matte finish and look slightly older or more like a painting, but almost any type of paper is fine as long as it's not super fragile or super thick.

First, you will want to glue (using a glue stick) the paper photo onto a piece of cardboard (I used part of a cereal box), and trim the edges. Then, it's time to punch some holes. I purchased a 1/8" craft hole punch, which punches smaller holes than your typical hole punch. A regular one will work, you'll just want to use a larger image and thicker yarn.

Punch holes all the way around the main object in your image that will want to "sew". Holes can be placed anywhere in the image you like- there's no rules of spacing or number of holes needed. It is best however to punch along straight lines, and at corners or the edges of curves. You also want to try and not leave too big of a space in between holes so that your yarn covers part of your image that you don't want it to cover. Think about putting your holes in areas that you want to outline or accentuate.

Once you're done with punching the holes, you have two options- it can either be done, and given with some yarn and a needle as a gift or activity for someone else to sew, or you can go ahead and sew it yourself. I like to lace them and give them with gifts as the card. They make cute items to hang on the wall when completed!

As far as sewing goes, you'll want a larger needle than your typical sewing needle. The thicker, plastic kinds are best. You want it to be safer to use than one of the sharp metal ones, and have a big enough threading hole to get yarn through since you won't be using thin sewing thread.

Start at one end, leaving about an inch of the yarn hanging on the back (don't pull it all the way through but wait to knot it), and take turns weaving in and out of the holes. There are no rules for the sewing part either- just have fun with it. I typically like to alternate holes, and then go back after I'm finished and connect a few adjoining holes to add a little bit extra depth to some of the sewn lines.

Once you're finished, you will want to knot the two loose ends of yarn (your starting and ending ends) together and then trim the excess. Finally, you can leave the image as-is, slip it in a photo card (the kind that has a cut-out window like above), or frame it!


Youth in Photography

It's finally "Kids Week" on the KEH Camera Blog. Monday 10th-Friday 14th posts are dedicated to youth in photography. Today, Kids and Film. Later this week: art and photo education, resources for youth and adults who want to mentor and get involved, great camera options for kids, personal stories of starting in photography young, AND kid-friendly photo crafts!

I have written a few of these posts along with a few guest contributors. I also tell part of my story about getting started in photography at a young age on Thursday. Please check it out and share with others!

Monday: Kids and Film
Tuesday: Youth and Mentor Photography Resources
Wednesday: Good Camera Options for Kids
Thursday: Post 1- Personal Stories of Learning Photography at a Young Age (my story is in here too!)
                Post 2- Teenage Photographer
Friday: Kid-Friendly Photo Crafts