Prints & Canvas & Blocks Oh’ My.

So not only do I enjoy capturing memories and smiles for families, but I enjoy doing it for myself as well.  You may not have known, but I have had an Etsy shop dedicated to selling my personal work since 2011.

I really enjoy creating things that I hold near and dear to my heart.  Mostly it consists of Polaroids, my personal drawings, and other creations.

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A trio of prints onto gallery blocks

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Snowy track Polaroid – matted and framed

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Canvas or print

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Drawing

Many of my drawings I end up framing, or doing transfers onto real wood blocks or little containers.

You can always order from me directly by emailing chelsea@chelseabesse.com or visit my Etsy shop:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/rustedlenscreations

xoxo

Andrew Kistner – Portraits

Are you ready to be blown away by cuteness? I was when I started retouching these.  I’ve known Andrew for a few years now, and his photos turned out just as I thought they would.

Ornery, funny and cute.

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Andrew loves tractors.  Can you tell by the smile?

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I love his fake grumpy face.

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The farm that they live on is beautiful.  I could probably take pictures there all day long.

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This was a great session and so much fun.  I love this little goofball.

Polaroid Collection 1

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This post is about some of my personal work.  It’s much different then the work that I do for my families.

When I am photographing a family, it’s true that I am documenting something special.  However I am meticulous in my ‘posing’, color correction, and finished product.

With my personal Polaroid work?  Not as much.

I am still documenting something incredibly special (to me), but the finished product…is almost always a mystery.

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I don’t ever truly know what my vision is going to look like on film.  Maybe that’s one of the reasons I love doing this so much.

Sure I take into consideration the film temperature, before/during & after shooting.  I pay attention to development time and light.

But what I see in my head and what comes out are sometimes drastically different. Sometimes I had unevenly spread emulsion, or a weird orange cast to my photos.

But at the end of the day, it’s incredibly hard for me to part with these images.  I recently was fortunate enough to partake in the craft show Craftin’ Outlaws.

So, I had to frame my babies and sell them.

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Many people asked me at the show, did you actually take these?  Yes…yes I did.

I can tell you where it was taken, how cold/hot it was outside & where I was illegally parked to get the shot.

I think that is another reason I love these so much.  You can’t right click on my Polaroid and “get info.”

It’s not geotagged, and doesn’t contain any metadata.

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There’s no Instagram filter, no {command + Z} function if you screw up.

My camera collection has been steadily growing for the past few years.

I started off with my 600 film camera, and have added a Big Swinger, Sx-70, etc.

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It really doesn’t get any better than this for me.  Each image is packed full of emotion for me. All I can hope is that it may resonate with others as well.

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xoxo

Rininger Family

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of seeing a family I hadn’t seen in ages.

(Seriously, that’s a real unit of time.)

The first time I photographed them it was just the two of them.  The second time, they had a little girl.  And now?  Expecting their third.

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We weren’t sure where to meet at, because we are 2 hours apart.  However we settled on Sippo Lake Park and it was perfect!

Their were leaves everywhere, and a perfect path.  It was a bit chilly…but they were troopers!

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She was being very brave, showing her little sister that it was okay to get your picture taken.

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Sophia wasn’t too keen on smiling, even when the family assistant put “bugs” on my head.

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Stay adorable Rininger family….shouldn’t be too hard, especially with a little boy almost here.

xoxo

The Walter Family

This was an incredibly fun shoot.  I have known this little gal Tori since she was an infant, before she could walk.  So to see her now so big was crazy!

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This picture just makes me smile for so many reasons.  Not only does everything match perfectly, but it was fun trying to keep her from eating the props.

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The little chair for this photo is just too cute, and of course, Tori.

It was a task keeping her in the chair long enough to get a shot, can you tell by that grin?