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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July, July, July!

I love this song by the Decemberists - it fits the mood of July so well, in my opinion! Light and fun and memorable. July makes me smile because it's summertime, and the air is warm, and this particular month has always held wonderful things for me. Last summer, I spent the month of July learning, rehearsing for, and performing a full length stage musical called Once On This Island, as well as hosting and attending numerous epic sleepovers, pool parties, and photo shoots into dusk.

I am exceptionally excited for the events of the upcoming month. At the end of next week, I get to go see the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premier at midnight with my girl Madeline! Then immediately after (we're talkin' the premier ends at 3 am and we set out at 10 am), we head off on our epic roadtrip adventure with Marielle to stay with N'tima and Steven for a few nights! We are very excited.

So far, July has held nothing but happiness. I finally got my film camera (my baby) back last week and she has been right by my side ever since. I had a little photoshoot with my friend Kevin on Sunday! Here are some of the shots:

That last photo is a polaroid! I have been completely obsessed with my newest favorite toy, the Polaroid Automatic 103 Land Camera! I snagged 7 packs of expired film for it off eBay, and I've stocked up on the currently manufactured & sold Fujifilm FP-100C as well.

This is a sample of one of the expired shots (double exposed, too)! In love.

On Saturday, my mom picked up this Minolta XG-1 35mm camera (as well as a little Canonet rangefinder 35mm camera) all for $7! 

I bought a $6 battery for it, and shot a test roll to make sure it was working properly, and voila! This evening I gladly gifted the camera to my younger sister, Grace, to learn on and love, as she's been pestering me for one for quite some time. She'll take fabulous care of it.

Yesterday was the Fourth of July, and I spent it with a handful of my fabulous girlfriends. Faux-jitos (virgin mojitos), lavender cupcakes, a rousing game of wiffle ball, and a fireworks show ended a wonderful and relaxing holiday weekend.  
lovely Breanna in Polaroid form (sidenote: I got a new scanner for the first time since 1998 and I am very pleased, hence the influx of instant film for you all)

my wiffle ball team, Lauren, Me, Brooke, and Leah

the more lame, not as cool wiffle ball team (Jen, Dominique, Juliet, and Breanna)

the sunlight in the park was heavenly so I snapped shots of my girls. Pictured here is Lauren :)

Jenifer, being ridiculously cute and SpOrTy!

Lauren snapped this of me, and my HILARIOUS girlfriends (aka my ~POSSE~) 

Hope everyone had a lovely & safe 4th of July weekend, and here's to a blessed and joyful rest of the month to you all!

xo Mary Claire

p.s. look at my photo blog for regular photo updates and full photo shoot posts!


  1. This was such a fun post to read, it's so full of variety and excitement and of course, pretty pretty photographs!! :)

    That polaroid looks great, I really LOVE the Fuki FP 100-C film and use it with my hasselblad, but it only takes up a small square of the film. I'd love to get something that takes up the entire frame! The pictures you took with it were (what a surprise :P) beautiful!

    July's probably a favorite month of mine as well. My birthday (and used to be my mom's bday) is the 10th and my sister's is the 30th, and when my family was all together we used to decorate the inside of our house for bdays and do all sorts of fun things! Plus like you said, the weather's nice, summer has started and everyone's looking to get together and have fun!

    Have fun with Marielle and N'tima and Steven! I'm sure you will. I can't wait to see the pictures that come out of it :)

  2. WOW! I really love all of your lovely polaroid photos! I'm getting a land camera 230 on Saturday and I've been scouring the internet for sample photos til I saw your friend, Kevin's photo! Those were the prettiest! What camera did you use to take it? I'm also very in love with film photography for more than a year now and I have no plans of going back to digital! Glad I found your blog!