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Recent captures from a trip home.  Louisiana is never short of inspiration for me.  I will never tire of capturing my home state ~

Previous captures here.

  • rachel del grosso - June 30, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    gosh, you’re killing me with these photos. lately it seems all i can think about is packing up and flying somewhere completely different than anywhere i’ve been before and just take picture after picture after picture. nashville has been calling out to me for some reason. *swoon*ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - July 1, 2014 - 10:03 am

      thanks, rachel. i love, love, love nashville! you should definitely book a trip soon.ReplyCancel

Quotes, links, thoughts, and other tidbits that I have found to be true this week:

  • I don’t think there will ever be enough time in the day to do/create/make/photograph all of the ideas in my head.
  • I stumbled upon unsplash and was amazed at the quality of work being offered for free. 10 news images every day.
  • I’m really enjoying Rachel’s daily habit, where she is documenting every day of her thirtieth year. Simple, everyday moments will always capture my heart.
  • So I ordered #GIRLBOSS, and I am enjoying it so much.  Love Sophia’s advice: Don’t ever grow up, Don’t become a bore, Don’t ever let the Man get to you. Okay? Cool.  Let’s do this.  Seriously, go check out this book.
  • I’m continuously inspired by the work of Cory and Jade of Endlessly Enraptured.

Have a great weekend.

  • rachel del grosso - June 27, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    i’m a little in awe right now that you’re liking my project! thanks for linking to me!

    • Azzari - July 1, 2014 - 10:04 am

      really loving your project, rachel – you have me thinking of something similar when my own birthday rolls around.ReplyCancel

  • Jade Sheldon-Burnsed - June 27, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    You, my dear, are the one who inspires us…ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - July 1, 2014 - 10:03 am

      thanks, jade!ReplyCancel

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Easing into summer around here.

Waking up early to have a few quiet moments before my girls wake.

Staying up a bit later since there is more daylight.

Evenings at the pool are becoming regular.

Replacing down comforters in exchange for lighter quilts on all the beds.

Enjoying a roll of film I forgot to develop and seeing these beauties once again.

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On March 26, 2004, I wrote a letter to myself.

At the time, I lived in Chicago and was a newlywed, not sure of what I was doing with my life or where I was going.  I had so many doubts about decisions that I had made about graduate school and my career.  I intended to read that letter in exactly 10 years – on March 26, 2014.  I wrote the date on an envelope, and sealed it.  In my mind, surely I would have myself together in ten years.

Fast forward.  I remember that I wrote the letter, and that this was the year to read it.  I had forgotten the exact date.  Last weekend, while searching in the back of drawer for something random, I found it.  I realized that I was a couple months late, but it was 2014, nonetheless – exactly 10 years after I wrote the letter.

I stopped everything, grabbed a cup of coffee, and sat down to read it.  I smiled at my young self, all of the fears that I had back then seem so trivial now.  The amazing thing is, I am so different from that younger version of myself, but so very much the same.  I was fighting to fit a mold, what I thought I “should be doing” and what everyone else told me I “should be doing”.  But all of the pitfalls and peaks and valleys were necessary to get me to where I am today.

I’m far from having everything figured out – but I am a mother now, wiser, and confident in my own skin.  I know my likes, my dislikes, and I certainly don’t question every decision I make.  I know that only comes with age, which makes me look forward to getting older.  I now know that motherhood is by far my most rewarding, yet most demanding job I will ever have.  What people think of me is no longer issue for me, and I am so thankful for that.

Simply put, I am blessed and so happy with my life right now.  That’s something that I didn’t have back then.  And now I realize it is a choice that I make.  Every single morning – to be happy.  And I know that would not be possible without all of the life experiences it took to get me to this point.  I look forward to where I will be in the next 10 years.

Simply put, I love this.  I look back at how much I have grown and changed and I cannot wait to get older and wiser, and even more confident in who I am as woman.   And yes, I plan to sit down and write another letter very soon – to be opened in 10 more years.

  • Birgitte - June 23, 2014 - 1:03 pm

    I love this. Such a great idea to write that letter to yourself and I’m happy to read that you are happy :-) You do indeed seem like a person who is very much in peace with herself. It shows in your photos as well :-)

    Ciao from Florence

    • Azzari - June 24, 2014 - 3:05 pm

      many thanks, Birgitte.ReplyCancel

  • Jade Sheldon-Burnsed - June 23, 2014 - 7:14 pm

    I am sitting down tomorrow morning and writing a letter to myself…ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - June 24, 2014 - 3:04 pm

      you will not regret it.ReplyCancel

  • Chrystine - January 7, 2015 - 8:59 pm

    I can’t tell you how wonderful it had been going through your blog posts, looking at all the beautiful dreamy photos (I needed it). Sigh, you just made me miss film photography. And then this post. So great & meaningful.

    You are amazing.
    Thank you so much for sharing these thoughts and moments. So inspiring.


Azzari Jarrett - Digital Cameras

Today I’m finishing up my round up of cameras with my (small) digital collection.  You can read more about my film cameras here – what’s in my camera bag, part 1.

The majority of digital images that appear on this blog were taken with my Nikon D90.  As much as I loved that camera, I gave it to my mom.  Hopefully she will start using it soon!

1. Nikon D600 – I have had this camera for a year now, and I really love the full frame.  I use this camera to capture my girls, take portraits, and client work.  I also love being able to capture full HD video.  My Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens usually lives on the d600.   I am definitely a Nikon girl – I love the way the camera feels in my hands and I find the LCD screen is extremely user friendly.

2. iPhone 5s – You know how they say that the best camera is the one you have with you?  Well this is it for me.  I use my iPhone daily, as in  I have 64 GB for this reason.  All of my instagram photos are taken with my iPhone and I can’t say enough about how this digital medium follows me everyday!

3. Fujifilm x100S – the x100s is my newest digital camera.  When I’m shooting with this camera, everyone always assumes it is film, love that.  Ronnie wrote a really good review of this camera, which encouraged me to purchase it.  So glad that I did.  It’s slim, compact, and most of the time, I can take pictures in public without ever getting noticed.  I used this camera for all of my submissions for habit during the month of April.

Ant there you have it, what’s in my camera bag!  I’d love to see what’s in yours.  For fun, here’s what I carried in my (diaper) bag 3 years ago (not sure what happened to that Canon!)

I’m glad to answer any questions in the comments below.


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It’s no secret that I love fresh flowers in my home.

But when I grab my camera to document them, I find myself drawn to a certain time of day.  I am searching for the sweet spot when I can capture the shadows and light.

Usually in the early morning, sometimes in the evening.  Not quite light, not quite dark.  But each time, there is a stillness that has taken over the house.

And that is what I strive to capture.

  • anka - June 18, 2014 - 5:50 am

    So beautiful! I love how you capture shadows and light. And I love the unusual vase arrangement.ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - June 19, 2014 - 6:14 pm

      thank you anka!ReplyCancel

Adventures in Watercoloring - Azzari Jarrett

A couple weeks ago, my mom introduced me to watercoloring.  It was a quick lesson, but I was hooked.  I think it’s the “abstractness” of watercoloring – how things don’t have to be exact.  You never quite know how the paint will dry or when colors will bleed into one another.

Since I’ve been home, I grabbed some watercolors of my own (I have this inexpensive set) and this weekend I finally had some time to explore.  And yes, I totally used one of my daughter’s baby food jars to clean my brushes.

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And as my mom explained, there are no mistakes in watercoloring.  Simply add more water.  Love that.

I also wanted to make a few abstract backgrounds for digital designs.  And here is what I came up with.

Adventures in Watercoloring - Azzari Jarrett

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After drying, I scanned each design and opened them in Photoshop.  Love how the colors popped.

Adventures in Watercoloring

Adventures in Watercoloring

Adventures in Watercoloring

Of course, I have so much more to learn.  And that is part of what makes this so exciting for me.  Learning something new.

I am thinking about so many possibilities and things that I would like to try, including adding one of my favorite quotes to those watercolor backgrounds.

More, soon.

  • Jade Sheldon-Burnsed - June 16, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    How wonderful! I’ve recently fallen back in love with painting after taking a hiatus. If you love watercolor you should definitely look into playing with gouache!ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - June 17, 2014 - 7:11 am

      Thanks, Jade – I’ll have to look into gouache paints. You might have to give me a quick lesson!ReplyCancel

  • Jay - June 24, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    I did the same a few weeks ago too and rediscovered my childhood. It is quite therapeutic!ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - July 1, 2014 - 10:05 am

      definitely jay! i just wish i had found it sooner!ReplyCancel

  • […] hooked.  I’m realizing that the possibilities are endless.  Since I first shared my adventures in watercoloring, I’ve picked up this inexpensive set of watercolors.  There is a bit more mixing with water […]ReplyCancel

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Quotes, links, thoughts, and other tidbits that I have found to be true this week:

  • At this point in my life, I don’t think I’ll ever know what it’s like to sleep past 7:00AM.
  • Loving Chrystine Pham’s hasselblad film photography on her blog, 365|life.  Her black and white film photography is equally as stunning.
  • Enjoying Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon.  So many good tidbits of practical advice.
  • I’ve been listening to Elise’s podcast, Let’s Get Crafty, in the car and really enjoying the episodes.  The 1st ever podcast I have followed.  Any other recommendations?
  • Working on a monthly newsletter.  Are you signed up?
  • Really loving this mug.
  • Inspired by the watercolor artwork of Yao Cheng.

Have a great weekend.

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I think I heard the term “Coffice” for the very first time on instagram.  Someone had used it as a hashtag, and I immediately thought that it was a clever combination of words!  A coffee shop that one makes into an office. Yes.

I did just that on a recent trip to Louisiana.  I always make it a point to visit America’s Coffee House.  It was good to chat with Floyd, the owner, and catch up on some work.  All of those canvas images on the walls?  His.  Yep, he’s a photographer as well.

I immediately felt at home while there.

All images are iphone snaps.

  • Sam Title - June 11, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Hi Azzari;

    So happy you’ve discovered The Coffice…in name, of course. Sounds like you’ve been at it for a while.

    Needless to say, The Coffice is even happier to have discovered another Cofficer (that’s you).

    Stay in touch!

    Sam Title

  • Jade Sheldon-Burnsed - June 11, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Oh my, I could definitely see myself getting some work done there…ReplyCancel

    • Azzari - June 13, 2014 - 7:15 am

      you would love it, jade.ReplyCancel