FALL IMAGERY IN THE COUNTRY | Exira, Iowa

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Mamiya 645 AF   |   80mm F/2.8 Lens   |   Fuji400H Film   |  Scans by Photovision

Fall is full of nostalgia for me. I don't know what is about the smokiness in the air, the fog, leaves scattering across my yard, hot coffee in the morning and layering up for the day -- but I adore it. It is, without a doubt, my favorite time of year.

For the last two consecutive Octobers, I've been lucky enough to visit my good friend Natalie and her husband Casey in Exira, Iowa. Natalie is a talented artist and creates stunning work over at Minted. I always love photographing their family life (they welcomed little Navine into their lives last December) and the nooks and crannies of their lovely home. While we didn't have time for family portraits this time around, I couldn't let my film camera go to waste so I walked around their property and shot some snapshots from their life...and the images turned out to be quite a homage to fall.

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The last image is my favorite because I love how the grasshopper is peeking over the leaf at me, a really sweet moment captured (and not easy to manually focus on either, so I'm amazed it turned out!). This image reminds me so much of the tone of Natalie's Artwork - the whimsy and cheekiness of it paired with classic, careful attention to detail.

Visiting my friends in Iowa is always such a restful, life-giving experience that I'm grateful for. I can't think of a better way to spend a few Octobers days.