The Gulf on Film | Orange Beach, Alabama
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When summer's coming to an end and wedding season is creeping up, what's the best way to go out with a bang and yet also get one last bit of relaxation in before the wedding rush takes over? 
The beach!  5 days of sun, sand and waves.

Michael and I drove down to Orange Beach, Alabama for a beach retreat with his family the first week of September, and it was exactly what I needed to clear my head and kick my feet up before the wedding-filled next couple of months.  

Being on vacation doesn't mean not picking up my camera though. If anything, it's the perfect chance to make photos for myself. 
I took the Kowa Super 66 on our trip, and I honestly didn't pick up my digital kit once while we were out of town. Instead, I toted around my film camera and shot several rolls of Kodak Ektar 100, because this was the week we decided we were going to try our hand at developing color film. 
Before now, we had only attempted black and white film, because the color process is a little more tricky. But this was it; Michael and I were both starving to try it so we loaded up all the chemicals and equipment we needed, toted it down south, and turned our condo's bathroom into a dark room. 

 

These are my favorite shots of mine that I got on our week away at the beach. I thought film had my heart before, but seeing my work in color led me to a whole other level of appreciation for film photography

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The view from our condo was eye to eye with the storm rolling in over the ocean. It was oddly peaceful to see the definite line dividing the sea and storm, and the fog that was coming with it. 

The view from our condo was eye to eye with the storm rolling in over the ocean. It was oddly peaceful to see the definite line dividing the sea and storm, and the fog that was coming with it. 

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Is it really vacation without tropical, touristy shirts?  *swoon* 

Is it really vacation without tropical, touristy shirts?  *swoon* 

  One morning during our vacation, we decided that we couldn't resist a sunrise session on the beach. So we grudgingly set our alarms for 5:30AM.  (on VACATION?! We're nuts. I know. But it was totally worth it. To see the pictures he got of me, go check out his site, This is Michael Kee) Thankfully, he knew better than to try to wake me up without a cup of coffee as a peace offering. Bless his soul. 

  One morning during our vacation, we decided that we couldn't resist a sunrise session on the beach. So we grudgingly set our alarms for 5:30AM.  (on VACATION?! We're nuts. I know. But it was totally worth it. To see the pictures he got of me, go check out his site, This is Michael Kee) Thankfully, he knew better than to try to wake me up without a cup of coffee as a peace offering. Bless his soul. 

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