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1| Pigeon Print & Navy photo by Liz Daly 2| Navy & Wood Desk found on Apartment Therapy

My powder room is in desperate need of an overhaul. Odd that I keep starting with the bathrooms. Must be their smaller scale that keeps me thinking the projects are actually completable. Regardless, my powder is in a very hodgepodge state of affairs right now, and since it is the room that gets used a ton in my house, and seen by our guests, I think it is time to tackle it, complete it and check it off the mile long to do list.

There is something so sexy about a dark powder room. And lately the dark wall trend is gaining some major steam in the design world. My gut wants to do it. The powder room is already the darkest room in my home, but still half as dark as the rooms in this post. My brain keeps battling over it being the only dark room in the house, but I think that is sort of the fun part about it.

I am completely obsessed with the bathroom above with the Pigeon prints. I am not sure if it is the whimsy, the contrast of the artwork and the dark paint or the kilam rug. Every time I see it pop up on Pinterest I am drawn to pin it again and again. I do know that I just don’t have the courage, nor the stash of artwork to pull this off, and my Powder room is void of large walls like this one, but I am completely inspired to go bold and throw in a splash of whimsy as well. Artwork is an absolute must.

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3| Teal Wardrobe via Design Sponge & photography by Henry Bourne 4| Boho Dark Nursery via 100 Layer Cakelet and photos by Jamie Street

My home is desaturated shades of a teal-esque color and grays. I am naturally a bit more drawn to the darker teal blues, rather than the navy, but the navy is so sharp. The room directly next to the Powder room has that dark teal rug I showed in this post. This would make a nice transition into a bold dark teal bathroom similar to the image in the upper left.

Gah! The whimsy of this Boho nursery is just brilliant and I hope to find a creative way to bring some of that into this room.

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5| Teal Room with Fresh Flowers by India Hobson for Design Sponge 6| Navy Walls with Porcelain Sink on sfgirlbybay by Cindy Loughridge

The upper left image is from a Floral Designer’s home and studio. I adore the deep color and contrast of the fresh flowers. My Powder Room already has a white dressing vanity that we changed into a bathroom vanity in crisp white. Plus coffered ceilings we had installed. The image on the right shows me the polished feel the white again dark will have.

Deep Blue Paint Ideas

Right now I am at a toss up between Benjamin Moore’s Amazon Green and Newburg Green, with Newburg in a slight lead. I worry it may be too blue and not have enough of the green undertones.

What do you think of a deep dark and bold bathroom?

  • Ginny - Hi marta- love your blog! And I support the dark walls in your powder room. Its so pretty and dramatic. We’re about to do the same thing in our dining room with some white wainscoting on the bottom. I think I like Newburg Green- but it always looks so different once you get it up on the wall.ReplyCancel

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

Over the past year I have got so many private/public messages about shooting film. Mostly…. “Where/how do I start?”. There is so much that goes into it, there isn’t really a simple answer, and to try to answer it over and over has become a bit time consuming. With that said, I love to share, just like those that answered my questions when I was in the beginning stages. I thought it would be helpful to try to gather as much as I can into a blog post for me and those that are curious to reference.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

Why did I decide to shoot film?
It was nearly 5 years ago and I won’t lie, I was a Jose Villa groupie. There was just something so authentic, dreamy, and ethereal about his photos. The light, tones and depth just mesmerized me. I spent countless hours trying to replicate the look with digital, and failed pretty miserably at doing so. Finally one winter during the slow season I decided I was going to get a used film camera and teach myself how to shoot film. It was a struggle, and there is documentation that I was throwing in the towel several times during the process. But, I stuck to it, read as much as I could possibly read, shot as much as I could shoot and the rest is history.

The thing I didn’t expect was to not just love the look I achieved with film, but the process of shooting it. I had spent more than half of my life in art schools, painting, drawing, and sculpting; getting my hands dirty and feeling the process of the work I created. After kids, it all slid away and I reached for the digital cameras to fill my creative void. But until film, I didn’t realize how much I missed the actual process of creating. There is a romance and cadence that goes along with shooting film that I just do not get from shooting digital. From the unpacking of the rolls, loading of the camera, hearing the winding, to slower paced focusing, the shutter and the wind down of each image. It begins to grow on you and become quite addicting. Not to mention the days that the film scans come in are like Christmas morning. Every. Single. Time.

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My first film camera.
In order to try to make the process a little less intimidating, I chose the 35mm Canon 1V because it was very similar in build to my Canon 5dMarkii and I was able to use my current Canon lenses on it. Since it is a 35mm, the film had more shots on it for trial and error, 36 vs 12 frames (saving a little on money) and it was a bit cheaper than the Medium Format film. KEH is a great resource for used cameras.

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How I learned.
I studied. A LOT. Just like when I taught myself digital photography, I read, asked questions, read some more and did a TON of trial and error. Practice makes perfect, right? I am a firm believer of putting the tools in your hand, having a vision and figuring out how to achieve it, with, or without the rules. I had 3 main resources for learning. Jon Canlas’s Film Is Not Dead Book, Jose Villa’s Fine Art Wedding Photography book, and a group of friends that were going through the same learning phase as myself.

The Film Is Not Dead book by Jon Canlas: This is a really good starter resource. It covered all the basics of camera, light meters, film, exposing, developing and more. I referenced this about a bagillion times and it did help me try to figure out the basics.

Fine Art Wedding Photography by Jose Villa: Of course I got this regardless of shooting film…being that previous groupie and all. But it turned out that this was a quite a resourceful book. He posted his camera stats with each image and gave tips here and there throughout the book. Between FIND and those stats and again that wonderful thing called trial and error, I was able to figure quite a bit out.

Film friends (newbies or not): There was a handful of us that decided to learn film about that same time, so we made a private Facebook group so we could chat, share successes and fails, ask questions, link resources and so on. It was such a great little place for us to all share those trial and error phases and work out the kinks together.

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Choosing a film stock.
This to me is a lot like choosing what brand of pencils or oil pants you like to work with. It really is up to you and your vision. Film stocks have different tones, contrasts and latitude from one to the next. Again, it took a lot of trial and error and studying the looks I liked from other photographers and know what stocks they used to figure out what would work best for me. During my learning phase, I started with Fuji 400H. However, I have since learned about Kodak Gold (a drugstore sold film) that has some wonderful results and much easier on the wallet as well.

Currently I shoot Fuji 400H, Portra 800, Portra 160 and Delta 3200 BW. It all depends on the light available and the look I am going for. You can find a bit more about this in the FIND book.

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Choosing a lab.
In the beginning, while I was still learning how to meter, use my camera, and focus (yeah…that manual focus thing is an entire other ball game), I turned to my trusty Walgreens 1 hr photo service to see my rolls. This helped a ton with more immediate turn around to see if I knew what I was doing, only cost $8 per roll, and they use a Noritsu on auto to scan the images. The bonus of that last part is, you get what you shot. I didn’t realize how important this part of my learning was, until I started using pro labs. One thing that the blogs, forums and books didn’t mention is just how much the labs did to the scans. I had no idea that they adjusted the tones, contrasts, exposures and everything during the scanning process. So, while I was still learning on getting my exposures, contrast and such right, I wasn’t seeing that I was getting it wrong. My goal was to get consistent, and to get it as close to right in camera, so the scanning process was more authentic to what I shot. There are some labs that will give you what they call Basic Scans. These are great for the learner, and they are much cheaper. This way you can see where you are at with your shooting and adjust accordingly.

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Which lab?

This is very personal. Each lab is a little different in their scanning. Like I mentioned above, they are able to do so much with the scans, so some tend to have a style to them. Plus price, customer service, turn around times, scan sizes and machines used are all factors you want to consider in choosing your lab. Don’t be afraid to try some out and see who fits right off the bat. Also look for a lab that offers Color Profiles. They will take a group of images you love the look of and work on getting your scans in that same feel.

Film Box Lab (my lab) | Photovision | Indie Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab | are some of the common labs. There are a ton, small and big. So ask around to film photographers friends and see what lab they use and why they love them.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

I honestly cannot really touch on this. I have never taken a workshop myself and I am really not sure which ones focus on teaching how to shoot film. If anyone reading this knows of some great ones that actually teach how to shoot…please comment and I will update this post!

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

In closing.
Film is amazing. It was a game changer for my creativity and my business. BUT, it is expensive and took a lot of patience and practice to get to the point that I was comfortable switching completely over. I had to adjust my business model, and prices quite a bit to allow for film, but in the end it was worth it, and my clients are happier than ever.

Please let me know if you have any more specific questions. I am happy to answer them to the best of my ability!

  • Bobbie Brown - I follow you on IG and just visited your blog for the first time — LOVE IT! And love this post especially. Your images are gorgeous and when I decide to take the chance, the time and spend the money to give film a try, I know this will be so helpful! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Bobbie- Thank you Bobbie! I am so glad you are loving the new blog format. I am having fun writing them and getting to know more of my followers!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Great post! Very informative and I never thought about asking for the basic scans before. I think YOU should teach a workshop.ReplyCancel

  • David Abel - It was great learning with you, you’ve do so well with you film work! I do miss our little film group though :-)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Thank you so so much for this post! I was introduced into photography back in high school where I shot my own black & white film, developed, and printed it myself. I fell in love with it, being able to get your hands dirty and make something tangible! Swoon! I got swept up into the digital and fell out of shooting film for years. The past month has been pretty slow for me so I pulled out my ancient film camera and a bunch of old film and I’ve and started shooting again. I forgot how much I love it! I’ve always wanted to incorporate it into my business for so long and I love reading your breakdown of it. It’s always seemed intimidating to me but you make it sound easy so I feel ready to take on the challenge! ^_^ReplyCancel

Minor Makeover -- Trim-13

I can literally remember the conversation I had with my builder about the shoe molding selection in my home. He asked if we wanted white or wood stain to match the floors or the trim. I had no clue. At 23, this was one of the things that I hadn’t really thought out or payed attention to. I already knew that I wasn’t getting the tall Craftsman stye base moldings I wanted since we were on a pretty tight budget and at the time it was one of the things that made it to the bottom of the “important list”. My response to him (who was a builder for very high end homes…even though ours was not one of those) was whichever is normally done. So, the trim matched the floors. Sigh. And since then, I have regretted the decision and secretly wished I had sold off one of my kidneys to afford the shoe and base mold I really wanted 13 years ago. I literally sit and stare at the trim, secretly willing it to grow and beef up to a hearty Craftsman style I dream of being inside my home.

This is one of those little things that literally irks me on the daily. Before any of you get all “Dude…you need to chillax, and stop stressing all the little stuff…”. I am a visual person. I see everything, all the little details, dirt, unbalance, asymmetry, etc. I cannot  NOT see it. And when it is wrong (in my book) it bugs me. So on my mission to de-stress my life and make my home the way I want it to be…I start checking off all those little irks. Instead of a twinge of annoyance, I get a secret little smile inside instead. Baby steps.

Next kick in the gut. Why the *beep* didn’t I paint them sooner? While painting the Foyer and Dining room the other day, on a whim, I sucked up my fear of painting all the shoe molding and just did it. 1) it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. 2) It made my trim look a TON better. Not perfect…I still want that beefy 4-6 inch craftsman trim, but it is WAY better.

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See the difference? It makes it look taller, and the nice clean line to the floor makes it look more current and fresh. Still kicking myself for waiting 13 freakin’ years to do this. I am not sure if I can (or if my husband will even let me) tear out the shoe base mold and add in the dreamy tall trim… that would be pretty costly and definitely at the bottom of the home reno list of things that need to be done. If the $$ allows, that is what I will do. But if not, below are a couple of ideas of how to beef up my existing trim that I am considering.

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1| The Idea Room 2| Home Depot

How to Paint Shoe Molding next to wood floors

I really don’t know why I was so nervous about this. Normally I am pretty fearless with a can of paint and a paint brush. Maybe because I knew it would be impossible to go back to the stain if I hated it. And I thought trying to cut in next to the wood floors would be quite a challenge. I won’t lie, I tried free handing it to start by using a long straight painters edge. It didn’t work. I hate taping and free hand all of my cutting in normally. But in order to get a nice clean line and it not take me a million years, I broke out the tape. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought.

1| Painters Tape

2| Angled Brush. My go to brush and the one I would marry if I could marry one is the Wooster Shortcut. I really should by stock in these things…I have bought so many.

3| Primer

4| Trim Paint of choice. I use Benjamin Moore Semi Gloss in White Dove

5| Patience

How to paint the shoe molding next to wood floors

1| Dust and clean trim and floors next to trim (so the tape and paint will stick)

2| Press the tape to the floor as close as you can to the shoe mold. Mine has a slight gap most of the way and I found I could use my finger nail to kinda press the tape under it for a tighter fit.
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3| Paint primer all along the trim

4| Let Dry and then paint with the Semi Gloss

5| While the semi gloss is wet, carefully pull up the tape and discard

6| Once the paint is dry, I took a small putty knife and scraped any rough paint edges right up for a nice clean finish.

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Do you have any small detail projects that made a big difference, or just made you happy each time you walked by?

Minimal Makeup

In my Mid Life Makeover post I mentioned my desire  “… to be an aging stylish wife, mom of 3, successful business woman, live in rural suburbia, have magazine decor taste but a newspaper budget, desire to have a beach bum peace about me, but maintain city smarts and have everything organized and clean at the same time.” My bathroom drawers was one of the first places to get this overhaul. Why first? Most likely because the drawers were overflowing with crap that I just didn’t use or thought I may use down the road. Or because it wasn’t as daunting of a place to start as the rest of my life. Or because I had recently come to the realization that I use the same handful of things every single day. So I sat on the floor, dumped out both drawers and purged.

The image above (skin care and hair products aside) is what was left.

How refreshing! And…space…lots of space! All of the products even fit inside of my black makeup bag, so it makes it even easier to throw in my purse for those early morning basketball games that I am rushing out the door to attend and need to slap some color on my face quickly while sitting in the parking lot.

Here is me, taken with my iphone about a week ago. No fancy editing (aside from choosing good light ;)) with this very makeup on. It takes me less than 4 minutes to do all of it, and even less in the summer since I don’t need the powder, shadow or lip color then (I use balm instead). I am just a few months shy of 40, have red blotchy super dry skin, wrinkles, sun spots, the whole sha bang. My skin is far from perfect, and super sensitive. And I know there is a slew of products out there that can help minimize the look of them, but at this time of my life and for the health of my skin, I have chosen to embrace “what is”, avoid heavy layers of makeup and just fluff it up a tiny bit.

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Why Clinique? My skin is a hot mess. It has been sensitive to products my whole life and now with this brutal dry cold winter, it is even worse. Of course this image was taken in a great window light, so a good bit of my flaws are not as noticable. But I am dry (no matter how much moisturizer I slather on), itchy, blotchy, wrinkles, sun spots…ya know. The whole “I am turning 40 in a few months…” sha bang. Clinique, Neutrogena and Almay are the only ones that I have found that don’t really irritate my skin, have good natural colors and get the job done. I can’t use base makeup on a daily basis, it makes my skin so irritated, plus it is just way too much hassle for me. I found Clinique’s Almost Powder to have a great moderate coverage but still natural enough that my freckles natural tones show through a bit.

Be sure to comment below and let me know what other things you all would love to see from me!! I am having a blast doing the lifestyle thing on the blog…but I want to keep them interesting for those of you that do follow!

Simple Makeup Look

Get the Look: 1| Clinique Almost Powder  2| Clinique Volume Mascara 3| Clinique Bronzer 4| Clinique Blush 5| Clinique Chubby Lip Balm 6| Clinique Eye Compact 7| Anastasia Powder Brow Duo

For Less: 1| Neutrogena Sheer Powder 2| Nuetrogena Volume Mascara 3| Neutrogena Bronzer 4| Almay Blush 5| Neutrogena Chubby Lip 6| Almay Eyes 7| NYX Brow Duo

  • Melissa Arlena - I so need to purge my beauty products! Recently I found skin care stuff from when I was 15, it was good stuff and being the frugal girl I try to be I thought let me finally use this. Bad idea, it totally gave me the skin of a 15 year old…….breakouts galore! Lol!ReplyCancel

  • Meghan Ely - I love Clinique! I keep my usual routine to 3-4 min max as well. :) love their perfectly real foundation (super light), their basic concealer, a touch of loose powder and their lip gloss in a neutral color. Am curious your recs on skin care (moisturizer, cleansing, etc)? Would love to simplify this area!ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Meghan- Thanks for commenting! I am working on finessing my skin care routine and will get a post up soon about it. I have something new I am trying and I just want to see if it works!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Love your new posts. :) I use Clinique as well. I love the shadow colors they offer and how their makeup always has a slight yellow tint to it. This is a lifesaver for a girl with rosacea. :)ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Elizabeth- I have a bit of redness as well. And tend to be on the golden side of tan as well, so their makeup always seems to match just right for me. I am so happy to hear you love the new blog format!ReplyCancel

Photobook 1 -- Marta Locklear-8

It is time to bring back the tangible. This year I want to bring more physical photography to my clients. The first new addition is the simple linen hardcover photobook. It is perfect for storing on your shelves, laying on the coffee table, and gifting to the grandparents. You will enjoy flipping through your sessions all over again, and one day, the little ones in your sessions will enjoy flipping through them too. This rang true for me recently when I printed all my family Instagram images into small books and my 3 kids piled up onto the sofa to flip through them all together. They giggled endlessly at how they have grown, changed and all the fun and silly things they have done over the years. They don’t do that with the images on the computer.

I am offering these to new and old clients. If you have had a session with me, or have one coming up, these books are available to you. They are filled with nearly all of the images (duplicates aside) from your session. Below you can see a little peek at the books and a video of my newborn sample. And if you would love to see the blog post for this session you can do so here.

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It was about 6 years ago that a couple of fellow photographers and I put a call out to maternity maternity models so we could put together a style shoot. Just for the fun of it! This beautiful mama in the photos was one of those lovely women while she was pregnant with her first child. Six years later I had the pleasure to romp around the soy bean fields with them on this beautiful fall day.