How Photographers Actually Spend Their Time

How Photographers Actually Spend Their Time.

Vintage Camera Pillows

Vintage Camera Pillows? Yes, lovely.

The Postiche Collection

Earlier today, I opened an envelope that entailed “The Postiche Collection” – a Limited Edition catalogue designed by Hampus Jageland.

I don’t think I have ever come across a more surprising and in some strange way fascinating imagery than this. Men with quilt-beards? It was created by Julian Wolkenstein and Paul Sharp.

I still don’t fully understand it, but consider me intrigued.

Where I am From…

While browsing the new *fantastic* Flipboard iPhone App I stumbled upon a photo essay on on Appenzell Innerrhoden, the place I grew up in Switzerland. (well, I grew up 20minutes from there, but I consider it my home) It’s one of the most charming, greenest places on earth. If you’re into hiking, this is your place.

Appenzell Innerrhoden is the smallest canton of Switzerland by population and the second smallest by area, Basel-City having less area. Wherever you look you see dairy farms which produce the amazing Appenzeller cheese. Next time you go to a cheese shop, ask them for Appenzeller. It’s a super-yumme hard cheese and comes in all kinds of ‘stinkiness levels’, at least in Switzerland. Here in the US I usually am only able to get one kind.

The images are by Jean-Yves Roure.

Fake Polaroids

Love these Fake iPhone Polaroids by NYC based photographer Stefan Falke. Tempted to buy a print.

View them all: Fake Polaroid Gallery 1 and Gallery 2.

Growing Bookbow

Whoa! Check out this timelapse of Paul Octavious’ Bookbow Print. So cool! (You can buy the print here)

Grandmother Tips

Grandmother Tips by Chacho Puebla. Made me chuckle.

(thanks Bekka / @matiascorea)

Bookbow by Paul Octavious

The stunning Bookbow Print by much admired Paul Octavious is one of the first products I am selling in my brand new swissmiss shop.

The idea behind my store is do only offer a hand-full of tightly curated, limited edition custom products by designers I love and admire. Paul Octavious is one of them. Paul knows about my love for rainbows and his book stacks, so he combined the two and Bookbow was born. I will most certainly hang one of these in my son’s room.

Bookbow, by Paul Octavious, available in 11″x14″ and in 16″x20″.


If you didn’t realize yet, today’s a magical date, 11/11/11! I think Paul Octavious captured it perfectly in his stacked books shot.

We kicked off the day with a CreativeMornings talk with Jessi Arrington which ended with a Rainbow Parade. Pretty magical, if you ask me. You can see some photos of the parade here and here.


The lovely Sharon Montrose just came out with a new animal photograhy book called Menagerie. You can buy her photos as prints. (I keep picturing a GIANT print of the cow or the white goose one in our living room.)


Shoebox, the iPhone App, makes it easy to scan old paper photos and share them with family and friends. It helps you bring albums, scrapbooks, and photo-filled “shoeboxes” out of the closet and into an online, shareable space where they can be organized and shared with family and friends.

Shoebox’s edge detection and perspective correction make sure that the paper photographs you scan turn out beautifully. After scanning, you can quickly crop, straighten, rotate your photo, as well as record the stories behind the photographs by adding captions, dates, and tags.

The quality of camera phones has increased so much that your handy iPhone is now as good as the clunky piece of hardware you have next to your computer, and with none of the wires or drivers. The new iPhone 4S offers a 8 megapixel camera that takes images at 2448×3264 resolution. Using Shoebox to scan a typical 4″x6″ photo produces a DPI of 550 – the same high quality recommended by scanning experts like ScanCafe.

Your photos are saved on your iPhone and on 1000memories where they can be shared for free with friends and family. You can also share via Facebook and Twitter. All photos on 1000memories are backed up and preserved forever through our partnership with the Internet Archive.

Download the Shoebox App. It’s free.

(via @LBM)

Photo Buff Ornament

Hand-painted, molded glass ornament in the form of the classic German twin lens Rolleiflex camera. Yes, please.

(Yes, I realize, the world doesn’t need this product and no, I won’t buy it, but it makes me happy to look at it.)

Sebastian Schramm

YES! That’s all I could think when I discovered Sebastian Schramm’s Cyan Print. What would life be without a little absurdity every now and then? #printiswishlisted #ordered

The Memento Works

The Memento Works’ mission is to photograph and celebrate objects each of us have collected over time. Be it your father’s watch, your child’s favorite toy, your grandmother’s passport, the toy car you loved as a kid. The folks behind Memento Works photograph your treasures and return them to you along with a stunning framed or mounted print (or just a print should you want to present it another way yourself). If you don’t have any mementos you are ready to have photographed, you can buy prints from their image library.

Memento Works is a fantastic idea!

Peculiar Snapshots

Thanks to my studiomate Raul I discovered this Collection of Peculiar Vintage Snapshots over on Flickr. Made my day!

Andrew B. Myers

These bold, colorful photographs by Andrew B. Myers stopped me in my tracks.

(via ignant)


Plywerk perfected an easy, elegant, and eco-conscious way to exhibit artwork and photos without the clunky and expensive frame, glass and mat. They print, mount and ship the Plywerk right to your door. How? 1) upload your image 2) select finishing options 3) wait for your handmade Plywerk to be delivered into your loving arms.

Cool? Y-E-S!


(thank you Garrett)

Digital Time-Lapse Camera

I have always wanted to take time-lapse videos and always find a reason not to do it. No more excuses! Meet the Time-Lapse Camera: here to solve all of my time-controlling, video-making, weather-fearing troubles!

It’s designed to create time-lapse videos at the push of a button, doing all of the work for you. Say goodbye to intervalometers, settings menus and complicated gear setups.

Can you believe it’s weather resistant? Totally #wishlisted!

The Camera Day Pack

In april of 2010 I asked my readers about camera bag recommendations. That post sure showed I have photo enthusiastic readers; there are currently 113 comments on that post. Just to confuse things even more, PhotoJojo just added the Camera Day Pack to their store. Looks nice, now, can I have that in felt or leather, please?

Happy Weekend

Yes, with this cow, I wish you all a happy weekend. It’s a long one here in the US. See you tuesday!

(that cow is available over at Sharon Montrose’s Animal Print Shop)

Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide

Here’s a fantastic book photography enthusiasts: Pinhole Cameras: A DIY Guide, by Chris Keeney. Definitely a cool gift idea for parents that want to pass on the love for photography. What better idea than to build pinhole cameras with your little ones?

Andrew Zuckerman’s 99% Conference Talk

In this 99% Conference talk, photographer and filmmaker Andrew Zuckerman shares the lessons learned from his iconic WISDOM project, in which he interviewed “elders” around the world, including Chuck Close, Bill Withers, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Massimo Vignelli, and many more. Zuckerman talks about the anxiety we feel as we start a new project, how fear can help us get things done, and the importance of honesty and good, old-fashioned hard work.

Genetic Portraits

The Genetic Portraits project by photographer Ulric Colette has me mesmerized. It looks at the resemblance between family members. Instead of showing the images side by side, he masterfully fused them into one. Hat tip!

(via RonOrp. Thank you Sis)


Every now and then I come across a service/product that just instantly makes me happy and want to sign up. Here’s one of them:

Picplum is an automatic photo printing service and here’s how it works: You email or upload photos to their website and they then, every month, automatically print and mail them to your friends and family. This is *brilliant*! My family will be so excited to finally get photos of my kids!

I can’t even tell you how many times I abandoned the shopping cart on Flickr. Numerous times. My intentions are there, the time and distraction-free-environment is not.

So, now, that I signed up with Picplum, I added myself to the list of recipients, that way I finally get some printed version of my photos in my own hands. Hoooray! And I think it will feel like a little gift/surprise every month.

Picplum, I can’t wait to get my first shipment!

(thank you Ian)