I remember hearing once that Larry David, the genius behind Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, has never taken a picture. Not once. To me, that was just insane.
Life is so short. And so full of amazing things. It’s so easy to forget that I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world and see some of my favorite geeky things up close. And I’m always so happy I took pictures.
Instagram. Go buy a nice DSLR. Or just invest in a decent mirror-less. Whatever it is, just take a few pictures along the way.
Chic geeks, meet Katherine Lamb (@_misslamb) - a talented photographer, crafty blogger, witty writer for the official blog of the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club, full-time dreamer, and devoted fashionista.
Take a look at her photography website to find unflinchingly personal and honest portraits of Lamb and others, as well as beautiful photographs of the world through Lamb’s eyes. Hop over to her blog, Miss Lamb, to peek inside her home, whip up some Thai food, or craft a Golden Snitch necklace.
Before you go, though, check out Lamb’s interview with Being Geek Chic! You’ll discover how her photography has changed over the years, which fictional character she’d share a drink with, and her sassy advice to 13-year-old Lamb.
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: I think my inclination towards the arts has always been a defining characteristic about me. As a child I was more interested in glitter glue than dolls and it’s been a pretty linear path since then. As an introvert who struggled with social anxiety throughout my childhood and teenage years, it’s always been easier for me to express myself in a visual way.
Q: How has your process as an artist evolved over time?
I recently found myself swooning over Bloom Theory’s Camera Straps and one or two managed to find their way to my Pinterest. When I took a close look at them, I realized I could easily DIY the $130 strap for much less - so that’s exactly what I did.
Here’s the best part.
Here’s how I did it:
1. Start with a simple canvas or cotton camera strap. You don’t want anything too thick, because you’re going to hand-sew or machine sew some sequin ribbon onto the strap later. In other words, choose a material that isn’t too tough. I bought this strap for $9.99 on eBay. (Here’s a link to that strap.) There are all kinds of options out there - so shop around.
2. Next, find some sequin ribbon. I bought mine at my local JoAnn Fabric store, but a Google search pulls up a bunch of other options. For those of you who want to go to the store and buy the exact same thing, it’s called: Sequin Stretch Ruffle Trim - 3 inch. I bought one yard.
3. All you have to do now is hand sew or machine sew the ruffle trim to the strap. Be sure to secure it by back-stitching or double knotting the ends.
Attach to your camera and enjoy!
(P to the S: do you like this DIY? Then subscribe to my YouTube channel where this DIY and more are captured in video form. No junk. No vlogs. Just high quality nerd crafting.)
Sewing Machine or Needle
Total cost: $12
In college, I took a lot of photography classes and loved everything about it. Life and work gets in the way and over the last five years I’ve been so focused on video that I’d stopped taking photos just to take photos. Honestly, the best pictures come out of those types of moments. This summer, I promised myself that I would get back into photography. And that I would shoot on Manual. Partially because I want to take better photos for this blog, but also because a series of photos memorializes life at its best.
This is my summer so far -
I have to tell you about this.
It’s so not regularly scheduled programming, but sometimes I find things on the internet that make me so happy and I’m so vexed as to why they’re not the biggest internet/social media/twitter influencer/tech blogger obsession ever, that I just need to yammer on and write a run on sentence about it.
Get to it already, alright.
You love instagram. You love photostrips. You’d love to have your instagram photos in photostrip form. After Google ninja’ing like that’s an actual skill you might find something… Holy PB&J there’s a thing for this perfect marriage on the interwebs and its’ called Boothgram.
It’s from the mind of Lori Lee, a developer genius in San Fran.
Alright, that’s your public service announcement of the day from me. I’ve already managed to come up with all kinds of strips which I will eagerly print and obnoxiously flail at people - so now it’s your turn.