Where have you been?

I am sure the 5 of you out there reading this have been asking yourself the SAME THING. WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN SUSIE?

Vintage Los Angeles • Photo by Susie Delaney • Janet Fischietto

Well, I have been hustling. I had a few life changes occur over the last few months and I just have not been sure what the best way to deal with them is. Do I rant on my blog and complain about what is going on? Do I ignore it and pretend nothing has happened but let it fester anyways? OR – Fucking use it as an opportunity to do what you want.  And that is exactly what I have been doing!

I am getting back to shooting film. It is what I started on when I was in high school – and what Brooks BEAT into us after.

I broke up with film for a long time. We fought, film wasn’t giving me what I thought I wanted, I blamed film. I am happy to report that we are back together and very much in love. Both of us have changed and at the same time are both are totally stubborn selves.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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I have been teaching my friend Josh ( check out his instagram @joshsorheim to see the fun stuff he has been shooting) how to shoot manual and how to develop. His completely   bat-shit enthusiasm has reminded me how I used to feel about the entire process. I foresee many more photo adventures and smelling like fix in the future.

With that being said I am going to be posting these quick little shoots here from time to time. I always post one or two on instagram but there are so many I would like to share and not be a complete self important asshat about it. So I am going to be one HERE, because IT IS MY DAMN BLOG!

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I had the pleasure of being acquainted with Janet (see her instagram here) from mutual friends, roommates, and just knowing she is a creative vintage force. She travels a LOT and while we have exchanged messages about wanting to work together time just seems to slip away from us. When I realized she was off around the world again I asked if we could get together for a quick little shoot. SHE WAS IN!

We went up to the Griffith Observatory at dusk – and I brought a few rolls of film and my little TLR and we pretty much just did a lap around the property and left (and celebrated with a glass or two of wine and CHEESE)

She did her own hair, makeup, and styling and needed ZERO direction. These photos are equally hers as they are mine. I love it when a plan comes together.

Please check out her site  –  http://www.janetfischietto.com

I am convinced she is just visiting us from another time. I am also convinced that we need to be besties and run around LA together every time she visits!

I am going to work on that one.

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I develop my own negatives at home – with some experimental combinations that Josh and I have been working on – then scanning and doing my post until I have a dream house with my own darkroom.

Vintage Los Angeles • Photo by Susie Delaney • Janet Fischietto
Vintage Los Angeles • Photo by Susie Delaney • Janet  FischiettoVintage Los Angeles • Photo by Susie Delaney • Janet  FischiettoVintage Los Angeles • Photo by Susie Delaney • Janet  Fischietto

 

Homework:

• Do you have a hobby or skill you used to love and don’t use it anymore?

• Is there one you wish to learn?

• How do YOU deal with stressful life situations? Is being creative a factor?

 

 

Come back soon, I promise to be here!

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Stitchin’ & Bitchin’


I friends – I know I’ve been gone so long. I hadn’t realized and then it all hit me THAT I MISS YOU SO MUCH.

So I have a punch of half written posts that I promise to put up sooner than later. PROMISE.

In the meantime come see me this SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY at Flamingo Vintage in Los Angeles, CA!

Snarky Cross Stitch | Bittersweet Susie

Christ on a cracker I hope I finish all that sewing on time.

Info for the party:

Party at Flamingo Vintage on Sunday, April 6th, and you’re invited!

Come check out all the new fantastic merchandise that we have in the shop! There will be a trunk show for Charmsies hair accessories and we’ll be doing demos all afternoon.

We will also be celebrating our new collection of modern brands such as Harper Ave, Snarky Cross-Stitch by Bittersweet Susie, clothing by JOA Los Angeles, clutches by MeDusa, candles by Ilume and much more.

Join us for cocktails, sweets and the musical stylings of Pat and Jeff!
1pm-5pm

548 South Spring Street, Downtown Los Angeles Unit 113 (entrance on 6th St.)

I also have a couple PATTERNS to give away! FIRST TIME EVER!

PLEASE come see me! I need a hug – or five!  

Hey Friday!

Fuck yea it is FRIDAY! I think these posts are making my week go by too fast. How was yours?

I hope it was swell.

I have a special treat for you friends today! We are going to celebrate this FRIDAY with PUPPETS! FUUUCKKK YEA! Actually Marionettes.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Have you ever been to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater? Why not? Hmmm – I am not sure I even like you anymore. I think you can make it up to me… If you live in LA (or just make a trip already) you NEED to make time for this very special place. My good friend Ginger has reminded me about this wonderful theater that I haven’t been to since I was little. It is hard to describe what it is like to watch this show and immediately feel like a kid again. It is very much like stepping back in time – something a lot of us try so hard to do in our daily lives but never quite make it. This place can.

In honor of Bob’s 90th Birthday CELEBRATION I have some interweb vids for you to see what all the awesome is really about!

Charming promo from 1974 – Those piggies are my FAVORITE!

This commercial from the Liberace Show in the 1950s

Bill Robinson – if you don’t rush out and buy your tickets today you after seeing this then you are ugly and I hate you.

So what are you waiting for? Take your friend, niece, grandma – that dude you met in line at Costco. Don’t wait – or you might miss it!

and HAPPY BIRTHDAY BOB BAKER! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent.

Homework:

  • Have you been to the Bob Baker Theater?
  • GO TO THE THEATER
  • What was your favorite part of the show
  • Go AGAIN when their next show is on

Photography Adventures – Miss Ruby

Susie Delaney Photography - Miss Ruby

Miss Ruby – Studio Session

Hey Friends – Big welcome to all my new friends – GROUP HUG! (Feeling mushy, it will pass)

I’ve wanted to post some projects that I have been working on. I have been very motivated to get back to photography and other more creative pursuits recently. I would like to say that I have this BURNING desire to create ART but that sounds like a bunch of hippie bullshit to me. Usually things (for me anyways) are more complicated and never so pure of heart. Life is not frolicking in a damn flowered field with unicorn farts perfuming the air, though that sounds delightful.

I have been getting back into photography after taking a break for a while. I have a non-photography driven day job (constant paycheck and health insurance! WOOT) being burnt out on photo school, and what I like to call the digital revolution driven by asshats that all led to this particular burnout. I finally snapped. Seeing so many people out there saying Photos by “some dipshit with a camera set to auto that I have no idea how to use but I own it now therefore I am a PHOTOGRAPHER” will really light a fire under a person’s ass. People. No one wants to see your craptacular photos of your mediocre looking friends and family. I promise you. For reals. STOP IT. When I was at Photo school we were taught if you had one or two great shots on a roll you were ahead of the game. If it has a ringtone you are NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER. Don’t ruin someone’s wedding to fulfill your dreams. Facebook galleries with 300 photos from a 2-hour party? Christ on a cracker, I am here for an intervention. Let’s stop the madness. Please and thank you. Ah, ranting feels great once in a while. Cleansing. I rant all the time but who’s counting?

I had forgotten how important it was to have a passion/hobby. It makes going to a soul crushing day job slightly (slightly) more tolerable. Friends – everyone needs to do this, not photography though – because there are a great many out there that are utter crap at it (and a few that are amazing. High five and I love you/hate you) Find something you are good it. Fill the world with beauty. Maybe its bubble gum sculptures or really fancy fancy paper airplanes. Perhaps you need to write a blog about every chocolate chip cookie recipe there ever was. Find that thing. I for sure know what I am bad at. To quote one of my favorite Russell Hoban poems “I know how to not do things.” I cannot sing, I am messy, doing dishes makes me cry, folding laundry, shut up, sports – and this is just the short list. And if you abso-fucking-lutly hunka hunka burning with desire to take photos then super. Take your head out of your butt and take a class. This is an f/stop. This is your shutter speed. This has been a public service announcement from your friend Susie!

I have sought out some talented friends of mine to set up some shoots, and so far it has just been so much fun. I feel that these lovely ladies have found their way with what they are good at, what they are supposed to be doing. They are all kicking ass and taking names and I am positive that their talents go on into other facets of life. I want to be like them when I grow up. It is truly inspiring and all that cheesy shit. It pushes me to keep doing what I am doing – FER REALS. I have not been this excited about being behind a camera in years. Lets do this; Let’s take over the WORLD already?

Susie Delaney Photography - Miss Ruby - Griffith Observatory

Miss Ruby – Griffith Observatory

Father’s day Miss Ruby and I had our first (of many – I hope) photo shoots together. I cannot remember having so much fun. My sides and face hurt from laughing and smiling so hard. You guys KNOW I don’t care for smiling.

For the 5 of you who do not know who Miss Ruby is  – She is a Retro & Pinup Hair Stylist – Makeup Artist – Model – Badass

Susie Delaney Photography - Miss Ruby

Hey Girl Hey

Go find her Facebook here – Be a fan –  Instagram @missrockabillyruby

Keep an eye open for her retro styling classes. SHE TEACHES PEOPLE TO BE FABULOUS. You know I would keep those skills to myself.

Susie Delaney Photography - Miss Ruby - Griffith Observatory

Do you see the moon up there?

She is such a pro. There are not stop interruptions of people wanting to take pictures of her and she is kind and patient with each and every one of them, a saint in fact. I, however, am a pit bull when I am shooting. If you see me or anyone else working on a shoot out there in the great big world DO NOT, and I repeat, DO NOT interrupt them to take a damn IPhone picture. Don’t shoot them without permission, and just because you have a DLSR does not mean you can come do your own little personal shoot OVER MY SHOULDER. Yes this happened for reals. More than once. Next time I am bringing a bat when I shoot.

Susie Delaney Photography - Miss Ruby - Griffith Observatory

NicCoCo Creations Hair Flowers

Now for the wonderful hair flower…Isn’t it to DIE FOR??  It was custom made for our shoot by NicCoCo Creations.

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It is amazing and it made the shoot. It really did. She has been so fun to correspond with and made the most AMAZING piece for the second shoot that Ruby and I did (coming soon) I am lurking in her esty shop for birthday gifts for my friends and stuff for myself. She does custom orders and has some really cool ready-made pieces. She is also a Pin Up Dream and I am going to do my best to convince her to let me do a photo session with her someday – what do you say Nicolle?

Go find her – Give her some love

NicCoCo Creations Etsy Page 

 NicCoCo Creations Facebook

NicCoCO Creations Instagram – @niccococreations

Wow – I am a huge windbag when I am talking about my own work. WHAT A BORE.

What are your passions/hobbies? What do you want to get good at? What are you BAD at? Let me know in the comments! I would love to hear all about YOU! (It is the LEAST I could do after running my mouth)

See you soon friends. I miss you already.

 Susie Delaney Photography - Miss Ruby - Griffith Observatory

Happy Friday – Let’s Prancercise

Hi again FRIENDS!

I hope you have survived this short week in one piece. It seemed like the LONGEST week ever but WE ARE ALMOST THERE. You made it – I am so proud of you.

I just wanted to pop in to give you a little treat to start your weekend of RIGHT:

Have you all heard of Prancercise?!?

NO? Well, It’s the new exercise craze that is just sweeping the nation.

Cate Prancercise

Cate Prancercise

Here is my badass friend Cate who works at Livestrong showing us How. It. Is. Done.

It makes me want to talk like Fluttershy and strut like a PONY. Happy friday PRETTIES!

Here is the Original video:

The New Love of My Life

I am in LOVE. Swoooon.  Birds singing, flowers bloomin’, a spring in my step and all that mushy shit.

I would like to introduce you to my (new to me) Yashica 124.

Yashica Mat 124 | Susie Delaney Photography | Bittersweet Susie

Yashica Mat 124 | Bittersweet Susie

I love twin reflex cameras, it could be my favorite style to shoot with – it certainly is a conversation piece. Most the time people say their fathers/grandfathers had one just like it! I love that – it’s always a nice memory for people. I need to be more brave about seizing that moment to take their portrait.

A few shots from this little beauty:

Susie Delaney Photography | Bittersweet Susie

Record Store Day 2013 – Somewhere, Los Angeles CA

Susie Delaney Photography | Bittersweet Susie

Cafe 50’s – Santa Monica, CA

Susie Delaney Photography | Bittersweet Susie

Air Force One – Reagan Library

It is not without its quirks though. It completely CHOMPED a roll of film that I thought I was done with (user error in loading perhaps?) and it is not the FASTEST lens –  so low light situations are not easy.  Still…sigh…love.