I don't use film because it's the cool thing to do or because I think I'll get "published" more. I don't shoot a handful of rolls at a wedding just to say I'm "a film shooter" to be part of a certain crowd and to make a blog post. I use it because it's superior for what I do, and I use it for all my work, not just a small portion. It takes practice to be good at photography and mindfulness to be good at it with film. Digital tools have their place and I use them for certain things, but I also think they can be a cop out for doing the actual work it takes to be good at photography. I used to use them as a crutch until I realized they were holding me back. So when I say "I'm a film photographer", I really and truly am, but not because I think it's cool to say, but because I believe in giving my clients the best work I can. It's always been about the clients for me, which is why I've never cared about entering contests or trying to be on "best" lists. Those things are nice and certainly make anyone feel good, but I don't want it to be about that, because that isn't what gives me purpose. As I close out 10 years of this job, I'm so glad I made those decisions along the way!
Did you know that the current trends of big garden style bouquets aren't new at all? In the 20's and 30's they had bouquets from actual gardens that covered the majority of the person holding it.
This bouquet I made largely of the beautiful dogwood branches in my yard. My best bouquets are always the most fragile ones from nature. They'd never last on a real wedding day, but they're fun to take photos of
If you shoot film or are interested in shooting film, you should know that this is Fuji 400h AT BOX SPEED 😵 This entire shoot, inside and out, was Fuji at box speed. The "film is light hungry and must be overexposed" thing is a myth. Start at box speed, do exposure bracketing tests and ask for straight scans, and go back to the basics of photography. Facebook photography groups are not your friend because they are full of the blind leading the blind. The best way to learn film is to experiment and most importantly learn principles of film and photography apart from you peers. Understanding proper exposure is a must, and will help you with digital work as well. There's my rant for the day 😌
Inspired by designs of @paulstankard
Interesting top 9 photos for the year. I always like to do this because every year it looks so different
When the laughs are genuine and everyone shows their sincere support and love, we know we're working with the best people! Noelle and Ryan's wedding was beautiful, but even more importantly, they are kind and wonderful people with a solid relationship. We've been photographing weddings for 10 years and have never been about volume. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to make this business something we enjoyed because we worked with people who are kind and loving. I get asked a lot if I have bridezillas, and the honest answer is no. I've been fortunate to have always worked with great couples, some of whom I keep in touch with years later. People say things like "follow your passion and things will work out" and "do what you love and you'll never work a day". Neither of those things are true! You can follow your passion and fail miserably, and doing a job you love still sucks sometimes. What actually matters is the people you interact with no matter what profession you choose. Good, kind people are worth their weight in gold!