December 5, 2017
There truly is something to be said about film photography. The inexplicable way that film captures movement and colors is what drew me in to photography to begin with. Often times when I tell people that I shoot film, they assume that I mean video. After all, film is what our parents used and what was stored in the disposable cameras of our childhood that we sent off to the drugstore for a one hour pick up, right? It is! These days, however, we have the capability to expose our film for the creamiest, most beautiful skin tones and we send it off to premier labs to be developed and scanned digitally. I am able to deliver my film scans to my clients in the same way that I send my digital files, but my hope is that they are printed to be framed and kept as tangible, beautiful heirlooms.
Film has a certain aesthetic that digital cameras just cannot duplicate, no matter hard we try. I do love digital for certain situations (hello, fast moving children and low light!), but even in those circumstances, the beauty of film will always win for me. When I began my photography journey, I was consistently drawn to a certain style–light & airy, timeless & classic. What I didn’t realize at the time was that these photographers that I admired were all shooting with film. I spent hours editing my photos, feeling frustrated that I just couldn’t get it right and almost gave up entirely. I researched film a bit more and jumped right in with both feet. I currently shoot with my Canon 1V since I can use all of my digital lenses, and I can’t wait to move into medium format!
What does this mean for you as a client? It means that your images will have a certain quality that just cannot be duplicated by digital. They’ll have the nostalgic character in the grain of the black & white images, and a gorgeous pastel wash of color in Fuji400–my favorite color stock. You’ll have confidence that your images are never a fad–you’ll never look back and gasp “WHAT were we thinking?!”. You’ll have gorgeous, timeless, classic memories that I pour my soul into capturing every moment that I pick up my camera.
Ultimately, film handles light and colors far better than any other medium. It’s become a massive part of who I am as an artist and what I want to give my clients. For photographers, please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions! I’m always happy to help others learn in any way that I can!