There is something so incredibly honest about film photography that has caused me to change the way I approach wedding photography and portraiture in general. To shoot film takes a lot of commitment and the fact that it’s not cheap to buy and print makes me value each and every frame I take all that much more. It causes me to slow down and be more deliberate about the way I capture couples and individuals and their unique relationships with one another and the world. I have to know my cameras and lenses and the stock of film I’m using back to front – but in turn this knowledge of my tools is what will allow me to make a great picture an extraordinarily amazing one. I go into my sessions with as much dedication as I would a fashion editorial shoot – so the level of planning between myself and my couples results in an album of images and prints that are truly reflective of them, their unique story and their love of life. There is also something so perfect about the imperfections of using film. These days you can actually scan your negatives and make adjustments to them in editing programs such as Photoshop, but that almost completely defeats the purpose of capturing people as they are and real moments as they really happened. There is something so perfect about human imperfection too that I want my couples to fall in love with. I want them to know that they are truly captivating and to be able to see how truly beautiful they are.
When photographing couples I work with them to make them look amazing and absolutely beautiful – even if they’ve never been in front of a camera before. Being connected to your clients and not unplugging from the session and the moment to ‘check’ that last frame really helps this process along too. I am able to be present and ‘in-the-moment’ the whole time so I don’t miss something truly magical.
I am not veering away from digital photography – but rather I’m adding another valuable resource and skill set to my toolbox as a means of being able to truly express myself through my work. This decision then is as much about doing what’s right for me and what resonates with my soul as much as it is about being the right photographer for you. I love doing what I do and by incorporating the things I love into my work I can go about my job with a level of joy and excitement that makes being in this industry completely worthwhile.