So have you ever been to Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford during the busy spring, summer, and fall seasons? A full Farm Market, playgrounds, blueberry picking, ice cream and fresh baked snacks, sweet Jersey corn, hayrides, apple picking, and Christmas bonfires!
What do they do in the winter months, you might ask? Well, they completely transform the Farm Market into a warm country setting for a family wedding! Leah and Chris were married in February, and I have to say that I was completely shocked at the AMAZING way the Market was utterly redesigned into a stunningly beautiful venue! The attention to detail – family furniture was brought in, table skirts made from neckties, cozy lighting, a beer tap wall, food stations, games to play – it was an incredible setting for a memorable wedding! I was so proud and excited that Leah and Chris chose me to photograph their evening! Just a handful of my favorites are below…
First, a shout out to my dear friend Allison at Allison Anne Studios – she needed some second shooting help for a recent Cape May wedding and gave me a call. Sure! I love Cape May weddings! I had wanted to brush up on some FILM shooting techniques, so I asked her if it was alright if I brought a few rolls of film to shoot while photographing for her. Congress Hall would be a perfect film backdrop, with its pastel yellow color! I clearly remember the videographer snickering at me as I loaded a roll into my Nikon F5, “that’s not actually film, is it!!??”
Yup – FILM! Beautiful film! There is a softness and elegance to film. There’s a subtle tone to it. Plus, there’s the release from that nagging little screen on the back of digital cameras. I love shooting film – I see more and more rolls in my future!
Thank you to Allison for letting me fire off a few rolls during her wedding shoot!
All images – Nikon F5 – Kodak Portra FILM
As I sat on the edge of a field last Thursday morning, watching the sun rise through some clouds and running a test roll through the newly acquired Nikon F3, it dawned on me. No buttons. No thumbwheels. No white balance. No metering mode. No menus. No lcd readouts. No distracting little screen on the back. No auto focus. No brackets in the viewfinder. No image sizes. No file formats. No advance mode. Just load your roll of film, turn the aperture to your f-stop and dial in your shutter speed up top. It was simple, it was pure. It was photography with the freedom from all that photography stuff.
That test roll is going out to process today – when it gets back I’ll post my favorite one here.
Here it is – my favorite from the first test roll of Kodak Portra 800…
Beauty and simplicity, two things I love about the outdoors. I see this tree every Sunday evening as I drive home from dinner at my mother’s house. I sometimes will slow down to admire it during my drive, but this particular evening, the light was just right. I had to stop.
Images like this are what continue to motivate me to shoot all of my own photographs with film. The texture and depth are just gorgeous. I made this photograph with my Nikon F5 loaded with Kodak Portra 400.
Malinda and Joe (that’s Malinda with an “a” – I still remember to this day!)
Malinda and Joe were married in 2003, my third year in business for myself. I can still remember their wedding day at The Ram’s Head Inn, as well as I can remember their fall engagement session AND the pre-bridal session I photographed with Malinda at Longwood Gardens. I can recall placing the white sheet down for every photo, and then carefully tucking it under the dress, so we wouldn’t get the dress dirty before the June 13th wedding date! We got a beautiful photo by the big gazebo on the pond that I made into a studio canvas that I still have to this day!
This is one of the things that I love about being a wedding photographer – the people that I meet over the years, and the fact that they choose me to be with them at the start of their new lives together! I love when I deliver their beautiful custom album that will forever bring back the memories of that day. And, I love that each couple has an impact on me personally and how I photograph as I grow over time, as well. Amazingly, I see and hear from a lot of my couples every now and then – even couples from way back when.
Just today, out of the blue, I received a message from Malinda that she and Joe were heading back to The Ram’s Head Inn soon to celebrate their anniversary, that they had been looking through their wedding album, and that they had thought enough of me to check out some of my most recent work. It was great to hear from you! It’s great that you are still flipping through your wedding photos! It’s great that you are still a happy couple celebrating that day back in June of 2003! A toast to many more years!!
wonderfully back in 2003, all of their images were photographed with my Hasselblad and Nikon F100 on Kodak FILM
So tonight I met with a great couple to talk about their wedding date. On the way home, I was treated to many gorgeous views of the sun setting behind the clouds, first over the blueberry fields, then over Atsion Lake, and then over an empty corn field. I did stop to take a few photos, but they were all with my Nikon F4s on Kodak Portra, so I’ll have to wait for those images. It got me thinking about some of the amazing sunsets I’ve seen over the years, including this one…
GRAND CANYON 2015 – one of my favorite places I’ve been to, and now I can claim bragging rights to have been to the bottom and back. Early March 2015 I walked across the Black Suspension Bridge at the end of the South Kaibab Trail into Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The next morning, one of my best friends from grade school and I paused on the Silver Suspension Bridge for the photo below as we started our two day hike back up the Bright Angel Trail to the South Rim. It was an epic hike!
Every time I go to Manhattan, I’ll find something I’ve never seen before. January 28th was no exception. Now, this is a BIG building, how have I never seen this!? I guess you simply can’t see the trees, for the forest. Or, the less poetic excuse would be that I’ve never walked down 8th Ave. from 42nd St. I felt compelled to take a photo of this building because, back in the heyday of photojournalism (we’re talking in the 60’s and photographers with the original Nikon F, not the wedding trend) if you could say you shot for the New York Times, you’d made it! Plus, it’s an excellent example of perspective – that was one of my photo lessons and projects in Basic Photography back in high school!