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
A gorgeous new 10×10 sized 3500 series album arrived to me just in time for a recent Open House I attended. Using my Modern Layout style, I chose a great group of photos from Becky and Matt’s June wedding to be bound in Countryside Book Cloth. A simple white imprint on the front cover (using my favorite ‘Mr. and Mrs.’ imprint) added the finishing touch!
Thank you again Leather Craftsmen – you never disappoint!
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…
I am always very happy with the photographs I take, I always give 110%. But, the 2 things I need the most for great photos are TIME and LIGHT – 2 things I don’t always get in abundance. So what I’m going to do from now on is label some of my best Sessions with simply “Time and Light.”
Following our time at Batsto, we headed to Becky and Matt’s Hambone Farm for their intimate wedding ceremony. Family and close friends celebrated under an open-air tent as games were played, stories were shared, and the fresh scent of surrounding blueberry farms wafted through the summer air. What an awesome Wedding Session!
A huge thank you goes out to Wharton Sate Forest’s Batsto Historic Village for letting us use the grounds. Both Becky & Matt and my studio were happy to stop by the Visitor Center on our way out to leave a generous donation. I encourage all other couples and photographers to do the same.
I also had the time to shoot a few rolls of FILM for Becky and Matt – all of the square images in this post were photographed with my Hasselblad 501cm on Kodak Portra 400 FILM.
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
This was a little project that I wanted to do back in the fall. Take a roll of film and document the flight to one of my destinations. In March, once I passed through security at PHL on my way to PHX, I stopped at a bench to load a roll of film in my Nikon F5. Much to my surprise, the very first photo I came upon was that National Geographic cover. It was the perfect way to kick off my Grand Canyon adventure.
B&W IS ON ITS WAY BACK!! This will sound ridiculous, but I saw a movie that prominently featured B&W film. It got me thinking about Kodak T-Max. The whole idea in my head a few years ago when I purchased my Nikon F4s was to shoot primarily B&W film, hand process it, and then scan frames for printing with my dedicated film scanner. It’s difficult to set up an actual chemical darkroom these days, but B&W prints from true monochromatic film can be digitally printed just as well as digital captures.
So, while I was in NYC back in January, I did some research into Epson’s line of high-end photo printers, and I found that they had some gorgeous new Fine Art papers that closely emulated what I remembered of printing and developing Kodak’s Ektalure G fiber papers in the darkroom. These new papers have some richly textured and toned surfaces and heavy cotton bases. The feel of these papers is just elegant!
So thank you Epson for running a special on your printers, as an Epson R3880 Photo Printer has joined my arsenal. My hopes are to begin shooting more T-Max 100 and 400 films, to process that film by hand to get the best results as I used to do, scan in the best of the bunch, and print some gorgeous Fine Art B&W prints on the Epson. I’m still dialing in the Epson – it takes a little work to get color profiles pinned down – but what I’ve seen so far is impressive!