Michael & Kelsey’s Engagement photos on film

Michael & Kelsey’s Engagement photos on film

Shooting on Film You know I love technology…(like the song from Napoleon Dynamite) and digital photography is here to stay, BUT it adds a whole dimension of excitement to make photos on film.  After all, that’s how I learned…on a Minolta 35mm camera I found in a box when my parents moved during my 2nd year of college.  It’s not that film is better than digital, it’s just different.  Different in the way it responds to light and the way it reproduces on paper. Digital has its advantages The ability to make adjustments to a digital RAW file (a type of file that contains more information than a JPEG specifically to enable adjustments in post production) allows unique looks, and very pleasing black and white conversions.  Using a subtle toning process on digital images in post production can give them a much more pleasing look than simply removing the color by desaturation. Film’s Aesthetic These particular engagement pictures of Michael and Kelsey that Kristina and I shot at Chattooga Belle Farm are a mixture of film and digital…you may be able to tell the difference.  Of course the couple is gorgeous, and so is the venue…the photos are already destined to be beautiful!  The choice to use film was simply to enjoy the organic nature of it and be able to visually enjoy the unique grain, color, and dynamic range of the images. Check out their wedding photos. Photos ALWAYS look best printed…especially those shot on film! The film has been scanned (I use Richard Photo Lab in Hollywood for scanning) so that it can be displayed digitally, but...
Adam and Danielle’s Engagement Photos – Downtown Greenville

Adam and Danielle’s Engagement Photos – Downtown Greenville

An all-film session shot on the Canon 1N and Mamiya 645. Film Used: Kodak Portra 400 and Ilford XP-2 So those of you who know what a photography geek I am know how excited I get to work with a couple who let’s me have free reign to shoot what I want to shoot…in this case I was itching to pull out my film cameras again.  As a film wedding photographer, (yes I shoot digital too) I really love to slow down and make every frame count. There’s something satisfying about creating images on film and being able to concentrate on connecting with your subject.  This was the perfect session for shooting film because both Adam and Danielle are so comfortable with each other and in front of the camera. Even though they CLAIMED they weren’t “photogenic,” the rest of us know that’s not true at all…proof is in the pictures!  What a beautiful couple!  They’re getting married this weekend, and since I’ve known Adam forever, I’m really looking forward to this...