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4 Things to Consider Before Shooting Film

1. Cost
There is no other way to put it film is expensive. Each image taken on a medium format film camera cost approximate $3-$5. From buying the camera, light meter to lab cost to the roll of film themselves. It all adds up. Oh and did I mention shipping cost both ways? I shot nothing but personal work for about 6 months to a year before I started to include a roll during sessions with clients. I personal didn’t feel comfortable shooting even a roll with a client until I knew what I was doing because I valued their time and they weren’t paying me to practice. Even when I felt it was time to add a Film, I still had issues with exposer and manual focusing.  The STRUGGLE WAS REAL!! It was a long journal and very costly.

2. Your Current Clients

Some weddings are booked a year and a half out and you don’t want to change your style on a client that booked you. Yes you want to keep improving but Film has grain and not everyone likes that look.

3. Are you Ready to be Frustrated? 

My first few rolls were terrible. I read Jose Villa and Elizabeth Messina books and google was my best friend. Lol I didn’t understand the different before rating and metering. I tried to apply the same principals to shooting film as digital and it was a hot mess….  With digital if you get the exposure wrong you can go home and fit it in lightroom with film this is not the case. You are very limited on what you can do to fix the exposure and if its too under exposure that image is gone forever. It wasn’t until I got a light meter, invested in a Pentax 645, and mentoring that I starting to get the results I wanted.

4. Timing

Shooting digital is fast. You have the images on your SD card and you can edit them and deliver within 24 hours if you would like. I was not lucky enough to be a city with a film lab so I has to send my film to California for be processed and scanned. Between Shipping and processing time it would take up to 15-20 days for me to receive my scans back. So slow… but now I love it!

 

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2017 Shoot and Share Contest

Guests & Reception Photo 22nd Place

I am so proud to have one of my images in the top 100 out of 5,295 Photo submitted to Shoot and Shares Photo Contest for Guest and Reception photos!! Not bad for my first year entering!

 Thank you to Krystal and Alonso for picking me as your wedding photographer!!

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Why I Shoot Film

Swan house Atlanta GA Southern wedding at the atlanta historical centerIn the digital world of DSLRs, auto focus, bokeh, noise performance, and more lenses than we’ll ever know what to do with, I lost the art of photography. I was guilty when it comes to hiding behind my DSLR. But, after many years of following the digital trends, buying countless Lightroom presentation never being able to get that “light and airily” look, I moved to film. While it’s still important to capture my work digitally because not every situation works with film, there is a sense of simply beauty that goes along with shooting film, and a true appreciation for photography that cannot be ignored.

First, shooting with film makes me work harder, and makes me more conscious of that work. Film costs money – and I can’t just go back and delete a photo to make more space. Each shot I take is costing me about $2 as a photographer, so I am forced to stop and think about each one; set it up correctly, take advantage of natural light and beautiful scenery, and really focus on what I’m trying to capture. Not only does it allow me to be more in the present moment, but it sharpened my skills as a photographer by allowing me to pay more attention to the small details in the photo.

Once I hone in on those skills, ‘editing’ becomes a breeze too. Instead of shooting thousands of pictures and rifling through the few select ones I liked, I only shoot hundreds and spend at least an hour picking my favorites. (NOTE: When you shoot with film, you send out your rolls to your photo lab and they scan your image to your personal preference so you end up spending a few minutes on each picture to make minor adjustments to bring it
to life. If there are major problems, most of the time my lab it calling me first but that line of communication is open. They are there to build a working relationship to ensure that my clients get the best images possible.)  Even with matching my digital images to my film scan my time has changed from behind a computer to waiting on my scans to come in my inbox. And can I add that it’s ALWAYS exciting to get that email! It’s like Christmas morning for me! I’m learned that I rather spend a few extra minutes making sure a shot is perfect before I shoot it, rather than spending hours in Lightroom editing. It’s better for my family that I have freed up some time during busy season.

While I could go into all the other positives that go into shooting with it, the dynamic range, mistakes that turn into master pieces, one of the best parts about shooting with film is Film is timeless. A slight grain, natural lighting, and subtle imperfections that are actually pretty perfect after all – all things that provide comfort to us whenever we see a photograph that was shot on film. Film makes you feel something, it captures real life in the best light possible, and is a true joy to bring back into a world run digitally.

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2017 Couples’ Choice Awards

Unique2Chic Photography Winner of 2017 Couples’ Choice Award

I have to say thank you to all of my wonderful clients 2016 was an amazing year!!

Thank you for trusting me with your special moment!!

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