As 2013 closed, I sat around the fire with other creatives and photographers at a small workshop and we listed our huge business goals for the coming year. When it became my turn, I blurted out loud that I would learn how to photograph on film- before I could even catch myself.
I didn’t even own a film camera when I said it.
In the next few weeks, I did my research, asked for advice, and ordered my medium format film camera. I admired it greatly when it arrived, but I admit that it then sat on the shelf for months before I finally got the courage to try it out.
Lesson learned. There are cheaper skills to learn than film photography these days.
But I loved how I felt behind that camera. I loved the clunk of the shutter, and the way it made me slow down and really think before taking each picture. I saw the painterly quality of film photography of admired artists, and knew that digital was unable to replicate exactly what film was capable of. I knew that the more I practiced, the better I would be behind any camera, film or digital.
I still only offer digital photography for all my commissioned portrait work, and shoot film for my personal work. I occasionally bring along some film to different sessions, but the communication is clear that I am still learning, and it is only after I have completed the images expected with my digital camera. My portrait clients are most usually as excited as I am when I bring out the Hasselblad to photograph a few additional personal images, with the same hopeful anticipation of seeing what was created in the weeks to come.
I have tried several different print labs over the past year, everyone suggesting different ones to try. I have by far had the best experience with Richard Photo Lab. I admit that I procrastinated on trying them out due to a bit higher pricing, even though I knew they were reputable as one of the very best labs to use. Still practicing, I first used labs that were a few dollars cheaper a roll. In the planning of The Fount Collective workshop, Richard Photo Lab was so generous in their sponsorship, that I was inspired to send my next batch of film to them and splurge on the extra investment. I was truly not disappointed. The service was so fast, and I received my film scans back in less than a week. I admit that I was tempted to write a fake name on my order form because I was so nervous that the film would come out terrible, ( and I still have a lot of practice to do before offering film photography in my commissioned work), but I felt as though I got the same customer service and attention as a highly admired film photographer would- and that is really important to me.
A couple weeks ago I flew to San Diego, and during my stay I planned a sunrise maternity session on the Sunset Cliffs. It is a bit touristy of a location to choose- but being a first time tourist to the area, I just was dying to photograph there. I will be sharing more of these images and the full details of this maternity session next week!
But for now, here is a sneak peak at a straight from the lab image photographed with film.(Fuji400h) I am thrilled to have many images that were taken on the Hasselblad during this shoot come out beautifully to complete the collection.
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