“But secretly I knew I had been transformed, moved by the revelation that human beings create art, that to be an artist was to see what others could not.” - Patti Smith
I remember the first time I developed my first negative in the darkroom; the seemingly futuristic revolving darkroom door, the smell of chemicals, the meditative counting of time, the science behind the art, the light in the darkness. It was there that I fell deeply in love with the ritual of creating, and to photograph with film is to create. The negative is an artifact and the subject a memory frozen in time. I exited that day through the revolving darkroom door a different person, a metamorphosis of the soul with the tools and passion to create.
Film for me is a feeling. Film is an intuitive process for which tangible mementos are conceived. Film becomes something that I can see and hold and feel and smell.
My main film camera is the Hasselblad [fact: this was the first camera to travel with NASA to space during that infamous summer of ‘69]. The Hasselblad is a classic medium format camera which produces a large square negative. This Swedish-manufactured camera has been in production since World War II and has been the go-to for commercial photographers for over seventy years. Technicalities aside, one of the reasons why I love this camera so much is that it slows me down; a moment for my subject to pause, breathe, be comfortable, and most importantly be present.
Shooting both film and digital means that I have all the equipment necessary to capture the day. My digital cameras allow me to capture everything during the fast-pace of a wedding day while my film cameras allow me to create artistic portraits which become keepsakes.
DO YOU SHOOT FILM THE ENTIRE DAY?
I focus on the details and portraits when shooting film. The dress, the first look, bride and groom portraits, reception decor, ceremony set-up. I will always have both my film and digital cameras on me so I never miss a moment.
DO YOU SHOOT COLOR AND BLACK & WHITE?
I shoot both, but it isn’t unusual to get a request for just one or the other.
WHAT DO WE GET WHEN YOU SHOOT FILM?
All of the final high-res digital scans and a bespoke Heirloom Print Box with 20 custom matted photographs. Additional photographs available upon request.
HOW MUCH FILM DO YOU SHOOT?
Every wedding is different and there is never a set amount. With that said, I always deliver the best of the best high-res scans as well as 20 custom matted images.
WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE THE PHOTOS?
The turnaround time for film is roughly 6 - 8 weeks after the wedding. Once all of the processed film is returned, we can begin working on your Heirloom Print Box by selecting cover materials.
DO YOU HAVE ENGAGEMENT SESSION FILM PACKAGES?