I shoot film, specifically medium format film. In the early 2000’s I used a digital camera for a while. I enjoyed it, there were definite benefits (instant gratification, simple editing routine, taking lots of shots). I have never owned a digital camera, so when I returned the camera I had been using I thought I would buy one. As time went on however, I realized I wanted to go back to shooting film.
Why I like film
I like the process of shooting film and I like the way it looks. The process is a bit slower. You have to change out rolls of film and of course send the film to a lab for developing. The film is then scanned and returned to me as a digital file. I know that seems weird -why not just shoot digital? To be honest, I just don’t want to shoot digital right now. I like the quality and grain of film and the medium format film I use is great for printing large images.
Sometimes it feels like everything is rushed and that everyone expects results immediately. The reality is we’ve been conditioned to expect it. Twenty-four hours a day the world is open to us through our computers and phones. Well, I am embracing a slower pace; the loading of film, winding to the next frame, talking with clients in between rolls. Exchanging emails with updates on the film and then the prints. For me, it creates a connection; being involved in the process is part of the joy. I call it slow photography.
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Mother’s Day is only five weeks out… it’s time to book!
In order to process the film and have prints made, it’s time to set up a portrait session.
When I look at portraits of my grandparents I wonder about them and their lives at the age they were in the photograph. I didn’t know my grandfather, so I have what I’ve been told about him. I love to look at his face and remember those stories. I particularly love the portraits of my grandmother as a young girl in the 1930’s -I adore her haircut and clothes.
For those that you love and love you
I know a portrait of you (or maybe one of mom) would instantly be treasured by the family. My pricing is listed on the website or you can email me with any questions.
Watch them grow… 5, 9, and 17
It Feels Like Home
A benefit of being a photographer is when you are asked to return years later to photograph a family member. It feels like going home and that makes me all warm and fuzzy.
Personal Interests Add Character
As children grow and interests are defined it gives me more to work with. I like incorporating hobbies with a persons portrait, it adds a special something that the subject and family recognize immediately. Take the young woman in the photo’s. She enjoyed swimming and started playing water polo and participating in Junior Lifeguards, she also played beach volleyball. Water and the beach played a huge part in who she is. At nine years-old she was always in the swimming pool, so I hung around the home for an afternoon while she and her sisters played and eventually got that great shot of her. The colors in the towel and pool water are awesome and that intense stare of hers was still there. Fast forward eight years and she was graduating from high school -her local beach and lifeguard tower were obvious choices for her senior shoot location… and again that intense stare, which I love.
If you would like to start capturing memories of a family member or yourself, book a session with me.
Having actual printed photographs of mom, grandpa, grandma, a favorite aunt and yourself for future generations matters.
The Printed Image
I think we may have forgotten the importance of the printed image. We look at so many pictures everyday and carry around digital photo albums in our phones that, I think, we are a bit desensitized to the impact imagery can have.
For Those That Love You
Let’s talk about photographing grandma in her home surrounded by her hobbies and a life well lived. Let’s talk about having your portrait taken, for those that love you. Photographic prints truly are family treasures and future generations will be thankful that they exist.
Photographing families as they grow and the kids grow-up is a favorite part of this work. It’s an honor to be asked back year after year to photograph milestones and new-comers.
As Families Grow
An only child gets a sibling; a family of three becomes a family of five; your baby is now a really cool pre-teen (it can happen 😉); suddenly it’s time for senior pictures; anniversaries; just because. So many reasons to document your family.
Some family members I am personally looking forward to photographing are grandma and grandpa. What a gift printed portraits of them will be to a family. Capturing grandpa’s hands that made the rocking horse you played with as a child, photographing grandma in the apron she nearly always wears, these are the images I long to capture. Memories that can be preserved forever in a portrait that proudly hangs on the wall.
The Printed Portrait
Wall portraits are so cool, I love creating them and I believe they become family treasures. Get in touch with me to discuss the details of a portrait session… no special milestone needed.