So my last post also featured this darling family, but I just couldn’t wait to share these! If you follow me on social media (Facebook, Instagram) you probably saw a post back in January of a new addition to the AMP family: a Contax 645 Film camera. I shot film all throughout college, developing it myself, spending up to 8 hours a day in the darkroom (feeling like a vampire when I finally came out in the light) and even doing large format film and color darkroom. There is something so amazingly organic about film to me because it is pure chemistry. There’s no computer interpreting the light, only a piece of plastic, some gelatin and light-sensitive crystals. How amazing is it that from those three little things we get such incredible images? Digital photography was really gaining speed when I first started my business, I never shot anything for work on film. But with the resurgence of everything vintage these past several years, film, thought to be a dying art, has made a comeback. And it even made itself known with the hashtag #filmisnotdead.
At the beginning of 2015 I was in a major state of reflection with my business. 2014 was an incredible year for me, but with it came the price of my time with my friends and family, but also (I felt) my creativity. I wanted something to really inspire me again. Being a creative person (and someone who has to be creative for their job) it can be really hard sometimes to get those creative juices flowing. Just as everyone has off days where they don’t want to do something, creatives feel the same way. Only, we can’t really afford to feel that way for our clients.
After my reflection post about what I really wanted for my business this year, I realized I wanted to find a way to be creative again, in a new way, but in a way that would still give my clients what they’ve come to expect. Enter film. Film forces you to slow down, really think about your composition, and really KNOW your camera. There are only 16 exposures per roll so you don’t want to waste them! After shooting my very first roll with a couple back in January I was totally hooked. It was exactly what I was looking for. It gave me peace, made me slow down a bit and really enjoy the process more. That session was one of the best I’ve had in a long time (I will definitely share those images as well!).
Right now I’m shooting a roll or two at most sessions I have, just to test things out. But eventually, I hope to add this in to every one of my collections. It will just take some time and practice.
So with all of this having been said, I will be starting a new series on the blog titled Film Friday, where I share some images from a recent shoot where I also shot film. And at the bottom of the post I’ll put up a comparison image between digital and film. This won’t necessarily be every Friday, but I hope to make it a regular feature.
Thank you for being a part of this new journey with me, as always, I appreciate everyone so very much for your support of my business. I would not be where I am today without all of you!
And just for comparison sake, here is the same pose in digital and in film. I thought I loved the digital one but now seeing the film for me there is no contest which one is better (hint: I think its film)
Fuji 400h rated at 800, developed +1 stop via PhotoVision Prints