Film is not dead.
I have always been drawn to traditional, creative mediums. Whether it’s pottery, calligraphy, letterpress, photography; to me, you cannot compare the quality and attention to detail you receive when something is created by hand. In a world where it seems our goal is to do more, have more, be faster, with instant gratification constantly at our fingertips, there is something so wonderful about getting back to basics - slowing down, and creating something to be cherished, because there isn’t anything else exactly like it in the world.
I love photographing with film because it slows down my process. Loading the film, metering for the light, the manual focus, and not wanting to waste a shot, forces me to really create an image before I press the shutter. It also allows me to be in the moment with the families that I have the honor of capturing. Instead of checking the back of my camera after every shot, I'm focused on them the entire time. I'm connecting on a personal level, and things are generally more relaxed and calm. I find this makes all the difference with children, especially.
Shooting film has made me a better, more competent photographer. It completely slows down my process and forces me to think about each shot. Each frame is composed with thought and attention to detail. I love feeling like my images are created, and not just ‘taken’.
“But what do you mean, you shoot with film??” I get asked this question a lot. So here are the basics...
I shoot with rolls of analogue film which I then mail off to be developed and scanned by an expert film lab. I use a state-of-the-art medium format film camera and professional grade film, which together render excellent quality, high resolution images. Final images are delivered to you as digital files on either USB or in an online gallery, just as any other photos would be. So there are no extra hassles or downsides for you! Only beautiful, timeless images captured through a traditional medium.
I could go on and on about the differences between film and digital photography, but I don’t want to bore you. Besides, I prefer to let the images speak for themselves.