On a cool, rainy day in November, Turi and Lynn joined me for a portrait session, shot primarily on 35mm film. We had floral arrangements made by Meg of Foliage Nashville and Nicole of Hiraya Flowers, and both styles turned out beautifully.
I launched my film photography packages for weddings and portraits in 2020, and it has been one of the best things for me creatively and for my couples. Living in Nashville, many people are familiar with film photography. We are a trendy little city with photographers on every corner, and so many are familiar with the feel and the technology of film photography. And like most people born in the late 20th century, you don’t know much about it. So read below for a little bit of my experience in film photography.
I began shooting film for fun on travels after I found my mom’s old 35mm camera in a closet. I used it in college, and since I was never using the right film stocks, it was fun but it never really turned out. And then. I discovered my favorite film stock in the world. I picked up a 35mm camera from the 1950s in a thrift store in Portland Oregon, and got the cheapest film that a local camera store had in stock. (I am equally amazed and delighted that anyone in the city sold film in a storefront!) It’s called Kodak Colorplus, and I took it on every adventure with me. I was obsessed with the way it captured blues and greens in the landscape.
In the summer of 2020 I decided to try shooting more portraits on film, so I did some research and got my hands on a handful of rolls of Kodak Portra400, a pretty standard portrait film. And I fell in love allll over again. Its as gorgeous. I tested it along with a new camera in the Smoky Mountains on my sister and her husband, and haven’t looked back.
Film on a wedding day captures an elegance that digital doesn’t naturally carry. It feels authentic, personal, and elevated. It causes me to slow down and focus and it constantly amazes me in sunny scenes and cloudy scenes alike. For as long as I photograph weddings, I will incorporate film. It is timeless, gorgeous, and fills my creative soul. I am so excited to offer this with my 2021 wedding packages.