I’m not sure exactly when I decided to start experimenting with film, but something inspired me and sparked an interest. There’s just something about the raw, authentic look of film that I love. It’s so different than the images we get from digital cameras and I love different. While I like my images to be fun, fresh and colorful, I also want them to look classic and real, and I think film helps to achieve that look.
As a photographer, my mom used film for almost twenty years and still has most of her equipment, so it was easy for me to get my hands on a Canon 35mm film camera. It’s almost 32 years old (my mom bought it the fall before she got married…flash and camera were $300!) and still works! I’m convinced it’s not working 100% the way it should, but it has functioning buttons and produces images. This 35mm is by no means a high-end professional camera, but it’s a great starting point for my experimentation. I’ve been pretty impressed with my manual focus and exposure skills so far and I’m excited to continue my practice!
If I continue down this path and improve my film skills, I may opt to add film shooting into my business. I don’t think I’ll be switching over to 100% film because there are so many advantages to the digital world, but I definitely like the idea of adapting my overall style and offering some film as part of my packages. We’ll see…it’s definitely intriguing, but will be quite an adjustment!
So here’s a look at some of my first rolls of film with the old 35mm camera. I got some really great practice during my trip north for Rachel and David’s wedding. First my sister and I went to Boston, then Portland, Freeport and Kennebunk, ME…
Pretty good exposure and focus, right?? I’m pretty proud of that.
Great night shot on film!
I love the vibrant colors I got from the various shops in Portland. Wasn’t expecting that out of the film camera!
Picture on the left = not so great. Obviously I still need practice.
I also shot some black and white…
This was right outside the L.L. Bean’s flagship store area in Freeport, ME. Very cool area!
Kennebunk, ME was the quintessential New England town. Harbor area with tons of boats, old wooden docks, small shops, beautiful older homes…