A few weeks ago David and I got to spend an AMAZING weekend with one of our 2015 wedding couples in the Rocky Mountains for their engagement shoot! We had such a fun time getting to know Lauren and Luke and left feeling like we had been friends forever! I have a TON of pretty cool (digital) images to share with you all from their shoot very soon, but FIRST I want to share something else with you! When we were in Calgary we bought a new (old) Contax 645 medium format (film) camera! I wanted to share some of my recent film scans and the reasons why I have decided to incorporate film into my workflow:)You see, years ago when I studied my Bachelor of Fine Art Degree (and first learned I loved photography) I actually shot with film. Exclusively. I didn't shoot film because I was some film-snob (ain't nothing wrong with staying true to your medium though!:) or because I am just so old that digital didn't exist yet (digital had been around a little while but had definitely not saturated the market yet) I shot film because we studied fine art film photography. We studied everything about film. We explored the physics, optics and history of film, how it works and has evolved over the years. We learned the technical stuff like how to properly expose, process and print film and we got to learn on all sorts of fun cameras from 35mm to medium and large format. We also sat through countless critiques and were challenged and pushed to be better artists everyday. Once I graduated, I up and moved to New Zealand with my bff where we ran around the country looking for adventure! I figured it made more sense to get a digital camera...so I did. I have not shot film since, until recently that is. When I decided to pursue photography as a career (and ended up falling in love with weddings!) digital was the logical choice. It fit my fast-paced shooting style, my love of the moment and my high energy personality...and I was never worried about 'missing' a shot!;) Digital and its advancements over the years are pretty incredible and there will ALWAYS be a place for digital in my camera bag (aka I am not quitting digital and will use it ALL the time at weddings!). But, in todays world, because of these advancements in technology, almost every-one has a digital camera in hand and processing software at their fingertips. There is endless opportunity in front of people and they are all running after their dream of becoming a professional photographer (and I say YAY go for it!;) but for me, I fear that the digital world is a double edge sword and can also turn one into a an overshooting-editing zombie!;p
I love that film as old as it is (1885) is alive and well and in some ways can still kick digitals butt (amazing dynamic range and king of natural light)! Both mediums have a lot to offer and one thing I am not going to do is start a film vs digital debate;p I am excited about shooting film again because of its organic and raw feel, the mystery, and the way it slows you down and makes you consider each shot before you shoot it. There is no checking the back of a LCD or shooting rapid fire. Each click of the shutter is decision to make art happen.
I’m definitely not shooting film again because it’s better or because it makes me a more of an artist, because it’s not and it doesn't. I’m shooting film again because its beautiful and challenging and will push me and move me to BECOMING a better artist.