Yesterday we sheepishly shared our first foray into film photography. And by foray, I really mean that we simply picked up a camera with film in it and clicked the button. Even though we make a living surrounding ourselves with beautiful photography, we actually don’t know the first thing about it from a technical perspective. So to use a fancy shmancy camera ourselves was scary and exciting and somewhat laughable as we kind of felt like total posers.
I should probably take you back a bit to explain why we wanted to try out a film camera in the first place. When we were out in Mexico, speaking at Jose’s photography conference, we chatted up all of the photogs there about the types of cameras they use, why they love their chosen lenses, what they use to photograph their kids, etc. Mainly, we wanted to use the conference as an opportunity to learn about the way that photographers work and why they choose the tools that they do. To make SMP a better place for photographers AND to selfishly steal a few nuggets of wisdom to which we could use on our kiddos. Most attendees were shooting digital though were experimenting with film, oftentimes with beautiful results.
Two weeks later, feeling totally inspired but back to the daily grind, we found a package on our front steps. Inside was a camera, a lens and a few rolls of fuji film. Sent by the coolest of cools, Brian Greenberg from Richard Photo Lab. Another speaker at Jose’s conference. He had graciously sent us one of his own cameras to try (which, oh crap…I still actually have…brian, I am putting in the mail TODAY) before we took the leap. Most of these photos are from Brian’s camera. A Canon EOS Elan 7. With a few from the Canon 1Vs sprinkled in.
This first series literally makes my heart melt. I shot it in our mudroom which oddly enough has the best light in the house. W was just doing a little exploring, particularly with the camera itself, and I just snapped away. Most of the pics from this moment were great because of A. the adorable subject and B. the great lighting and camera I scored.
Who knew that snow made the perfect backdrop for pretty pictures. I’m sure all of you photogs did but I certainly didn’t. The white just danced around and the little kids literally sparkled. Especially my sweet princess, Auddles and bottles of beer (otherwise known as Audrey).
The shots of W are using Brian’s camera. Shots of the yard are with the new canon 1V. At 5 in the morning when the sun was just barely coming up. I thought the yard looked so so pretty, so I ran out and snapped a few. It was very photographer of me.
More of the same. This time with T behind the lens. And me in front.
Although a great black and white portrait kind of trumps all in my book, I am partial to color photography for day to day inspiration. I love seeing the kids as they are, the tears, the crystal blue eyes, the pink little lips that I just want to smooch. And I have to say that Brians camera did an incredible job. I have no clue if it was the camera or the film or the lighting or a combination of everything. I’m sure we’ll figure it out over time.
So there you have it. The first time we ever picked up a fancy film camera. Thank you so much to Jose and Joel and Brian for inspiring us to buy one of these babies. I think it’s officially the best gift I’ve ever given Tait. Who has become quite the photographer by the way and who I constantly have to remind to put. the. camera. down. and. help. me. with. the. damn. kids.