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Inga Avedyan + Contax645 + IlfordHP5

PhotoVision Team

Dream shoot come true! 🦄 What's your dream shoot? Photo by @ingavedyan. "Since I was a little girl, I was always fascinated by movie scenes with a white horse and a model/actress on the beach. It always seemed so surreal and so beautiful and I always knew I wanted to do a shoot like that. When I planned my trip to Hawaii a couple months ago, I knew I would make it happen no matter what. I put a team together on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu and let the magic begin." —Inga Avedyan

#contax645 #ilfordhp5 #northshoreoahu #oahu #hawaii #horsesonfilm #horsestagram #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #ilfordfilm #ilfordphoto #sp3000 #ishootfilm #filmcommunity @ilfordphoto @makeupbymariahmelanie @michaelaspaulding @laudaebride @horsie.in.hawaii

Nicole Colwell + PV Takeover + Day 3

PhotoVision Team

It Takes Two to Tango . . . “Whatever she wants.” I hear these 3 words way too much on a wedding day. Yes, I want to make my bride as happy as possible, I want to make her feel special and let her know it’s her day. However, she isn't marrying herself! Don’t forget about your groom. The Groom’s details and portraits are some of my all-time favorite shots. I love seeing what little details he may have, details that would not have been documented if I hadn't requested an extra 15 minutes on the timeline for these simple shots that are always a crowd pleaser. 🤵

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #fallingsprings #virginia #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @sweetcarolinestyles @lovebloomsdc @chloeewwhite @drew.white2 @epochdes @freshbakedbakery

 

The Green-Eyed Monster One of my biggest struggles was comparing myself to other film photographers. I know I am not the only one in this industry who has to fight that Green-Eyed Monster on a regular basis. Social media is a blessing and a curse. It’s so easy to get sucked in by another photographer's success and question your own self worth simply by viewing their feed. The “I wants” and the “I wishes” take over, and then sadness and defeat creep in, making you want to just give up, because you think there is no way you could ever be as good as them. Stop this negative way of thinking! Overcome your fear and doubt and focus on your victories instead of your failures! 👍

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400  #photovisionprints #arrington #tenessee #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @sycamorefarmsevents @beyond_details @lvdbridal @brittainykjones @brandonkjones

 

Overcoming the Green-Eyed Monster Once I stopped comparing myself to other wedding photographers, and focused on why it was I wanted to be a wedding photographer in the first place, I overcame the Green-Eyed Monster and my business began to thrive. Once I did this, I realized that while my success may not be like others’, it is my own, and I am successful. I may be a small fish in a big  pond, but I am able to do what I love full time—pay my bills, travel and be my own boss. Just remember, there is always going to be someone better than you! Allow others to inspire you, but don’t compare yourself to them. And remember to “just keep swimming!” 🐟

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #pentax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #newyork #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @_allaboutromance_ @mackenzielease @_lavenderandlipstick

 

Always Stay Humble + Kind Being a creative and your own boss can, at times, be very lonely. When I first started my business, I remember reaching out to other photographers for help or advice. But often times, I wouldn’t  even get a response, and if I did, the photographer was cold to me. Because of this, I choose to stay out of most photography groups because I found other professionals making fun of new and seasoned photographers. I felt like I was back in high school, hoping to sit with the cool kids during lunch. So I kept searching until I found like-minded creatives who build me up, instead of tearing me down. These awesome relationships led me to start mentoring and hosting workshops, because I wanted to create safe spaces for photographers to grow together in this industry. I love helping others so they can learn from my past mistakes. If you're interested in attending one of my future workshops, PV is a regular sponsor—follow me @nicolecolwellphotography for upcoming dates.

I hope you all enjoyed following along this week! Remember, you are unique and your photography is unique. There is no one like you! 😘


@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #nikonf6 #fuji400h #photovisionprints #maui #hawaii #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @kulua.official @rivermoonbotanicals_maui @alannah.andersen @opihilove

Nicole Colwell + PV Takeover + Day 2

PhotoVision Team

More than just a photograph! I never had the pleasure of meeting my Grandmother—she passed away before I was born. I remember as a little girl looking at these black and white photographs adorned in beautiful antique silver frames. The image I was drawn to the most was of my beautiful dark-haired Grandmother on her wedding day. I would stare at her and wonder what she was like, if I favored her or if we had similar traits. I would let the stories I heard about her play in my mind like a movie—one where she was alive and I knew her. This image means so much to me, it is more than just a photograph. These photographs are my visual heirlooms—and they inspire me to create authentic, timeless images for my couples. I don’t want to be “just a photographer” to my clients, I want to preserve their memories, tell their stories and keep them alive—who knows who will be staring at these images in the years to come!  

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #charlottesville #virginia #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @engagementsrva @trumpwinery 

 

Let’s be real! Who out there loves photographing styled shoots? 🙋 I love styled shoots and I would shoot one almost everyday—if I wouldn’t go bankrupt. Styled shoots are amazing! They have led me to  meet so many amazing creatives that I would have never met otherwise. They allow me to be creative, to grow and to push myself to be a better photographer. When documenting a wedding, it can often feel like a styled shoot, but we have to remember, this is a real wedding, and the skills you use during a styled shoot can easily be applied. I love to use a photojournalistic style to document a wedding’s details and add that editorial touch—however, I must keep it real.😎 I am hired to capture couple’s stories, their unguarded moments and their real emotions.

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #charleston #northcarolina #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @pamelataylorwest

 

Shoot To Tell A Story: We all know the saying “less is more.” Well, it rings true for me. When I first started out, I would add so many styling details—I would spend 30 minutes on ring shots alone, or make my couples walk miles and miles at their venue for all these different locations. By the end of the day I would end up losing what was important . . . their story. When you arrive on the wedding day, you should know your couple’s story. Before I hit the shutter, I always ask myself, “Does this tell their story? Does this make sense?” Film has truly helped me to slow down, to take more time to ask these questions, preventing me from becoming trigger happy and forcing me to be intentional with every frame. I may photograph less throughout the day, but I deliver quality over quantity and my couple’s  images tell their story and flow beautifully.

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #nikonf6 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #maui #hawaii #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @opihilov @rivermoonbotanicals_maui @kulua.official @stack_of_pancakes_

 

Being Frugal . . . I mean, a Hybrid Photographer. Roses are red, Violets are blue, Film is expensive, You know it’s true. I had to learn the hard way to be frugal with my film. When your friends from PV call you saying they couldn’t process your order because your card was declined, well, that's when you realize you're not getting paid to shoot film, you're paying your clients for your addiction. Film is my addiction, and a little piece of me dies inside if I can’t shoot it—however, I can’t afford to be a “film-only photographer.” I am so jelly of you who can, but for me, being a hybrid photographer works best for my business at this time, and that’s okay! On the wedding day, I photograph the details, getting ready and formals strictly on film. I photograph one roll during the ceremony for my social media outlets—plus it helps me match my digital images to my scans. And I will only shoot film at the reception if light allows it. Being a hybrid photographer is more cost-efficient, plus the challenges of the wedding day weather and light may rule out film all together.

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #savannah #georgia #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm

Nicole Colwell + PV Takeover + Day 1

PhotoVision Team

Everyone has to start somewhere! Ok, embarrassing story . . . being a photographer kind of just happened for me. I didn’t know that this is what I wanted when I was 12 like other amazing photographers. Truth be told, when I got married, I feel in love with the photography part of the day— I felt a spark. So I took our gift money, headed to our local BestBuy and purchased a $400 Nikon D3100 and my business began. I booked my first wedding a week later after I shot my friend’s kids at a park, with no second shooting experience—well, no experience at all. I shot this couple’s wedding on a cropped-frame sensor, in auto, with a kit lens and are you ready . . . I edited their entire gallery on PHOTOBUCKET! My couple LOVED their wedding images. They recommended me to everyone they knew and I booked 19 weddings off of that one wedding alone. I went on to buy a full-frame camera, learned how to shoot in manual from the best teacher in the world—YouTube—and kissed PicMonkey + Photobucket goodbye. That spark turned into a flame, and once I found film, it burst into a wildfire. So, here is this nobody who taught herself all she knows who wanted to shoot film! I had so much  fear, doubt and thought that because I had no background in photography, I wasn’t good enough. What a bunch of poop! I finally said, what the heck, and bought a #NikonF6, then upgraded to the #Pentax645 and eventually ended up with a #Contax645. 📷 If you want to shoot film, DO IT! The only obstacle keeping you from doing something you love is yourself. I found my brand, my style and myself as a photographer because of film. Take a chance, you will surprise yourself!!! I know I did!

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #warrenton #virginia #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @quaid_coxsey @airlieva @goodearthflowers

 

Getting rid of the safety net. Show of hands—does the idea of shooting only film give you the heebie jeebies? Leaving my digital camera behind was a major struggle in my film journey. I was using it as a safety net. And you know what? It was actually doing me more harm than good. Having my digital camera on me was a huge distraction and didn’t allow me to be fully present at my shoots. Once I left my digital camera behind, it was like the chains broke free and I could really connect with my clients. I started out slow—shooting only film at my editorials and eventually adding it into portrait sessions. Once I was confident in my film photography, I began utilizing it at weddings, first just documenting the details on film, and gradually adding more and more film shots into my work flow.

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #powhatan #virginia #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @millatfinecreek @lovebloomsdc @natalia.s.triassi  @elizabethmackenziebridal

 

Would you hire yourself? When starting your own business, it is easy to be, well, a bit all over the place when trying to find your style. I remember shooting one session and editing every picture differently—one image was really vibrant, another desaturated. I was having fun and thought that I was being versatile, but in reality, I was not attracting my ideal clients or *any* clients for that matter. And I asked myself, “Would I hire myself?” My answer was a big fat NO. I was having a really hard time finding my style, until I saw an image that made me gasp. I loved its “light and airy” feel, and it had that awesome painterly effect. I knew right away that I wanted my work to look like that! Low and behold, I found out it was a film image, and in that moment, I found my style and brand. Staying consistent is key. Whether you are “light and airy” or more moody, you need to stick with that look. Don’t confuse your potential clients. Show them what look they will receive. Don’t leave them wondering.

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #charlottesville #virginia #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @trumpwinery

 

Will work for Love Stories! When you look at your work, what is the first word that comes to your mind? For me, it was “romantic.” I knew I wanted my images to scream romance—I adore those intimate, tender shots and tend to produce those types of images. I am not a traditional “look at me and smile” photographer. Though I still document traditional portraits for my couples, I want to make them feel the romance when they look at these images and not just see a pretty photo. Film has helped me achieve that romantic look I wanted. It has helped me be more intimate, to slow down and connect with my couples, so I can capture them in that perfect moment. ❤

@nicolecolwellphotography #nicolesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #photovisionprints #fallingsprings #virginia #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @sweetcarolinestyles @lovebloomsdc

Rachael McCall + Pentax645n + Fuji400H

PhotoVision Team

@_rachaelmccall's story of how she met one of her clients is the sweetest! 💕 "One random night I was scrolling through @Instagram and saw an adorable photo of a mom and daughter’s hands with engagement rings on. When @taylorcuzick proposed to @kellenecuzick, he also proposed to her daughter, which I found so sweet. Her daughter’s name is also Evelyn, so I just had to comment and say how much I loved the photo. Fast forward a year, and I had the honor to photograph their little family getting married in Arizona, and it was one of the most specials weddings I’ve ever witnessed. Thank you to social media for bringing us together!" — Rachael McCall Photography

#pentax645n #fuji400h #phoenix #arizona #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @suzannesbridal @maggiemh @mua_nat @azpartyof2

Whiskers and Willow Photography + Contax645 + Fuji400H

PhotoVision Team

Soaking in this radiant + natural photo by @whiskersandwillow! ✨ "This photo was taken for some editorial work I did for boutique skincare line @beautenouveau. We wanted to showcase a radiant, all-natural woman who looks and feels beautiful just as she is. We loved the added romance of flowers all around her and petals caught up in her hair. We had so much fun with these bathtub shots, but I think all photographers can agree that sometimes things can be much different behind the scenes, which in this case ended in hilarity! Just moments before this, we were shooting @smileyrilee lying in the tub, and we didn’t realize just how difficult it would be! We practically roasted her in hot water, thinking warm would be better than cold, and she started sweating a little. Then, we filled the tub too high so her body was just disappearing completely under water, so she looked like a floating head. Then, we tried to boost her up with some bubble wrap stuffed under her, but because it’s filled with air, it was so buoyant that we had bubble wrap popping out everywhere. And of course the whole team just ended up hysterically laughing at the ridiculous scene. We finally figured out if we just drained the water a little and added a little bit of cold, we’d be all good. Anything to get the shot, right? So much gratitude for the entire team and our model, Rilee Ringold, who just willingly went along with all of our crazy ideas!" — Jackie of Whiskers and Willow Photography

#contax645 #fuji400h #sandiego #california #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @ottomodels @laceyhaegen @kkyliiiee @briddiesfloret

Ivy and Gold Photography + Contax645 + Portra800

PhotoVision Team

What's your secret to evoking natural-looking images? 🌾 @ivyandgoldphotography shares some great tips! "One of the keys to evoking natural-looking images is realizing that not every pose, or prompt, will work for every couple. Take note of how your couple interacts when no one's watching, and use that information to direct them. If a pose isn't working, just move on instead of trying to force it. When something works, you'll just know. Your results will be wonderfully natural images, and your clients will love that you captured them in a true state." — Kelsee Thaten of Ivy and Gold

#contax645 #portra800 #corvallis #oregon #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #kodakfilm #sp3000 @kodakprofilmbiz @emilyyoungblutt @theronreidhead

Perry Vaile + Contax645 + Portra400

PhotoVision Team

Every bunny needs some-bunny to love! 🐰🖤 Photo by @perryvaile. "Our model’s connection with this little bunny was the sweetest! She was raised around rabbits and knew precisely how to handle him, so neither she nor he would be injured, and it made for magic on #film." — Perry Vaile

#contax645 #portra400 #southcarolina #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #kodakfilm #sp3000 @kodakprofessional @arhodesevents @emcreativefloral @makeupforyourday @carolhannahbridal @croghans @minixmari @writtenwordcalligraphy

Sarah Kate + PV Takeover + Day 3

PhotoVision Team

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 3: Being married to another wedding photographer (shout out to my hubby, @joshua_aull) has allowed us to travel the world together. I could not imagine a better life. We were both in Thailand for a wedding and decided to visit Cambodia and Vietnam as well. At Angkor Wat in Cambodia, we came upon this monk, standing in this hallway. He spoke no English, so I asked our guide if it would be appropriate to ask him if I could take his picture. The guide said yes, and through gestures only, I learned the monk was up for it. He allowed time for one frame before he walked away, excited and smiling (I guess he wasn’t up for a full photoshoot, ha!). I love the look on his face. He looks so content. And I love the way the orange reflects onto one of the columns. Great business opportunities can lead to even better personal opportunities!

#sarahkatesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #angkorwat #siemreap #cambodia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm 

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 3: Always be a student of photography. Your experience + knowledge can save your clients’ photos if you find yourself in a tricky situation . . . ahem, such as forgetting your light meter at home when you’re shooting in crazy light! This engagement session is an all-time favorite, but I had to shoot it without a meter. Because I’ve been shooting manually for so long, I just relied on my experience and trusted myself. It came out amazing!

#sarahkatesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #meyersonsymphonycenter #dallas #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm 

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 3: Comparing yourself to others is detrimental, although it’s hard not to do when Instagram and Facebook are so easily accessible. There was a long period of time as a photographer that I didn't look at anyone’s work (before @Instagram, ha). I just did what I did and developed my own style that was natural to me. I saw other photographers’ work, but I didn’t try to emulate them. Early on, I was determined to focus on my market in Dallas and the style I liked. Try not to focus on others and avoid the spiral of self-doubt and insecurity. Instead of trying to copy the people you admire, try to figure out what it is that you like about their work (i.e. lighting, posing, film stock, etc.) and use that as inspiration to set yourself apart.  

#sarahkatesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #sunstonewinery #santaynez #california #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @stefaniemiles @bowsandarrowsflowers @thedresstheory @ruedeseinebridal @theamyclarke @thehalcyonagency @sunstonewinery

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 3: You have to work really hard to become a successful photographer. It doesn’t always come easy. I’ve worked extremely hard to build what I have. Don’t be anxious to make a big name for yourself, it’s a process! Ultimately, this is a business. This is how I pay my mortgage. This is my livelihood. I set expectations for my clients, and I deliver on those expectations with a smile. Work hard. Appreciate every client, even if they are a pain in the butt. This image reminds me of #RaffaeloMonti’s “Veiled Lady” sculpture and others like it I have seen in Paris and Florence.  Although my images may not be in the Louvre, I do hope to leave a legacy of quality, honesty and good ol’ hard work!

#sarahkatesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #thebelmontstudio #dallas #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @thebelmontstudio @maiteemiles @girlandaseriousdream

Sarah Kate + PV Takeover + Day 2

PhotoVision Team

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 2: A wedding is like a huge puzzle. And you, as a photographer, have to realize you are just one part of that puzzle. Although you are a VERY important part, it’s important to remember that it takes a team to pull off a wedding. You are ultimately all working for the couple and a cohesive team gives them a better experience overall. Be humble, try to do a great job and have respect for all of the creative partners involved. This will help you become a business owner who is respected, trusted and referred over and over.

#sarahkatesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #napavalley #fuji400h #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @stefaniemiles @theamyclarke

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 2: I love to give vendors photos before they ask. Seriously. This is huge! I’ll do this by creating a Highlights folder on the #PixieSet gallery and sending the folder to the wedding coordinator, florist, HMUA, the venue and other key people. Why? Because they deserve these images just as much as I do. They worked just as hard at making that wedding happen. It’s really frustrating for vendors to have to hunt you down for images. I had one wedding coordinator tell me that in all her 20 years of business, I was the only photographer who ever gave her images before she asked. It shows you care, it shows you respect and appreciate them. Give good customer service to the bride, but also to the vendors who work so hard. Surprise them and they will remember you. I promise. 

#sarahkatesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @stefaniemiles @bowsandarrowsflowers @juliesongink

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 2: I’ve booked weddings purely on the fact that I answered a client’s inquiry before any other photographer. Being a successful photographer is not just about being a good artist, it’s about being a good businessperson. You can send your clients a beautiful, curated gift in the mail or a handwritten note, but if you don’t answer their emails or phone calls in a timely manner, they’re not going to feel taken care of. Be smart and thoughtful about your customer service. For example, I don’t charge to retouch one photo that only takes me 1-2 minutes. While you should set clear expectations for larger edits and not give your time away, being helpful and efficient goes a long way.

#sarahkatesvision #pvtakeove #casahyder #sanmigueldeallende #sanmiguel #mexico #contax645 #fuji400h #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @sanmigueldeallende @emilyclarkeevents @sanmiguelbouganvilla 

@sarahkatephoto Takeover Day 2: If you can develop a reputation of having great work and great business practices, your business can grow simply by word of mouth. I keep my clients and other vendors happy, and word travels fast. This shoot was for @GirlandaSeriousDream’s 2017 lookbook. Anita of #GirlandaSeriousDream originally saw my work because I photographed one of her first “real” brides. I contacted her to put together a styled shoot just for fun, and Anita sent all her luxury robes, cover ups and veils to use because she loved the work she saw from the real wedding. I shot in my all white, minimal home studio @thebelmontstudio and Anita loved the outcome so much, she asked me to shoot her lookbook. 

#sarahkatesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #thebelmontstudio #dallasphotographystudio #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @joshua_aull @maiteemiles @suddenlypuppies