Hey guys! I’m @sarahcarpenterphotographyand I am so stoked to be taking over @photovisionprints for the next few days! I am so excited to share a bit about my film and photography journey with you all! Can I first just take a moment to rave about this amazing lab? I can’t imagine where I would be as a photographer without these guys responding to emails and phone calls and making sure they’re giving the best customer service at all times! And film scan days?!? They are the best days ever. Opening my inbox to find those sweet, sweet words, “Your order xxxxx is complete!” makes my day every time. A little about me. I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in beautiful Seattle with my husband, Ben. And even as much as I love this gorgeous state (it really is so inspiring), I have a constant case of wanderlust. The more I travel, the more I want to travel, and I spend my travels with my #Contax645 in my hand ready to shoot everything and anything I am inspired by. For me, photography is more than just a career choice—it is one of my greatest passions.
📷 by @kimbranaganphoto on #portra400 with a #contax645 at Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington.
@sarahcarpenterphotography #pvtakeover Day 1 // Beginnings // I did not start my life knowing I wanted to be a photographer. It was one of those things I thought could never be a “true career” unless you were amazing enough to have a job with @natgeo. No, I didn’t start out wanting to be a photographer. I wanted to be a pediatrician . . . and a ballet dancer. But through everything, I had a camera in my hand, whether it was my dad’s old camcorder, a point and shoot or a disposable we would get processed at Walmart. Sometimes I regret I didn’t discover my journey earlier. There are times I’ve felt like I am catching up to the people who started younger, who were more focused on photography from the beginning. But because I spent so much of my life taking piano lessons, immersing myself in 6 days a week of dance classes and rehearsals, practicing every morning for the high school orchestra and taking on a science major in college, I truly feel I came into photography without any hesitation. There was no doubt in my mind that I had finally found that one thing I wanted to be doing with my life.
📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @bellalunafarms in Snohomish, Washington.
@sarahcarpenterphotography #pvtakeover Day 1 // Slowing Down with Film // It took me less than a year from the time I started my business to start shooting film. I shot my first wedding in May of 2013, and for Christmas that year, my husband bought me a #Mamiya 645. My first set of scans were iffy at best, but I was hooked immediately. Everything I had been told about film was true. It really was the best medium for me. #Film made me slow down and focus on the compositional details that I had been ignoring before. Not only that, but shooting at such a shallow depth of field also highlighted the details I wanted to show. It got rid of the noise, the background and allowed what I saw to shine. The image above is from one of my first styled shoots on film. I was so excited about the color, even though I did not nail the exposure or the focus, it gave me an idea of the direction I wanted to head in with my business and the way I wanted to shoot. A lot has changed since then, but I always love looking back so I can see where I’ve come from.
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@sarahcarpenterphotography #pvtakeover Day 1 // Genuine Emotion // Capturing genuine moments can be a struggle. This might sound crazy, but I truly feel like shooting #film helped me in this regard. Taking things slow and stepping back, I feel like I can stop and observe the moments I am trying to capture. Because I shoot mostly with my #Contax 645, I also tend to capture more blur. The camera’s autofocus is not really the best, so I always manually focus it, which slows me down while shooting. I really love this. When someone is moving through a frame so quickly I end up having blur to catch their motion or emotions, I really feel it allows the truth of the day to shine. Life isn’t perfect, so why should images of life unfolding be?
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