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Loft Photography + PV Takeover + Day1

PhotoVision Team

@loftphotography Takeover Day 1: Film saved our business. We were rounding the corner of our 100th wedding and were quite honestly burnt out when the postman delivered our first Contax645 to our doorstep, and it changed everything. We YouTube’d how to load a roll of medium format film, read through @josevilla’s + #jeffkent’s “Fine Art Wedding Photography” and embarked on a journey that took 2 tired wedding photographers from a place of feeling unchallenged in our craft to being re-inspired with a fresh vision.

We are Abbey & Andrea—friends and photographers turned business partners. In 2012, we quit our day jobs to follow our love for photography and our dream of working for ourselves. We've grown from humble beginnings to a full-time photography studio nestled in the Texas hill country near Austin. A few things we love . . . traveling (take us to the beach!), chips and guac, ALL the coffee ☕ (because, 3 kids under 3 between the 2 of us), a good leather bag (or 15) and lazy days spent on the river or poolside with a good book!

Over the next two days, we'll be sharing about the impact film has had on our business and craft as wedding photographers. We hope you find these words encouraging and leave feeling inspired.

#pvtakeover #loftphotographysvision #contax645 #fuji400h #fredericksburg #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @mayhardesign @sproutflowers

@loftphotography Takeover Day 1: A stormy afternoon in the #hillcountry forced us inside for the majority of this bridal session. Thanks to the white bridal suite at @heritagehouseds and the versatility of #fujifilm, what started out as a hectic and unpredictable session turned into one of our favorite bridal sessions to date. When exposed properly, film is very forgiving on shadows, which helped make this indoor space feel bright and airy, despite the looming thunder clouds outside. 🌩

#pvtakeover #loftphotographysvision #contax645 #fuji400h #heritagehouse #drippingsprings #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @hintofshimmer @alvinavalenta @ivorybridalatelier @catherine_ellis_ @bellelumieremagazine

@loftphotography Takeover Day 1: When we first started shooting film, we struggled with whether or not we needed to ditch digital completely in order to call ourselves "film photographers." In some ways, it felt like calling ourselves “hybrid photographers” just wasn’t us. Thank goodness for some very wise advice we received, to consider both film *and* digital cameras as tools in our tool bag, each with unique strengths. 📸💪 One isn't better than the other, they are just different. Having both options available has allowed us to better serve our clients and has given us versatility and confidence in any shooting environment.

In this instance, photographing a wedding party of this size was a bit tricky. This was the only feasible location and the lighting was really harsh. Had the sun not ducked behind some clouds, we would have lost lots of detail and been fighting with extreme contrast. Film and open shade for the win!

#pvtakeover #loftphotographysvision #contax645 #fuji400h #fredericksburg #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @mayhardesign @sproutflowers

Forage and Film + Petnax645N + Fuji400H

PhotoVision Team

So much prettiness and golden light in one frame! 👏☀Photo by @forageandfilm in New York City! "I was so honored to have this shoot featured on @weddingsparrow in January! Sharing not only my work, but the hard work of all the wonderful vendors I get to collaborate with is such an immense honor! Working alongside other fellow creatives truly helps keep my eyes wide open to all of the wonderful potential in the every day, which in turn helps me serve my clients better, all while fueling my passion for this industry. It is a wonderful life!" — Nicole Moering of Forage and Film

#pentax645n #fuji400h #newyorkcity #bethesdafountain #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @SusieSaltzman  @gildedbridal @lorileefloral @plumecalligraphy 

Jeremiah & Rachel Spray + Pentax67 + Fuji400H

PhotoVision Team

Fly fishing before your wedding?! Sounds good to us! We adore this shot of the groom reflecting on the morning of his big day! Photo by @jeremiahandrachel in Montana. "The 'Groom Morning' shoot was inspired by the location. The Resort at Paws Up is a sprawling landscape and is inspirational just to be in. As we were discussing our shoot with the team at Paws Up, they mentioned how they 'sell' this place to grooms mostly, because there's so much here to experience. It really is a place where a groom can come hang out by a river, do a cattle drive, run the horses at sunrise, learn to fly fish, etc. We loved the idea of putting an emphasis on the groom. So often they get overlooked in a very female dominated wedding industry. As a husband/wife team, we love it when the groom is just as involved and excited about their wedding as the bride is. We wanted to show just how amazing it would be to wake up by a river in a gorgeous tent, enjoy your cowboy coffee, run the horses out to pasture, and then spend some time the morning of your wedding by yourself and reflecting. We believe in taking a quiet moment, and Montana has a lot of quiet to offer." — Jeremiah and Rachel Spray 

#pentax67 #fuji400h #montana #theresortatpawsup #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @greenwoodevents @ardengreenwood @collins_mika @daamnitdavid @romantiquebride @theresortatpawsup @rockymtnbride @csbridalstyling @skinchic406 @willowbride @tonoandco 

David Defeal + Contax645 + Portra400

PhotoVision Team

We are loving this wintry tablescape photographed beautifully by @david_dufeal on #portra400 in Saint-Bris-des-Bois, France! 👏

#contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #abbayedefontdouce #saintbrisdesbois #france #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #kodakfilm #sp3000 @kodak @kodakprofilmbiz @quelquechosedebleu @johcosmetics @ateliermanonpascual @poirayparis @graphikkart @lou.fossey

Jake Anderson + Fuji400H + Pentax645nii

PhotoVision Team

If this doesn't scream Sunday morning, we don't know what does! Loving moments captured by @jakeandersonphoto during his Catskills workshop! Don't miss out on Jake's next workshop June 12-15 in Richmond, VA! #jaworkshops are a wonderful fit for those looking to take their business and art further and deeper. Join Jake, @lacygeary, @kellylenard and guest speaker Megan of @weddingsparrow for hands-on learning, four incredible shoots and lasting memories. DM @jakeandersonphoto to receive an informational packet! 

"The inspiration behind the shot was of a couple who has just returned from their honeymoon, and beginning their first 'real' day of marriage together." — Jake Anderson

#pentax645nii #fuji400h #foxfiremountainhouse #catskills #newyork #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @froufrouchic @heirloombindery @plumecalligraphy  

Shannon Moffit + PV Takeover + Day 3

PhotoVision Team

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Nine, *Travel with Film* 🌎: Just last year I started taking my Contax with me when I travel (since it is *such* a light camera), and I have really loved how photos of architecture and environments look on film through an 80mm lens. Since there is less pressure when you shoot buildings vs. paying clients, I have been able to experiment with exposures, push processing and filters, which has really helped me master the technical side of shooting film.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #vizcayamansion #miami #florida #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #80mm #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @vizcayamiami

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Ten, *Black + White* 🖤: I first learned photography in 2010, with a 35mm Canon AE-1 and 40 rolls of Kodak Tri-X. Since switching to digital, and then adding medium format to my bag of tricks, I never really thought about using the Contax to shoot black + white. (I assumed I would just convert color to b+w in post, like I do digitally.) This was one of the first rolls I shot on #Ilford3200, and the grain and richness in the lights and darks are magical unicorn status. 🦄 I highly recommend trying out a few rolls of #Ilfordfilm if you have not.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #ilford3200 #virginiabeach #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #ilfordphoto @ilfordphoto @tram_alvarado @clairepettibone @romantiquebride @anywherebeautybyshae @chicuniquerentalsandevents @rachel.bakes @letterlyn @roostflowers @niricem @mmmols @joanntupponceinc @weddingsparrow

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Eleven, *Sun Placement* ☀: As with digital photography, placing the sun just outside your lens’ field of view can make a hazy, flare-filled, low-contrast image look a lot better (unless you are doing it on purpose, of course). In this image, I metered the white dress bulb out, facing my camera. Before clicking the shutter, I moved my body to the left to make sure I was not getting any direct sun in my lens.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #virginiabeach #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @tram_alvarado @clairepettibone @romantiquebride @anywherebeautybyshae @chicuniquerentalsandevents @rachel.bakes @letterlyn @roostflowers @niricem @mmmols @joanntupponceinc @weddingsparrow

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Twelve, *Closeups of People* 👰: Macro filters can be used for other subjects besides rings. This is a close-up portrait shot using a Hoya +2 filter during a branding shoot for The Hybrid Atelier (*cue shameless self-promotion*), an educational platform I co-founded with @nikkisanterre. If you are new to #film, or looking to branch out into #hybridphotography, slap us with a “Like” and join our Facebook page, The Hybrid Atelier, to keep up with discussions and news. We will be running a HUGE giveaway of photography goodies (*hopefully* within the next few months) just before launching a store full of e-books, written in collaboration with our favorite film and hybrid industry leaders. Nikki and I have also started “The Weekend Wrap-up,” a video series on YouTube, that will hopefully give you some good tips and laughs. Subscribe at www.thehybridatelier.com to stay updated and follow us on Instagram @thehybridatelier.

Thank you again for tuning in to my #pvtakeover. “Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.” 😉

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #richmond #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #hoyafilters #hoyatough #thehybridatelier #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @amanda.burnette @annalisebridal @hoyafilterusa

Shannon Moffit + PV Takeover + Day 2

PhotoVision Team

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Five, *Movement* 💃: I have shot plenty of moving objects digitally, but on film, the result is like sitting on a private beach at sunset with Channing Tatum giving you a back massage . . . pure bliss. Movement can render like paint tossed beautifully across a canvas, it is just heavenly. After many failed attempts at capturing movement with film (see Lesson Three and my “rejects” folder in Lightroom), my most successful spinning shot has been at 1/8th of a second, while leaning the camera on a table.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #charlottesville #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @luxeandluna @porterandives @carolhannahbridal @trumpetandhorn @realdollmakeup @annamargueritecouture @flaviadias @jewelhairdesign @silkandwillow @letterlyn @stylemepretty

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Six, *1/8th of a Second* 🌸: To expand on the topic of slow shutter speed, I have learned that film has an uncanny ability to pull through when it is dark and create beautiful images at 1/8th. Ask me to take a photo with my digital camera at 1/8th, and you will get a *very* blurry photo. Film wins the handheld, slow-shutter-speed race every time. This shot was taken while holding my breath and slowly rolling my finger on the shutter button.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #charlottesville #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @luxeandluna @porterandives @carolhannahbridal @trumpetandhorn @realdollmakeup @annamargueritecouture @flaviadias @jewelhairdesign @silkandwillow @letterlyn @stylemepretty

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Seven, *Close-up Rings* 💍: I have learned a few things about close-ups since shooting film. One, it is nearly impossible to get a sharp photo at f/2 with a Hoya filter (see my “rejects” folder in Lightroom) and two, it’s best to err on the side of overexposing when using a filter. The Hoya macro filter works just like a 90mm or 105mm macro lens, which are typically used for close-ups or portraits. This was taken on a Contax645 through a #Zeiss80mm at f/4 with a +2 Hoya macro filter, and then cropped closer in Lightroom.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #hoyafilters #hoyatough #charlottesville #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #lightroom #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @susiesaltzman @juliehacalligraphy @hoyafilterusa

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Eight, *Metering* 📷: This photo is from a personal project I did at the beginning of my film journey to explore #metering. I did not fully understand the difference between metering for shadows vs. highlights until this shoot. This image resulted from metering for highlights on the low, camera-right shoulder, bulb out, pointing back at the camera. (This image is part of a series that was featured in #RangefinderMagazine for their 2015 Photo Annual Awards.)

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #portra800 #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodak @kodakprofilmbiz @roostflowers @behindtheveilstudio @kimporter_makeup @tingbridal @susiesaltzman @rfwppi

Shannon Moffit + PV Takeover + Day 1

PhotoVision Team

Hi, film friends! @samoffit here, pictured with my muffin-cake of a son, Logan! I am a Virginia-based, hybrid wedding photographer with a background in digital studio headshots and fashion retouching (I know, I know, "Eww," says almost every film photographer in the world). My film journey has been a wild ride over the past few years, full of many learning curves and life lessons. I have always had a case of "perfectionist paralysis," so shooting film has really pushed me as an artist and helped me to "break free, break from the chains” (gold star if you can name the movie!) and let go of control—a constant struggle in my life. I am so, so, SO excited to be hosting a #pvtakeover this week! I hope to bring a little humor, inspiration and education to your lives this week in a series I will call, "Shan's Top 12 Lessons Learned from Shooting Film." Can’t wait to begin!

📷 by @rachelmayphoto.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #airlie #charlottesville #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm

@samoffit Takeover Lesson One, *Mentoring* 🤝: A mentoring session can be good for you every once in awhile. Whether you are a new or seasoned film photographer, watching another photographer in their element can teach you a lot about yourself in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Not only will it give you a kick out of your comfort zone, but it will also give you a different perspective on running a business. Working with Laura Gordon opened my eyes to a more artistic way of shooting, focused on the styling and mood of a portrait session, rather than on trying to achieve perfect focus and posing.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #keswickhall #charlottesville #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #lauragordonworkshops @fujifilm_profilm @shopgossamer @enchantedatelierbylivhart @rebeccafaithlawson @keswick_hall @keswickhallweddings @lauragordon

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Two, *Editing Scans* 📏: The “Lens Correction” and “Transform Tab” in Lightroom can make a good film scan, Grrrrreat! (🐯 Channel your inner cereal tiger!) You are talking to Straight Line McGee over here, trust me on this. For this particular image, I added +5 distortion control (make sure to check the “constrain crop” box) and rotated the image +3 to make the horizon line straight. The #Zeiss80mm has a slight distortion, so I use this trick whenever I am photographing architecture.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #veritaswinery #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #lightroom #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @whippedupbymimi @alexandra_odenwald @veritaswinery @luxeandluna @petalsandhedges @rebeccaschoneveld_bridal @annabreeding @weddingsparrow

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Three, *Panning* 🏃 : Panning is the act of following a moving object along an axis in order to keep that object in focus. I have learned that catching a running couple on #film at 1/15th of a second is almost like trying to write an English paper drunk—it’s nearly impossible. Out of the other 15 panned images I took, this is the single one that came out. My advice: Pan as gently as possible, hold your breath, expect a handful of duds and hope for a winner.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #boyntonbeach #florida #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #panphotography #sp3000 #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Four, *Embrace Blur* 👌: As a classically-trained photographer, taught to *always* get eyes and front objects in focus, I had a hard time getting comfortable shooting my Contax at f/2. This particular shoot was a turning point for me. I decided I would let go of control, shoot everything wide open, embrace some blur and focus on the *moments,* instead of perfection.

#pvtakeover #shansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #veritaswinery #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm @fujifilm_profilm @whippedupbymimi @alexandra_odenwald @veritaswinery @luxeandluna @petalsandhedges @rebeccaschoneveld_bridal @annabreeding @weddingsparrow

Kim Stockwell + Contax645 + Fuji400H

PhotoVision Team

Cutest. Flower boys. Evah! 😍 @kimstockwellphoto captured the bride + groom's nephews in their sweet, nontraditional roles. "When photographing kids, let them be kids. I asked these 3 little guys to put their hands in their pockets for this image, and I just love that the child in the middle chose his vest pockets. There's something really sweet about letting children interpret direction in their own way. This image would have lost the joy + authenticity of the moment had I corrected him." — Kim Stockwell

#contax645 #fuji400h #khimairafarm #luray #virginia #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 #flowerboys @fujifilm_profilm @amyloudn @khimairafarm

Henry Photography + Pentax645n + Portra400

PhotoVision Team

Cheers to an amazing week at #WPPI! 🥂 As you begin to implement all the wonderful things you've learned this week into your workflow, don't forget we are here to help along the way! New to film? Call us! Have a lighting question? Call us! Veil flies off your bride? Capture it—then send your film to PhotoVision!

To reach us, email info@photovisionprints.com or give a ring at (503) 588-3686.

Fun, candid capture by @henryphotographs at Le Méridien Columbus, the Joseph in Ohio! "As a gust of wind came through, our model's expression was perfect. It became one of my favorite moments of this year!" — Ashley Henry of Henry Photographs

#pentax645n #portra400 #lemeridiencolumbus #thejosephhotel #photovisionprints #profilmlab #filmisnotdead #kodakfilm #WPPI2017 #sp3000 @kodak @kodakprofilmbiz @lajeunemariee @lazarobridal @cortneylinard @hollyjudah @jennywalkerfeheley @thejosephcolumbus