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Melissa Jill + PV Takeover + Day 2

Stephen Wood

@melissajill Takeover Day 2: Engagement shoots are my jam, because I love capturing a genuine connection between two people AND I don’t feel rushed or  pressed for time. Oftentimes, couples are more creative and playful during an engagement session than on their wedding day. As film photographers, we all love a killer location or sweeping views, but sometimes I find that the combo of good light and a simple background allows you to isolate the connection between your clients, providing the most powerful images of all.

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@melissajill Takeover Day 2: You would never know it from this image that this wedding took place at a country club. Country clubs are pretty and all, but when you are already shooting the ceremony on the edge of a golf course  it is nice to change things up—at least for me—so that the portraits aren’t all taken on the same manicured green grass. I much prefer the neutral tones of the desert, and thankfully my early arrival for scouting—even at a venue I am familiar with—paid off when I came across this spot down next to the maintenance entrance. Preparation for the win!

 

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@melissajill Takeover Day 2: Light is King. This image was taken as part of a styled shoot during midday when the sun was bright overhead. I knew that I wanted to capture the gorgeous detailing of this @bhldn gown. I’m sure the venue catering manager thought I was crazy to shoot in one of the most nondescript spots of a gorgeous venue—a dark walkway under an overhang that guests merely used to get from one place to another. But while this spot isn’t a location the staff will take you to as their prize portrait site, it provided the perfect side light and neutral background that I needed for my purpose. I’ve found that mixing in these types of minimal shots that have clean backgrounds with portraits in more picturesque locations make for a more well-rounded submission or blog post, giving the eye moments of rest within the story.

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Brushfire Photography + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

We love sharing the beauty of film with others. We are excited to be part of the Belle Lumière PNW Workshop this June, in collaboration with PhotoVision, to help photographers learn the basics of film photography and help them achieve their vision with film. When we think of film, we remember our early days, when we had a simple 35mm SLR that only had manual settings and a simple, built-in light meter. Those simple things taught us so much. As we started to photograph weddings, we transitioned into digital because “that’s what everybody did.” We bought all the lenses, all the gear, and then we realized something profound—we missed the way we used to shoot. We missed the days when we each had just one film camera and one lens and could be totally present in the moment. And that is why we returned to film. Shooting film, for us, is a way to keep things simple, a way to be free to capture the moments as they happen. When you’re juggling a bunch of camera gear, digital or otherwise, you’re missing moments. It’s liberating and freeing to create when you have very simple tools to use. Today, Brit and I still generally attend a wedding carrying just one camera body and one lens each.

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Life is all about the small moments, the fine details that make up the overall masterpiece. Film has taught us to live more in the moment, to look for these little details in life. But for some, when it comes to film, there is only fear—simply because you can’t see what you’ve just shot on the back of your camera. Starting with film is all about overcoming this fear. There really isn’t anything to be afraid of. Everybody, it’s in your head. It’s just because you have that digital crutch. You just need to let it go. It’s going to be fine :). When you are able to overcome your fear and be confident in your camera’s settings, you can pay more attention to what’s happening around you. This PV Takeover has really got me (Mike) thinking about when we first got into photography. My first SLR was a Pentax Spotmatic. It came with a few different lenses, but my favorite was the macro. Brit and I would go out on little hikes around our home in Flagstaff, which sits in the high desert of Arizona, and I remember there was this field full of wildflowers. I would just go there and take my macro lens along. And it was there that I began to notice something—I was becoming more aware of the little things all around me. And it just changed my life. It made me realize that there are so many things around us we don’t even notice. It really changed the way I look at everything. Now, when I’m out hiking anywhere, I like to look at a bloom and really study the little details that it has about it, and every little piece of it is beautiful, because it’s Nature creating its colors. We need to stop and let these little details all around make us happy. We live in a world that is so distracting. Sometimes, we can miss the happiness that is all around us, simply because we’re too busy rushing, whether to get to work or to live on our phones or our computers—we get so busy we forget to stop and look at these little pieces of life that are so important. Film helped me do that.

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