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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.

#melissajillsvision #pvtakeover #melissajillphotography #contax645 #fuji400h #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

@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!

 

#melissajillsvision #pvtakeover #melissajillphotography #contax645 #fuji400h #paradisevalley #arizona #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @ashleygainweddings @lazarobridal @fujifilm_northamerica

@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.

#melissajillsvision #pvtakeover #melissajillphotography #contax645 #fuji400h #scottsdale #arizona #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @lvlphoenix @bhldn @fujifilm_northamerica

Jo Photo + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

@jophotos Takeover Day 3 “Sunset.” Welcome to the third day of our #pvtakeover, we're so glad you could join us! This is one of our favorite sunset images. We captured this shot in Charleston, South Carolina moments before the sun dipped below the horizon. The golden sky, the hanging Spanish moss and the sun’s reflection on the river behind our model created an ethereal feel. When you can find moss or leaves that the sun shines through, it provides another layer of dimension, and film renders highlights beautifully!

#kathleenandjoesvision #contax645 #fuji400h #charleston #southcarolina #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @boonehallweddings @vanitysalonsc @shopgossamer @fujifilm_northamerica

@jophotos Takeover Day 3 “Eye Candy.” One of our favorite techniques is to shoot through a limb with leaves. Not only does it create dimension, but it also creates the feeling that you are peering in on a couple who is all alone. This style makes the photos feel candid and natural. If there isn't a limb perfectly placed for your shot, we'll pick up a fallen branch and place it in front of our lens. Time and time again, I (Kathleen) will pull down a branch for Joe to shoot through, or I will hold a small branch with leaves in front of his lens to create this look.

#kathleenandjoesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #greatsmokymountains #gatlinburg #tennessee #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @bhldn @lbfloral @greatsmokynps @fujifilm_northamerica

@jophotos Takeover Day 3 “Goodbye!” This is our final post for our #pvtakeover, and we'd like to thank you all for following along this week! We’ve shared some helpful tips on how to make the most of Mother Nature, and we hope you take them with you as you go on to explore and create! This shot was taken at a recent wedding in Nashville, Tennessee. It had stormed all day, and there was this gorgeous orange and pink sunset. We schedule sunset photos with all of our couples, a special time where they can step away from their reception for a few minutes and be alone. Most of the time, the bride and groom are so appreciative of having a quiet moment together in the middle of (what can be) a hectic reception. And for this couple, they couldn't have wished for a more gorgeous sky at the end of such a beautiful day. And to you, friends, we wish you all the same beautiful sunsets and peaceful evenings around the world! Thank you again, PhotoVision!

#kathleenandjoesvision #contax645 #portra800 #nashville #tennessee #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @bellemeadeplantation @inesdisanto @altermyheart @stunningevents @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

Michelle Boyd + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

“As artists, it's common for us to look to our work for our personal identity and self worth. As a pretty sensitive and emotional person myself, it's taken me years to realize that I actually produce my best work when I can step back and logically evaluate my art as its own entity, instead of evaluating my worth as a human being based on my photographs. It has been so FREEING to run a business I'm proud of, to produce work that both my clients and I love and to know, at the end of the day, the things that matter most to me are constant and unwavering—my faith, family and community.” @michelleboyd

#michellesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #zeiss80mm #fuji400 #rmnp #rockymountainnationalpark #colorado #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @westcottweddings @rockynps @fujifilm_northamerica

“One of the things I love most about this image, is that I almost didn't take it at all! I know a lot of us are perfectionists, and I usually fight to the death for perfect light. The sun was still pretty high, the mountains in the background were incredibly bright and there was soft, splotchy light hitting my clients. I'd been moving them around a bit in the area fighting the light, but the scenery was just too good and I knew the brush would translate really well. What I DIDN'T expect was to get this photograph back from PhotoVision and have my breath taken away! The soft, direct light on my clients made them pop, and this became one of my favorite frames from their session!” @michelleboyd

#michellesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #zeiss80mm #fuji400 #knappscastle #santabarbara #california #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @bhldn @lunabellamua @gabriellapawelek @fujifilm_northamerica

Michelle Boyd + PV Takeover + Day 1

Stephen Wood

We’re so pumped to have @michelleboyd take over our feed for the next four days! Michelle is an Austin-based, internationally-acclaimed wedding photographer, whose tender heart beats for weddings steeped in elegance and authenticity. Welcome, Michelle! . . . “Hey y'all! I am so thrilled to be taking over PhotoVision's Instagram feed for the next few days! It's such an honor and I can't wait to share some of my favorite photographs, experiences and words of wisdom with y’all. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of community and sharing our strengths and weaknesses, and I hope that maybe just one of my little posts will either inspire or help someone out there in this big wide world of film photography!”

#michellesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #zeiss80mm #fuji400 #davancychateau #plymouth #california #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @katewhelanevent @flourishflowers @froufrouchic @annacampbellbridal @xmheller @fujifilm_northamerica

“My sweet mom is currently having ALL of our old family photographs developed and digitized. We're talking upwards of 12,000 photographs from the past 35-40 years, all of which were taken on old film cameras by my dad (who taught me much of what I know). As I helped her organize some of the boxes, it was impossible to work quickly—my parents lived in that non-digitized, glorious time when every photograph was lovingly snapped and preciously archived. The memories my parents captured on film became my memories as I flipped through their albums countless times, and that's one of my biggest desires for my clients— as their children and grandchildren flip through their wedding albums, I want those memories to come alive for them, just as though they had sat in the aisle and listened to their ‘I do's.’” @michelleboyd

#michellesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #zeiss80mm #ilford3200 #stmaryscathedral #austin #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #ilfordfilm @lindseybrunk @maggiesottero @bhldn @sweetmagnoliafloral @claytonstring @adarem @ilfordimaging

Perry Vaile + PV Takeover

Stephen Wood

We are thrilled to welcome @perryvaile for the next four days as she takes over our feed! Perry is a fine art film photographer based in North Carolina with a heart for bold imagery and captivating locations. Go for it, Perry!  “. . . but my images don’t really look like theirs.” These are words that I’ve personally used to celebrate my singular artistic vision, and yet ironically, they are the same ones that I’ve used when I’m feeling my most vulnerable as a photographer. I happen to think though, that what really makes this community vibrant, impactful and staggeringly inspiring—are the outliers. I am absolutely thrilled and humbled (and perhaps slightly intimidated) to be taking over the PhotoVision Instagram this week, and I’ll be sharing some of my favorite images along with a bit about where my heart is throughout the process of capturing them.

@lindseyreganthorne @misshayleypaige @rrosecreative #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #photovisionprints #sp3000

In the epic battle of Kodak vs. Fuji, I’ve always stood strongly on the side of Portra, but it hasn’t been easy. I’ve been occasionally questioned by my peers, my husband (thanks for the support babe), and even once by a client who wanted me to shoot how she did, on Fuji. I’ve found through the struggle though, that it’s only made my understanding of both options stronger as I tried out every stock I could manage. It all led me ultimately to my final conclusion, that it’s the eye and approach of a photographer, rather than their metering or film stock, that makes the image.

@perryvaile @arhodesevents @carolhannahbridal @emcreativefloral @natalietaylorhumphrey @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

After shooting the wedding of Victoria’s Secret Supermodel @lindsellingson—I know, no pressure right?! ;)—I was given the perhaps more intimidating task of getting the completed images back to @bridesmagazine within 36 hours. Of course, this could be done on digital easily, but on film?! I called PhotoVision and spoke with Brian at length about HOW we could make this happen. How does film get from Savannah, GA to Portland to Salem on a SUNDAY and processed and scanned within 36 hours? Though it seemed highly improbable at first, within 24 hours of shooting, I had flown from the Southeast to the Northwest and found myself sitting at a dinner table with the Woods and McVeys as my film was processing. By Monday afternoon, the images were in my inbox and into the hands of my client and the magazine before deadline. I love telling this story, because it’s a testament to sticking to your guns as a photographer (digital wasn’t an option I would agree to) and most importantly, to the absolute kindness and dedication that this lab has for their customers. They made something big happen for me, without expecting anything in return, and made a customer for life. 

@perryvaile @arhodesevents @emcreativefloral @sophietheallet @kodak_photo  @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

Have you ever shown up to a wedding, and felt “un-inspired”? After all, you don’t always have a stunning redhead in a vintage-inspired gown standing in the middle of church ruins. Life gets REAL, and real brides can have normal shoes, with normal florals and normal dresses. What happens then? Perspective. Take a quick moment to check back in with what matters. Serving your clients. See the beauty in WHO you’re capturing—not what—and embrace (with everything you have) the task you have in front of you, because your role is more important than the details.

@perryvaile @lindseyreganthorne @carolhannahbridal @rrosecreative @croghans  @kodakprofilm  #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm 

Burnout can be another vacuum of our inspiration as creatives. One thing I’ve found that helps renew my excitement and keeps me motivated is to balance my season of long days with shorter, elopement-style weddings. My heart always connects with these couples, and they often allow more emphasis for portraits with significantly less stress or time investment. If you struggle with being over-worked, try taking on shorter days that you can be really, really excited about. Not only will it keep you motivated throughout the year, but it’ll allow you to serve everyone with a happier heart.

@perryvaile @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

Not only am I a big believer in keeping a constantly-renewed creative soul, but in finding a healthy work/life balance. One thing I love to do to prepare for the next week (or two), is check the PhotoVision website to get an idea of their estimated process/scan times (FYI—right now it is TWO DAYS!!). Typically, I’m able to determine the exact day my film images will be delivered to me, and this allows me to plan my week around it, trade baby-watching days with my husband, schedule shoots and set meetings with enough time to return my client’s images within 24-48 hours of receiving them back from PV!

@perryvaile @makeupforyourday @bhldn @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

On days where I feel like I might be just running through the motions of a portrait, and I really want to create something fresh, I’ve found that trying to photograph the same image in 10 completely different ways (without changing the pose) is an amazing exercise that pulls way more out of me than I might have otherwise pursued. Try it for yourself. You might find that the first few frames are easy (typically, shots that are wide, tight, of hands or blowing hair) but it’s the 5th, 6th and 7th shots that really make you think outside of the box, and the final 3 that push you into completely new approaches that might just be your best, most creative work yet.

@perryvaile @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

One of my very favorite writers, Anne Lamott, once said that “almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” I’ve found it to be incredibly true, and also shockingly accurate, for the creative spirit. Taking a social media detox, sitting with friends in PERSON, watching the wind outside my window—things that, at first, seemed like they might take away from my business, have profoundly impacted its growth by releasing me to freely create without distraction.

@perryvaile @lindseyreganthorne @trumpetandhorn @misshayleypaige @rrosecreative @nuagedesignsinc @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

This my favorite “first look” image I’ve ever taken, and it was of a couple I’ve never met. I was on vacation hiking in Alberta and looked up to see a lone man standing in a nearby field, as a woman in a wedding gown walked up to him from a distance. I could have easily missed seeing them entirely if I’d not been soaking in the view around me. I only had 3 frames left on my camera, and timed them to capture her approach, his reaction and their embrace. I continue to keep the image up in my office as a reminder that beauty is right in front of us, if only we pay attention.

@perryvaile @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

The more unique your images are in the sea of other fine art photographers, the better. Don’t worry if your heart is pulled into a direction other than “the norm.” You wanna shoot Shetland ponies on the coast of Ireland? Get it, girl. You think maybe Ektar film might be your jam? Hey, boy hey. Find what makes your work yours alone—be it location, posing, subject, shooting style, whatever that may be—and don’t apologize for it. Pretty soon, clients will be showing up for their Ektar-infused Shetland Pony Portrait Session, and you’ll be completely irreplaceable.

@perryvaile @aandbcreative @sarahseven @jaredethridge @twigssfloral @nikol_elaine @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

It’s hella easy to get so inspired, so wrapped up in own worlds as creatives, that we begin to define ourselves by what we MAKE. If there’s one bit of advice I feel most compelled to share (and remind myself of constantly) it’s that our most important roles, and nearly the entirety of our true worth, is in who we are to each other as spouses, parents, friends and encouragers. You are so much more than a photographer. Realizing this is the first step in making your business work for you, instead of the other way around.

@perryvaile @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

Well, we finally made it! I’m at the end of my PV Takeover and it’s my hope that beyond simply providing tips and tricks, I’ve helped to  encourage you to celebrate the beauty in having a unique voice and reinvigorated you to have the strength it takes to stay the course. The Wood family at PhotoVision has been invaluable to me in my own journey on this path, and I’m forever grateful for them and the dedicated team at PhotoVision. If any photographer is interested in coaching, please join me in a one-on-one session I’m offering through @theschoolofstyling, or attend their full Creative Online Academy! 

@perryvaile @ambyanevents @venitaaspen  @carolhannahbridal @teighlanorris  @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm