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We're a small-town, family owned and operated photo lab that never gave up on film. Today we provide top-notch film processing, scanning, and printing services from film and digital with the best customer service in the industry.

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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

Brian Whitt + PV Takeover + Day 1

PhotoVision Team

Hi there! My name is @brianwhitt. I am a wedding and editorial film photographer based in Portland, Oregon and I am honored to be hosting a #pvtakeover for the next few days. I totally could not do this without PhotoVision! Over the last few years and many conversations, I have fallen pretty hard for PV. More doting on PV to come, but during my time with you, I want to talk about something that is not always as pretty as the images we share . . . Vulnerability. As creatives and photographers, we experience it all the time—heck, it's part of being human! Being vulnerable as an artist means taking chances, putting yourself out there and bringing to life something no one else has seen before. For us wedding photographers, we do this by showing the love and unique connections our couples share in a beautiful, artistic way. I personally have a huge thing for human relationships, and I believe these connections are why we are here—to be vulnerable with one another. If you'd come along with me, over the next few days I'll be sharing how some of my own creative vulnerabilities actually led to spectacular outcomes, along with a little help from my friends at PhotoVision!

Photo by @shannonvoneschen.

#briansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #bend #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 1: This . . .  the FIRST image I ever took on film, was at the #erichmcveyworkshop and was scanned overnight by PhotoVision! In my opinion, there is a lot of beginner’s luck in this image, as it took me another good year of playing with only one or two film stocks to really embrace and feel confident about being a film photographer. Up until this image, I was shooting digital for about a year and a half. And before my digital days, I hadn’t picked up a camera more complicated than an iPhone. But once I realized film was what I had been seeking, I was hooked—hard—and jumped into the deep end. I put all my business’ resources toward @erichmcvey’s workshop in October 2014. It was a huge exercise in vulnerability for me. I had never worked with film before and knew so little about film photography, but here I was investing in a workshop led by a super-talented guy with a #manbun surrounded by talented photographers. The only thing I had to lean on was my gut feeling that I knew it was the right investment both professionally and personally. Erich and @amymcvey’s workshop was beyond incredible, and this image wouldn’t have been possible without a ton of wonderful folks believing in my work before I truly did.


#pvtakeover #briansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #bend #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @magnoliarouge @ginnyau @tingefloral @theamyclarke @thehalcyonagency @rubiconnyc @shopbop @jennamrainey @froufrouchic @musemanagement @redleafstudios @nevealbums @weddingchicks @fujifilm_northamerica

 

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 1: Creating a safe space that enables couples to feel super comfortable is paramount to me. I love the moments when I am able to encourage couples to be vulnerable with each other so their unique love can shine through in an image. I want them to remember and be inspired by these moments again and again. Working with couples out in nature in small, intimate groups has really enabled me to foster a space of comfort and freedom, allowing couples to express their love more freely. Also, I give lots of positive feedback during the shoot to lighten the mood, by telling couples how much I love what’s happening in the moment, by cracking jokes or just by talking about one of my favorite subjects—food. When you take the focus off your camera, folks can really relax, and then you have an opportunity to capture real, true, authentic moments. Lindsay and Jai here have such a beautiful love and I wanted to be sure I caught an image of their tenderness for one another.


#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #fuji400h #smithrock #bend #oregon #oregonstateparks #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @lewisandlevy @oncewed @oregonstateparks @fujifilm_northamerica

 

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 1: This shot did not magically appear after the first try. It took me 3 or 4 good runs to capture the inherent movement of @clairelafaye’s stunning gown. When I first started photographing people, I used to feel silly asking a model or couple to repeat a movement or pose. I would think, “Is this person going to wonder why I didn’t catch it the first time?” or “What the heck kind of professional is this guy?!” But over time, I relaxed and learned to pay close attention to what catches my eye, to try new things and never compromise on delivering the best results I possibly can. That doesn’t mean I act like a little Mussolini who has to control everything. The goal for all of us is to deliver our own best work. There is no need to feel silly for doing something different, as long as your clients are having fun. Take a chance on your vision and be confident with the people you are photographing. Most likely, others will believe in you and add to your vision. And when they see their final images, they will be so happy you went for it!

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #fuji400h #portland #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @clairelafaye @lewisandlevy @ckennedybeauty @weddingsparrow @elderoak_and_thorn @adoredvintage @fujifilm_northamerica

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 1: I have become such a sucker for close-up portraits! I love their intimacy and how they capture something special about the subject. When I first started photographing people, I would not have dared getting my camera 10 inches from someone else's face. Talk about being all up in their personal bubble! When you take shots like this, it's all about expressing confidence in yourself and inspiring confidence in your subject. I give lots of positive encouragement and very little direction to help my subject feel comfortable in the vulnerable moment we share. I also don’t linger and try to make the process fairly quick and painless. Here, there is something to be said about @kimiaa7’s eyes that seem to gaze straight through you.


#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #fuji400h #portland #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @bellelumieremagazine @fujifilm_northamerica

 

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.

@brushfire_photo #brushfiresvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #lewissmithlake #alabama #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @bellelumieremagazine @ginnyau @kaelarawson @twigssfloral @shopgossamer @brittanybmassey @fujifilm_northamerica

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.

@brushfire_photo #brushfiresvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #phoenix #arizona #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @ashleygainweddings @royalpalmshotel @fujifilm_northamerica