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Brian Whitt + PV Takeover + Day 3

PhotoVision Team

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 3: I just love the joy this mama feels for her baby in this moment. I am constantly pushing myself to capture more authentic moments. Never be afraid to respectfully take charge of a shoot. I often, if not always, pick locations for my clients and often help them pick their outfits. After all, they are counting on ME to deliver my best, and so am I. It is OK to take charge in a heartfelt and confident manner and simply explain why you’ve selected a particular location. However, I will always ask where my clients feel their best—open spaces or closed spaces. As I have learned from @ginnyau’s styling course, this will help put clients more at ease. Believe in yourself no matter what! You are worth it. You have a skill and a talent and a commitment as a photographer to deliver powerful and meaningful images to clients.

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #portra400 #portland #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodak @kodakprofilmbiz
 

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 3: “Vulnerability is about sharing our feelings and our experiences with people who have earned the right to hear them.” — Brené Brown

Be bold. Share your talents with the world and always deliver your best work! You will soon find yourself surrounded by creatives who continuously inspire you and encourage you to execute your vision. I loved collaborating on this bridal editorial shoot with @elizabethdye titled #projectpirateship. The concept was born from Elizabeth’s creative vision, inspired by a ‘90s music video and a shipwreck, that took place off the Oregon coast. Here, our bride is longing to see her groom as she waits on shore for his return. (Spoiler alert! He doesn’t make it, so the shoot takes a moody, but beautiful turn.) This project was such a blast and it’s always a pleasure to try something new creatively with great friends.

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #fuji400h #peteriredaleshipwreck #fortstevens #oregoncoast #oregonstateparks #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @ckennedybeauty @oregonstateparks @fujifilm_northamerica

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 3: No matter what, always be yourself when working with other people, and don’t be afraid to have a little fun! From time-to-time, I feel like I need to constantly direct my subjects, but I have to remind myself this isn’t the case. I want my clients’ photos to be unique to them, to be a true documentation of their personal relationship—not what *I* think they should be or how they should look. I’ve found that when I give my subjects broad, sweeping directions, the outcome is much more genuine. When the moment and the couple are right, I can say, “Hey, whisper something weird in his ear!” And that’s when we get an interaction like this . . . one of pure joy.

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #fuji400 #smithrock #bend #oregon #oregonstateparks #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @lewisandlevy @oncewed @oregonstateparks @fujifilm_northamerica

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 3: A huge thanks to PhotoVision for allowing me to take over their Instagram for a couple days. There is absolutely no way I could do this work without them. They are such a highly-capable, responsive and genuine group of people. I feel so grateful that they process my film. Their work is second to none!

It has been such a pleasure sharing some of my vulnerabilities as a creative and how to inspire your couples to be more vulnerable. We are all on this journey together. May we continue to support and encourage one another along the way. Keep up the great work, everyone! And please, feel free to drop me a line at Brian@BrianWhitt.com, I am here to help! 🙂

#pvtakeover #briansvision #contax645 #fuji400h #bend #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #erichmcveyworkshop @erichmcvey @ginnyau @tingefloral @theamyclarke @thehalcyonagency @theenglishdept @jcrew @jennamrainey @froufrouchic @tonyculver @samantha_dearing_ @musemanagement @redleafstudios @nevealbums @weddingchicks @fujifilm_northamerica

Heather Hawkins + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

@heatherhawkins Takeover Day 3: Shooting film pushes me to be a better photographer, forcing me to be present in the moment and take the time to compose something meaningful. The intentionality behind each frame is one of my favorite parts of shooting film.

#pvtakeover #heathersvision #contax645 #zeiss80mm #portra160 #photovisionprints #sp3000 @tracymeltonartistry @shopgossamer @oncewed @hochzeitsguide @taylorgreene @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

 

@heatherhawkins Takeover Day 3: This is one of my favorite images, styled and directed by @ginnyau, someone I am often inspired by. To incorporate movement here, we held a fan off to the right of the model—simple things like that can help humanize an image and add a layer of emotion. I love capturing the femininity of a bride by focusing on her hands, lips, shoulders, etc. Thank you so much for following along these past three days, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my work and hearing my perspective! I’m signing off here, but would love for you to follow me over at @heatherhawkins! Please feel free to ask me any questions, I would love to hear from you! 

#pvtakeover #heathersvision #contax645 #zeiss80mm #fuji400 #dallas #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #ginnyauworkshops @bowsandarrowsflowers @samuellecouture @oncewed @saavy_barker @fujifilm_northamerica

Erich McVey + PV Takeover + Day 5

Stephen Wood

@ginnyau really broke the mold when she conceptualized and styled this session for the #erichmcveyworkshop in Elk, CA. Ginny provided this real couple, @jilliannadine & @alexmakuls, a few key directions/actions to recreate within their boudoir session. During a 20 minute period, music played softly and no one spoke. These quintessential attributes are present in all of her @loomcurated work, and has greatly impacted the way I interact with my own clients. MUAH by @mimiandtaylor | Location: @cuffeyscoveranch | Shot on #portra800

I love the way the colors shine through in this image, shot on #fuji400h. The light and sky were so perfect, I had to stop for a moment and capture this image during a portrait shoot on the edge of Fishing Rock, near Depot Bay, Oregon.

Thanks so much to everyone who followed along with me while I took over PhotoVision's account this week! Community is something I didn't even realize I needed until I finally had it in this industry, and it's something I try my hardest to contribute to on an ongoing basis. If you have a question, are looking for encouragement, or just want to say "hi", please know you're always welcome to shoot me an email at erich@erichmcvey.com. I'm truly happy to hear from all fellow photographers passionate about their craft. We're in this journey together, and building each other up is truly the fastest way to success and fulfillment for everyone. To wrap up this take over, here's one final image, shot on #fuji400h in Elk, CA during a scouting/planning trip for an #erichmcveyworkshop with @meredithadelaide, @ginnyau, @amymcvey and @twigssfloral. While we were shooting in a small secluded cove a massive grey whale appeared just off shore and watched us for 15 minutes while we worked. We all just stopped and stared in awe (before realizing the sun was setting and we needed to get back to shooting!). I'm so thankful for photography, the memories and experiences that being a photographer has provided me, and for the incredible people I've been lucky to meet along the way. Thanks again everyone - have a great weekend! - Erich 

Erich McVey + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

@erichmcvey Takeover Day 3: Anastasiya putting on her shoes the morning of her wedding in a beautiful villa outside of Rome, shot on #fuji400h. I love shooting wedding details in a way that brings them into the bigger story of the day. Still life shots of things like shoes, rings and other accessories are great, but when you can show these special details as part of a broader scene or moment, it brings so much more depth and meaning to the individual elements, gathering them collectively into one overarching narrative. 

@erichmcvey Takeover Day 3: Hands at work, shot on #fuji400h. This quiet moment was captured during @ginnyau’s creative process workshop in France, with an incredible team gathered to make a whole lot of magic. @sarah_winward @ginnybranch @signoraemare @shopgossamer @froufrouchic @marionhphotography

@erichmcvey Takeover Day 3: Let’s be honest. Sun flare and I have a love/hate relationship. It has the potential to make a film image muddy and meh, but it can also make an image sing, like this one shot on #fuji400h in Sausalito, CA for @geraldinemagazine with @mimiandtaylor, @studiomondine, @taylorrick, @janik_kaspar and @starsmanagement.

Erich McVey + PV Takeover + Day 2

Stephen Wood

I love movement in photos. Whether it be a literal action shot, where the subject is moving through the frame, or a more implied movement like wind blowing through hair. Movement brings an elevated sense of energy to a moment. This image shot in Italy on #fuji400h, at @castellobracciano for @melindarosedesign’s latest collection, and featured as the cover story for @magnoliarouge. Model: @ariluberti of @glamour_model_management | Gown: @shopgossamer | MUAH: @hairmakeuprome.

Real emotion, captured during those unplanned moments that show the love and natural interaction between two people, is something I continually strive to capture. This image, shot on #fuji400h, during an engagement session in Carmel, CA, is a perfect example of that timeless authenticity I love to document for my clients.

Veils + sunset light. Always a winning combination. Shot on #fuji400h, this image was shot at last year’s #erichmcveyworkshop in Elk, California. Dress and veil by @_emilyriggsbridal, a phenomenal designe hose work I always love shooting. Styling: @ginnyau | MUAH: @mimiandtaylor | Model: @natasarafinchan of @option_models.

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

Donny Zavala + PV Takeover

Stephen Wood

Hello all, Donny Zavala here! It’s an honor to have the opportunity to take over PhotoVision’s Instagram for the next three days! I’m looking forward to sharing my film journey, my style, why I shoot film, how I got started and a bit about my upcoming workshop in Oregon! First off is this image from the Erich McVey Workshop last June in Elk, California. Prior to attending the workshop, I had been shooting film for about a year. When I first started shooting film, my eyes were drawn to Erich’s work. Long story short, he is why I shoot film. Attending his workshop was amazing and taught me a lot . . . yet, it was just the beginning of digging deep, chasing my film photography dreams and creating my own journey. Your journey is yours, but bring others along for the ride—collaborations lead to knowledge and inspiration. Be driven, be vulnerable, be available, be open, and lastly, don’t settle for less.

@lindseyreganthorne @misshayleypaige @rrosecreative @_emilyriggsbridal @froufrouchic @mimiandtaylor @ginnyau @natasarafinchan @beufe @erichmcvey @oncewed @kaelarawson @hello.tea @tesscomrie @option_models @nevealbums @fujifilm_northamerica @pixieset @cuffeyscoveranch @makeandstow #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #elk #california #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #erichmcveyworkshop

I was recently asked, “How do you avoid posing your clients?” . . . Honestly, I think posing a client is inevitable, as most clients are not models. However, I don’t call it posing—I call it directing to create real moments. Even though I direct, I will not take a picture until I see that my subjects are engaged in a small vignette of honest interaction. I choose the right backdrop with the right lighting, then I ask the couple to engage in conversation. This is where the story is told slowly and carefully through my images. My clients will get high-fives when they share their real moments with me! We will cover how to do just this in my upcoming Oregon Coast Workshop this August.

@lavendersflowers @tonoandco @hikarimurakami @etablirshop @roseanddelilah @nikkiannespahn @ishaanreyna @byangeline #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #la #california #sunnygablescastle #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #oregoncoastworkshop

Often times it’s easy for us to focus on the small details of a shoot, and we forget how important it is to showcase the environment in which the story is being told. When I first started, I was always shooting close-ups and the intimate tight shots. It took a while to slow down and notice the scenery surrounding my subject. Case in point—recently I met with a client in Portland, Oregon who was getting married at Smith Rock and she said, “I want to remember where I got married.” So, grab yourself a 45mm to capture the entire scene. Your client will be thankful you did. 

@foragedfloral @clairelafaye @jocelynbangsund @trumpetandhorn @edgehairmakeup #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #smithrock #oregon #sunnygablescastle #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm

Light is the single most important element in film photography. Light is vitally important for how I want my images to turn out. Thanks to my main man, Erich McVey, who showed me the way, I’ll chase the light all day long, for it can make or break an image (as it will make or break my final images and how I want my style to continue to evolve.) My quick tip: find out your local sunset time, grab some Fuji400, a light meter and start shooting about 45 minutes before sunset and 15 minutes after the sun dips below the horizon line. Come learn more at the Oregon Coast Workshop! (Interestingly, this image was taken at sunrise. Similar rules apply.)  

@ponderosa_and_thyme @elderoak_and_thorn  @alextical @elizabethdye@austieeckley @byangeline @bigwigdonuts @foragedfloral @erichmcvey #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #silverton #oregon #strandfarm #sunnygablescastle #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #oregoncoastworkshop

What are “authentic moments,” outside of becoming an industry cliche? Authentic moments come from events that are real, fluid and occur naturally. In the midst of a shoot, I constantly ask myself: Are these moments truly happening? Or am I making them happen? The client, now more than ever, is seeking authentic moments—and we, as photographers, must deliver. We can do this by having input in the pre-wedding itinerary. Allowing time to capture real moments as they unfold is crucial to avoid re-creating moments later in the day. Establishing a pre-wedding itinerary with your clients at the forefront will make this task much easier and your clients will love you for it! Yes, some weddings will need redirecting . . . but you’re in control—make it happen!

@lavendersflowers @tonoandco @hikarimurakami @etablirshop @roseanddelilah @nikkiannespahn @ishaanreyna @byangeline #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #la #california #sunnygablescastle #photovisionprints #sp3000

How often have you second-guessed your talents? Have you ever felt like your work wasn’t good enough to work with a certain vendor? Don’t worry, if we’re honest, we’ve all been there. I’ve been there. I’ve asked and been turned down many times. What does that mean? Does it mean I wasn’t good enough? Did my style clash? Was it because I don’t shoot film well enough? Why? This is perhaps one of the most challenging areas for photographers, and will tear many of us apart in ways that are unhealthy, creating doubt. Let me tell you one thing—don’t quit. Pick your head up and look the other way. Look for other opportunities. Having a few styled shoots under your belt can greatly impact your chances of being published, and I will cover how to do just this at the Oregon Coast Workshop this summer. Your opportunity is waiting. Go get it!  

@ponderosa_and_thyme @elderoak_and_thorn  @alextical @elizabethdye@austieeckley @byangeline @bigwigdonuts @foragedfloral #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #silverton #oregon #strandfarm #sunnygablescastle #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #oregoncoastworkshop

Going the extra mile for clients and vendors is a huge part of our job. This can be anything from a quick email to showing up early to scout the venue! Ultimately, word of mouth and how we interact with others will make or break a deal, I can’t stress this enough. Prior to working in photography, I spent 15 years in the customer service industry, where my day consisted of making people smile, making sure the door was held open for them and asking them how I could help. (If I could teach a class just on this, I would, but I think I’d need a whole workshop to cover this aspect of our jobs.) Self-employment is fun, but we still have to remember that we are working with other human beings who want to be well-liked, well-received and well taken care of. Come hear me speak about this at the Oregon Coast Workshop this August. We owe it not only to our clients, but to our career.

@fujifilm_northamerica #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #kailua #hawaii #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm#oregoncoastworkshop

Why do I shoot film? Seriously, shooting film is great—but it can be challenging, and at times, disappointing . . . bad light, out-of-focus images, incorrect settings and finicky cameras can make for an awful day. (You know what I’m talking about.) But I would not trade it for anything. Film has created an opportunity for me to work with amazing clients, vendors and other film photographers. I’m not biased toward all things film—digital photography is amazing, and there are lots of digital photographers who bring so much talent to the industry. So why is film for me? I have found that when I look at my film images, they evoke a feeling of satisfaction. I can remember the very moment I composed the image, hear the laughs from my clients and remember the second I released the shutter. It’s an art form that continues to challenge me. It allows me to be more consistent in my images and have control of my overall aesthetic. But don’t go at it alone. Ask other film photographers for advice, attend a film workshop, and most important, establish a relationship with the professionals at PhotoVision—they will care for you throughout your film journey!

@lavendersflowers @hikarimurakami @etablirshop @roseanddelilah @clairelafaye @nikkiannespahn   @byangeline @laralamphotography @spostophoto @Seniman_calligraphy #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #la #california #sunnygablescastle #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm

It’s been an amazing journey thus far, and I’ve enjoyed sharing my story with you all during my PV Takeover! Now I want nothing more than to share my story with all photographers! Join me and @tylerrye_ on the beautiful Northern Oregon Coast for our workshop this August! The Oregon Coast Workshop is set to take place amongst some of the most desired shooting locations in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you can join us for what will be an exciting 4 days of learning and growing with inspirational shoots and educational sessions. Registration is open and can be found via my website www.donnyzavalaphotography.com. Speakers include PhotoVision’s own Stephen Wood, along with @jannabrowndesign and @jenny_sanders_

@clairelafaye @trumpetandhorn @magnoliarouge @mastinlabs @redtreealbums @shootproof @melindarosedesign #donnysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400 #oregoncoast #strandfarm #sunnygablescastle #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #oregoncoastworkshop

 

Matoli Keely + PV Takeover

Stephen Wood

Next up on PV Takeovers, we’re honored to welcome @matolikeelyphoto! Matoli is based in San Diego, CA and the DC metro area and loves to travel and see where her passion takes her. Stay tuned for the next three days as Matoli shares her wisdom on all things film! . . . I have been lucky enough to build an amazing relationship with the PhotoVision team, and I can’t express enough how honored I am to be doing a three-day Instagram takeover! My film journey began Feb. 2014, when I purchased a 35mm camera from eBay. Through a lot of trial and error, I realized I had an incredible amount to learn. That fall, I attended Erich McVey’s workshop and it completely changed my life. From then on, I have sought to learn all that I can about film, find my vision and also push myself try new things—even when I continuously fail. This image was taken at the workshop and is one of my favorites because it was the first time I began to truly understand how composition and framing can elevate an image. I look forward to sharing some of my favorite images, the stories behind them and also some photography tips.
 
#matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #bend #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @erichmcvey @ginnyau @ashleylbeyer @theamyclarke @thehalcyonagency @rubiconnyc @ivorywhiteboutique @jcrew @monvoirco @froufrouchic @sydneybabcock @musemanagement @option_models @redleafstudios @nevealbums @weddingchicks @fujifilm_northamerica

Film and light go together like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, yin and yang! On their own, they are amazing, but put together, they can honestly be breathtaking. I could not reinforce enough how important it is to chase the light. You might be afraid to take the leap and put your subject directly in front of your light source, but trust me, when you nail the shot, you nail it! When I try something new with my shooting, I still keep a notebook with me that has my settings—just in case the image is not what I was expecting, then I know exactly what I did wrong. This has helped me tremendously to avoid the same mistakes over and over. This image was Fuji400 at f2, and the sun was just at the perfect spot on the horizon. I was originally shooting her from the side, but when I stood directly in front of her, the light was incredibly bright—I could barely see her face—but I decided to take the shot anyway because I knew the dynamic range of film could handle it.

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #richmond #virginia #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @tuckahoeplantation @jewelsbygrace @susanlimmakeupartist @izzilous @alessatatiana @theartistagency @girlwithaseriousdream @septemberletters @creative.candles @silkandwillow @arteitalica @shopgossamer @lindahaevents @fujifilm_northamerica 

One of the greatest things you can do is keep shooting as much as possible—different stocks of film in different lighting conditions. This is the only way you can definitely determine what works for you and what does not. I was fortunate to take a trip to Portugal last year, and during my free time, I explored some of the cities and captured as much as I could on film only. Personal work is the best way to really develop your eye and push your creativity. When you are shooting for yourself, there is more freedom to experiment and continuously foster your love for photography. It is also a great way to get to know your camera, its limits and make it an extension of yourself. It should be second nature when you handle your camera, and the only way to do this is to shoot, shoot, shoot!

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #thealgarve #portugal #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

Photography is an incredible source of storytelling. This is one of the reasons why I absolutely love film—it has allowed me to slow down and just be in the moment, and that is something I always encourage others to do. When you take the moment to think of what is happening, why you are taking that specific frame, and then compose and click the shutter, you are making that frame count! I have come to appreciate photography a lot more since I stopped shooting for the sake of shooting and actually began having intention behind each frame. In this image, the bride was putting on her late mother’s bracelet, which she had worn during her own wedding. What an incredibly significant moment for her, and I was honored I could give her this image to represent it.

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #josephinebutlerparkscenter #washingtondc #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

My journey into photography is a little different from most. My background is rooted in the sciences, specifically biochemistry and molecular biology. It’s often a surprise to others that I have completely different passions I pursue—yet I have found a way to make both of them work. The analytic and high-attention-to-detail portion of the sciences definitely helps with my shooting and quest to continue to push myself and get answers and the results I desire. My point here is that not everyone is able to go full-time with photography for several reasons—but don’t let that stop you from pursuing your passion. Always find a moment, if possible, to keep fostering that creative part of your life. I tend to take my camera with me everywhere when not at work, just in case I see something worth capturing. This image was taken in a parking lot when I saw these gorgeous blooms! Don’t forget that beauty is all around us.

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #grocerystoreparkinglot #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

It has been an incredible honor to share some of my favorite images and provide a few photography tips, which I hope were helpful. Thank you to my lab team, PhotoVision, for giving me this platform and opportunity to share my experience. You have all been very instrumental in my journey and the consistent advice you provide is invaluable. I will leave you all with this—you never know your true potential until you push yourself. You may feel the odds are against you, you may be discouraged when you fail, but no one is perfect, no one gets it right the first, second or even the third time—and sometimes we may never get “it” at all, but during the process, you will definitely learn something valuable. Thank you, everyone!

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #marignyoperahouse #neworleans #louisiana #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @marchesafashion @ostajewelry @coffee_and_pen @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm 

 

Kylie Martin + PV Takeover

Stephen Wood

It was about a year and a half ago that I made my way to Elk, CA with a group of enthusiastic film photographers. It was the most captivating experience of my career, I feel like I truly fell in love with film there. I was able to connect, create and learn. I grew an appreciation for the imperfections of film and a serious love affair with light. This image has everything I aspire to create as a photographer: beautiful light, a story, emotion and authenticity.

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Let the Littles be Little: This is my own personal rule that I can't preach enough about. Children are, by nature, very curious, imaginative, playful and emotional. I find that allowing them to run, play, laugh, cry and explore helps me see inside their little world and document it in the most authentic way. I love how little Mae found her way to this spot without direction or coaxing. She truly was amazed by the beautiful ocean before her and this image to me captures her child wonder perfectly. 

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It's All In the Details: When you stand in front of a client, you are there to capture their story at this point in their journey. I find that the story is hidden in the details. Think about it--the people you know best in life have un-missable mannerisms and personality traits. I go out of my way to try and capture those little quirks and traits in a session. It can be anything from the way a child holds their dad's hand, to how a woman looks at her fiancé, to how a couple interlocks when they hug. All of these details piece together a story and help the viewer feel emotionally-connected to the images, yearning for more.  

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Understanding Light: Next to having great relationships with your clients, understanding light is the most important key to achieving beautiful, luminous images. This quote by George Eastman is something I reference consistently: "Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light." Take advantage of the resources out there and truly study the things that will propel you toward success--understand light, understand your equipment and learn to utilize them together. This image remains one of my favorites. I love that while Melissa is the main focus of the portrait, the light engulfing her tells the story, showing warmth and intimacy. If you give light a voice, it will speak.  

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The Art of Observation:  We have all done it--gone into a session with the intention of getting it featured on our favorite blog or magazine, the whole "I need this shot, I need this detail, etc." The problem with this mindset is that we don't give authentic imagery when we are so wrapped up in posing and capturing our "dream shots." That is why I urge everyone to take a step back at your sessions and really observe what is going on in front of you. Is the couple nervous? Are they playful? Are they shy? Are they totally smitten? What makes them smile? What makes them at ease? It is our job to observe and document, not create an unauthentic environment of who we think they should be. Take time with your next client to really step back and observe them, learn them and appreciate them for who they are in that moment. 

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Don't Be Afraid of Eye Contact: The cliché saying is true: "eyes are the window to the soul." After realizing that 90% of my portrait work lacks eye contact, I have recently started to go out of my way to fix that. I think eye contact can be intimidating as a photographer. Eyes are so emotional. l find that you can tell quite quickly how comfortable your subject is when you ask them to look straight into your camera. So the challenge goes back to "The Art of Observation," really pay attention to your subject and connect with them. This image was taken on a beach at sunset. A new mother-to-be, she was trying to tame her hair in the wind. I observed this natural moment and asked her to bring her gaze toward me. It was only about two seconds before she started laughing, but that moment of serenity on the ocean was captured.

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Be Creative and Have Fun: We are all artists in this industry, and that means we thrive on creativity. All too often, we slip into this fine art mold and don't really go beyond it. So I encourage you to try something new, try something that makes you say "Damn! Why haven't I done this before?!" You got into this line of work because you have an eye for art, so trust your gut and inspire yourself. Thank you all for listening to my ramblings this week and I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! 


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