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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

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

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