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Savan Photography

PhotoVision Team

Hi y’all, it’s Savan with @savanphotography, a modern fine-art film wedding and portrait photographer living in the golden light state of California—Orange County to be exact. When I am not off photographing and witnessing couples saying their “I Do’s,” you can find me with my two young daughters and my husband, cooking or off on our next  traveling adventures. I love the outdoors, wine, coffee—OK, mostly wine—and love having great food and even better friends around me. 

My philosophy is very simple and uncomplicated. I absolutely adore connection and telling stories through my lens. I don't need any props, or over-the-top sessions, what I *do* need is pure love and connection between my clients and I, and oh, some pretty light. That human connection is so important and when it is found between client and photographer, it’s pure magic. Over the next few days, I’m going to share a little of my film journey along with some tips and what keeps me inspired. Thanks so much for following along and thanks to my sweet husband who took a look at me and said, “You really need a headshot on film wearing your SHOOT FILM t-shirt, so hand me your camera!”

📷 on #fuji400h with a #pentax645nii.

Why film? Gosh, there are so many reasons why I adore film—colors, tones, intentionality with my shooting and wanting a better work/life balance are all big reasons for me. But colors and tones by far are my main reasons for gravitating toward this medium. The colors of film are so vivid, yet real, and do not look overly processed. Of course skin tones on film are incomparable, leaving it so soft and dreamy like a painting. Shooting with intention is another huge reason for me to shoot film. Waiting for the right moment to press the shutter has helped me grow not only as an artist, but with my work flow. Since I am limited on how many shots are available per roll, and I limit myself to how many rolls I bring per session, I shoot less and LOVE my images so much more.

Shooting film takes time, and it takes an artist with the mindset of creating a perfect image literally in-camera, since there is no screen to see what you captured and no delete button.  Because you have to slow down and connect with your subject and be more intentional with shooting—not to mention waiting to receive your scans—the end result is so much more rewarding to your creative soul. Film somehow connects you with the simpler beauty of everyday life and makes you appreciate and notice what you otherwise wouldn’t have. 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @mountpalomarwinery in Temecula, California.

When I started my film journey, I was scared! Scared that people would frown on film—why would I shoot film when digital is so convenient, not to mention provides instant gratification? I thought that too for a bit and wanted to quit! But I realized how film impacted everything—especially how I approached every single frame and shot with intention. Like here in this image, I waited for the exact moment to capture running with the movement of her dress. Artists are their own worst critics, right?! But for the past years I can honestly say I'm proud of my work and know exactly who I am as an artist! 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Irvine, California.

When I was transitioning to all film, I knew it would take some time. People didn't understand it, the costs involved, logistics, etc., etc. At one point last year I even felt like quitting, even though I was getting a lot of inquiries, because I wasn't booking as much as I was the years before. I felt defeated that I wasn't good enough, that people didn't want to invest in film or a film photographer. My hubby quickly knocked some sense into me. He said, "Sure, you'll lose here and there, but your work has elevated and, believe me, people will see it and in the long run, you'll win because of how much you've worked to get here. You will win because you are now so proud of your new direction and work!” Well, he was right! Sure, my first year of shooting film was slower compared to years prior, when I never said no and literally gave away the kitchen sink and became so burnt out and felt taken advantage of. I can't believe I'm saying this, but at one time I thought, “Screw this film thing, clients won't get it.” However, now I see shooting film has made me not only a better photographer but through film I have created and defined my brand. And it's so rewarding to see the fruits of my labor paying off and giving me the competitive advantage!    

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Twentynine Palms, California.

There is something to be said about the experiences you have through your own journey. For me, it's experience from age, travel and most importantly, motherhood. I'll tell you right now, I would have never taken this image *period* in my 20s or even when I turned 30, not to mention one that focused on the vulnerability of motherhood. It was when I became a mama that I understood how important my job is to capture these moments for other mamas. It's not a "say cheese, smile at the camera" portrait, it is the quiet strength of a woman holding and gazing upon her baby. It is as an experienced artist not just from trial, error and work, but from age and life experiences that I hope to convey images of the most important job in the world—motherhood.    

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Mission Viejo, California.

Being an artist of any kind is tough in so many ways, not to mention emotionally exhausting. It's hard not to take things personally, because as an artist you not only put in so much time, but most importantly, you put in so much of yourself into every project. You struggle with always comparing yourself to others and never ever thinking you are good enough. It was about this time last year that I finally stopped comparing began to focus on *my* craft and what fueled *my* soul. And I learned that it's OK I wasn't everybody's photographer. I tell my oldest daughter this all the time, "Greatness takes time, nothing happens overnight.” 

So friends, if you want something, anything in life, stop talking about it and make it happen. Because you are always good enough!! 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Lake Elisnore, California.

Here's the thing—styled shoots, editorials, creative shoots or what I like to call them, “passion projects,” are so good for the soul. I get to shoot for myself and myself only, which lets me be super creative in trying new things/film stock without feeling pressure. I get to connect with other like-minded artists who share the same vision, not to mention shoot pretty people and florals with glowing light like this! 

My first priority with a shoot is creativity, and I don't ever go into a shoot with huge pressure of a publication in mind, but if it so happens to be the right fit for a publication that's also my style and aesthetic, then and *only* then do I submit it. 

Bottom line—shooting for you fuels your creative soul, because at the end of the day, it's *you* who are refining your craft for your current and future clients, who deserve, and frankly should demand, greatness—not sub-par work! 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

I get a lot of questions about my locations and my process to find them. Yes, I scout for locations that have it all: pretty trees, wild grass, maybe a stream or epic mountain top. But to be completely honest, I just need good light and if that means a “pull off the side of the road” or “back alley between buildings,” I’m not mad about it. LIGHT is key to my work, I love the warmth it gives all my images. At the end of the day, I want my images to pop with great, golden light. 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Valley Center, California.

Progression—it’s a great thing. Comparing yourself to others is the thief of joy. I've made plenty of mistakes, but you best believe me, I've learned from each one. When I started shooting film, people thought, “OK,” and when I said I’m going to shoot families on film they thought, “Now, she’s crazy!” Always follow your light and dreams and remember greatness takes time. And one more thing—be kind and share your knowledge with others!         

📷 on #fuji400h with a #pentax645ni in Portland, Oregon.

I believe it’s so very important to give back to our photography community and push our industry forward. I am an open book with my business, and I don’t shy away when other photographers ask questions or need help. I am very raw, candid and real with my IG posts about my struggles with film photography and running a small business. I have a deep passion about helping others along the way.  

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @missionsanjuancapistrano in California.

I can’t begin to express how humble and grateful I am to have met amazing couples, families and creatives who have been so kind and generous in my journey as a photographer. I still have to pinch myself every time I step into a portrait session or capture a couple’s “I Do’s” that this is really my job—I get to witness and document LOVE! I believe that having humility, paying it forward and respecting others who have come before you in this journey is so important to the depth and quality of your work.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #pentax645ni in Joshua Tree, California.

My best advice when starting film: give yourself some grace and take your time. Just like anything, greatness is not achieved overnight and it takes practice—lots of practice. Read books, watch tutorials, attend workshops, go to photography conferences, meet other #filmphotographers and like-minded creatives. Learn as much as you can and don't be afraid to make mistakes.  You will make them—a lot of them—and it is ok—you need to take notes and learn from them.  

Practice on a #35mm camera. This gives you 36 frames to practice lighting and exposure. Once you’ve got that down, then start shooting more on a #mediumformat.

Practice, don't give up and ask questions—in film forums, from film friends or film mentors. But most importantly, give yourself some grace and time to make mistakes, grow and refine your art and brand.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @the_field_house_michigan in Holly, Michigan.

Capturing those in-between moments is so important to me. Yes, you have to get those “everyone looking at the camera,” the ones parents and grandparents want, but you should also seek out and shoot those in-between moments and details as well. Once those images are all printed and put together in an album, they create a cohesive session and tell the whole love story of that wonderful day. 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Joshua Tree, California.

When I first started my photography career almost 4 years ago, I was shooting digital and my consistency was all over the map when it came to post/editing. There were so many "presets/filters" that could be applied and the possibilities were endless and overwhelming. I knew I wanted my digital images and work to "look like film," but getting them to—that was another story until my husband said, “If you want that look, shoot real film and don’t fake the funk.” So with that, I switched to using the incomparable medium of film. Now my colors and tones are always on point with my style and my images are consistent regardless if they’re of travel, families or weddings. 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @villadelsoldoro in Sierra Madre, California.

Shauna Veasey

PhotoVision Team

Hey y'all! My name is Shauna Veasey of @shaunaveaseyphotography and I am so excited to be hosting a #pvtakeover the next few days (pinch me)! I can’t wait to meet new film-loving friends over here. 🎞💕 I live in a small town just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, two sons and our fluff ball Bernedoodle, Blue. 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 🐶 I specialize in wedding and lifestyle photography and have been shooting film a little over 2 years. If I'm not behind the camera, you will most likely find me at a little league baseball game with the family or daydreaming about our next adventure. I love gardening, coffee shops and entertaining our friends and family. ⚾️✈️👩🏼‍🌾☕️ Over the next few days I'll be sharing about my journey as a photographer, along with a few tips and tricks I've learned along the way (mostly the hard way of course, smh). I'm stoked about connecting with you all and would love to get to know you a little better! Let's start here: tell me how photography found you! Stay tuned, I’ll be sharing how photography found me as well!

📷 by @caseygreenphotography on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Atlanta, Georgia.⠀

@shaunaveaseyphotography #pvtakeover Day 1 // Photography found me // When people ask me how I became a photographer, I often tell them, “I didn't find photography, photography found me.” ✨ I was content in my career as a 6th grade special education teacher, but somewhere along the way, photography found me and never let go—ultimately leading to a full-on career change. Now, thinking back on my childhood, it totally makes sense! Ever since I can remember, I have framed images in my mind and been drawn to beautiful sceneries. I recall as a young girl holding my hands up around my eyes as if envisioning the landscape through the viewfinder of a camera. ✋🏼👀🤚🏼Anyone else do this?! 😬 I have also always admired the art of storytelling. As a child, I had quite an imagination and often found myself expressing my creativity through writing 📝💫🦄👽(oh, the stories!). I never would have imagined that those 2 things would one day collide and become my true calling. Fast forward several years later, and what do you know—visual storytelling is the beat of my heart. 📷💕

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Positano, Italy.⠀

@shaunaveaseyphotography #pvtakeover Day 1 // Communicate with your lab // First and foremost, I want to rave about the incredible team over at @photovisionprints—where would we be without them?! 🎞✨ I cannot imagine my #filmjourney without this lab and am so grateful for their continued support and incredible customer service every step of the way. Thank you PV—you guys ROCK! 🤘🏼 I have found that communicating with my film lab *regularly* has been one of the most important aspects of creating consistent work and ultimately attracting my ideal client. After some jumping around in search of the perfect lab, I finally met the team at #PhotoVision. PhotoVision took an active role in communicating with me to ensure they were processing my images exactly as I wanted. I encourage you to open the lines of communication with your lab, be very specific about how you want your images to look by submitting preference images and don't be afraid to tell them when you aren't satisfied. If you keep the lines of communication open and ongoing, you will develop a relationship that will ensure consistency in the aesthetic you want to achieve. AKA: #winning

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at the Vinewood Plantation in Newnan, Georgia.⠀

@shaunaveaseyphotography #pvtakeover Day 2 // Let creative shoots fill your cup // Make time for personal work. Over the years, I have found that some of my favorite images have been from sessions or photoshoots I've planned or designed on my own. As an artist, designing and executing your own shoot, with your own vision, allows you to express yourself creatively and authentically. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing something you dreamed up come to life. ✨ I have found that making time for personal work is refreshing and rejuvenating and totally fills my creative tank. And, well—as you know— a full creative tank makes for a better photographer. Whether it be a styled bridal shoot or a simple lifestyle session, set aside a few times during the year to push yourself and photograph something you love. 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Georgia.⠀

@shaunaveaseyphotography #pvtakeover Day 2 // Make friends in the industry // There’s nothing more refreshing than a lunch date or coffee meet-ups with other photographers or vendors I’ve met along the way. 👯‍♀️☕️ Most of our job, as photographers, is connecting through social media, so it’s not unusual for us to find ourselves isolated in the office with our never-ending editing and task lists. 🖥💆🏼‍♀️ It is during these very busy seasons I find myself most thankful for my girls! When my creative tank starts running low, my friends inspire me, push me and keep me motivated. These women bless me daily with grace and empowerment and make me dream even bigger. 💪🏼💕 I’m not quite sure what I’d do without them. If you're feeling overwhelmed or uninspired, try reaching out on Instagram to make a new friend. You never know what a blessing their friendship could become.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Atlanta, Georgia.⠀

@shaunaveaseyphotography #pvtakeover Day 2 // Capturing motherhood // To me, the journey of motherhood is one of life’s most beautiful gifts. As a mother of 2 boys, I know how important it is to savor every fleeting moment. As an artist, it is my passion to capture memories, large and small, of mothers celebrating this special season. The second before a kiss, the way his hand reaches out for hers, the tiny wrinkles on a newborn baby’s hands . . . these are the treasures of life we long to remember. Serving mothers by creating tangible, visual heirlooms that preserve these precious moments is a gift I am honored and blessed to share.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at  Serenbe Farms in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.⠀

@shaunaveaseyphotography #pvtakeover Day 2 // Capturing the details // Styling and photographing details has become one of my favorite parts of telling my couple’s story, but I have to be honest—it hasn’t always been that way. Over the years, I have learned a few tricks to make the process more enjoyable while staying true to my style. Stay tuned for a few tips I’ve picked up along the way!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Georgia.⠀

@shaunaveaseyphotography #pvtakeover Day 3 //5 tips for shooting wedding details //  1.) Make a styling kit you can take with you to the wedding. My kit includes: ribbon, decorative scissors, ring boxes, styling boards (a few I’ve made myself!), trays, fabric, stamps, wax seal press, etc. 2.) Communicate with your couple about what details you would like them to bring. They have never been a bride and groom before, so this is all unknown territory for them. Communication is key. 3.) Find natural light. If I can’t find enough light in the bridal suite or venue by a window, take the invitation suite outside. No shame in the ‘finding good light’  game, y’all! 4.) Email the florist prior to the wedding and request loose flowers to use for styling. This thoughtful touch really makes the details flow cohesively with the rest of the wedding. Flowers are everything, amen?! 5.) Request an hour to cover all details. There is nothing worse than trying to style details in a rush.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in South Carolina⠀

@shaunaveaseyphotography #pvtakeover Day 3 // Travel, rest, reset // At times, being a business owner and photographer can be exhausting. Don’t forget to rest and reset when you’re feeling the weight of it all. Exploring new places is my favorite way to find inspiration and gain a fresh, new perspective about my work. Make room for adventures because sometimes a break from your routine and change of scenery is the very thing your creative soul needs.

Friends, before I sign off I wanted to share that I host a two day hands-on photography workshop once a year (@thriveworkshop) and also offer one-on-one mentoring sessions. If you are interested in either of these opportunities or just want to connect I'd love to meet you! Comment below or drop me a DM to say hello! Thank you for following along this week, it has truly been a treat. 💕

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Positano, Italy.⠀

Greer Gattuso

PhotoVision Team

Hello, beautiful people! @greergattuso here, and I am so excited to spend the next few days with you all diving into a bit of my personal journey and all things film! I have always been drawn to documenting and sharing stories through imagery. I remember looking back at my parent’s wedding album—seeing them young and in love, my grandparents there, everyone in celebration over two families coming together. I felt nostalgic, wishing I could be with them and, in a way, feeling like I was. Some of the photographs were taken in the house I live in now. I attend the church where they were married. Their images allow me to relive their day with them. They bring the earliest part of their relationship to life and remind me why I do what I do in the first place. Every relationship carries its own essence. My work is to create a place where people can be honest together—to engage meaningfully in a space they feel comfortable in and capture images they can hold for years to come. I look to capture images that bear witness to the beauty of real life.

📷 on #ilford3200 with a #contax645 in Louisiana.

I bought my first #filmcamera in college while studying photojournalism. To be completely honest, it did not feel natural at first! Learning exposures, bracketing and lighting was HARD, it all felt so foreign to me, and I knew it was going to take some time to learn my equipment and use it seamlessly. But I slowly became more confident in my exposures and lighting. As I practiced shooting and spent more and more time in the darkroom, it eventually became second nature. Learning photography on a film camera with no digital safety net forced me to pay attention to my shutter, aperture and film speed. I learned how these three crucial elements work together to create an ideal exposure.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at Longue Vue House & Gardens in New Orleans, Louisiana.

While studying photojournalism at Loyola University, I was able to study all the greats—Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Margaret Bourke-White, etc. I loved seeing how these incredible photographers told stories and I quickly gravitated toward documentary photography. I shot all film at the time and practically lived in the darkroom. It was then I fell in love with B+W photography, it is rich and timeless and filled with life. I knew I was right where I was supposed to be.

📷 on #ilford3200 with a #contax645 at Longue Vue House & Gardens in New Orleans, Louisiana.

After graduating college, I began working for “The Palm Beach Daily News” as a photojournalist. I documented #NYFW and Milan Fashion Week, along with traveling to Bolivia to cover medical missions. All on film! I was granted unlimited access to the paper’s darkroom. AND, get this, they even supplied ALL MY FILM. This is not a joke. I did not know how lucky I was to have a closet full of film at my fingertips just waiting to be exposed. That just doesn’t happen anymore, film is no longer found in newsrooms and darkrooms have been turned into storage closets across the country. These experiences fueled my passion for photography that documents the stories of real life.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Havana, Cuba.

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As my career at the newspaper began to slow down, I started photographing weddings—just for friends. And during that time, the paper was switching to digital, and they paid for ALL the equipment, so I made that transition right along with them. Photographing weddings felt like a natural fit for me. I went from shooting for an article—making sure my images matched the reporter’s writing—to using my creative eye. I loved the fast-pace environment of a wedding, and its high energy filled with love. I entered the wedding industry in the middle of a shift. The community had mostly been filled with male photographers. Female photographers were just starting to break the surface, becoming more and more common. I began to notice a shift from wedding days ran by a shot list, to one driven to capture the story at hand—from the details of “getting ready” to capturing the “grand getaway”—in a romantic, feminine way that presented a richer story.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at Longue Vue House & Gardens in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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I remember when I first learned about the digital camera. I was still working at The Palm Beach Daily News when a fashion photographer approached me in New York with a brand new Kodak digital camera and said, “Greer you need to look at this, it’s going to be big!” I just thought he was crazy, the images looked pixely and felt so different, but sure enough digital cameras changed the game. I put my film camera away for awhile and shot strictly digital. Looking back on those years, I realize digital was never able to produce the the same type of imagery and feeling that film created. The way film produces color and interprets light is incredible and something I could never recreate with digital. Going back to film was like returning home.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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After shooting digital for years, I returned home to film and bought a Contax645. To be completely honest, I went through a bit of a rough period at first. I had been investing in workshops looking to expand my knowledge of film and photography, but was unable to produce the same look I had in the years before. The images were hazy and muddy, and not what I had been expecting. I later learned, while attending another workshop, that my camera had fungus in the lens! Once I realized that the issue wasn’t me or my shooting, but an internal camera issue, I was able to get my confidence back and dove straight into the #filmphotography world! I continued taking workshops, practiced, practiced, practiced and called @photovisionprints with ALL of my questions! This community we work in is amazing and filled with so many resources. Continue to reach out to one another and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Looking back on my photography journey, it is easy to see how my style and work have changed over the years. When I see my film photography, I see more of me in my work. As I gaze at images shot on film, there is a certain romantic and feminine quality that I love. I strive for classic and timeless images ALWAYS. I studied great photographers whose work will live forever, and that is what I want to create for my clients.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Catskills, New York.

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Having clients choose me to be a part of their day and having faith in me to document it, is a huge honor! When entering a wedding day, I ultimately want my clients to be happy. Hearing what they want out of their images and their big day is crucial. The bride in this particular shot had told me she wanted her wedding featured in @Vogue_wedding . . . talk about pressure! Though this was my bride’s goal, I did not enter her wedding day as if it were for a publication. I just gave it my all, 100% and focused on the task at hand—capturing timeless images for this couple that will live forever. So when #VogueMagazine did pick up this wedding later on, I was thrilled! I’m always striving for publications on a personal level, but ultimately, if my clients are happy, I’m happy.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at Longue Vue House & Gardens in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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One of my life’s biggest accomplishments was setting a certain goal for myself and achieving it. My husband and I moved to New Orleans in January, 2010 with a 10-week-old baby girl and lived out of suitcases in my parent’s house, as we renovated my grandparent’s home to move into. One day I was sitting in my mom’s kitchen with my laptop and simply decided, “I am going to start a business.” I didn’t know how I was going to make it work, but I just knew it was what I needed to do. “I’m going to be a top photographer.” That’s what I kept saying to myself over and over again. Then I worked, really hard—really, really hard—and made it happen.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at Race and Religious in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jake + Heather Beerman

PhotoVision Team

Hello! We’re @jakestephenbeerman and @heathergracebeerman, husband + wife wedding photogs from Raleigh, North Carolina. We’re pretty crazy about each other and we adore loving on couples entering the new season of marriage—truly a perfect fit for what we do as photographers of natural, authentic wedding celebrations. We’re passionate about bringing authentic images to the world of #filmphotography. During our takeover, we’ll be sharing some of the ways we approach shooting a wedding day in order to come out on the other side with a storyline of genuine emotion and details. We can't wait to learn from you, too, as we want this takeover to be interactive! Seriously—we love connecting with new friends, so leave us a comment, say “Hi” and share something you love about where you live. 🙂 We’ll go first—we live in Raleigh, North Carolina and love being 2 hours from both the beach and mountains. 

Hi, friends! We’re Jake and Heather, and we’re so grateful to be here with you this week. When #PhotoVision approached us about taking over these little squares to share our heart + work with you, we were honored, excited and nervous. PhotoVision is like the best friend who sees you unfiltered for who you really are, with all your flaws, mistakes and growing pains, but loves you and believes in you just the same. Gosh, before we kick off, we truly want to thank PV greatly for the role they have played in our business and lives. For example, Heather only has 2 numbers on speed dial in her phone—Jake and PhotoVision. We have called them in fear, in joy, with questions, on jobs, for advice, you name it. This journey has not always been an easy one, but we’re eternally grateful we have a supportive lab who always has our best interest in mind. Leave some hearts below if you feel the same! ❤💕

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at the @thegraylynestate in North Carolina.

One of the things we’re passionate about is bringing joyful, authentic imagery to the world of #filmphotography. During our takeover, we’ll be sharing some of the ways we approach shooting a wedding day in order to come out on the other side with a storyline of genuine emotion and details. Today, we want to start with the heart behind it all—SERVING. Before we even start shooting a wedding day, we usually arrive early to walk the property and pray for our sweet couple. We understand this is not for everyone, but it helps remind us that we are here for THEM, to serve them and give them the best memories possible of their day. Before we even take out the cameras, our mindset is on creating a story that is real to them and, as a result, we have found that our creativity on their wedding day is far more abundant!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Charleston, South Carolina.

If you're a storyteller yourself, you might agree that much of a story is woven within the details. But let's evaluate that for just a second. One of our favorite things to do when shooting bridal details at the beginning of the day, is to first explore the venue or location for surfaces that might better enhance the story *before* we take out a styling board. When we are looking for something organic to the location to shoot on, we ask ourselves two questions: 1) Does this match our client's vision? and 2) Will this flow and fit in the overall storyline? If the answer is YES to both, we opt for using the surface unique to their location over a styling board.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at the #legarewaringhouse in Charleston, South Carolina.
 

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Let's talk about life in images. This is another way we approach shooting a wedding in order to craft a storyline filled with genuine emotion. Keeping our subjects moving is a conscious method we like to use to add life and momentum to our images and the overall story. There are still times during a session where we have to remind ourselves to grab a few traditional portraits of the couple looking directly into the camera, because it’s just so not what we do naturally! We like to look for the emotions and interactions that feel the most unposed and real. Brainstorm some directions you can give to your subjects to allow them to move a bit. You might be amazed at the natural embraces they fall into on their own after having them move and laugh together!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Savannah, Georgia.

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Continuing with our approach of shooting a wedding day to tell a story with the details, let's talk about reception details. One of our preferred ways to hone in on table details, in addition to overheads, is to get as close to even with the table as we can. If you try this framing, you’ll notice pretty quickly that it typically gives you ONE focal point to hone in on with a shallow depth of field dropping off behind your focus. It’s a great way to highlight the details your couples chose to include at their reception. These images turn out beautifully minimal and soft, pairing perfectly with your overheads and full table shots to complete the narrative of their dinner hour.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at the @barnatreynoldavillage in North Carolina.

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We’re often asking ourselves, “How can we combine our eye for artistry with genuine storytelling to craft images that are less about us as artists and more about the relationships of our couples?” When we’re looking for THOSE images to capture, we’re serving our clients the best we can and our work is, in turn, the best it can be. We really like to photograph our couples having a moment together when they don't think the camera is on them. Now, obviously this can be a hard thing to capture in perfect light in a perfect setting because it's often unplanned—but what if you could *kinda* plan it? Heather snapped this image on the way to sunset portraits with our couple. She told them to pause and hang out for a moment while she grabbed something in her bag, and after a few seconds, they naturally fell into this sweet embrace and began chatting. THESE are the in-between moments that showcase your couple’s true essence in the most tangible way.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @classicoaksranch in Dallas, Texas.

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Including the environment in your images is the GLUE to your storyline. If you take a few steps back further than you’re used to, you might begin to see things in your frame you didn't realize were essential to capturing the entirety of the atmosphere. Like how grand the tree is here this couple is dancing beneath. *Disclaimer:* Photographers usually have a tendency to shoot either wide or tight. We tend to shoot a bit tighter, so we have to consciously remind ourselves to back up and shoot wider. If you’re the opposite, and are more drawn to wider, scenic shots, challenge yourself to shoot the environment a bit tighter. If you REALLY want to challenge yourself, throw on a #Hoya filter and get some macro details of the environment around you.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at the #legarewaringhouse in Charleston, South Carolina.

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We have had such a blast hanging out with y’all this week! Thank you AGAIN to our amazing #PhotoVision fam for inviting us to host this week. And thank YOU for connecting with us and showing us so much love!! We’re grateful to have met so many talented, kind, new folks this week. 🙂 To the newbies, don’t be disheartened. Practice, learn and have grace with yourself. Get curious and ask questions. We have all been where you are. To the pros, keep your eyes on loving and serving your clients with your beautiful work. Create for them, create for you and trust your gut. Thanks for following along! We’re cheering you on in all that you do, friends!!! 💕

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cassidy Carson

PhotoVision Team

Hi, all! I’m @cassidycarsonphoto and I’m excited to be hosting a #pvtakeover! 🍾 I’m a destination fine-art film wedding photographer based in Nashville, Tennessee. 

🎞 *The first time I shot a film camera* was in 2006 while attending college at @LouisianaTech. I minored in photography and learned to shoot film on a 35mm Nikon I bought on eBay. 

👯 *My biggest influence* is my friend + fellow photog, @kristinsweeting, from Nashville. She is so good at shooting film in low light and has rebuilt her business after having a baby and taking time off. She was really worried she wasn’t going to be as successful as she was, but she has come back with a vengeance. 

📷 *My favorite tool in my camera bag* is my collapsible lens hood. It’s super cheap and everyone can have one. It saves me from having to use my hand to block the sun to avoid lens flare. 

🌍 *Dream photoshoot* I’ve always wanted to go to Europe and shoot with my Contax645, and this year, my dream came true! My husband @stephenalynch and I spent 3 weeks in Italy + Greece. It was so amazing I didn’t want to leave! 

🎵 *My pump-up song* is the “Hamilton” soundtrack and anything by Drake.

Photo by @stephenalynch on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Santorini, Greece.

I got into photography because of a friend in college. He needed models for a photography project he was doing on movement. I needed an elective, and the way he talked about his photography course intrigued me, so I signed up. I later minored in photography. Fast forward to graduation, I interned for my old Bible study teacher who was a wedding photographer. I laugh now because I said I’d never shoot weddings, but God obviously had other plans. I worked alongside her for 8 months, learning the ins and outs of the business, before I branched out and shot my first wedding on my own. ⚡

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Savannah, Georgia.

Behind the lens, I feel confident and in control. I second-guess myself a lot in life, but when I’m holding my camera, I know what to do, and I do it quickly and efficiently. 👌 How do you feel behind the lens? I’d love to hear below.

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Nashville, Tennessee.

My favorite thing is proving my couples wrong. Let me explain. So often I hear, “We’re so awkward in front of the camera!” I find that’s almost never the case once we get into the swing of shooting. Delivering photos where joy, confidence and intimacy radiate from my subjects is such a thrill. 🤵💕👰

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 at #thecordelle in Nashville, Tennessee.

One of the most important things about detail shots are the human elements. Don’t get me wrong, I love the simplicity of a ring on an invitation suite. However, what really resonates with clients is their ability to insert themselves into your photographs. I always include images of clients holding or wearing the details from a wedding. If a ring is passed on, it’s so special for the gift-giver to see photos of their loved one wearing that ring on their wedding day. 💍

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 at #cheekwood in Nashville, Tennessee.

A B+W photo is timeless. Romantic. And the lack of color allows you to easily pull focus toward what you want your viewer to see. Often for receptions, I choose to do B+W because there is so much happening, color can become distracting. B+W can help make for a more focused and seamless image. 🖤

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645.

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Movement on film is exciting. 🎉 It’s an experiment for the photographer and enchanting for the viewer. As photographers, it’s a risk. You’ll either get your images back and be in love, or they’ll look awful—which is also exciting! 🙂 Most fine-art photographers often think of an image as a still life, a frozen moment, and I’m excited that so many photographers are now implementing movement into their work. For viewers, you don’t always know what’s happening in a photograph. Movement helps give direction, revealing the story within the frame. 

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“What is my purpose? What do I want to be remembered for?” Honestly, I think about these questions all the time, and I have yet to come up with an answer for them. I’ll say this though, the best thing about my job is being surrounded by like-minded individuals. Sometimes, this industry can feel lonely and like you’re going at things alone. No one is an island, and there’s no way we can succeed without leaning on and confiding in each other. I challenge you to seek out people you can encourage and vice versa. A rising tide truly raises all boats.

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645.

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Too often I find myself forgetting the in-between photographs. The reactions to moments, the bridesmaids peeking in on the first look, the mom crying watching the father-daughter dance. They’re so important and incredibly special. If we’re missing them, then our clients most definitely are. I want to challenge photographers to avoid tunnel vision on the wedding day—slow down for just a moment and look around. What’s behind you could be your (and your client’s) favorite photo from the entire day. ✨

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Chase the light! The sun inspires me—I love bright, golden images. I don’t like working under cloudy skies, to be honest. I’m always seeking better light to please myself and my clients. I love how the light meshes and wraps around this (brave) groom on a ledge. 🌞

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 at #knappscastle near Santa Barbara, California.

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Don’t let your JPGs grow up to be JPGs! Print your work. My favorite thing about going home is looking at my Nan’s huge photo wall of our family. This is the rich, meaningful experience I want for my clients—to have prints of their images, tangible objects they can connect with and hold, rather than digital images they flip through on a device or store on a digital format that will soon become obsolete. 💜

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 at #knappscastle near Santa Barbara, California.

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Believe it or not, family portraits have become one of my favorite parts of wedding days. I know, crazy, right? Sure, they can be hectic and you often feel like you’re herding cats, but the payoff is often big. I usually tell jokes and do just about anything to get the reactions I’m looking for, which is always genuine laughter. 😄

📷 on Fuji400H through a Contax645 in Beaufort, North Carolina.

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 I hope to leave a legacy of joy. The biggest reward for me is hearing a client say how much they love their images and how much they mean to them. It’s a gratifying feeling to know that I was able to deliver such a meaningful, tangible experience for them. Cheers to that! 🥂

📷 on Portra800 through a Contax645 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kim Stockwell

PhotoVision Team

Y’ALL. Look at me, @kimstockwellphoto, over here taking over @photovisionprints’ Instagram. THIS IS NUTS! ✨ So glad to be here + so excited to meet y’all! I’m a film photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. I live right outside the city in the cutest little cape with my husband, Robby, and the BEST black lab of all time, Cooper. No seriously—he’s really great (the dog) but Robby is pretty great, too. 😉 I have a wild appreciation for authentic imagery + medium format film. The goal of every photograph I take is to create a timeless and classic image. My style and aesthetic is fueled by neutral color palettes + soft, romantic details. My passion comes from my ability to give clients beautiful, authentic moments. Moments, when cared for properly, can live forever. I am so honored to be taking over PhotoVision’s Instagram this week, I owe much of my success in the wedding industry to them and I am beyond grateful to have them on my team. This week I will be sharing a little bit about how I photograph a wedding with film and the tricks I have learned along the way!

Photo by @nikkisanterre.

When I enter a venue I am thinking about 3 things—Where is the best light? ☀ What will I be photographing in this light? And what film stock will work best? For example, I rarely photograph the bridal details in the bridal suite. This detail shot was taken on the back terrace of the venue because it had the cleanest light. It can be easy to get flustered in the excitement of a wedding day, so being as intentional as possible as soon as you arrive can help save yourself some time and stress. (Image styled by the talented @maggierichard! 👌)

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 Virgina.

Your shooting style and aesthetic should go hand in hand. My biggest successes were when I realized these 2 things aren't just correlated, they depend on each other. During my film journey, I realized I love the way simplicity looks on film. I dream in blank spaces—this is where I feel the most at home and this is what I am always searching for on wedding days. Neutrals are my jam. 😎 I love them, wish every wedding had them and am constantly looking for neutral spaces to photograph people and details in. I just think there is something really beautiful about simplicity, and I think neutral settings have a tendency to frame things in a special way. Defining your brand’s aesthetic (which for me, was neutral simplicity) and incorporating it into the way you photograph will only elevate your imagery. 

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 Virgina.

In the South, bridal portraits are a *THING,* ya’ll! 👰 Clients request entire sessions just for them. Regardless if they schedule a bridal portrait session, I always photograph the bride by herself a few times on her wedding day. I feel it is a necessary heirloom in the couple’s collection. Small details like knowing what your client might want, even if they do not ask for it, goes such a long way in creating your clients’ dream wedding gallery. 

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 Virgina.

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Don’t be afraid to get weird. 😜 When I first started photographing weddings, I constantly battled with taking the shots I thought people *wanted* me to take, and finding time for the shots *I* wanted to take. Insider tip—people will literally do anything as long as you are nice about it, and most importantly, ask with confidence. Confidence is key! For example, this is one of my brides and her twin sister. I knew I wanted an image of them that showed the close bond they have, so I asked them to hold hands. Then, despite the 100-degree Virginia summer day, I said lean in close to and touch foreheads. They didn't doubt me because I said it confidently, but y'all, that was crazy! Crazy, weird, whatever you want to call it, can be so worth it. Stay confident in your ideas—it’s the reason your clients hired you in the first place. 

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 Virgina.

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When photographing couples on their wedding day, I make it a point to direct them into their own images. 📷 I never want a couple to look back at an image and go, “Why did Kim tell us to do that?!” I like my clients to be comfortable with me to the point that I am not even really there. In order to get them to settle into the moment, I request a lot of actions, and from there, I let them interpret what those look like. For example, in this image, I asked the bride to lean into her new husband’s chest and hold onto him. Then I asked her to close her eyes and take a deep breath in through her nose and slowly let it out through her mouth. This is a very relaxing breath that instantly puts people at ease. By being at ease, she settled into the image even more, and you can just feel the immense peace and solidarity of this moment. 

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 Virgina.

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Mentors have been so important to my development as a film wedding photographer. 💚 I put off learning film for the longest time because the community felt different from digital. I had film photography on this pedestal and I was terrified of not being accepted. But my mentor @nikkisanterre took me in with open arms and taught me more than I could have imagined. She is now sharing that hospitality + education through the @hybridatelier with fellow educator @samoffit. And *TODAY* they are launching some incredible educational opportunities for new and seasoned film photographers. I highly encourage you to check them out! 

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645.

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My favorite way to manage large bridal parties is to break them up into smaller groups. 👯 After I take the shot of all the bridesmaids, I will ask if there are any groups within this group (family members, childhood friends, sorority sisters, etc.). From there, I will photograph each group within the group because it does two things: (1) Gives the bride a chance to have a moment with each of these little groups and (2) it helps me bring a unified and intimate feel to their overall wedding gallery. This image is of the bride with her family members in the bridal party. 

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia.

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Another thing I like to do when photographing bridesmaids is to get them to interact with one another. 👯 I am very underwhelmed with the standard “bridesmaids line-up,” and my goal of every image is to evoke emotion. Touch and laughter is one of the easiest ways to get people to show emotion. Most people do not enjoy being in front of a camera, so when you ask them to hold onto one another, they appreciate it and it usually results in a smile or a shared look of relief with the person next to them. In this image, I wanted that interaction, but I also wanted there to be balance in the image. Since I had two girls on one side, I asked them to lean against one another and hold hands, and with the bridesmaid on the right, I asked her to lean into the bride, but hold her shoulder. This grander stance on the right helps bring the viewer’s eyes up and balance the image, all while creating a playful emotion. 

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia.

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I like to think I’m pretty funny. 😭 OK—I think I’m *really* funny, but I’m probably just *pretty* funny. Regardless, I tend to joke with my clients a lot because people enjoy laughter and laughing is so much easier to photograph than frowning. It’s a win-win! Here’s my most favorite go-to joke when photographing a couple—at some point while directing them into different images, I will say, “OK, now give me a kiss!” and usually they will look at me first for affirmation, and at that point I pretend to look terrified and say, “OH NO! Kiss each other, not me!” This results in the couple laughing with one another, which creates the sweetest, genuine laughter like you see here. Try it at your next wedding + let me know how it goes! 

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia.

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Details. 🍰 Details for me are bittersweet. I prefer to photograph things that can take direction + preferably laugh at my jokes. It’s really hard to make a pair of Jimmy Choos laugh—like, really hard. For me, people are the most important thing on a wedding day because they are the ones who are irreplaceable. With that being said, details are also super important in order to give your clients an overall feel for their wedding day. Even though I have yet to make a pair of Jimmy Choos laugh, I still approach photographing details the same way I do people. I check to make sure the light is right on whatever I am photographing and that I have the subject’s best angle in mind. For example, this cake shot was taken before the ceremony, but I asked the planner if I could light the candles for a quick picture. I also pulled the table away from the window in order to give some depth behind the cake and make it sort of “pop” in the image. My point is, I didn't just photograph the cake how it was sitting there, because it was just there. I made sure to photograph that cake as if it was looking for a new #Tinder profile pic. And I mean, I’d swipe right. 😉

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia.

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Vendor importance! ⚡ Wedding days are built on the vendors who contribute, and they should be recognized just how we all want to be recognized. I always start with my #filmlab because they are the ones who help guarantee my clients get the most amazing wedding images. In addition to my lab, I make sure to credit everyone from the planner and the venue, to the florist and the dress designer. I spend lots of time making sure every image I publicly share gives credit to those involved. That extra time can make all the difference. People want to feel valued and appreciated—that sticks with people and will ultimately make them remember you + your brand. This image is one of my favorites from a collaboration with a dear friend and very talented designer, @forloveoflove. 💕

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645.

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

Shannon Moffit

PhotoVision Team

Hi, film friends! @samoffit here, pictured with my muffin-cake of a son, Logan! I am a Virginia-based, hybrid wedding photographer with a background in digital studio headshots and fashion retouching (I know, I know, "Eww," says almost every film photographer in the world). My film journey has been a wild ride over the past few years, full of many learning curves and life lessons. I have always had a case of "perfectionist paralysis," so shooting film has really pushed me as an artist and helped me to "break free, break from the chains” (gold star if you can name the movie!) and let go of control—a constant struggle in my life. I am so, so, SO excited to be hosting a #pvtakeover this week! I hope to bring a little humor, inspiration and education to your lives this week in a series I will call, "Shan's Top 12 Lessons Learned from Shooting Film." Can’t wait to begin!

📷 by @rachelmayphoto.

Lesson One, *Mentoring* 🤝: A mentoring session can be good for you every once in awhile. Whether you are a new or seasoned film photographer, watching another photographer in their element can teach you a lot about yourself in terms of strengths and weaknesses. Not only will it give you a kick out of your comfort zone, but it will also give you a different perspective on running a business. Working with Laura Gordon opened my eyes to a more artistic way of shooting, focused on the styling and mood of a portrait session, rather than on trying to achieve perfect focus and posing.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @royalpalmsweddings in Charlottesville, Virginia.⠀⁠

Lesson Two, *Editing Scans* 📏: The “Lens Correction” and “Transform Tab” in Lightroom can make a good film scan, Grrrrreat! (🐯 Channel your inner cereal tiger!) You are talking to Straight Line McGee over here, trust me on this. For this particular image, I added +5 distortion control (make sure to check the “constrain crop” box) and rotated the image +3 to make the horizon line straight. The #Zeiss80mm has a slight distortion, so I use this trick whenever I am photographing architecture.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @royalpalmsweddings at Verits Winery in Virginia.⠀⁠

Lesson Three, *Panning* 🏃 : Panning is the act of following a moving object along an axis in order to keep that object in focus. I have learned that catching a running couple on #film at 1/15th of a second is almost like trying to write an English paper drunk—it’s nearly impossible. Out of the other 15 panned images I took, this is the single one that came out. My advice: Pan as gently as possible, hold your breath, expect a handful of duds and hope for a winner.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at @royalpalmsweddings in Florida.⠀⁠

@samoffit Takeover Lesson Four, *Embrace Blur* 👌: As a classically-trained photographer, taught to *always* get eyes and front objects in focus, I had a hard time getting comfortable shooting my Contax at f/2. This particular shoot was a turning point for me. I decided I would let go of control, shoot everything wide open, embrace some blur and focus on the *moments,* instead of perfection.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 at Verits Winery in Virginia.⠀⁠

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Lesson Five, *Movement* 💃: I have shot plenty of moving objects digitally, but on film, the result is like sitting on a private beach at sunset with Channing Tatum giving you a back massage . . . pure bliss. Movement can render like paint tossed beautifully across a canvas, it is just heavenly. After many failed attempts at capturing movement with film (see Lesson Three and my “rejects” folder in Lightroom), my most successful spinning shot has been at 1/8th of a second, while leaning the camera on a table.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Charlottesville, Virginia.⠀⁠

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Lesson Six, *1/8th of a Second* 🌸: To expand on the topic of slow shutter speed, I have learned that film has an uncanny ability to pull through when it is dark and create beautiful images at 1/8th. Ask me to take a photo with my digital camera at 1/8th, and you will get a *very* blurry photo. Film wins the handheld, slow-shutter-speed race every time. This shot was taken while holding my breath and slowly rolling my finger on the shutter button.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Charlottesville, Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Seven, *Close-up Rings* 💍: I have learned a few things about close-ups since shooting film. One, it is nearly impossible to get a sharp photo at f/2 with a Hoya filter (see my “rejects” folder in Lightroom) and two, it’s best to err on the side of overexposing when using a filter. The Hoya macro filter works just like a 90mm or 105mm macro lens, which are typically used for close-ups or portraits. This was taken on a Contax645 through a #Zeiss80mm at f/4 with a +2 Hoya macro filter, and then cropped closer in Lightroom.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Charlottesville, Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Eight, *Metering* 📷: This photo is from a personal project I did at the beginning of my film journey to explore #metering. I did not fully understand the difference between metering for shadows vs. highlights until this shoot. This image resulted from metering for highlights on the low, camera-right shoulder, bulb out, pointing back at the camera. (This image is part of a series that was featured in #RangefinderMagazine for their 2015 Photo Annual Awards.)

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Nine, *Travel with Film* 🌎: Just last year I started taking my Contax with me when I travel (since it is *such* a light camera), and I have really loved how photos of architecture and environments look on film through an 80mm lens. Since there is less pressure when you shoot buildings vs. paying clients, I have been able to experiment with exposures, push processing and filters, which has really helped me master the technical side of shooting film.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Miami, Florida.⠀

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Lesson Ten, *Black + White* 🖤: I first learned photography in 2010, with a 35mm Canon AE-1 and 40 rolls of Kodak Tri-X. Since switching to digital, and then adding medium format to my bag of tricks, I never really thought about using the Contax to shoot black + white. (I assumed I would just convert color to b+w in post, like I do digitally.) This was one of the first rolls I shot on #Ilford3200, and the grain and richness in the lights and darks are magical unicorn status. 🦄 I highly recommend trying out a few rolls of #Ilfordfilm if you have not.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Eleven, *Sun Placement* ☀: As with digital photography, placing the sun just outside your lens’ field of view can make a hazy, flare-filled, low-contrast image look a lot better (unless you are doing it on purpose, of course). In this image, I metered the white dress bulb out, facing my camera. Before clicking the shutter, I moved my body to the left to make sure I was not getting any direct sun in my lens.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.⠀

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Lesson Twelve, *Closeups of People* 👰: Macro filters can be used for other subjects besides rings. This is a close-up portrait shot using a Hoya +2 filter during a branding shoot for The Hybrid Atelier!

Thank you again for tuning in to my #pvtakeover. “Call me, beep me, if you wanna reach me.” 😉

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in Richmond, Virginia.


Nikki Santerre + PV Takeover + Day 3

PhotoVision Team

@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 3: I used to be so intimidated by the thought of shooting film indoors, until I deliberately made time to practice and compare film stocks in various indoor lighting situations. Most of what I’ve learned has been through trial and error. When I mentor other photographers who desire to shoot more film, I encourage them to photograph the same set of objects (an invitation suite, collection of heirlooms or a floral arrangement) in the same light on different film stocks. We label their rolls, have them processed the same, and then compare the final results. It was this method that helped me truly learn my own film stock preferences. 

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@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 3: It wasn’t until my own struggle with infertility that I realized the privilege of being invited into a mother’s season of waiting for her child. Motherhood is intertwined with some of the most intimate of moments—some of my favorite to capture. There was a time when I was told I needed to choose a specialty, that I couldn’t possibly shoot both weddings and families well. I’m glad I chose to ignore that advice, because had I listened, I would have missed out on some of the most fulfilling and meaningful work of my life. 

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@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 3: James Keller said, “A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.” When I made the decision to pursue film, I was so intimidated by the industry that it took me six months to finally build up the courage to send in my first test rolls. If it weren’t for the encouragement of my mentors, I may never have continued down this artistic road that has since completely changed my life. In an effort to bridge the gap in hybrid film education, Shannon Moffit and I have partnered to create The Hybrid Atelier, an online educational platform for photographers interested in exploring the realm of film photography. We have collaborated with some of the best in the industry to curate content that we’ll be ready to deliver over the next few months. Head to thehybridatelier.com to subscribe and stay current on launch updates! 

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Nikki Santerre + PV Takeover + Day 2

PhotoVision Team

@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 2: Including still shots like this one in my client galleries has added so much value to their collections. The wedding day moves so quickly, and it’s our responsibility as photographers to document every moment. You never know what your client will miss in the chaos, and then be grateful to see through your eyes for decades to come. 

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@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 2: This frame is from the very first roll I shot with my Contax. I  just received this new-to-me camera a few days prior, and was both anxious and excited to try it out during this bridal portrait session. The first time I clicked the shutter, I noticed something wasn’t quite right when I looked through the viewfinder. In a panic that my new camera was broken, I immediately called @brian.wood at PhotoVision before my client arrived on location. He, very calmly, walked me through some potential solutions to my problem and gave me the encouragement I needed to get through this session. PhotoVision processed these few rolls for me as a rush so I could ensure my camera was functioning properly before the wedding that weekend. Never had I felt so taken care of by an industry partner than in that moment. 

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@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 2: Sometimes, the best thing you can do to care for your heart as an Artist is to create simply for the sake of creating. Find a vendor team with a similar aesthetic to yours, brainstorm a collaboration idea and create art for no other reason than to fuel the fire behind why you picked up a camera in the first place. 

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