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Kristen Kilpatrick + PV Takeover + Day 2

PhotoVision Team

@kilpat Takeover Day 2: Terrence Malick is a filmmaker who sources much of his inspiration from his surroundings and nature. I always use his movie To the Wonder to give me a creative punch. The way light is incorporated into every scene is absolutely breathtaking. This shot was taken during a styled shoot as we searched for the perfect nook to host this Claire Pettibone gown. After numerous attempts, nothing was satisfying to my eye, so I drove out to some tall grass in front of the venue and placed the dress in the field. The delicate details of the gown were brought to life there.

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #hico #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm #terrencemalick @shopgossamer @clairepettibone @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

@kilpat Takeover Day 2: I love processional shots! I think this is the most raw form of emotion that can be captured on a wedding day. The mood always starts out with smiles as ring bearers make their way down the aisle, and shifts to happy tears when the crowd sees the bride. Although I do try to be a fly on the wall during a ceremony, I am front and center in the aisle for these major moments. Don't ever let the sea of people intimidate you and stop you from what you were hired to capture!

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #drippingsprings #texas @thenouveauromantics @fujifilm_northamerica

@kilpat Takeover Day 2: Travel as often as possible! Traveling will not only enhance your understanding of the world around you but will inspire your creative process more than you could imagine. Take pictures often on your travels, as you will carry these memories with you forever. This shot was taken in Capri and I couldn't help but fall in love with this peaceful scene—symmetry, color and the Mediterranean.

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #capri #italy #meditteranean #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

Brushfire Photography + PV Takeover + Day 2

Stephen Wood

While visiting Italy, we really wanted to take a local couple out on location for a shoot. We were able to connect with an Italian model who convinced her boyfriend to come along. Little did we know, we were in for the full Italian experience—they brought along their entire families! We had a great time with everyone. Not only were they the coolest couple, but we were able (with their family’s help!) to find a beautiful location off the beaten path in Polignano a Mare, a beautiful cliffside city overlooking the Adriatic Sea. But it wasn’t until after the shoot wrapped up that the couple told us something surprising—they were actually engaged! The two were just beaming with happiness and we had just (unknowingly) shot their engagement session! It makes us so happy to see couples who are just absolutely in love. This is what draws us to weddings—the unbridled happiness of those who are just beginning their new lives together. Real emotion is incredibly beautiful. And capturing real emotion in a setting that carries meaning for a couple, is sublime. We feel very honored to be able to capture these special moments.

Here are some of our favorite tips for drawing real emotion from our clients:

It’s all about getting your couple comfortable, to get them to a place where they’re ignoring you and interacting naturally. One way we like to do this (we learned this trick from Jose Villa, actually) is to ask our couple to hold hands, jump and kiss. Now, 99% of our couples cannot successfully jump and kiss mid-air. But this isn’t actually the point. This jump/kiss action really just takes their minds off us (their photographers, who are aiming lenses at them) and focused on a goal instead. Usually what happens, is the couple will bump faces in air, land, turn their heads and laugh. And right then, we’ve caught them in natural joy.

Another method we like to use, is to intentionally create awkwardness. Yes, you read that right. Oftentimes, we’ll simply announce to our couples, “And now, we are going to use our tactic called, ‘Awkwardness.’” More often than not, simply announcing this silliness gets them laughing and relaxed.

Location can also go a long way in helping your clients feel relaxed. While we love going to jaw-dropping locations with our clients and sharing the views and experiences with them, we always encourage our clients to first choose a location that holds meaning for them. A familiar setting naturally helps your clients feel more relaxed and display real emotion. Remember—making sure your clients feel happy during a shoot is more important than having a stunning backdrop. Images “lacking” gorgeous scenery can still turn out just as beautiful, because of your clients’ stunning, natural emotions. The personal is beautiful.

@brushfire_photo #brushfiresvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #polignanoamare #italy #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @lesley_lau_ @fujifilm_northamerica

Brushfire Photography + PV Takeover + Day 1

Stephen Wood

Hello, we are Mike & Brit, the faces of @brushfire_photo! We are so excited to host a PV Takeover, as film has been a big part of our lives. Film has changed our life path so many times in so many wonderful ways. Our first experience with film was actually on our first anniversary. We were rowing down Arizona’s Chevlon Canyon, near Mike’s childhood home, clutching our first SLR, a 35mm Ricoh, gifted to us by Brit’s dad. The canyon’s scenery was stunning, it was a setting we had always wanted to photograph. What we didn’t expect, was to find ourselves under pitch-black skies, caught between 200-foot cliffs, with nothing to light our way but lightning flashing against the canyon walls. It was terrifying. We both thought we were going to die! If this flash flood filled up the canyon, we’d be smashed against the rocks! Thankfully, we were able to row to safety. Even better, we had a few rolls of film under our belt.  At the time, we were sending our negatives to a mass-market retailer for scans—even so, these first 4x6 proofs were amazing to us. We had documented a location dear to us along with our own (terrifyingly) beautiful memories—of being young and in love and in awe, of both nature and film. This theme has continued throughout our film journey. For instance, this Italian landscape was captured during our first trip to Southern Italy in 2014. We had traveled there for a wedding and were staying in a rural town, surrounded by farmland. Though halfway around the world, it reminded me (Mike) of my childhood home, growing up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. This peaceful setting was quite the foil to our first trip down Chevlon Canyon, yet it wasn’t really all that different—our vision always comes through best in beautiful, natural settings. Whether caught in a desert canyon, or relaxing in the Italian countryside, the simplicity of nature and film never cease to inspire us.

#brushfiresvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #forcella #italy #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

Photography is the act of capturing light. We just love the way film captures light, especially in the desert, where a beautiful, warm sunset provides the perfect glow for a simple portrait. Sunset light is our favorite light. Though many say the light of California or the Southwest is best, this warm, natural sunset light can be found everywhere. One reason we love film so much is for its ability to retain the rich colors of a sunset’s glow, to preserve its highlights and hold its colors in, without washing them out. We found the location for this collaborative shoot in the high desert north of Phoenix, out in the middle of nowhere. Sunset Point was a place we had passed many times before on our way home to Flagstaff, but had never stopped at. We didn’t know what we were missing. The day of the shoot, the cacti were blooming and the glow coming from the sun was just perfect. This just goes to show, your favorite new place to shoot could be closer than you think. Be aware of your surroundings and take time to explore. You might discover a treasure.

@brushfire_photo #brushfiresvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #sunsetpoint #arizona #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @sarahsgardenstyle @kdpeventsaz @agencyaz @thedresstheory @jennypackham @ariellerondeau @ktflan @emerly @fujifilm_northamerica

Laura Gordon + PV Takeover + Day 2

Stephen Wood

I express my emotion through my imagery—pouring my heart and soul into every photograph I make. I find that when I’m shooting, my emotions carry through my work. This particular image was taken in an abandoned mansion in New York, the space was dark and we chased the light as it moved from room to room. I remember thinking, “How am I going to make this work?” So I began to pull from my personal inspirations. My mind quickly went to one of history's most influential painters, Rembrandt, and I began to work with the light. I intended to create an image that could express both lightness and darkness.

@lauragordon #laurasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 @sarehnouri

This Irish couple wed in Italy, at the most beautiful venue. When it came time to shoot the couple’s portraits, we found a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle. Without any direction, the groom reached for his bride’s hand. It was in their simplest most natural state that this moment came to be. As photographers, we are surrounded by so much beauty— I am often reminded that beauty comes in the simplest of forms.

@lauragordon #laurasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #photovisionprints #sp3000 @paolo_sebastian