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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.

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.