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Callie Manion

PhotoVision Team

Hi, friends! I am so excited to be taking over PV’s Insta this week! I found #film when I was at a point of real frustration with my own work. I wasn’t achieving the look I wanted and hadn’t stepped into the world of FB groups and forums yet to be easily guided, so I was learning everything on my own—which was lonely and defeating. By sheer luck, I traveled down a rabbit hole that led to film and my world was completely turned upside down. (Really, it was that dramatic! 😉) I hope this week you’ll be able to benefit from learning a bit about my film journey. And please feel free to comment with any questions—I promise to respond! xo, Callie.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at #piazzasanmarco in Venice, Italy.

It’s all about the light, friends! This was a lesson I learned early on by experimenting with tons of different lighting situations. I learned quickly what situations to avoid, and equally as important, what my favorite type of light looked like—which is backlighting my clients and filtering the light through something like the trees you see in this photo. This is how I’m able to create a cohesive set of images, no matter the variables at play. Because truthfully, it doesn’t matter what colors your clients are wearing, or what your location looks like, or even what film gear you are using—the most important factor is always the light!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at #littlesahara Recreation Area in Utah.

One idea I strongly believe in is the importance of being kind. We all start our journey somewhere, so be kind to those who may reach out and ask questions. Even when I’m in the midst of my busy season, I always try to find time to answer emails or DMs because I totally get it! I was there once and I know a simple email goes a long way. Also, be kind to the harder-to-please clients. We’ve all had them! I’m not saying to offer major discounts or bend over backward to please someone, but showing grace and kindness can earn you a recommendation to an ideal client in the future or a 5-star rating on your website. Whatever it is, you will reap the benefits in the end!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at @wildcatterranch in Texas.

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Don’t be afraid to invest in yourself and your business. Styled shoots may seem frivolous to some and not worth the expense, but I’m a firm believer in taking that risk. The same goes with investing in your education, whether mentorships or workshops. I have so many stories of booking weddings or other projects based on the most random of circumstances—but they all started with me first investing in myself. I have booked weddings from styled shoots, from connections I’ve made with planners, from publications, from connections I’ve made with other photographers at workshops, from giveaways I’ve done and even from putting out a model call! Upfront, all these investments seemed like a lot, but not only did I book work from them, I also wouldn’t trade the experiences! So give yourself the “OK” to invest!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at Union Station in Dallas, Texas.

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Now what I’m about to say may be a controversial topic . . . I don’t shoot with a Contax. *Gasp!* I know! But before you throw those dagger emojis or quickly go unfollow me, let me explain! 😉 You can create gorgeous imagery with any system—you just need to find what works for you. Personally, I shoot 99% of the time with my #Mamiya645af. I use my 80mm f/2.8 AF lens for detail shots, group portraits and ceremonies where I’m shooting around f/2.8–4.0 and like the quick auto focus. Then, when it comes time for portraits, I switch to my 80mm f/1.9 manual lens, where I typically shoot wide open to get that creamy bokeh, like you see in this photo! I also will throw on my 55mm for wider shots throughout the day. 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at a private estate in Texas.

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Why are we photographers? Most likely it’s because we didn’t fit into the mold of an office job and yearned to create art and express ourselves while also making money. I know that’s the case for me! Do I like sitting behind a desk for hours at a time? Nope! But do I have to do it in order to maintain my business? Of course! Any time I feel like I’m about to shut down and just want to run away from it all, I realize it’s because I haven’t created enough. And I don’t just mean shooting weddings every weekend. I mean taking time to create for myself! It doesn’t have to be an over-the-top styled shoot. Take this photo for example: My brother and his wife asked me to take a few photos of them as they were graduating college. I told them I'd do one for them and one for me 😉 so we drove out to the beautiful Bonneville Salt Flats, I had them bring some nice outfits in addition to the ones they had picked out, and I just shot for ME—and this is what resulted! 

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at #bonnevillesaltflats Recreation Area in Utah.

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 Have a central theme to your business and let that speak in your photos. I tell all my brides, before they even become clients, that I want to promote MARRIAGE. I believe in the power of strong marriages, and I want to see love win, every time. So I always try to bring my images back to that—to love, to marriage and to what is really important.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at @thedallasarboretum in Texas.

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I love being able to shoot portraits because I am able to really connect with my subjects and seeing their emotion fuels me. But I have to remind myself to stop and care for the details just as much. Capturing the scene, the jewelry, the flowers . . . it all helps to tell a couple’s full story, which is exactly what I aim to do for every bride and groom.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at a private residence in Utah.

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Have you ever walked into a wedding and thought, “Nope. I don’t like any of this. Never going on my website” or something similar? I challenge you to find ONE THING that inspires you at every wedding, portrait session, editorial, etc. Some may argue that this is a job, and sometimes we shoot things we personally don’t love and that’s okay—but I’m going to disagree. Yes, it’s a job, and sometimes we take weddings that we wouldn’t necessarily plan ourselves, right? But why does that have to mean we’ll never advertise it or won’t feel inspired? We are artists! We can find inspiration anywhere! I challenge you to go find the one flower, the one drapery, the one shadow that plays across your clients face, or whatever it is, and take inspiration from it. Then use that to re-energize yourself and make magic!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake, Texas.

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Have you ever walked into a wedding and thought, “Nope. I don’t like any of this. Never going on my website” or something similar? I challenge you to find ONE THING that inspires you at every wedding, portrait session, editorial, etc. Some may argue that this is a job, and sometimes we shoot things we personally don’t love and that’s okay—but I’m going to disagree. Yes, it’s a job, and sometimes we take weddings that we wouldn’t necessarily plan ourselves, right? But why does that have to mean we’ll never advertise it or won’t feel inspired? We are artists! We can find inspiration anywhere! I challenge you to go find the one flower, the one drapery, the one shadow that plays across your clients face, or whatever it is, and take inspiration from it. Then use that to re-energize yourself and make magic!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake, Texas.

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Have you ever walked into a wedding and thought, “Nope. I don’t like any of this. Never going on my website” or something similar? I challenge you to find ONE THING that inspires you at every wedding, portrait session, editorial, etc. Some may argue that this is a job, and sometimes we shoot things we personally don’t love and that’s okay—but I’m going to disagree. Yes, it’s a job, and sometimes we take weddings that we wouldn’t necessarily plan ourselves, right? But why does that have to mean we’ll never advertise it or won’t feel inspired? We are artists! We can find inspiration anywhere! I challenge you to go find the one flower, the one drapery, the one shadow that plays across your clients face, or whatever it is, and take inspiration from it. Then use that to re-energize yourself and make magic!

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake, Texas.

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Thanks everyone for following along on my takeover and a HUGE thank you to the best lab out there, PhotoVision! I have so much more to say (because, if I’m being honest, I’m always long-winded) so if you want to hear more of my ramblings and learn more about my experience/advice, please contact me! I offer mentoring and truly love teaching other creatives and helping them find their place in this industry. When I first started my film journey, I had amazing mentors and felt so supported by my lab (the awesome PhotoVision Team!) so I know the benefits of learning both on your own through trial-and-error and also through mentorships. You have a lot to offer, and I want to help you find your place! You can contact me through my website or email me directly! xo, Callie.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #mamiya645af at the @trinityinstitute in Tehuacana, Texas.