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We're a small-town, family owned and operated photo lab that never gave up on film. Today we provide top-notch film processing, scanning, and printing services from film and digital with the best customer service in the industry.


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Jenny Losee

PhotoVision Team

Heyooo, fellow photographers! My name is @jennylosee_, I have been a #filmphotographer for about 3 years and I’ll tell you what, it has been a rollercoaster. First off, film is better. Glad we got that out of the way. Second, I am not a fan of talking about myself. In real life, someone asks about my world and I will give them the fastest answer possible and move on so this might get a bit bumpy. Hang in there with me. 
I grew up in Pocatello. A small town in Idaho most people haven’t heard of, where everyone around me seemed so content to never leave or move. While there is nothing wrong with that, it made me want to travel and see everything! So after high school, I was lucky enough to see some places all over the world. I fell in love with these new places and the people I met along the way. I moved to Boise a few years later with my husband, where we have a cozy little home in the farmland with our cat, Figaro, and silver lab, Frank, surrounded by chickens, goats and cows. 
About 7 years ago, I picked up a digital camera. I took my brother’s senior photos, then his friends asked me to do their photos, then their families asked me and it just snowballed. Eventually I learned it was time for me to really dive into this art form. I self-taught as much as I possibly could with some workshops here and there. At one workshop, they shot film—which seemed so legit, scary and out of the question for me. That was until I shot a roll of film myself, and that is when the obsession began. I got my first roll back and fell IN LOVE with the colors, the texture and that buttery light. And from there my goal was born, I would travel the #PNW and beyond documenting weddings, getting published and turning this passion of mine into a career. 
📷 by @marialamb with a #contax645.

Photography as a Career // I’m sure I’m not the only one whose parents told me I would never make money with art, but I didn't listen or care. Nothing could stop me from filling that passion to create! It is the juice of life for me, I need it to be a #happyhuman. I know in the Winter season—my off months—I seriously get cranky and nothing can turn my attitude around like a good ol’ photo session. It is such a scary, ever-changing, exciting, unpredictable thing to have your own photography business. Mixing art with making money?! I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, lol! But I still love it. Sometimes, I feel unstoppable. Other times, I think “maybe I should have thought of a plan B.” But then something great happens and the cycle continues. Inspired, terrified, passionate, broke, hustle. Rinse, repeat. 

📷 on #portra400 with a #nikonf100 in Carmel-by-the-sea, California.

Photography as a Passion // Photography was a career that kind of fell into my lap, I never really knew what I wanted to do growing up like most kids. I knew I liked to create, tell wild stories and see new things. I get VERY bored of routine and predictable moments, which is probably why photography works so well for me. I am so excited for the next adventure and to live this wild dream of mine! 
📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Palm Springs, California.

Light // I am so inspired and moved by all things nature. Put me on a beach, in the middle of the forest or even just rolling hills on a sunny day and I totally geek out EVERY. TIME. The sun is a tool and a prop in my work. I would shoot with it every time if I could. It romanticizes a scene and can create  amazing flares, shadows and a whimsical feel. I’m sure clients think I’m nuts for being excited about a little “golden hour light,” but if you are a photographer and you study light, you get it! That’s what photographers are anyway, right? Drawers of the light. 

📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Boise, Idaho.

Know Your Clients // Researching my clients, does wonders! Just seeing their Facebook page and what pictures they use for their profile, what do they have a lot of images of or what would I like to see more of. Knowing my clients’ hobbies and interests plays a big roll in the direction I take their photoshoot—poses, placement, actions, etc.  Photoshoots and weddings happen so fast, you don’t have time to figure out who your clients are on the spot. I don’t really like talking during a photo session either, I am at my best when I can give some direction, then step back and become more of an observer. I like to play some music, too, it helps my clients feel more comfortable and forget about the camera. 
📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Portland, Oregon.

In the Moment // This photo was one of those days where the stars aligned, the sun was giving me life and I was unbelievably inspired by the beautiful #OregonCoast. Shooting requires time to slow down, to stop and see reflections, textures, perfect light and subtle breezes. It is somewhat of a spiritual experience for me. Cheaper than therapy and I have something to show for it. When I shoot, I am in the moment. No past or future in my mind, purely in the now.
📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Art // Black + whites with motion, blur and double exposures are so interesting to me. They tell a story with emotion. The great thing about double exposures is, you never know what you are going to get. I know that I am drawn to simple images and it can get pretty busy if you are doing double or triple exposures. So, I like to just use shapes and textures, move in close then one far and see what happens! 
📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Studio.

Location // I prefer to shoot on location vs in studio. Location has a story, unpredictable light and weather. For this reason, I always travel light. If it can’t fit in a backpack to be carried up a mountain, or stuffed in an overhead bin, it isn’t coming. So I have made it a habit at weddings, elopements, and engagements to only shoot with 3 cameras, film of course, a 80mm lens, 50mm, 24-70mm and a flash. I also learned the hard way and now, FINALLY, have an umbrella and gloves :) 
📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Loving What You Got // This shoot was styled to be a Fall mountain shoot, but it snowed all morning and you can’t even see the Grand Tetons in the background. So it wasn’t what I had planned at all, but I love this photo series. 
📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Adventure // I crave adventure, open spaces and nature (Sagittarius syndrome!). I typically attract nature-inspired brides as well, which brings us together in the most perfect way. My bride is usually down to hike up a mountain, change into her dress in the middle of the woods and isn't afraid of a little dirt. It's a new adventure everyday. I love that.
📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Boise, Idaho.

Timeless // This was one of the very first film shoots I did. Of course it was an editorial shoot. I just love coming back to this image because it reminds me of that time when film was new in my world, a new way of making art. I didn't know if it was going to turn out. Then those two weeks of waiting time . . . haha, torture, but oh so worth it. When I finally saw the images in my inbox, I was so excited to post them, share them and just learn more about this format. I wanted to shoot more! Now, when I look back at this image, it reminds me that film is timeless, I can always come back to this shoot and it won't be out of style. 
📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in McCall, Idaho.

Learning // It is so important for me to always be absorbing new info, creating things that surprise me, adjusting my workflow or routine, and to be inspired! Creating art is really for the artist. Yes, the client gets the benefits of course, but let’s be real. CREATING FEEDS OUR SOULS we are made to learn! That is why classes, books, guides, tutorials . . . everything is so important! 

*Mentor critique sessions are available!* Just starting out or want to learn a bit more about #filmphotography? Unsure about why your work isn’t clicking with your dream clients? Want feedback on your work and branding? Then this mentor critique is for you. Get a fresh perspective that will help your images improve and your portfolio to reflect the images you want potential clients to see! Inquire to ask more and what mentor package will fit your needs best. 
Thank you for following along this week, if you have any questions or just want to say “hey,” please do!! I love meeting people in this world. THANK YOU!! 

📷 on #portra400 with a #contax645 in Zion National Park.