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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.

Brian Whitt + PV Takeover +Day 2

PhotoVision Team


@brianwhitt Takeover Day 2: Trusting wholeheartedly in others has always been a challenging experience for me. I am a total perfectionist at my core, and have wanted executive control over team projects since probably the first grade. That said, I have learned over the years that the most amazing shoots—beyond your wildest dreams—can come true when you fully trust in another’s creative vision to augment your own. I seemed to have this immediate trust and respect for my friend @ponderosa_and_thyme’s work after the first time we spoke. Katie is a wildly talented and creative florist who always seems to create arrangements with a little piece of her soul in them. This is one of my favorite arrangements by her. She didn't need my permission to create this beauty, and I didn’t want to try to have her create something in my mind. Rather, my trust in Katie hopefully helped in creating an environment where she felt comfortable to totally let loose creatively and follow her inspiration in the moment. Honestly, she would have done it anyway because that’s just how she rolls. 🙂 As creatives working together, I believe we have to champion each other to be brave and believe in our artistic visions.

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #portra800 #portland #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @weddingsparrow @kodak @kodakprofilmbiz
 

@brianwhitt Takeover Day 2: I was totally honored when @mespetitesdentelles asked me to photograph her lookbook on the Oregon Coast. She designs these exquisite robes and is based in France. We have never met in person and have only corresponded via email to this day. I wanted to be certain the images our team created in Oregon would capture her heart and vision, to inspire brides in France with her lovely robes. Talk. About. Pressure! For me, when the pressure’s on, it's all about believing in yourself, your skills and most of all, your team, to create something incredible. This was also one of my first times pushing film for a client (Fuji400h +1) and I was over the moon about the results.

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #fuji400h #oregoncoast #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @ckennedybeauty @ponderosa_and_thyme @natasarafinchan @magnoliarouge @fujifilm_northamerica

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@brianwhitt Takeover Day 2: Allow for time to try new things. It can be uncomfortable trying something new—you’re risking that it will go sideways or be incredible. But one thing is for sure, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone as a creative will always pay off because you will learn something new. Here is a portrait of @jangles3 using Delta3200 just minutes after sunset. Playing with new film stocks and exploring outside of your norm will help you stay fresh as an artist. I have found it is so important to plan for personal projects, or even just a few minutes of personal work during a shoot, these moments are the ones that feed you fresh energy. When I get my scans back from PhotoVision, I like to reflect on how the images make me feel—what did I learn about the film, the lighting, etc.? Recognizing the feelings and “look” I get from a specific film stock empowers me to incorporate that film into my next wedding or project. On wedding days, I often bring a borderline obnoxious amount of film along because nobody fully knows how the day is going to pan out, how much light will be available and what the vibe will be. Whenever we change locations, I will pick my film stock based off of what will best compliment that scene and create a cohesive look with the rest of my clients’ images. It’s in the moments of trying something new that I learn. 

#pvtakeover #briansvision #pentax645 #delta3200 #columbiarivergorge #photovisionprints #sp3000 #ilfordfilm #ilfordphoto @shannonvoneschen @elizabethdye @austieeckley @ponderosa_and_thyme @option_models @ilfordphoto

Kristen Kilpatrick + PV Takeover + Day 3

PhotoVision Team

@kilpat Takeover Day 3: I'm a sucker for minimal color tones and composition. This was taken in San Antonio, Texas during a traditional charreada, events known for their high-speed horsemanship and tribute to Spanish culture. There are rarely still moments. I was on the arena floor and had this rider lined up for the perfect picture. I snapped it and could visualize the end result right then and there. When my scans came in from PhotoVision, they surpassed the mental image I had prior to seeing the real image!

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #sanantonio #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

@kilpat Takeover Day 3: Tablescapes are something I love to capture, because there are so many detailed elements that make each setting uniquely captivating. The challenge is to successfully pull together each of these elements into one composition, which at times can feel overwhelming. Something that has helped me achieve these shots, is to first look at the eye flow of your frame. Pick out the detail you want to emphasize. I love to use sweeping greenery or florals to achieve a whimsical feel! And I love a still shot that demonstrates movement and a clear direction for your eye to follow. These Fall colors also help pull my eye right in! 🙂

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @thenouveauromantics @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

@kilpat Takeover Day 3: Wherever you are, take a picture that can tell a story. Naturally, that story will vary with each artist—which is what draws us in. Here, I wanted to tell the story of this bride and really capsize on the importance of this location and what it means to her. She chose to get married on her family ranch in South Texas, so I wanted to incorporate the lush greens of the environment and let the ranch tones completely frame the bridesmaids. We were crammed for time and portraits were scheduled at 1:00 p.m., which meant lighting conditions were not ideal. I found a gorgeous shady area that was accessible to all the bridesmaids and had my assistant hold a light reflector to block out some of the harsh sunlight. The background colors worked in complete unison with the floral arrangements, which helped tie all the elements together so nicely.

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @thenouveauromantics @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

@kilpat Takeover Day 3: Never be afraid to chase after something that might seem unobtainable at the time. Take every opportunity that presents itself to reach your dreams. If you have an idea for a shoot, then just do it, and don't let your mind talk you out of it, because chances are you will surprise yourself. Always immerse yourself in the creative world and feed your passions. I have found that my work flourishes when I am seeking inspiration—I become determined and less doubtful. Take the time to evaluate your work and critique your compositions. Over time, this will give you a stronger eye and an appreciation for the colorful world that surrounds you.

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #amalficoast #positano #italy #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #migolondrina @suddenlypuppies @mi_golondrina @ralphlauren @fujifilm_northamerica

Kristen Kilpatrick + PV Takeover + Day 1

PhotoVision Team

@kilpat Takeover Day 1: I truly believe that for any artist there is always one project that scares you half to death. The reasons for fear can often times look different, but ultimately derive from the fear of failing. For me, this shoot was something I mentally prepped for since the moment we put it on the schedule. PhotoVision was my biggest cheerleader. I'll never forget talking on the phone to @brian.wood for 45 minutes about the process of shooting film, lighting and tips he so kindly shared with me. It was during this shoot that I realized PV is much more than a film lab. They are not only your family within the industry, but more importantly, at the end of the day, your sideline cheerleaders. They want each shoot to turn out as successful as you do, and simply knowing that gives you so much peace.

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #lagunagloria #thecontemporaryaustin #austin #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @bmaren @contemporaryatx @withoutwaxkaty @fujifilm_northamerica

@kilpat Takeover Day 1: Details! I love details! There is so much creative freedom within these shots. And can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that details (sans wind) don't move?! I love to take my time with the major details from a wedding day, pulling subject matter from the day (like flowers and colors) to make one thematic composition. Details have so much power to tell a beautiful story.


#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #drippingsprings #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @oscardelarenta @themamaison @birddogwedding @pipsnacks @fujifilm_northamerica

@kilpat Takeover Day 1: Much of my inspiration comes from art, fashion and films. Wes Anderson’s films have always struck an inner cord. I love his use of color and unfailing use of symmetry. 

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #fortworth #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm #wesanderson @abbysreardon @collinscoordination @kodak_photo  @kodakprofilm

@kilpat Takeover Day 1: Aside from the arts, another major inspiration to my work is light play and the environment. I love the fusion of these two natural elements. There is no bigger or better tool than light! I was born with a passion for all things equine, so I'm instantly drawn to any composition involving them! This picture was taken about 30 minutes before sunset. The light was soft and the evening was perfectly still. 

#kristensvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #baird #texas #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @bumble @whitwolfe @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

Cody Hunter Photography + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

@codyhunterphotography Takeover Day 3: As my PV Takeover comes to an end, I want to open up a bit about the rawness of who I am and my heart for wedding photography . . . Create lasting memories. I don't think I "got it" for some time in what I did as a photographer—as a catcher of moments, a visual storyteller, a moment preservationist. Then, my very first client's dad passed away. His memorial photos were the ones I'd taken. His mother's favorite photo of her husband was the one "I" had captured. Then I saw it—like really saw it for the first time. I don't just take pretty pictures—I preserve memories. So now, I approach things differently. I now see a bride "getting ready" as not just putting on a dress, but as a moment she will cling to in 30 or 50 years. This photo—this moment—this memory—of her mother & sister helping her into her dress on her wedding day.

#pvtakeover #codysvision #contax645 #fuji400 #provence #france #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

@codyhunterphotography Takeover Day 3: More on creating lasting memories for client . . . To me, it’s simply being genuine. I make it a point to have several phone calls with my couples and make sure I understand who THEY are—not some version I want to mold them to be. I ask simple things like how they met, why they are excited to get married at their venue, what made them choose it, what have they envisioned for their big day or their engagement shoot. When talking with Lauren & Tylor (above)—Lauren said she was looking for beach photos—but after talking further, we quickly realized she answered beach photos because that's what everyone does.  By the end of the call—they'd changed from basic beach photos to a weekend in Miami complete with mojitos and swimsuits! I want to give my clients  genuine memories of who they truly are. I want Lauren & Tylor to look at these images when they are 80 years old and say "Yes—that was us—young, hand-in-hand, running through waves, celebrating our anniversary on the beach."  

#pvtakeover #codysvision #contax645 #portra800 #theraleighhotel  #miamibeach #florida #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @theraleighhotel @ellesonevents @kodakprofilm @kodak_photo

@codyhunterphotography Takeover Day 3: To close my PV takeover . . . I want to thank you for letting me share my images, a little about who I am and the heart behind what I do. The last and greatest piece of creating "lasting memories" that I talked about today is to go out and create your own! My family and travels are what inspire so much of who I am and how I see the world in my imagery. Sometimes, I get so caught up in "wedding season" that I need to go out and live my own memories, catch my own moments and preserve my own life. 😃 This was taken n Gordes, France this summer—where I spent 5 weeks making memories and toting around my Contax with my fam. Always take time to shoot for yourself—whatever it is. Landscapes, your kids, your dog—anything! I never want my passion for shooting to simply become a way to pay my bills.

#pvtakeover #codysvision #contax645 #fuji400 #gordes #france #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

Maria Lamb + PV Takeover + Day 1

Stephen Wood

Hi all, @maria.lamb here. I am honored to have the chance to do a #pvtakeover for @photovisionprints, and I cannot be more excited. These guys have been incredibly helpful in my film journey since I started about 2-1/2 years ago, and I honestly owe them so much credit to my growth over that time. They have been so personal, involved and willing to help me throughout my whole film journey. I am a self-taught photographer, I never took classes in high school, and only took one digital photography course in college (where I was originally going to become a nurse). That was 6 years ago. And I have been shooting full-time for 4 years since. I learned about film through workshops and other creatives, including PhotoVision’s @_stephenwood, who has been super helpful to me from the beginning. Any time I had questions, any time I was going into a new lighting situation, Stephen was so great giving me advice on how to handle it. Over the next couple of days, I will be sharing some photos and thoughts with you. Happy to have you guys along for the little ride!

#mariasvision #contax645 #fuji400h #newzealand #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @leafandhoney @katesolleymakeup @nataliedentmakeupandhair @fujifilm_northamerica

@maria.lamb Takeover Day 1: When I picked up my first film camera, I about died. I was so afraid to even touch it, and I also had no idea how to use it. Once I got my first rolls back, I thought, why have I not been doing this?! With that said, for some reason, I still had a hard time diving in. It took me about 6 months before I decided to throw away all fear and just go for it. Since then, me and that camera (Contax 645) have been inseparable. I realized that fear was holding me back from something so beautiful and fulfilling. Don’t let fear hold you back from things you are passionate about. If you are scared to do something, it’s likely that’s exactly what you should be doing. This image was from my first styled shoot on film, which was also my first time shooting all film. Because we didn't have a big budget, I decided to shoot the whole thing in just 4 rolls (a big thanks to @kaeandales for pushing me to do so on this shoot). It was very scary for me, not knowing how my film would turn out, but we all ended up loving the outcome. This really helped me grow and trust in my abilities.

#pvtakeover #mariasvision #contax645 #fuji400h #washingtonstateuniversity #pullman #washington #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @shopgossamer @castcalligraphy @classic_vintage_rentals @carokmin #skybellaartistry @laurenplumberg @option_models @b.khawesome @fujifilm_northamerica

@maria.lamb Takeover Day 1: Film has taught me so much. It makes me slow down and think before I shoot. Instead of just shooting endlessly and waiting till I get a great shot, I think about all the elements of what makes a strong image ahead of time. Film makes me more methodical about each individual frame, which in return creates intentional results and has made me a better photographer. The expense of film was a big motivation for me to slow down. I couldn’t afford to be shooting as much as I would when I was trigger happy on digital, and I didn't want to spend that much anyway, and I learned I didn't need to, either. Once I slowed down, I realized I enjoyed the process that much more, I could actually take a step back, look at the situation and interact with my clients more. It became a more intentional experience overall. I don't know that I would have slowed down if I hadn't chose film.

#pvtakeover #mariasvision #contax645 #portra800 #durdledoor #jurassiccoast #dorset #england #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @elderoak_and_thorn @ponderosa_and_thyme @silkandwillow @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

Jo Photo + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

@jophotos Takeover Day 3 “Sunset.” Welcome to the third day of our #pvtakeover, we're so glad you could join us! This is one of our favorite sunset images. We captured this shot in Charleston, South Carolina moments before the sun dipped below the horizon. The golden sky, the hanging Spanish moss and the sun’s reflection on the river behind our model created an ethereal feel. When you can find moss or leaves that the sun shines through, it provides another layer of dimension, and film renders highlights beautifully!

#kathleenandjoesvision #contax645 #fuji400h #charleston #southcarolina #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @boonehallweddings @vanitysalonsc @shopgossamer @fujifilm_northamerica

@jophotos Takeover Day 3 “Eye Candy.” One of our favorite techniques is to shoot through a limb with leaves. Not only does it create dimension, but it also creates the feeling that you are peering in on a couple who is all alone. This style makes the photos feel candid and natural. If there isn't a limb perfectly placed for your shot, we'll pick up a fallen branch and place it in front of our lens. Time and time again, I (Kathleen) will pull down a branch for Joe to shoot through, or I will hold a small branch with leaves in front of his lens to create this look.

#kathleenandjoesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #greatsmokymountains #gatlinburg #tennessee #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @bhldn @lbfloral @greatsmokynps @fujifilm_northamerica

@jophotos Takeover Day 3 “Goodbye!” This is our final post for our #pvtakeover, and we'd like to thank you all for following along this week! We’ve shared some helpful tips on how to make the most of Mother Nature, and we hope you take them with you as you go on to explore and create! This shot was taken at a recent wedding in Nashville, Tennessee. It had stormed all day, and there was this gorgeous orange and pink sunset. We schedule sunset photos with all of our couples, a special time where they can step away from their reception for a few minutes and be alone. Most of the time, the bride and groom are so appreciative of having a quiet moment together in the middle of (what can be) a hectic reception. And for this couple, they couldn't have wished for a more gorgeous sky at the end of such a beautiful day. And to you, friends, we wish you all the same beautiful sunsets and peaceful evenings around the world! Thank you again, PhotoVision!

#kathleenandjoesvision #contax645 #portra800 #nashville #tennessee #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @bellemeadeplantation @inesdisanto @altermyheart @stunningevents @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

Danielle Poff + PV Takeover + Day 2

Stephen Wood

@daniellepoffphoto Takeover Day 2: I don’t like telling my clients what to do to make a photo happen. Instead, I start the situation and let it unfold naturally. I begin by putting my clients in good lighting, this is so important! A lot of talking and interacting comes next, allowing my clients to feel comfortable. In this situation, the girls were sitting on the bench reading their books. As my bride sat down with them, they showed her their books and began to relax. Once the little girls were comfortable, their mom took the books away, and the bride leaned in for a hug. I don't meddle, I let moments unfold naturally. I strive to photograph real, true moments—not fake, staged ones.

#daniellesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #barndiva #healdsburg #california #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @studiomondine @goinglovely @barndivahealdsburg @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

@daniellepoffphoto Takeover Day 2: When photographing a scene, I want everything to make sense, so I style all detail shots with items I actually find at the venue. I hear of a lot of photographers making styling boards or styling kits, but that just isn't me. So much planning goes into every detail of a wedding, and as a bride, I wouldn't want random items in my photos. Instead, I prefer to walk around the venue and find items, ask the florist for flowers and ribbon, use the bride’s ring, etc.—this makes an image flow better, capturing the details as the bride created them.

#daniellesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #holmanranch #carmelvalley #california #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @minted @huckleberrykaren @holmanranch @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

@daniellepoffphoto Takeover Day 2: The moments before a ceremony contain such strong emotions. Because of this, I always clear out a space for “getting ready” photos. Find the best light, whether that be inside or out, and move your bride into that space. Don't be afraid to educate your bride on the importance of good light or ask the bridesmaids for help cleaning up the room.

#daniellesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #sanluisobispo #california #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @the_lady_campbell @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

Erich McVey

Stephen Wood

Hey, everyone! @erichmcvey here, and I am so excited to be taking over PhotoVision's Instagram account for the next week. To kick things off, I wanted to share an image from one of the first shoots I ever did on film. I had just attended @josevilla's workshop, at which I shot film for the first time. (I need to pause here and quickly mention that Jose is not only an incredible photographer but also an amazingly supportive, generous and kind person who shares his love of film and photography freely with others. I owe him a heck of a lot in my own personal journey as a photographer, and I am so thankful for all that he continues to do for the industry.) So, back to this image. It was the off season here in Oregon - a snowy day in February - and my wife, Amy, and I wanted to put together a shoot just for fun. We had our friend @meredithadelaide model, and Amy did the styling and hair and makeup. This frame is from the end of the day, after the sun had set. It was super dark, but we had the light of the fire to help us out. I shot this on Portra 800 at 1/15, my hands so froze. I could barely press down the shutter. I had no idea if it would turn out, and was so thrilled when I got the scans back from PhotoVision. It looked even better than I had hoped. The shoot was clearly not wedding related at all, but as wedding photographers, it is so important to sometimes step outside our comfort zone and create for no other reason than to create. 

This image, shot on #fuji400h, was taken during an elopement in Big Sur. With no one present but their officiant, Jane & John exchanged vows on a secluded part of the coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean in what was one of the most special, intimate days I’ve ever witnessed.  

📷on #fuji400h with a #contax645 in California.
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There’s nothing better than working with creatives who push limits, bring unique inspiration and energy to a shoot, and are passionate about what they do. This image was taken at @pearlandgodiva's #stylingpilgrimage workshop in Ireland. I loved working with the wonderful team that came together to create something special, including @sarah_winward, @lora_kelley, @_emilyriggsbridal, @kristinhayesjewelry and @stephaniefishwick

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645.

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I love movement in photos. Whether it be a literal action shot, where the subject is moving through the frame, or a more implied movement like wind blowing through hair. Movement brings an elevated sense of energy to a moment. This image shot in Italy on #fuji400h, at @castellobracciano for @melindarosedesign’s latest collection, and featured as the cover story for @magnoliarouge.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645.

Real emotion, captured during those unplanned moments that show the love and natural interaction between two people, is something I continually strive to capture. This image, shot on #fuji400h, during an engagement session in Carmel, CA, is a perfect example of that timeless authenticity I love to document for my clients.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645.

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Veils + sunset light. Always a winning combination. Shot on #fuji400h, this image was shot at last year’s #erichmcveyworkshop in Elk, California. Dress and veil by @_emilyriggsbridal, a phenomenal designer whose work I always love shooting.

📷 on #fuji400h with a #contax645.

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Anastasiya putting on her shoes the morning of her wedding in a beautiful villa outside of Rome, shot on #fuji400h. I love shooting wedding details in a way that brings them into the bigger story of the day. Still life shots of things like shoes, rings and other accessories are great, but when you can show these special details as part of a broader scene or moment, it brings so much more depth and meaning to the individual elements, gathering them collectively into one overarching narrative. 

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Hands at work, shot on #fuji400h. This quiet moment was captured during @ginnyau’s creative process workshop in France, with an incredible team gathered to make a whole lot of magic.

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Let’s be honest. Sun flare and I have a love/hate relationship. It has the potential to make a film image muddy and meh, but it can also make an image sing, like this one shot on #fuji400h in Sausalito, CA

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Blurry love in motion, captured in one of my favorite locations – the Oregon coast. This image of @jessicarosephoto and her husband, Daniel, was taken on a cloudy day at Otter Rock, shot on #fuji400h.

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This image is incredibly special to me – an intimate moment shared between two people I’m lucky to call friends, on the morning of their elopement. Shot on #ilforddelta3200. Kaela & Jonathan flew from Alabama to elope on the Columbia Gorge here in Oregon. They started their day slowly, making coffee and breakfast together, while I observed from a distance, snapping moments as they naturally unfolded. We then headed to a secluded forest where they exchanged vows.

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Movement on film. I can’t get enough of it. This was shot on #portra800 during a session in my natural light studio that we put together just for kicks. It’s always freeing to create something without pretense or preconceived purpose, and I try to make sure I give myself time to do so as frequently as possible. It allows me to grow and push boundaries without hesitation or risk.

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@ginnyau really broke the mold when she conceptualized and styled this session for the #erichmcveyworkshop in Elk, CA. Ginny provided this real couple, @jilliannadine & @alexmakuls, a few key directions/actions to recreate within their boudoir session. During a 20 minute period, music played softly and no one spoke. These quintessential attributes are present in all of her @loomcurated work, and has greatly impacted the way I interact with my own clients.

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I love the way the colors shine through in this image, shot on #fuji400h. The light and sky were so perfect, I had to stop for a moment and capture this image during a portrait shoot on the edge of Fishing Rock, near Depot Bay, Oregon.

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Thanks so much to everyone who followed along with me while I took over PhotoVision's account this week! Community is something I didn't even realize I needed until I finally had it in this industry, and it's something I try my hardest to contribute to on an ongoing basis. If you have a question, are looking for encouragement, or just want to say "hi", please know you're always welcome to shoot me an email at erich@erichmcvey.com. I'm truly happy to hear from all fellow photographers passionate about their craft. We're in this journey together, and building each other up is truly the fastest way to success and fulfillment for everyone. To wrap up this take over, here's one final image, shot on #fuji400h in Elk, CA during a scouting/planning trip for an #erichmcveyworkshop with @meredithadelaide, @ginnyau, @amymcvey and @twigssfloral. While we were shooting in a small secluded cove a massive grey whale appeared just off shore and watched us for 15 minutes while we worked. We all just stopped and stared in awe (before realizing the sun was setting and we needed to get back to shooting!). I'm so thankful for photography, the memories and experiences that being a photographer has provided me, and for the incredible people I've been lucky to meet along the way. Thanks again everyone - have a great day! - Erich 

Laura Gordon + PV Takeover + Day 2

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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.


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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.


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