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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.

Nikki Santerre + PV Takeover + Day 2

PhotoVision Team

@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 2: Including still shots like this one in my client galleries has added so much value to their collections. The wedding day moves so quickly, and it’s our responsibility as photographers to document every moment. You never know what your client will miss in the chaos, and then be grateful to see through your eyes for decades to come. 

#pvtakeover #nikkisvision #contax645 #fuji400h #richmond #virginia #photovisionprints #fujifilm #ishootfujifilm @fujifilm_profilm

 

@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 2: This frame is from the very first roll I shot with my Contax. I  just received this new-to-me camera a few days prior, and was both anxious and excited to try it out during this bridal portrait session. The first time I clicked the shutter, I noticed something wasn’t quite right when I looked through the viewfinder. In a panic that my new camera was broken, I immediately called @brian.wood at PhotoVision before my client arrived on location. He, very calmly, walked me through some potential solutions to my problem and gave me the encouragement I needed to get through this session. PhotoVision processed these few rolls for me as a rush so I could ensure my camera was functioning properly before the wedding that weekend. Never had I felt so taken care of by an industry partner than in that moment. 

#pvtakeover #nikkisvision #contax645 #fuji400h #waterperryfarm #freeunion #virginia #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #ishootfujifilm @alysontaylor_events @waterperryfarm @theproperpetal @watterswtoo @fujifilm_profilm

 

@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 2: Sometimes, the best thing you can do to care for your heart as an Artist is to create simply for the sake of creating. Find a vendor team with a similar aesthetic to yours, brainstorm a collaboration idea and create art for no other reason than to fuel the fire behind why you picked up a camera in the first place. 

#pvtakeover #nikkisvision #contax645 #fuji400h #doverhall #manakinsabot #virginia #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #ishootfujifilm @doverhallestate @shopgossamer @transformationsartistry @photosynthesisflorals @letterlyn @paisleyandjade @maggiesmisc @act_photo @aribbonsnest @tiffanysbridal @rentequipva @shopcremedelacremeboutique @fujifilm_profilm

Nikki Santerre + PV Takeover + Day 1

PhotoVision Team

Hi, y’all! My name is @nikkisanterre, and I’m so honored to be invited to this space by my beloved friends at PhotoVision to share some of my work with you this week. I’m a Virginia-based film hybrid photographer who is also a wife, pup mama and about to be a new mama to my firstborn, Mason. I’m passionate about motherhood, education, written words, experiencing new places, serving others, Fuji greens and my second home, Charleston, SC. I’d love to have you follow along this week, and please feel free to ask any questions along the way! 

#pvtakeover #nikkisvision #contax645 #fuji400h #cannonbeach #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #ishootfujifilm @samoffit @fujifilm_profilm 

 

@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 1: The life that is meant for you happens on the other side of fear. If you had told me two years ago that I would be running a full-time business that fulfills and inspires me and carries me across the country, I probably would have either laughed or shuddered with nerves at the thought. If you fear the film process, just press the shutter and develop the rolls. If you fear collaboration, find your tribe of people who will dance in your corner. If your submission is declined, don’t find your value in that, just re-send it. If you’ve got a “passion project” on your heart, start a list today of ways to make it happen. If you just say “yes” to chasing those things that make your spirit come alive, you get a glimpse of what you would have missed had you said “no.” 

#pvtakeover #nikkisvision #contax645 #fuji400h #cannonbeach #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #ishootfujifilm @samoffit @shopgossamer @sammysflowers @fujifilm_profilm

 

@nikkisanterre Takeover Day 1: Giving my clients prompts is the best way I’ve found to elicit authentic emotion. During this anniversary session, I encouraged him to pull her in as close as possible and whisper into her ear his favorite memory from their first year of marriage. This moment turned from quiet and sweet to a moment of laughter and joy as they reminisced on a personal joke between the two of them. There are times during a session where I remind my clients that I am there to be an observer, to document true moments as they unfold between them. It’s in these moments, the in-between moments, that I usually capture my favorite frames, because they’re the most intimate.     

#pvtakeover #nikkisvision #contax645 #fuji400h #byrdpark #richmond #virginia #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm #ishootfujifilm @fujifilm_profilm

Matoli Keely + PV Takeover

Stephen Wood

Next up on PV Takeovers, we’re honored to welcome @matolikeelyphoto! Matoli is based in San Diego, CA and the DC metro area and loves to travel and see where her passion takes her. Stay tuned for the next three days as Matoli shares her wisdom on all things film! . . . I have been lucky enough to build an amazing relationship with the PhotoVision team, and I can’t express enough how honored I am to be doing a three-day Instagram takeover! My film journey began Feb. 2014, when I purchased a 35mm camera from eBay. Through a lot of trial and error, I realized I had an incredible amount to learn. That fall, I attended Erich McVey’s workshop and it completely changed my life. From then on, I have sought to learn all that I can about film, find my vision and also push myself try new things—even when I continuously fail. This image was taken at the workshop and is one of my favorites because it was the first time I began to truly understand how composition and framing can elevate an image. I look forward to sharing some of my favorite images, the stories behind them and also some photography tips.
 
#matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #bend #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @erichmcvey @ginnyau @ashleylbeyer @theamyclarke @thehalcyonagency @rubiconnyc @ivorywhiteboutique @jcrew @monvoirco @froufrouchic @sydneybabcock @musemanagement @option_models @redleafstudios @nevealbums @weddingchicks @fujifilm_northamerica

Film and light go together like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, yin and yang! On their own, they are amazing, but put together, they can honestly be breathtaking. I could not reinforce enough how important it is to chase the light. You might be afraid to take the leap and put your subject directly in front of your light source, but trust me, when you nail the shot, you nail it! When I try something new with my shooting, I still keep a notebook with me that has my settings—just in case the image is not what I was expecting, then I know exactly what I did wrong. This has helped me tremendously to avoid the same mistakes over and over. This image was Fuji400 at f2, and the sun was just at the perfect spot on the horizon. I was originally shooting her from the side, but when I stood directly in front of her, the light was incredibly bright—I could barely see her face—but I decided to take the shot anyway because I knew the dynamic range of film could handle it.

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #richmond #virginia #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @tuckahoeplantation @jewelsbygrace @susanlimmakeupartist @izzilous @alessatatiana @theartistagency @girlwithaseriousdream @septemberletters @creative.candles @silkandwillow @arteitalica @shopgossamer @lindahaevents @fujifilm_northamerica 

One of the greatest things you can do is keep shooting as much as possible—different stocks of film in different lighting conditions. This is the only way you can definitely determine what works for you and what does not. I was fortunate to take a trip to Portugal last year, and during my free time, I explored some of the cities and captured as much as I could on film only. Personal work is the best way to really develop your eye and push your creativity. When you are shooting for yourself, there is more freedom to experiment and continuously foster your love for photography. It is also a great way to get to know your camera, its limits and make it an extension of yourself. It should be second nature when you handle your camera, and the only way to do this is to shoot, shoot, shoot!

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #thealgarve #portugal #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

Photography is an incredible source of storytelling. This is one of the reasons why I absolutely love film—it has allowed me to slow down and just be in the moment, and that is something I always encourage others to do. When you take the moment to think of what is happening, why you are taking that specific frame, and then compose and click the shutter, you are making that frame count! I have come to appreciate photography a lot more since I stopped shooting for the sake of shooting and actually began having intention behind each frame. In this image, the bride was putting on her late mother’s bracelet, which she had worn during her own wedding. What an incredibly significant moment for her, and I was honored I could give her this image to represent it.

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #josephinebutlerparkscenter #washingtondc #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm

My journey into photography is a little different from most. My background is rooted in the sciences, specifically biochemistry and molecular biology. It’s often a surprise to others that I have completely different passions I pursue—yet I have found a way to make both of them work. The analytic and high-attention-to-detail portion of the sciences definitely helps with my shooting and quest to continue to push myself and get answers and the results I desire. My point here is that not everyone is able to go full-time with photography for several reasons—but don’t let that stop you from pursuing your passion. Always find a moment, if possible, to keep fostering that creative part of your life. I tend to take my camera with me everywhere when not at work, just in case I see something worth capturing. This image was taken in a parking lot when I saw these gorgeous blooms! Don’t forget that beauty is all around us.

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #grocerystoreparkinglot #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

It has been an incredible honor to share some of my favorite images and provide a few photography tips, which I hope were helpful. Thank you to my lab team, PhotoVision, for giving me this platform and opportunity to share my experience. You have all been very instrumental in my journey and the consistent advice you provide is invaluable. I will leave you all with this—you never know your true potential until you push yourself. You may feel the odds are against you, you may be discouraged when you fail, but no one is perfect, no one gets it right the first, second or even the third time—and sometimes we may never get “it” at all, but during the process, you will definitely learn something valuable. Thank you, everyone!

@matolikeelyphoto #matolisvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #marignyoperahouse #neworleans #louisiana #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @marchesafashion @ostajewelry @coffee_and_pen @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm