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Brushfire Photography + PV Takeover + Day 2, cont'd

Stephen Wood

We love a detailed scene as much as anybody, but what we are always drawn back to is simplicity in nature. Nature is just so beautiful. Oftentimes, we look past it so easily, or clutter it up with our own “stuff,” whether possessions or technology. But being able to slow down, simplify and really see the beauty and peace nature offers—that’s very powerful to us. We captured this image near Tucson. Expecting the usual Sunny Arizona forecast, we were met with (yet again) a desert thunderstorm. As the sun set, I (Mike) wanted to capture just a hint of the soft remaining light, complemented with the natural element of candlelight, to lend just a bit of warmth to her face. A candle’s warm glow, especially just after sunset, just gets us every time. Everything that’s natural is, for Brit and me, incredible. Nature has a way of producing the most beautiful elements, and film is the perfect medium for capturing them.

@brushfire_photo #brushfiresvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #mtlemmon #tucson #arizona #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @sarahsgardenstyle @kdpeventsaz @thedresstheory @jennypackham @fujifilm_northamerica

Brushfire Photography + PV Takeover + Day 1

Stephen Wood

Hello, we are Mike & Brit, the faces of @brushfire_photo! We are so excited to host a PV Takeover, as film has been a big part of our lives. Film has changed our life path so many times in so many wonderful ways. Our first experience with film was actually on our first anniversary. We were rowing down Arizona’s Chevlon Canyon, near Mike’s childhood home, clutching our first SLR, a 35mm Ricoh, gifted to us by Brit’s dad. The canyon’s scenery was stunning, it was a setting we had always wanted to photograph. What we didn’t expect, was to find ourselves under pitch-black skies, caught between 200-foot cliffs, with nothing to light our way but lightning flashing against the canyon walls. It was terrifying. We both thought we were going to die! If this flash flood filled up the canyon, we’d be smashed against the rocks! Thankfully, we were able to row to safety. Even better, we had a few rolls of film under our belt.  At the time, we were sending our negatives to a mass-market retailer for scans—even so, these first 4x6 proofs were amazing to us. We had documented a location dear to us along with our own (terrifyingly) beautiful memories—of being young and in love and in awe, of both nature and film. This theme has continued throughout our film journey. For instance, this Italian landscape was captured during our first trip to Southern Italy in 2014. We had traveled there for a wedding and were staying in a rural town, surrounded by farmland. Though halfway around the world, it reminded me (Mike) of my childhood home, growing up on a cattle ranch in Arizona. This peaceful setting was quite the foil to our first trip down Chevlon Canyon, yet it wasn’t really all that different—our vision always comes through best in beautiful, natural settings. Whether caught in a desert canyon, or relaxing in the Italian countryside, the simplicity of nature and film never cease to inspire us.

#brushfiresvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #forcella #italy #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

Photography is the act of capturing light. We just love the way film captures light, especially in the desert, where a beautiful, warm sunset provides the perfect glow for a simple portrait. Sunset light is our favorite light. Though many say the light of California or the Southwest is best, this warm, natural sunset light can be found everywhere. One reason we love film so much is for its ability to retain the rich colors of a sunset’s glow, to preserve its highlights and hold its colors in, without washing them out. We found the location for this collaborative shoot in the high desert north of Phoenix, out in the middle of nowhere. Sunset Point was a place we had passed many times before on our way home to Flagstaff, but had never stopped at. We didn’t know what we were missing. The day of the shoot, the cacti were blooming and the glow coming from the sun was just perfect. This just goes to show, your favorite new place to shoot could be closer than you think. Be aware of your surroundings and take time to explore. You might discover a treasure.

@brushfire_photo #brushfiresvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #sunsetpoint #arizona #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @sarahsgardenstyle @kdpeventsaz @agencyaz @thedresstheory @jennypackham @ariellerondeau @ktflan @emerly @fujifilm_northamerica

Anna Peters + PV Takeover

Stephen Wood

Welcome to the second installment of PV Takeover! This week, we are proud to feature @annapetersphoto, winner of @bellelumieremagazine's Image of the Year! Take it away, Anna!

Hi all! I am excited to share a few images and some thoughts on film photography, life, the universe and everything (well, perhaps not everything, but you'll be my instant friend if you get that reference). I'll begin with a image from early in my film journey. In fact, this shot is from the first roll I ever ran through a Contax 645 (and one of my first PV orders). Needless to say, it was love at first scan. I taught myself to shoot 35mm film long before I knew a film community or fantastic labs like PhotoVision existed. Even with access to these great resources, I still believe that good old trial-and-error is the best way to get an intuitive feel for the ins and outs of film. Just get out there and shoot it—the learning curve is inevitable!

#annasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

Okay, so I think I live in an exceptionally stunning place—but EVERY part of the world boasts uniquely incredible natural spaces, and it’s so freaking inspiring that we, as photographers, get to take direct advantage of this. In the Pacific Northwest, going the extra mile (literally) is always worth it, as the landscape shifts from misty mountains to rugged coastline in a matter of a few hours' drive. This engagement session was especially memorable because my couple was game for a several-mile hike topped off with a float around a nearby lake in their canoe! As a result, we were able to take advantage of this tucked-away gem of a trail, and got to pay tribute to their adventurous love with some gorgeous imagery.

#annasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm 

A long-time ballerina, my dance training has instilled in me a deep love of movement and an appreciation for the human form that affects much of my work. In particular, I think that having bodies move through even seemingly mundane movements like running or walking creates relaxed, effortless lines that can be hard to achieve in static positions. This holds doubly true for kiddos, who can feel stiff and uncomfortable when asked to pose—though adults are susceptible to that stiffness, too, and I always start off engagement sessions by having couples walk together. I like how the movement here in this photo contributes to capturing the sweet bond between sisters.

#annasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm 

Oh man, I have so much love for a clean, emotion-driven image. While there are so many details to shoot and creative opportunities that arise on a wedding day, I never want to miss a chance to capture an impromptu kiss like this one, because I'm fussing with the way her dress is laying, or trying to position their hands just right, or—you name it. This is such a simple shot lacking any additional details, but darn if it doesn't make me smile.

#annasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @arborcrestwine @beehavenfarm @thedresstheory @fujifilm_northamerica

Simplicity—a mantra I return to again and again, especially at the beginning of a new year. I recently finished Marie Kondo's "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and I really resonated with the language she uses to help readers kick the clutter habit. She asks you to consider each material item in your home and only keep those that truly *bring joy* into your space. I like the idea of applying this principle to detail shots— instead of trying to check off a bunch of standard shots we think will be helpful for publication (you know the ones—I’m guilty of it, too) perhaps, instead, allow yourself to be drawn to the unexpected details of the vignette that bring you joy. In this "ring shot," finding the most joyful elements, for me, meant pairing the clean line of the gown's fabric with the softness of my bride's hand.

#annasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @jilliangz @solerepairshop @pnpstudio @kaaremvn @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm  

Thank you all for following along with my PV Takeover! On my way out, here's something a little different— During the past few months, instead of fighting the darker, moodier light of Seattle winter, I decided to embrace it and take an opportunity to explore a new direction in my personal work. PhotoVision was an instrumental part of this, and the team was so responsive and helpful in getting the tones and exposure I wanted out of this shoot! I love having such a collaborative relationship with my lab, and I always feel that my work is free to discover new ground and evolve, which is SO important. Wishing everyone the happiest New Year! Thanks again for having me!

#annasvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra160 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @fashionby_anita @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm