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Loft Photography + PV Takeover + Day 2

PhotoVision Team

@loftphotography Takeover Day 2: If we had photographed this sequence digitally, there may have been 50 frames to choose from. But since we were shooting film, we just snapped a few images that happened to be our favorites from the day.

If you are just starting to shoot film, you will realize, very quickly, that IT'S. NOT. CHEAP. Consequently, you learn to slow down and make each shot count. Film challenged us to get out of the "overshooting" habit that often develops when shooting digitally. Keeping costs in mind forced us to create slowly and with more intention while photographing weddings—which directly impacted how we shoot digitally. Regardless of if we’re holding a digital or film camera, we take the extra time to get the exposure just right in camera and carefully consider the composition of each frame, saving us lots of time in post-production. 😉

#pvtakeover #loftphotographysvision #contax645 #fuji400h #texasfederationofwomensclubs #austin #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @callieanneh

@loftphotography Takeover Day 2: This image was shot on the last roll of the day. We were running out of light and were hesitant to even shoot another roll. We are so glad we did, because these two lovebirds busted out some dance moves that resulted in some fun, emotion-filled moments. The digital version of these frames were WAY too blue to salvage, but the film images stayed true to the actual lighting . . .and that, my friends, is why we love film! 🎞

#pvtakeover #loftphotographysvision #contax645 #fuji400h #newbraunfels #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @freepeople @hayley_ruggles

@loftphotography Takeover Day 2: When you're running a business, you quickly realize how precious your time is. Add kids to the equation, and your time becomes even that much more valuable. As moms running a business from our homes, we've loved how film has given us back time for the things that matter most, like changing diapers and wiping runny noses. 😉 When exposed correctly, film requires much less post-production. So, instead of sitting under a huge pile of images to be narrowed down and edited, shooting film has allowed us to walk away from the screens and have more face time with the ones we love. 👍

Thank you for hanging out with us! Hop on over to the link in our bio (@loftphotography) if you'd like to stay connected and learn more about our photography, business and this work/life balance thing people keep talking about! 😘

#pvtakeover #loftphotographysvision #contax645 #fuji400h #heritagehouse #drippingsprings #texas #photovisionprints #profilmlab #ishootfujifilm #fujifilm #filmisnotdead #sp3000 @fujifilm_profilm @catherine_ellis_ @heritagehouseds @southernweddings

Orange Photographie + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

@orangephotographie Takeover Day 3: The pursuit of a fulfilling connection to our work is what started many of us down this path of shooting film. But sometimes that path can get obscured by self-doubt, comparison and creative blocks. We believe people who are drawn to film are the type of people looking for a deeper meaning in their work, and are willing to go the extra mile for their clients and their art. That same motivation is behind our creation of @thecultivatedartist workshop we are co-hosting this October 10-14 in Scotland. We’ve seen a need to help redirect the wedding industry’s focus from an ideal of perfection to an ideal of honesty. Our workshop is not just aimed at building your portfolio. We know portfolios are important, but when they’re only full of immaculately-styled images that don’t have a lot of substance behind them, clients aren’t able to connect in an emotional way. And we believe connecting on a deeper level—with ourselves, with vendors, and of course, with our clients—is one of the most important things we can do. We invite you to join us, @jeremiah_photo, @rachel_spray, @pyrusflowers, @the_little_north_sea_studio and @emilymichaelsking, Managing Editor of Once Wed, as we dig deep into the creative process and cultivate our artistry so we can become confident again in telling beautiful stories and creating meaningful work. 

#orangephotographiesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #fuji400h #scotland #photovisionprints #sp3000 #fujifilm @fujifilm_northamerica

@orangephotographie Takeover Day 3: Thank you so much for joining us these last few days on our #pvtakeover! We are incredibly grateful for @photovisionprints. Their support, professionalism and pursuit of excellence mean the world to us. We’re about to make our “grand exit” (hehe, get it?), but we’ll leave you with these last words— Never stop seeking those moments of pure, sincere happiness. Always be on the lookout for them. Nothing makes an image quite like honest laughter and smiling faces.

#orangephotographiesvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #ilford3200 #oldedwardsinn #highlandsnorthcarolina #photovisionprints #sp3000 #ilfordfilm

Perry Vaile + PV Takeover

Stephen Wood

We are thrilled to welcome @perryvaile for the next four days as she takes over our feed! Perry is a fine art film photographer based in North Carolina with a heart for bold imagery and captivating locations. Go for it, Perry!  “. . . but my images don’t really look like theirs.” These are words that I’ve personally used to celebrate my singular artistic vision, and yet ironically, they are the same ones that I’ve used when I’m feeling my most vulnerable as a photographer. I happen to think though, that what really makes this community vibrant, impactful and staggeringly inspiring—are the outliers. I am absolutely thrilled and humbled (and perhaps slightly intimidated) to be taking over the PhotoVision Instagram this week, and I’ll be sharing some of my favorite images along with a bit about where my heart is throughout the process of capturing them.

@lindseyreganthorne @misshayleypaige @rrosecreative #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #photovisionprints #sp3000

In the epic battle of Kodak vs. Fuji, I’ve always stood strongly on the side of Portra, but it hasn’t been easy. I’ve been occasionally questioned by my peers, my husband (thanks for the support babe), and even once by a client who wanted me to shoot how she did, on Fuji. I’ve found through the struggle though, that it’s only made my understanding of both options stronger as I tried out every stock I could manage. It all led me ultimately to my final conclusion, that it’s the eye and approach of a photographer, rather than their metering or film stock, that makes the image.

@perryvaile @arhodesevents @carolhannahbridal @emcreativefloral @natalietaylorhumphrey @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

After shooting the wedding of Victoria’s Secret Supermodel @lindsellingson—I know, no pressure right?! ;)—I was given the perhaps more intimidating task of getting the completed images back to @bridesmagazine within 36 hours. Of course, this could be done on digital easily, but on film?! I called PhotoVision and spoke with Brian at length about HOW we could make this happen. How does film get from Savannah, GA to Portland to Salem on a SUNDAY and processed and scanned within 36 hours? Though it seemed highly improbable at first, within 24 hours of shooting, I had flown from the Southeast to the Northwest and found myself sitting at a dinner table with the Woods and McVeys as my film was processing. By Monday afternoon, the images were in my inbox and into the hands of my client and the magazine before deadline. I love telling this story, because it’s a testament to sticking to your guns as a photographer (digital wasn’t an option I would agree to) and most importantly, to the absolute kindness and dedication that this lab has for their customers. They made something big happen for me, without expecting anything in return, and made a customer for life. 

@perryvaile @arhodesevents @emcreativefloral @sophietheallet @kodak_photo  @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

Have you ever shown up to a wedding, and felt “un-inspired”? After all, you don’t always have a stunning redhead in a vintage-inspired gown standing in the middle of church ruins. Life gets REAL, and real brides can have normal shoes, with normal florals and normal dresses. What happens then? Perspective. Take a quick moment to check back in with what matters. Serving your clients. See the beauty in WHO you’re capturing—not what—and embrace (with everything you have) the task you have in front of you, because your role is more important than the details.

@perryvaile @lindseyreganthorne @carolhannahbridal @rrosecreative @croghans  @kodakprofilm  #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm 

Burnout can be another vacuum of our inspiration as creatives. One thing I’ve found that helps renew my excitement and keeps me motivated is to balance my season of long days with shorter, elopement-style weddings. My heart always connects with these couples, and they often allow more emphasis for portraits with significantly less stress or time investment. If you struggle with being over-worked, try taking on shorter days that you can be really, really excited about. Not only will it keep you motivated throughout the year, but it’ll allow you to serve everyone with a happier heart.

@perryvaile @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

Not only am I a big believer in keeping a constantly-renewed creative soul, but in finding a healthy work/life balance. One thing I love to do to prepare for the next week (or two), is check the PhotoVision website to get an idea of their estimated process/scan times (FYI—right now it is TWO DAYS!!). Typically, I’m able to determine the exact day my film images will be delivered to me, and this allows me to plan my week around it, trade baby-watching days with my husband, schedule shoots and set meetings with enough time to return my client’s images within 24-48 hours of receiving them back from PV!

@perryvaile @makeupforyourday @bhldn @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

On days where I feel like I might be just running through the motions of a portrait, and I really want to create something fresh, I’ve found that trying to photograph the same image in 10 completely different ways (without changing the pose) is an amazing exercise that pulls way more out of me than I might have otherwise pursued. Try it for yourself. You might find that the first few frames are easy (typically, shots that are wide, tight, of hands or blowing hair) but it’s the 5th, 6th and 7th shots that really make you think outside of the box, and the final 3 that push you into completely new approaches that might just be your best, most creative work yet.

@perryvaile @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

One of my very favorite writers, Anne Lamott, once said that “almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” I’ve found it to be incredibly true, and also shockingly accurate, for the creative spirit. Taking a social media detox, sitting with friends in PERSON, watching the wind outside my window—things that, at first, seemed like they might take away from my business, have profoundly impacted its growth by releasing me to freely create without distraction.

@perryvaile @lindseyreganthorne @trumpetandhorn @misshayleypaige @rrosecreative @nuagedesignsinc @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

This my favorite “first look” image I’ve ever taken, and it was of a couple I’ve never met. I was on vacation hiking in Alberta and looked up to see a lone man standing in a nearby field, as a woman in a wedding gown walked up to him from a distance. I could have easily missed seeing them entirely if I’d not been soaking in the view around me. I only had 3 frames left on my camera, and timed them to capture her approach, his reaction and their embrace. I continue to keep the image up in my office as a reminder that beauty is right in front of us, if only we pay attention.

@perryvaile @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

The more unique your images are in the sea of other fine art photographers, the better. Don’t worry if your heart is pulled into a direction other than “the norm.” You wanna shoot Shetland ponies on the coast of Ireland? Get it, girl. You think maybe Ektar film might be your jam? Hey, boy hey. Find what makes your work yours alone—be it location, posing, subject, shooting style, whatever that may be—and don’t apologize for it. Pretty soon, clients will be showing up for their Ektar-infused Shetland Pony Portrait Session, and you’ll be completely irreplaceable.

@perryvaile @aandbcreative @sarahseven @jaredethridge @twigssfloral @nikol_elaine @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

It’s hella easy to get so inspired, so wrapped up in own worlds as creatives, that we begin to define ourselves by what we MAKE. If there’s one bit of advice I feel most compelled to share (and remind myself of constantly) it’s that our most important roles, and nearly the entirety of our true worth, is in who we are to each other as spouses, parents, friends and encouragers. You are so much more than a photographer. Realizing this is the first step in making your business work for you, instead of the other way around.

@perryvaile @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra400 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

Well, we finally made it! I’m at the end of my PV Takeover and it’s my hope that beyond simply providing tips and tricks, I’ve helped to  encourage you to celebrate the beauty in having a unique voice and reinvigorated you to have the strength it takes to stay the course. The Wood family at PhotoVision has been invaluable to me in my own journey on this path, and I’m forever grateful for them and the dedicated team at PhotoVision. If any photographer is interested in coaching, please join me in a one-on-one session I’m offering through @theschoolofstyling, or attend their full Creative Online Academy! 

@perryvaile @ambyanevents @venitaaspen  @carolhannahbridal @teighlanorris  @kodak_photo @kodakprofilm #perrysvision #pvtakeover #contax645 #portra800 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm

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