I've been photographing with analog cameras for a couple years but 2017 has been the year that I finally tip the scales in favor of shooting film to digital at sessions. Film has a depth, a richness and an authenticity that digital simply cannot replicate. It makes me slow down during sessions and really inspires me creatively and it requires ZERO post processing other than sending it to a lab for developing and scanning - so I thought it only natural to make the transition this year when my time is more limited than ever. If you've followed me from the beginning of my business then you've seen the transition from families, to weddings, products, back to family lifestyle and newborns. Refining is something I hope that I always do as an artist, but this year in particular I've reduced my work down to only shooting newborn and family lifestyle sessions. One of the best things I did from the beginning of my career was not listen to the "find a niche" preachers and kept shooting everything (even if I didn't always blog or share it on social media). I've really been able to grow in all directions and skills with each different genre of photography and it was thrilling and defining for me. But there are seasons for everything, including businesses and for this one I can confidently leap into this limited offerings season where I just simply don't have time to do it all.
So I am excited to share a 100% fully film session and some of my favorites from it! We shot these in the For Love of Love Studio and what a DREAM Lauren's place is. I love that there is an option in Richmond for photographers and families to shoot that is so classically simple. Tiffany is one of my dearest friends in Richmond and we've had the privilege of growing babies in our bellies at the same time and watch them grow up this year - it is truly special to have a friend to walk through the same life circumstances with - I'm so grateful for her! And that Willow is one of the cutest and most photogenic babies. Just look at that sweetness!!
As cliche as it sounds film has stolen my heart and though I used to swear I'd never make the leap because of the cost, things that are worthwhile always come at some kind of cost. Something I'm learning everyday as a parent. Time with my family is everything and film allows me to have that time back, which I believe is priceless! Besides the downside of cost, it doesn't seem to have any others - it has just the perfect warmth and depth that I believe parenthood emulates and that is something I always want to capture in my work. Enjoy my favorites of this precious and beautiful family!
Images shot on Pentax 645N, Kodak Portra400, Fuji400H & HP5