You are scrolling through Instagram like you normally do. You follow a couple of photographers because you love their work and it adds some beauty to your feed. There is one photographer in particular that you love and are always in awe of her personal photographs as well as her client images. Yet, you can’t figure out how to replicate that look on your end. That was me a couple of years ago.
As my love for photography grew, I started to see a pattern of styles and colors that I loved and wanted to incorporate into my images. The more I researched styles, the more I learned that I was drawn to film photography. So, when a film photographer I admired released a course on shooting film, I immediately jumped on board. It changed the way I photograph.
It was like a light bulb went off for me. I went from liking the majority of my images from sessions and personal work to absolutely loving every one of them.
After completing the film course, I had to figure out if film was something that could work for me in business. I believe in timeless and authentic photographs, and photographing in film aligned with that passion.
Film provides a timeless look to photographs. It produces images rich in color and texture. And, film has a way to capture skin tones that look soft and creamy. I love it! Initially, you may not notice a huge difference between film and digital photography. But, the more you look at film images the more you will grow to love how true to real life the colors appear.
To give you an idea, I normally complete edits to my digital photographs to brighten colors and soften the skin and crop backgrounds. With film, I receive scans back from a lab. The more I photographed and understood how to use light with film, the more I received scans back from the lab needing very little editing (maybe a crop here or there). To show you what I mean, check out the photographs below from a recent newborn session by sliding between a digital and film image. Can you notice the differences between the two?
Look at the colors on the film image! Baby James’ skin tones are perfect, and the color of the grey in the blanket is soft and full of texture. You can see how film captures lighting differently than digital and produces an image rich in color.
Let’s check out another one!
Again, I love the coloring in the film image. Film has a way of capturing your subjects beautifully, and it produces such a timeless look. I would frame this photograph and display it in my home!
As a photographer, I believe in creating timeless images. Film is the absolute best when creating photographs that will last a lifetime.
So, what do you think? Are you a fan of film?
XOXO – Ashley