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Seattle Family Photos on film!

Yes, you read the title right.  I’m shooting a bit of film again.  Why, you ask?  Several reasons.  Film is where I first got started.  Film is the first photography medium I fell in love with.  I remember the delight in shooting  a roll then going to my photography class in Georgia where I learned how to develop and process film.  I remember looking through all the negatives on a light table to see the images, then printing my favorites in the darkroom.

Everything was done at a slower pace.  It wasn’t instantaneous (and voluminous) like digital.  Between pressing the shutter to developing my negatives, I had time for feelings like anticipation and nervousness, then glee (or sometimes heartache) to take over with each newly developed roll.

Shooting a bit of film again is causing me to slow down.  To be more deliberate when I press the shutter button instead of holding the shutter down and overshooting.  Its helping me think more about each shot and what I’m trying to accomplish .  Look at the light more thoroughly.   It is challenging me again.

Along with that, I had forgotten how film can still record light and highlights so much better than digital.  It has this crazy latitude with capturing highlights and shadows, and I was curious.  I just want to compare the quality.  Film greats like Elizabeth Messina and Jose Villa and Jonathan Canlas swear by it, but can I, a regular ol’ portrait photographer in Seattle accomplish the same results?

Oh and one last major perk:  It cuts down my processing time on the computer!

So this roll is Portra 400 taken with a medium format camera, the Pentax 645N.  It was developed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab.  

Thanks for looking!




I love these. They make me want to get over my mental film hurdle with clients!

Thank you everyone! Yes, bringing out the film camera with clients has been a bit strange and nerve-wracking, but not after we see the images. Try it and you’ll be pleased!

These are WONDERFUL. I sat here grinning throughout the entire post. So beautiful and I think film captured these moments perfectly.

Oh my gosh, these are SO AWESOME! I love the color and the great expressions. Beautiful work!

Kim, beautiful images!

These are amazing, such an adorable family and I love how you talk about how film is where you started because that’s how it was for me as well 🙂

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