There’s something about film that I’ve always loved. The way it captures the moment in it’s own unique way, seeing more of what the eye sees and recording a little bit more of the soul. Film photography works like this, the film is exposed to the light which exposes tiny crystals on the film to the image. It is recorded this way, and that is what the grain is, and what gives film that better than real life quality.
I used to shoot film regularly throughout college and years after, but didn’t have time for the process or means for the cost that goes into it. Josh and I have talked a lot about how much we want to make film a big part of the blog, and started out with some experimenting. We found one of our old cameras with undeveloped film in it and developed it in our kitchen sink, then scanned it in with a vintage film scanner. We were happily surprised by images from our road trip across the country and to our first Coachella Festival!
Then we started shooting some film at our blog and client shoots, developing the negatives and scanning them in the same way. There’s something to be said about letting it be what it is, and you can get really cool results with the trial and error method. Josh allowed the film to have light leaks, film burns, dust, and chemical burns to give them their own unique effect. We weren’t aiming for perfection with these shots, so I think they turned out sort of magical. Capturing something more tangible than the sometimes impersonal process of digital.
A lot of the time I’m rushing through photoshoots for the sake of clients, without as much time and love I’d like to put into it. It’s so important for me to have the freedom to be creative and not rush, because otherwise it makes it all meaningless. People sometimes forget that someone’s art is literally a slice of their self, and their soul, and can’t always be churned out like butter in a machine.
So taking the time, even just the extra moments, to capture these new film photos and process the old with the new, was something that reminded me of why photography is my passion. Getting to glimpse these moments burned into crystals by the light is magic in itself, and I’m excited to include a film journal on the blog as a new part of our story!
– Coachella 2015 –
Our friend Russ who we met Coachella camping in 2015. We reunited again at Coachella 2016, and have been friends since. The Chella Karma is real.
Post Coachella aftermath.
Saying goodbye to Corina after our Coachella adventures ended.
– Beach Adventures –
– Shooting for Nordstrom –
– In the Canyon –