Just want to begin this by saying that this is my first blog post ever!
2017 has been a year of new beginnings for me. It has marked my transition from being a service based photographer to pursuing my true passion as an artist. With the transition, I've developed a love for film photography making it my medium of choice and drastically cut down on the use of my faithful digital cameras. Also, I've become extremely comfortable with the technical aspects of the camera over my years of taking photos and decided to put considerable emphasis on learning people on a whole new level. This has been an all round life changing experience for me and I finally feel like I've found the link that connects my art with purpose.
My shoot with Amber marks the first set of photos I've taken using a discovery I've been working all year on becoming competent with so every image taken was very honest and personal. Amber and I knew each other prior to the shoot so we didn't have to go through the process of building rapport, which made things easier seeing that she'd never done anything like this before. It was also beneficial to have image stylist, Bobbie, who helped select the clothing that went well with the theme and medium the photos were taken on and Jerrica to capture BTS (behind the scenes) footage!
For this shoot I decided to limit myself to a 35mm Nikon F100 and a 50mm lens. It was liberating to not have to think about different cameras and complex lighting, allowing me to fully concentrate on the moment - being able to communicate fully with the model and capturing true expression and body language. My first shots were taken on a roll of cinestill film I had left in the camera from a previous shoot, then I switched out to Kodak TMAX B&W film for some more inside shots, then to Portra for the outside shots.
Below are some of our results!