Karla in the Flowers | 35mm Film | Portrait Photography Los Angeles

Karla in the Flowers | 35mm Film | Portrait Photography Los Angeles

Yes, the film photography adventure continue…and it really never disappoints.  Such a fun and unexpected shoot with Karla!  We were supposed to shoot at the pink houses in Mid-City LA, an impermanent art project where someone spray painted three houses hot pink that were due for demolition (more info here – https://la.curbed.com/2017/6/12/15782818/mid-city-pink-houses-m-rad-public-art).  When I arrived the houses were painted white and covered with no trespassing signs (and a large sign saying “EYESORE”).  Neighbors must’ve been a little upset about the pink  tourist attraction.  We decided to go ahead with the shoot anyways, pink flowers…pink houses… close enough!  I adore the photos we captured…

1 roll of Fujifilm 400h

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Go find Karla on instagram, she’s awesome! @karlacheers

Until next time,

Shannon

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Family Documentary Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles | A Mini Visit with Mj, Sam, and Ava

Family Documentary Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles | A Mini Visit with Mj, Sam, and Ava

I was there when these two met.  Mj was the creative director of the shoot, Sam was the model, and I was totally clueless that a romance was simmering.   First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes this crazy cute baby that I had to meet in person asap!  Yep, I couldn’t find any creative way to rhyme with marriage so I didn’t even go there.

I brought along my film camera to the visit because, as you probably know from my previous posts, I’m obsessed with 35mm at the moment.  This time I was shooting with Fuji 400h.

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A Day in the Life | Documentary Family Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles

A Day in the Life | Documentary Family Photography in 35mm Film | Los Angeles

Shooting with film is hard.  You are left with so many unknowns…did I get the shot?  Did I expose correctly?  Were they blinking?  Did the film even load correctly!?

BUT IT IS ALL WORTH IT WHEN YOU GET BACK PHOTOS LIKE THESE.

Sorry for the all caps but I have to portray my excitement somehow.  I am so grateful to Gilda and Adam for letting me into their home, I couldn’t have asked for more amazing subjects.  Their life is seriously magical – see below.

Film used – Porta 400 and Fuji 400

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Film!  My new imperfect grainy love!  Oh how I adore thee.

Message me to set up your own day in the life session in 35mm!

 

Shannon

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M + N | 35mm Wedding Photographer Los Angeles

M + N | 35mm Wedding Photographer Los Angeles

It’s hard to know how to start this post.  This day was just spectacular.  The love and beauty present was overwhelming, I’m not usually a crier but oh man the tears were flying.  It was my very first time being a bridesmaid for my very first close friend tying the knot.  I knew I wanted to take pictures but also wanted to be present and not inside my camera the whole day (I tend to get swallowed up by my viewfinder).  I decided to bring my new 35mm camera along and limit myself to 2 rolls of film – Kodak Porta 400 + Holga 400

Some lessons I’ve learned from these two rolls – BE PATIENT.  I jumped the gun so many times worrying I would miss the perfect shot.  Better to wait, get a feel for the moment, listen so you will know if someone is about to change their expression.  2 – If you know you missed the shot, and you really think it’s a solid shot, try again.  It feels like you only have one chance with film but it doesn’t have to be that way!

I know they will have millions of perfect images of this day from their photographers, here are a few imperfect ones…

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Melissa and Nathan – I LOVE YOU GUYS!  HAVE FUN IN PORTUGAL!

 

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Film!

Film!

This is the very first roll of film I took on my Canon AE1!  I haven’t shot film since high school (has it really been more than 10 years!?) and I feel this excitement in my bones for it.  This first roll was hard for me, every click of that shutter felt like such a huge deal for someone who is used to shooting thousands of frames a day.  My perfectionism definitely got in the way of me shooting anything for a while.  I’m slowly getting over that barrier and can’t wait to shoot more and more!  Film just feels so special.

Film – Kodak Porta 400

Location – Brooklyn + Sarah’s cabin in upstate NY

(any ideas why this first photo turned out like this?  I kind of love it.)

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(behind the scenes of http://www.shopwoolly.com, go check out her glorious rugs!)

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Next stop – Melissa’s wedding!  I will practice restraint and shoot one roll.  We’ll see how that goes.

 

Cheers!

Shannon

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