2016 was a really crazy, busy year. For much of the year, I felt like I was just desperately trying to keep up with everything–school, grad school applications, my thesis, engagement sessions, weddings, and so much more. It was SO good in so many ways, but also exhausting! I finished out my wedding season feeling tired and a little burned out. Self care is so important for every field–it’s emphasized a lot in my social work profession, but creatives don’t talk about self care enough.
I’ve learned how important it is to create personal projects throughout the year that are just for the pure joy of creating and making beautiful and meaningful work. I decided to take on two of these personal projects this December/January. The first was to create a small Christmas tree farm styled elopement. Christmas tree farms are my happy place, so it felt so fun to do a session there. The second was to start learning film photography.
Film photography is making a comeback among wedding photographers. I’ve been wanting to learn to shoot film for a long time, I just haven’t had the time! The last time I shot film was my freshman year of high school. I was a member of the Photography Club, which basically just meant I spent hours along in the dark room trying to develop film. I wasn’t very successful but I had fun doing it. So this December I borrowed a film camera from a fellow photographer and got a crash course on shooting medium format film. I had several engagement sessions in January (6 to be specific!) along with the mini styled shoot I planned, so I decided to shoot some film at a handful of my sessions. I am so grateful for my sweet couples who were so patient as I dragged out the massive Pentax 645n and struggled through shooting a roll of film (or loading another roll of film!).
It will probably be quite a while before I’m good enough with film to really incorporate it into my professional work, but I’m going to keep with it this year! So if you’re one of my 2017 couples, you might see me pulling out a film camera at your session or wedding and shooting a roll or two :)
Only a handful of the images I took really turned out, but I know with more practice I will get better! I shot Portra 400 film, rated at 320, on a Pentax 645n. These were developed and scanned by The Find Lab, who did an awesome job. The black and white images were edited by Mastin Ilford Presets.
Amilia Photography is a Nashville Wedding Photographer and Destination Wedding Photographer. She specializes in photographing vibrantly emotional love stories in gorgeous outdoor locations in Nashville, Tennessee, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and other destinations all around the country.