HISTORIC SUMMER FAMILY PORTRAITS | Featured on Belle Lumiere

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Shot on Mamiya645af | Kodak Portra 800 Film | Scanned by Photovision

The second we turn on our phones, we are hit with amazing imagery from all over the world and it's hard not to feel like you are behind the game. When I'm in a battle such as this, the cure is usually creating photographs that come from my own vision. Finding people who I enjoy working with and getting my film camera out will usually leave me re-invigorated.

That is why I love this family session so much. It did not fail to inspire me.

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Nikita and Nabyl are super cool, super patient and super in love with their daughter Katara. What more can you ask for in a client? I was so grateful they allowed me to take my time, experiment and totally guide them. I really tried to ease into the moments and spark the natural interactions and joy I love on camera, but I also gave myself permission not to press the shutter if I wasn't totally satisfied with the shot. This lead to around a 90% keep on 5 rolls of Kodak Portra 800. If you are a film photographer you know that is pure GOLD. I also only shot pretty consistently at F/4 or even f/5.6 -- which I would never do with a digital camera. This helped me solve the soft focus issues I'd been running into. With more practice (and maybe a camera upgrade) I believe I'll be back down at F/2 again.

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Special Thanks:

Scans: PhotoVision

Models: Nikita + Nabyl and daughter Katara

Wardrobe: Asos, JCrew, Zara

Venue: Bybee House at Howell Territorial Park