Film Wedding Inspirations

I don't always shoot film, but every time I do I think, "Why don't I do this more often!?" And then I am reminded by the invoice how expensive it is to get film professionally developed. Sometimes though, it's totally worth it. Film has such a timeless feel, such depth, and beautiful rich colors that I love. Beyond that though film forces me to slow down, think every shot through and curate my images before I even take them, which in such a digital age is hard to do sometimes. 

For this styled shoot I teamed up with local vendors here in Bend, Oregon to create a easy going classic style with a mix of warm wood tones, brushed gold elements, creamy neutrals, and pops of color in the natural setting and gorgeous floral arrangements.

I could not have created these images without the hard work from these wonderful vendors:

Florals: A Native Bloom

Gown: Bella Brides

Cake: Foxtail Bakeshop

Hair and Makeup: Elizabeth Elle Artistry

Invitations: The Wilkinson Loft

Thank you for bringing this vision to life and I hope we all get to work together again very soon!

Getting back to film and having fun!

People often ask me how I got into photography. It’s not exactly the simplest of questions to answer… I honestly cannot remember the first time I held a camera, took my first photograph, or even owned my own camera. One memory that stands out in my mind was a family trip to New York City when I was in 1st grade. I remember standing at the top of the Statue of Liberty and taking a picture of the city with just a simple point and shoot film camera. Film cameras were just always around… many people have tons of home videos of their childhood and while I have some videos, there is an overwhelming amount of photographs that capture my childhood.

When I was in high school I started covering my walls of my bedroom with photos of my friends and family that I had taken with a 35mm camera. Then a couple years later I bought my own tiny point and shoot digital camera and can now look back at just about everyday of my life through college on my computer. For all the good memories that digital cameras have given me I have never forgotten the beauty that film creates. While I have always had a passion for film photography, the convenience and practicality of digital photography has put film on the sidelines. But, recently I have had an overwhelming urge to get back to my film roots, even if just for fun… so, I bought a used film body and now we will just see what happens!

This is one of the first rolls of film I sent off to a professional lab to have developed and I have to say… It is actually exciting to put the shutter button, not be able to look at the image instantly, hear that last frame and then the film rolling itself back up, and then having to just patiently wait to see the end result. It is freeing in a way, and I love it.

This roll is from a rafting trip I took with family and friends down the Deschutes River. SO much fun!