Film

10 on 10 | August 2018

if you're going by school year, summer is over. landan started back this week and now he's officially a junior. wah. where does the time go? however, i'm not calling it the end of summer until after labor day. we're visiting my sister in the outer banks, nc that weekend so we've got one more beach weekend in store before it's all said and done!

one thing i managed to do a decent job of was continue my eighteen summers project that i started two years ago. the thing i love about film is how in a busy season of life, it helps me to slow down and be more intentional about choosing moments to document while at the same time embracing the imperfection of it all.

this post is in collaboration with super skilled photographers all over the world, so please click through the circle, starting with Carla, all the way from Brazil!

without further ado, bits and pieces of our summer so far on film...

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At Home with the Dial Family | Madison, AL Family Film Photographer

Last month, I was fortunate enough to take a film photography class with Ashley Crawford. Ashley's work is bright, bold and fun. She is a rule breaker and her creativity was just the push I needed to get over the winter rut. She challenged us to experiment with consumer film, pushed film, double exposures, light leaks and more. She inspired me to purchase some lomography 800 film, which I haven't played with yet, but plan to during our Europe trip next month. 

I was excited to put what I learned to use on my friend Brittney and her family. So, on a Sunday afternoon, I loaded up my gear and film and headed over to the Dial's house! I shot a mix of digital and film. Mostly film - but it was pretty dark in their living room so I made sure to take a few digitals incase my film didn't turn out. Thankfully, it did and I just love what we got. 

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All film images were shot on 35mm film. Stocks used included: Portra 400, Fuji400h & Kodak Max 400.

10 on 10 | April 2017

I'm so excited that it's April. Although we had a mostly mild winter, I've been so ready for spring to arrive! My shooting has slowed down so much over the past few months....and I think part of that is contributed to the winter funk so many of us photographers encounter in the colder, darker months. Now that the days are getting longer, weather's getting warmer and the grass is getting greener, I'm picking up my camera much more frequently.

But, this month's 10 on 10 post is not very spring-y....that's the problem with shooting mostly film nowadays...I'm always a few weeks behind on photos. Which is okay with me. When I get my scans, I get to relive the days all over again...minus the editing (for the most part).

Here's my 10 on 10....an 35mm film collection from the past month or so. When you're done here, head over to my crazy talented friend Bethany's blog to continue the loop!

bathtime. shot on tri-x 400.

bathtime. shot on tri-x 400.

piggies. shot on fuji superia 400.

piggies. shot on fuji superia 400.

diaper changing with daddy. shot on fuji superia 400.

diaper changing with daddy. shot on fuji superia 400.

growing up too fast. shot on tri-x 400.

growing up too fast. shot on tri-x 400.

dinner with grandma jean. shot on tri-x.

dinner with grandma jean. shot on tri-x.

sunrise. shot on expired kodak max 100.

sunrise. shot on expired kodak max 100.

terrible twos in full force. shot on ilford delta 400.

terrible twos in full force. shot on ilford delta 400.

building (and destroying) blocks. shot on ilford delta 400.

building (and destroying) blocks. shot on ilford delta 400.

10 on 10 | February 2017

Due to the winter blahs and a stressful workload, I've really lacked motivation to pick up my camera this month, but I did shoot a test roll of Fuji 400h 35mm film in January that I was pretty happy with despite all the missed focus and grain. There's just something nostalgic about film that digital can't quite replicate.  Sharing a few below. Continue the circle with lovely Kristi Burton.

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10 on 10 | November 2016

This has been my busiest fall to date and I'm sad to admit I haven't taken many photos of my own family lately. I'm behind on editing and still have sessions booked every weekend through November.

However, we did have one important event that I made sure I pulled out the camera for and that was Landan's first homecoming dance. Homecoming is a big deal here in Madison and the kids go all out for the dance. Landan took his best friend, Olivia, as his date. I also learned how to tie a bow tie for this special occasion, and I think I did a pretty good job, don't you? ;) 

Still enjoying learning and shooting film, so I threw a couple of those images into the mix too!

When you leave here, head over to the talented Cris Stephens' blog post to see her gorgeous images from this months 10 on 10!

Adventures in Film!

Hello, world's worst blogger here! :)

I'd been thinking about playing with film for a long time, for several reasons. One, I work a lot. Out of town a lot. When I'm home, I'm occupied by a curious toddler. I don't have hours to sit around and cull through all the digitals I took and edit them like I used to. The idea of thoughtfully taking only 36 frames, sending them off to be developed and receiving scans and being DONE sounds very freeing! Plus, I love the nostalgic look of film & often try to emulate that when editing my digitals anyway. 

So, one impulsive afternoon when I had some extra money burning a hole in my pocket, I picked up a Canon EOS 3 on eBay from some nice man in Japan. I ordered a couple boxes of film and then when it was all delivered, it sat around for a while. In May, I finally loaded a roll of Portra 160 and starting shooting through it around the house.

I finished the roll in May while we were in Eufaula for Memorial Day visiting Grandma Jean. 

I was really happy with my first roll! I actually didn't mean to order Portra 160 but I'm so glad I did! 

I also ordered Portra 400 and when we went to the beach in July, I brought a roll of it along with another roll of 160. To be honest, I wasn't as thrilled with my results with the 400 but I have another roll in my camera now and maybe I'll like them more. This film stock is known for being more "light and airy" but it was a little too much so for my taste. It also could be something I did.... who knows. But here are a few from that roll!

I also shot a roll of P160 while at the beach and i am in LOVE with what this stock can do in full sun. The way it retains the details in all the bright highlights, while still exposing my subjects nicely is incredible! I never could get nicely exposed skin without blowing out detail in the bright sky on digital like these! 

This series of photos of Brad & Jack playing in the hotel room were my favorite! I just love hotel room light and moments like this on film! 

I'm really excited that my first few rolls turned out so well and look forward to shooting more on film. In addition to the EOS3, I also have a manual Canon AE-1 and I just bought a film point and shoot camera today to keep in my purse. Can't wait to play with those! 

All of these photos were scanned and developed by The Find Lab