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Shooting Film For The First Time

Soooooo, I am so so so excited about this!

Not only am I so proud of the video content, but I truly cannot believe how these images turned out. It has been literally 7 years since I even touched a film camera, and that was back way before I thought I would ever make photography my career. In my high school art portfolio class, my teacher loaned me a very 90’s 35mm film camera from the school for me to use for class. I only used it for a few projects, but it left such an impact on me. I have been fascinated with film ever since. There is something about the satisfying “click!” when pressing the shutter, and the excitement of not knowing what the heck you just did! I found that it made me so much more intentional. It slowed me down, forced me to think, and allowed me to create a pretty diverse gallery with only 35 images.

It was really important to me that I documented this process because honestly, if I can do it, anybody can. You’ll see in the beginning of the video that I literally had to google how to take a picture. We didn’t get started for like 15 minutes because I was just flipping the camera over and over looking for an “On” button. (Newsflash- there isn’t one.) HAHA

Watch “Shooting Film for the First Time” RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW!

Thank you so much to everyone that made this possible!

Rilee Jackson– bad ass videography and forever photog bestie

Ryleigh Liston– That perfect model friend that’s also a super talented photographer

Chop Suey Books– Location of shoot and the cutest little used bookstore EVERRR

Chuck at Richmond Camera on Cary Street- for letting me leave my camera there because I was too nervous to remove the film on my own LOL and for being so extremely polite and helpful when I picked up my scans!

About the images: I edited these in Lightroom after downloading them to my computer! I have a few presets that I always use for my images, but since these were JPEG and now RAW files, it was a little bit difficult to use them. I had to do a lot of tweaking on each one, but I am super happy with how they turned out. Even the ones that are a little out of focus (I was shooting wide open) I love with the filmy mood. It’s all so dramatic.


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I’m a wedding, elopement, and portrait photographer serving Richmond, Virginia and beyond. With my interest in photography beginning way back in middle school, I’ve found my passion in people- documenting people’s important seasons of life in a way that feels like a fond memory.

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