How adorable is this little guy…and so easy to photograph. He was a little serious at first, but then the smiles started.
The thing is, I just adore black and white film. Its how I fell in love with photography. There is a depth to it that just isn’t there when you convert digital images to b&w. And the science geek that I am, I love being in the photography “lab”, processing my negatives and printing my own black and white prints. I mean, there’s a timer and you need to mix chemicals, its science and art combined! It doesn’t get any better!!
So, this summer my cousin and I packed up the girls (5 of them) and headed to a beautiful location for photos. Of course, getting 5 girls dressed and out of the house is never an easy task. There were some tears and a lot of “I don’t want to wear that”. But we finally get the car loaded up and I decided I would bring the Holga for fun. We get there and I realize don’t have a SINGLE memory card. Camera, lens, flash- check. But memory cards – NOPE! So instead, I had a mere 12 frames to photograph these girls. To go from a mind set of “I can take a couple hundred images” to “I can press the shutter 12 times”, really makes you stop and think. You have to think about if the image is worthy of actually pressing the shutter. The girls had fun and I got some really nice images. It was only maybe the 3rd time I’ve used the Holga (which is a plastic “toy” film camera), so I still never know what is going to happen. Some aren’t exactly sharp (or maybe even in focus), but I’m still learning how to use this $30 toy.
After I took my 12 portraits, we did stop home, grab the memory cards and headed back out for more photos, but I will share them another time. For now here are some of my favorite film images from that morning…
The two youngest girls, about 1 month apart. I love to see them together. They have their own way of communicating with each other (like pointing and pushing). Its so fun to just watch them.
Kimmy & Brett were married this summer at the Glenora Winery in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York. Needless to say, it was a gorgeous location. And it was perfectly suited for such a wonderful couple. Kim and Brett are high school sweethearts, who have been together for 10 years. They endured a long distance relationship during college which consisted of a lot of train rides for weekend visits. They are so in love and it was such an honor to be a part of thier day.
Each newborn portrait session is unique. Babies have their own schedule. Some sleep throughout the entire session, other are wide awake. Regardless, my goal for newborn sessions is always the same…to capture those quiet, loving, intimate moments. The soft kisses, the cuddles, the moment when you hold your new baby and are filled with more love than you ever thought was possible.
Welcome to the world, Baby Ben.