Film Photography

Morgan and Aya's Tokyo Wedding

So I went to Japan...

...to go to a wedding.

The wedding I went to though, was a little less than traditional.

Morgan and Aya chose to celebrate their marriage in their own unique way, not just with an East meets West flavour, but with a sense of humour. It was the ability to make each other laugh uncontrollably, in the most awkward of situations, that caused them to consider that there may be a 'forever' future for them.

So to bring a bit of 'Morgan and Aya' to their big day, they baked their own wedding rings and ate them during the ceremony; made a special wedding pizza at reception #1; and had cream pies planted onto their faces during reception #2. Good friends contributed by playing live music for them and Morgan's brother scrambled to edit a clever video surprise to be presented to Aya on the day.

And of course, great fun was had by all.

Thank you to Caelun Richardson-Lester for second shooting for me. Some of his awesome shots appear above.

Beautiful women - Sarah

The first thing you'll notice about Sarah is the way she dresses. She pulls no punches, she is no shrinking violet. I've always delighted in wondering what combination of clothing Sarah would turn up in on any given day of the week. So when contemplating the nature of how this shoot would look we decided to capture a different outfit for each day.

Sarah's personality is as colourful and confident as her style of dress. Not in a brash and overly loud way, she is more of a bubbly, 'brighten up your day when she walks in the room' kind of girl. A quiet achiever who sticks to her own path.

Sarah's background is in psychology and she works in human services. One story she shared with me when I first got to know her, was of a painting one of her clients had done of a parachute, she being the parachute. It made her happier than anything else in her work to know that her time with this person had impacted their life in such a way as to feel lifted up, carried to an extent, and therefore changed for the better.

Sarah is a beautiful woman.

My sister's favourite colour is coral

Sometimes my sister will sit with me as I'm working away on a wedding. The most recent wedding had the colour coral incorporated into its theme. 

'That is my favourite colour', she said. 'Peach?' I replied.

'No, coral'. 

Of course, coral. I totally knew that.

I'm always blown away by the richness and vibrancy of colour I get from film. Any digital shots of these dresses I captured were dull and washed out in comparison. Film just does colour better. I've weighed up the viability of using film, but despite the cost to me, I can't deny myself the beautiful colour that it brings.

Medium Format, oh how i love thee

I've already talked once before about how childishly excited I get when the email arrives in my inbox first thing in the morning to say my film shots are ready for downloading. It's like waking up on Christmas. I always start off with the medium format film just like a child opens the biggest presents first. I know amongst them will be some of my favourite little nuggets of gold.

Sometimes I'll get some images that just WOW me. Not necessarily because they're a particularly awesome shot, more because of the way the medium format lens has rendered the subject. The colour, the texture, the skin tones, the way the background falls away and the softness. Oh the softness.

There's something unique to my Mamiya 645 lenses that 35mm just can't quite get to. It's a bigger camera. It can be clunky to carry around and it it is certainly more costly to shoot with. But oh when I get those gems it's all worth it.

Oh medium format, how I do love thee.