Engagement Session | Wrigley Mansion | Arizona Biltmore | Film Photography

We love it when a couple hires us specifically because we shoot film. Believe me at the end of the day it doesn't matter if you capture your images using digital cameras or film cameras, it just matters that your work speaks to your clients. But it puts a smile on Keith's face when he can talk shop with someone who respects the craft and appreciates the cameras and knowledge that he brings to every event/wedding that he photographs.

This engagement session was photographed the day after Thanksgiving at the Arizona Biltmore and Wrigley Mansion. Beautiful afternoon light, a couple head over heels for each other and a bevy of film cameras made this a super fun way to spend a late Fall afternoon.

We look forward to this couple's spring wedding at the Hyatt Gainey Ranch - with Whitney from Some Like it Classic leading the planning. It will be a gorgeous day for sure!

Segner Ranch Wedding |Part 2 Film | Private Residence Sedona / Oak Canyon Creek Arizona

Generally I am of the school of thought that less is more. But sometimes you just have to share more because you have to. This is one of those times.

Here are the highlights from Keith's photos of a recent wedding at Segner Ranch in Sedona. A variety of film cameras were used - but his two rangefinders did most of the heavy lifting.

Thank you to all the amazing vendors that made S + D day so perfect. This was such a stunning collaboration.

Wedding Planner: Alyssa of Grand Plan Events

Event Design:  KD Event Design

Wedding Venue:  Segner Ranch

Hotel: Amara Resort Sedona

Hair & Makeup:  Sedona Beauty Team 

At last | First Leica |Film Photography

 

I will not even be embarrassing Keith right now if I tell you how how damn cute he was opening the box that held this camera. Excited is an understatement. He has wanted a Leica since I can remember. I'm not sure why he hasn't bought one until now but he hasn't. So today is a special day for sure.

This Leica is not Keiht's first rangefinder, those that know him well saw a Zeiss hanging off his shoulder for the better part of the first year he owned it. Up until a few minutes ago, the camera du jour hanging off his shoulder for the past few months was his new Fuji X100. Well that camera will have to take a backseat to this long awaited Leica. Keith's dream of paring down his camera bag for weddings to (2) rangefinders, a handful of lenses and bag of film is getting closer!

Stay tuned, the film will be loaded shortly and I can't wait to bombard everyone with the results!

Why I love film | Personal

It’s funny how things run in cycles. All things get old but the good things age well and come back (if they ever really left). For obvious reasons I will apply this thinking to my love of photography in general and film in particular (and those beautifully crafted machines that expose it called cameras). 

In 2001 I decided to start shooting digitally for weddings since I saw the writing on the wall. I knew this digital thing was going to be for real. I started adding it into weddings along side film and started building a digital wedding portfolio. 

Eventually when I met with potential clients, digital was my only offering. I had a hard time convincing people back then that digital would hold up as well as film and look as good as film. I told clients that they would like digital as much, showing them prints made from both digital and film and they couldn’t tell the difference. I worked hard to make that happen. 

I rode an early wave of digital success while trying hard to make it look like film. I did this for years. I bought newer and better cameras that could do more things (most of which I didn’t care if they could do) and bought newer and better software to add the film look. In the mean time, film grew more exotic to the masses and photographers sprang forth that did amazing work and had never actually touched a roll of film. Many talked about film though as if it were a magic substance that made everything turn into art (it’s not). They did all they could to make their digital files look like film types that they had never seen (difficult if you think about it).

I love film. Is it perfect? No. That’s one reason I like film more than digital. Is it harder to use than digital? Yes. That’s another reason. Do I know what I’ve got when the shutter fires? Yes and no. Digital gives instant feedback while film requires that I know what I’m doing at all times, that knowing is more of an intuitive feel. That is yet another reason. 

Digital, when done right looks bad to me. It looks too perfect. Plasticky and too smooth for a lack of a more eloquent description. To combat this I have gone to varying lengths to add elements to the files (sad that that’s what they are) to make them appear to have the same natural imperfections and unique characteristics as film. The irony here is that I’m adding these imperfections digitally, which means I can recreate them exactly from frame to frame if I want. That is the opposite of what I love about film. Digital works and can look good but it stings my creative soul every time with a feel of cheating.

Let me be clear, the only thing that really matters in the end is the image that you get. How you get it is personal and shouldn’t be questioned as long as it speaks to you (and says something nice of course). Images I capture on film speak to my soul. These images require no effort to make them look as if they were made using film. 

Film is tangible and not subject to the whims and twists of technology. Less wasted effort where creative energy could be applied to something else makes me a happy photographer.

 

Hermosa Inn Wedding | Paradise Valley, AZ

When we first met with this bride, it was love at first sight. She said all the right things. All the things that Keith loves to hear. She loves photography, she has an art background, she wasn't concerned with the traditional aspects of the wedding, she just wanted great pictures. She and Keith were on the same page about her vision.  I think he is still smiling.

Thank you Cicely and her crew for making the day as seamless as it was beautiful. And Melissa from Table Tops, as always - an absolutely gorgeous execution.

We can't wait to share with this couple the beautiful images taken on their wedding day at the Hermosa Inn. In the meanwhile, a tiny sneak peek until the last of the film is back from the lab.

Venue:: The Hermosa Inn

Wedding Planner:: Life Design Event Planning

Flowers:: Table Tops, etc

Film:: B&W Tri X, Color Portra 400

Super 8mm Wedding Film | Phoenix Wedding Photographer

Well we first got the itch for Super 8 about 2 1/2 years ago. We purchased two 30+ year old Super 8 film cameras and started playing around. That fall, we took some fun footage at weddings we were photographing, had the film developed and scanned, started editing and really fell in love with the finished product. If you are of a certain age, you remember the sound of Super 8. You remember sitting with your grandparents watching family movies.  You remember how the film looked. There is such a nostalgic feeling about this type of film - we just love it.

When we break out the cameras at a wedding, the minute you start shooting, people either comment on the cameras (yes they look like they are some antique and couldn't possibly work, and work well) or guests comment on the sound. Oh that magical Super 8 sound.

Fast forward to the present. We are so excited that we are finally offering Super 8 Wedding Film as an add on to our wedding packages as well as a stand alone product.

The bottom line is, we love film. Film is the medium that is an everpresent part of our story telling whether it be wedding photography or cinematic shorts.  The organic nature of film, the sense of nostalgia, the transcendence of time, our vision and artistry combine to create not the typical wedding film - but a film as unique as each couple.

Super 8 is used to capture the big moments and small details that all come together to tell your story. Each film is shot with vintage Super 8 cameras.  The film footage is then professionally processed and digitized. (No, you don’t have to gather round the old screen and projector in your grandfather’s basement to watch your wedding film.) We then professionally edit the footage, set it to music, digitally transfer the finished film to a DVD for easy viewing, downloading, sharing and archiving. We will send you a link that you can easily share with friends and family.

 (Click here or on the photo above to watch a Super 8mm wedding film from a recent wedding at El Chorro)