why I shoot weddings on film

(as well as digital)

So many people ask me the point of shooting on film nowadays that digital is so easily accessible and reliable. I shoot ALL weddings and elopements on both film and digital- usually I shoot one roll of film (36 photos) and generally a few hundred snaps on digital in the space of one wedding. I could be like every other wedding photographer and simplify my life by just shooting digital and not having to worry about the extra time and money spent on bringing my film camera to everything, but here’s why I don’t.

1.Film makes us slow down and consider every single image, which is really important when we’re capturing a truly meaningful moment

Amongst the hundreds (sometimes thousands) of digital photos I take at your wedding, I normally end up choosing around 10% of these to be edited and sent through. Digital makes it so easy to endlessly and needlessly keep shooting even when you’ve captured the moment, because there’s no negative to just taking more photos (I mean apart from it’s a lil exhausting). But when I capture a moment on film I’m really considering everything and making sure it’s a genuinely honest, raw and real moment that’s worthy of being one of the thirty six moments on the roll of film. I’m so much more present and aware of that shot, and because of this I almost always end up including every single film shot on the roll to be included in your final images, which is a way bigger success rate than the 10% of digital photos that are included.

2. Film has this super rad, retro, old school aesthetic that digital, and even edited digital photos, just can’t replicate (especially when it comes to capturing light)

Unlike digital which is so easy to manipulate, edit and throw a filter on, film has it’s own vibe that can’t ever be fully copied. It’s entirely unique. Digital has a whole lot of other things on film like high resolution (big photo sizes) and more, but it has never ever been able to capture light the way film does. I think this has something to do with the science of film literally translating light being exposed onto a sheet of film into an image rather than it all being a fully digital process, but I’m no expert in camera mechanics. To put it simply it just makes natural light looks super rad.

3. It’s something different

Almost all the weddings I shoot are with couples who are pretty untraditional and their weddings are very much a reflection of this – from Angi + James’ 70s bowls club elopement, to Claire + Andy’s birthday-turn-suprise-backyard-wedding. I’m all about making your own rules and celebrating in a style thats genuinely you as a couple, rather than in a super traditional, expensive and elaborate way. Shooting film is another element to this- it’s something different and a little retro, and it’s something that other wedding photographers don’t do. It’s a little nostalgic and a bit of a throwback to the era your parents got married in (without the corny-ness of most 70s wedding photos), and the simplicity of technology before digital kicked in and kinda started to overrun our lives a little. Most of all though, it’s about being super present in those important moments, and capturing them in a way that’s real and unique.

If you’re thinking about booking me to take some film (and digital) snaps of your elopement or wedding, hit the button below to get in touch. I still have a little availability left for December – March 2020 – but get in quick sticks because they won’t last long!

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