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Back to Work!

Welcome back to the blog!

Did you miss me? Well, I missed you….and the blog missed you too.

I really enjoy having four seasons because one of those seasons ends up being a winter break of sorts. As much as I hate the cold weather, I always look forward to taking some time off and recharge my batteries. Well, spring is in the air, so it’s time to get back into the groove. So yes, the blog has been neglected for a while (blogs need rest too), but that’s about to end. I’ve got a few exciting shoots coming up and I’ll be driving across the country (flying out west and driving back from LA to NY), getting back home in plenty of time to kick off the 2014 wedding season.

So what exactly has Alan Abrams been up to lately? It’s not I’ve been sitting around with the remote in my hand flipping TV channels. I did a little globetrotting, including 3 different trips out to the West Coast, during which I spent some time networking with wedding vendors in the LA area. I managed to squeeze in some commercial work during those trips as well. Speaking of commercial work, my new commercial website went live in January of this year.

Earlier this month, I was invited to be part of the Wedding Pro Panel at the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) New York State Conference. This was a wonderful event that I was honored to be a part of. It always feels good when I’m presented with the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with other professionals in the wedding industry. Being able to give non-photographer professionals some insight into how I approach the wedding day (and the wedding industry in general) from a photographer’s perspective is something that serves us all. I really enjoy working with bridal consultants and even more so when it’s someone who understands exactly what it takes for us to have the most successful wedding possible. Hopefully I was able to help other wedding professionals accomplish just that.

I’ve also spent the last few months shooting film. Let me rephrase that: I’ve spent the last few months shooting a BUNCH of film! Most of it was for my own personal pleasure, but I’ve been incorporating it into my professional work more and more lately. I’m sure there will be a blog post coming up where I’ll get into that in more detail. For now, I’ll just say that you can expect to see even more of my film work here in the blog, whether it be a personal project or client related work. Film is not dead yet…..not even close.

In addition to all of that that, I was able finish up designs on some beautiful wedding albums. I’ll be blogging about those here as well.

So now that my personal batteries are charged and my camera batteries are charged, it’s time for me to get away from the computer and back to what I do best…..namely creating beautiful images of happy people.

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Personal: Why Film?

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a personal post on the blog so I figured I would share my thoughts on something that has been important to me both personally and professionally….shooting film. If you’re reading this and you’re a Facebook friend, you’ve probably seen photos of my vast collection of film cameras (~ 25 or so at last count) along with the hundreds of film images I’ve posted there. If you’re not a Facebook friend you need to get on board, because you’re really missing out on some good stuff.

“Why film?”

That’s a question I get asked pretty often. Many people are surprised to hear that film still exists and are even more surprised to hear that there are people that still shoot it. I’m here to tell you that film is indeed still alive. Let’s face it: We live in a digital age where everything is instant. You can snap a photo with your phone and have it online for the world to see in a matter of seconds. I know, I’ve done it. Even though I use digital cameras for my professional work, I rarely leave home without taking at least one of my film cameras along for the ride. Just about all of my personal shooting is done on film. Whether it’s people or still life, I tend to shoot things that are vastly different from my wedding work.

“Why film?”

I can tell you that I practically grew up with it. I shot and developed my first roll of film when I was 11 or 12 years old in my 5th grade teacher’s darkroom. My teacher Mr. James Paley invited a few of his students and our parents over to his home.  We shot some film and developed it in his darkroom. We each made a darkroom print to take home with us (digital printing didn’t exist back in those days). That was my very first exposure to film developing. I have no idea where that print is now, but the feeling of being hands-on throughout the creative process has never left me. It’s followed me all of my life. I’ve always been a very hands-on person. I’ve built car engines from scratch. I’ve built computers from scratch. In fact, the computer I’m blogging from right now was built from scratch a couple of years ago. The aquarium system we have at home sits on a stand I built (from scratch) and is filtered by a filter system I built myself….yep, from scratch. You get the point. Shooting and developing my own film is as gratifying as anything I’ve done. To be hand-on with the process from the time the shot is taken to when the film is developed and the negatives are scanned is what excites me.

“Why film?”

I feel that shooting as much film as I do for personal projects has really helped change the way I shoot digital for my professional work. That’s a huge deal for me.  I tend to shoot less because I’m more confident of my ability to get the shot I want the first time around. I’m not using the unlimited “ammunition” of the digital camera as a crutch. I see things better and I’m more thoughtful about the subject matter and the timing of my shots. I don’t really waste shots, even though the option to do so is still there. My mindset has changed to the point where I see and approach things differently. I’ve honed my focus to look for and shoot things that are meaningful. That is the main focus when I shoot weddings and shooting film has played a big part in that.

Here’s a small sampling of some of the film images I’ve taken over the course of the past year or so. Every one of these images was shot by me and developed at home lab…..the kitchen sink.

Enjoy…

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