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Gina & Brian – 10th Anniversary Session

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Gina is a fellow photographer who does some amazing work with newborns, children, and families. It came up in conversation that she wasn’t too thrilled with her wedding photos. Not only was she not thrilled with them, but they were tucked away in storage somewhere. Well, there was no way I was going to allow the only memory of her in her wedding dress to be hidden away in a storage box. I told her if she got back into her wedding dress that I would do a session with her and husband Brian. 10 years and 2 kids later, not only did the dress look great (she hadn’t taken it out since their wedding day), it fit her perfectly. There’s always a bit of pressure when you shoot another photographer, especially one as good as Gina. Her work is amazing. They were so much fun and so easy to work with that it was like shooting old friends. I’ve already circled a date on my calendar 10 years from now so we can do it all over again.

So if you’re not happy with your wedding photos and think that you can’t redo them, here’s proof that you can. Now go find that dress!

Make sure you check out Gina’s work at Peahead Prints.

 

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Joseph Vullo -

Oh my. This is beautiful. You look pretty good too “G”

Kenneth Lewis -

@ Alan ~ Awesome Photo-shoot , they look like Newlyweds that’s a great looking couple couple .

Fran Vullo -

Beautiful,beautiful shots xoxo

Heather Joiner -

WOWIE! G these are amazing, smokin’ hot! Great job Alan! Bri looks hot too. (tell him I said that, lol)

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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The McGuirks – Family Portraits

I had the opportunity to spend some time with the McGuirks this past weekend when we got together for their family shoot. What a fun group of people to be around. With so much laughing and wise-cracking going on, it’s a wonder we got anything done. They eventually put on their game faces and settled down long enough to capture some really nice images of the family. 

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