We have such a cool story to tell you! It begins with Stephen as a chubby faced, curly haired cherub (that's how I picture him as a kid.)
A Childhood Love of Film
Stephen grew up in a family with a lineage of artists and spend quite a bit of time with his photographer grandfather. Together hey built pinhole cameras and developed film in the basement darkroom, giving Stephen an early love of film photography.
Stephen's grandfather had given us his collection of antique film cameras. Some of them, he told us, still worked great. We'd been dreaming of practical ways we could use them, the one that looked like Vivian Maier's camera in particular, but didn't even know which film we needed to buy.
A Test Drive
We found that our friend and film photographer Jake of Jake Anderson Photography had the same kind of camera, and he graciously offered to take the time to show us how to use it. We worked together to style a photo shoot that would give Stephen the chance to shoot film with someone who knew the ins and outs of this vintage camera. And I, of course, wasn't about to say no to the opportunity to collaborate in styling up a beautiful shoot!
As we styled this shoot, we wanted something organic, carefree, and slightly bohemian. Jake's idea of an summer river swimming escape took off and paired beautifully with a carefree walk through a nearby grassy field.
Film and Digital
Below are both Stephen's film and my digital images. Can you tell the difference? Our film captures are square as is the aspect ration of the medium format camera we used, and the digital images are rectangular. We adore how warm & golden Jenna's skin rendered on the film and that's something that's really hard to replicate through digital photography.
We are going to practice some more...but we think this was our first date in a long-term relationship with film photography. Stay tuned for more!
Swim maillot and beach blanket: Anthropologie