This was a fun family session shot entirely on film for a dear photographer friend of mine, Jessica Bellinger and her family. I shot it mostly on 35mm Fuji Superia film using a canon 1N and a 50 1.2 lens. I also used some 120mm Kodak Portra using a Mamiya 645 and an 80mm 2.8 lens, (I left all my digital gear at home for this one). The film was processed and developed by the find lab.
Shooting a young family on film has its challenges in and of itself, combined with three boys ages 4-7 and a cat on a leash, plus the mild pressure of knowing I was shooting it for another hybrid photographer that loves film as much as I do, I can honestly say it was my most challenging and rewarding family session to date!
Choosing the location was simple, she requested it and I had shot there several times before! The family’s wardrobe was simple & casual with a touch of elegance, put together by Jessica, of course! Sounds easy so far, great location, great looking family, but they had a surprise up their sleeve! They decide to bring their cat on a leash and their boys were more interested in chasing squirrels than taking pictures. I had my work cut out for me!
The cat was actually cool and collected for the most part, but the boys were a little wild, so I used a variety of methods to get them to cooperate for some group shots (mostly bribing with sweet tarts) and just let them be and worked around the craziness, intentionally selecting what to capture since unlike digital, I had a limited number of shots!
They were a fun group to work with! Kept me on my toes the whole time and really gave me a run for my money! After getting the film scans back, I couldn’t be happier with the results! This is a small part of their session!