Lyndsay and Mike are some of my very favorite people in the world. Our friendship started almost 10 years ago when they came to our tiny condo in Natomas and sat with me for hours as we talked about their wedding and photography and all the things we happened to have in common. I genuinely fell in love with these two that night, and it’s been a long love affair. We have done SO many shoots together over the years – engagement session, wedding, anniversary sessions, maternity session, the first year of Everly’s life and every year since. Lynsday and Mike are more than my “shopping cart couple” as a few of my friends call them. They are far more than clients – they are dear and deeply loved friends. Lynsday and Mike set the tone for my business in a way that has stayed true for the past 10 years. When I want to try something different or new, I call them because they will be game and I’ll know if it will work because if it doesn’t work on the worlds most amazing clients, it just won’t work. So a few months ago I emailed them and asked if they would be up for this years family portrait session to be shot 100% on film. I hadn’t shot a session with no digital backup for almost 12 years, so the challenge was real for me. It was scary to think how I could totally screw the whole thing up, how the film could get lost or damaged, how there was no safety net – there was just the promise of beautiful, intimate photos that could get made no other way. Because they are brave, they agreed! Last month we got together at their home to capture this year in the life of their family. Last winter they bought their first house and it is SO perfect for them. They have worked hard over the better part of the last year to make it their own. It’s filled with things they love – vintage details, mid-century furniture and a little girl with a BIG personality. I savored ever moment we got to spend that afternoon (that turned into evening because we can never stop talking) with them making these images. It was an afternoon filled with purpose and thought and happiness. One of the best things for me about shooting film is the way it slows me down and makes me really look at things. It makes me think really deeply about the images I’m creating. Film has put the intention back into my work in such a meaningful way. It has made me think about light and composition differently and I really love that. There was a void in my work for a few years. I was shooting so much, but I didn’t feel like there was any tangibility to my work. I wasn’t creating something that felt physical. Film changed that for me. It changed the way I viewed my own work and the way I view the people I am creating the images with. Some people don’t get why shooting with film is a big deal for me, and that’s okay. It’s truly a labor of love. Film and digital photography are like speaking two languages – the meaning is the same, but they can be so very different. Film feels like home on some level. It is what childhood looks like to me (probably because my entire childhood was captured on film, but I digress). There is a warmth and softness to a film photograph that you can’t create with digital and I think that’s why I love it so much and why I love photographing families on it. I am so grateful to the wonderful Lewis family for being brave and letting me do this shoot 100% on film. I am so thankful that film is not dead, it is very much alive and has given new life and purpose to my work. And for that I just cannot express enough joyful gratitude.
Film developed and perfectly scanned by Indie Film Lab