Have you ever had your wedding shot on film?

Have you ever had your wedding shot on film?

Film cameras are usually not a topic of discussion when planning for a wedding photographer. But in the spring of 2017, a couple reached out to me as I was trying to sell packages with polaroids and medium format wedding shots. They were highly interested in using this “Outdated” format based off of the groom’s request. Qrro is from Peru and film had always been a hobby of his and we geeked out about our favorite film stocks. As we put together a package we settle on Fuji 400h on 35mm and Kodak 400 Portra 120 on Mamiya 645.

Advantages of using film at weddings are:

-Zero Highlight retention

-Great skin tones

-Wonderful grain

Which is a shortlist of why I still prefer film over digital.

But in this day and age we still had digital photos to counter the shear volume of photos that need to capture the full day. Some disadvantages of relying on film to capture your wedding are:

-Hoping mechanics don’t fail

-Proper exposure( Lack of film experience)

-Length of processing and developing ( but always seem to be a revealing treat)

One reason for the Kodak Portra 400h being in the line up was the skin tones for portraits, so most of the Medium Format shots were for family and couples photos. There is a certain sharpness I seem to get out of the 645 that I don’t get with most digital formats. But it is all aesthetics in the end.

Fuji Pro 400h was shot on a 35mm camera and used mostly for detail and wedding reception shots. The contrast is impeccable. It adds a highly vibrant display for colors in direct light. and soft colors in the shadows.

I had shot with film for over a decade before moving to digital back in 2009. Film always has the greatest aesthetic for me. Most packages that I with the film are as listed:

Mamiya RB67 Pro-Kit No. 1


$450

included in this rental:

  • Mamiya RB67 Body

  • 180mm f/4.5 Lens

  • 90mm f/3.8 Lens

  • Mamiya RB67 120 Film Back (x1)

  • Pelican Storm Case

  • Kodak Portra 400 Color Negative Film ISO 400 120 Size

    -Pack of 5

  • Color Process + Scan


Nikon F3 Kit

$435.00

Included in this kit:

  • Nikon F3 Body

  • Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Lens

  • Fujifilm Fujicolor Pro 120, 400H Color Negative Film ISO 400 

    - 5 Roll Pro Pack

  • Color and Scan

These are at a premium value and with the novelty of film being a rare attribute to the overall experience of your wedding. The nostalgic aesthetic of your wedding will make it a memorable one.

-Zane

Willow & Jonathon Wedding

Can You Stand the Rain

I've heard lyrics speaking about getting through the good times and bad times. This wedding sort of defined that thought through and through.

I was reluctant to snap some photos on my Mirrorless Camera for a family friends wedding as we arrived at the original location outside of Isle, MN. My fear was the fact I saw some looming clouds in the distance as we rolled up. As the wedding started I received a text notification of a Tornado warning in Mille Lacs County, so my intuition was on point. Soon the storm took over the wedding and we had to move the ceremony to the reception. Which was a barn on the Aiktin county line. I could go on about my experience with the weather because it was truly a day not to forget as I hadn't had such a wonderful time. The rain came down like a waterfall and as I ran back to the car I made sure I jumped in as many puddles as I could. At this point, we transitioned to the barn.

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I was reluctant to snap some photos on my Mirrorless Camera for a family friends wedding as we arrived to the original location outside of Isle, MN. My fear was the fact I saw some looming clouds in the distance as we rolled up. As the wedding started I received a text notification of a Tornado warning in Mille Lacs County, so my intuition was on point. Soon the storm took over the wedding and we had to move the ceremony to the reception. Which was a barn on the Aiktin county line. I could go on about my experience with the weather because it was truly a day not to forget as I hadn't had such a wonderful time. The rain came down like a waterfall and as I ran back to the car I made sure I jumped in as many puddles as I could. At this point, we transitioned to the barn.


This wedding was a blessing for many reasons, one of them being an inaugural showing of the barn that my sort of Father in Law had been refurbishing for a couple of years. Secondly, the brides family and dear friends of mine had pitched in over the summer months to put this thing together. Lastly, the energy of this venue was eye-opening to all the hard work that went into this project.

This wedding was a blessing for many reasons, one of them being an inaugural showing of the barn that my sort of Father in Law had been refurbishing for a couple of years. Secondly, the brides family and dear friends of mine had pitched in over the summer months to put this thing together. Lastly, the energy of this venue was eye-opening to all the hard work that went into this project.


The family reassembled the wedding party to the barn a couple hours later. As everyone shared there experience of the rain fall it was time to walk down the aisle.


The wedding ended on such a serendipitous moment as the storm clouds had passed in the distance making for an amazing backdrop to the golden hour tones of the relocated ceremony. And at dusk, the fog rolled in providing an ominous presence as visitors walked upon the murky puddles. All in all, I would say this was the most memorable wedding I had attended in all my years.






Footnotes: The first photo was shot on my Iphone XR.


Location: Isle, MN