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 They were highly interested in using this “Outdated” format based off of the groom’s request.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
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
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
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.