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Engagement photos on 35mm film

Engagement photos look phenomenal on 35mm film. The tones are smooth and the grain is the perfect amount of imperfection. I’m so happy more of my couples are choosing film for their sessions.

Like many of my couples, Molly and Steve came to me in trepidation. They could not even begin to imagine how spending two hours on camera would be fun.

I can completely understand the nerves. I used to hate having my photo taken too.

We had a few chats back-and-forth via text.  Where would be a good location to make them comfortable. What should they wear. Will I make them pose and what will they do instead. Then came the cat photos.. By the time the session rolled around I think they were almost looking forward to it. Almost.

One of the most important things to do at the beginning of a photo shoot is to chat. I don’t even get the camera out of the bag for the first 10 minutes. You are at your most relaxed on camera when you are enjoying yourselves. I always make a big effort to minimize the camera’s presence. For such a small piece of equipment, it can look terrifying.

Laguna Beach Engagement Photos

Molly and Steve chose Laguna Beach for their session. There are over a hundred steps back up to the street, but Thousand Steps Beach has the perfect amount of privacy. The walk is so worth it.

Like all my couples, they did brilliantly. They quickly forgot the camera was there and had fun for two straight hours. The fact I was shooting on a film camera brought an added novelty to the situation. It invoked curiosity every time the shutter clicked. A fantastic distraction for them. Shooting 35mm film not only looks brilliant, it makes the camera the oddity. My couple and I are a team, playing with a piece of history for their future.

By the end of the evening as the sun was setting, they were both hamming it up for the camera. This couple is so fun and so nice, their wedding is going to be an absolute blast next year.

Congratulations Molly and Steve!

Film notes: all 35mm images shot on Kodak Portra 400.

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