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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.

Many of my couples come to me in trepidation. They can 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 have 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 sessions 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.

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All my couples do brilliantly. They quickly forget the camera was there and have fun for two straight hours! The fact I am shooting on a film camera brings an added novelty to the situation. It invokes curiosity every time the shutter clicks. 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.

I hope you enjoy this selection of engagement photos on 35mm film (and some on medium format film too).

Film used: Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Portra 800, Ilford HP5, Kodak Ultramax 400, Kodak Ektar 100.

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