A 5-pack of film (yielding 45-60 photos) costs about $75 these days. Then to develop that pack costs around $120. So, for every portrait session I do, I'd say I spend $350 or so to shoot, mail off, and develop your work! Multiply that by 5 for a wedding, and suddenly I've spent over $1K just on cost of materials alone.
What's the upside to it?
I use a lab called Photovisions to develop my work, & they do a stellar job color correcting & cleaning my film of dust & other eccentricities! When I get my rolls back they require zero editing, minus any cropping or changes I wish to make based on my needs for that photoshoot. It makes my life SO much easier, and the film images come to me looking gorgeous.
How do I get my images online then, if you shoot film?
My images get scanned and sent to me as JPEGs from Photovision, so no worries! If I need to edit anything, LIKE photoshop a random hand or purse out of a frame, fix a flyaway, ETC., I've got you covered.
Does film really look better than digital? It's older.
Digital goes through 2 conversion processes when the image gets taken--once as a digital file in your camera, and a second time saving it as a JPEG. Film however, gets physically imprinted on film via chemicals and light, so in the camera it's actually a REAL tangible object you can hold in your hands. From there I can imprint that image onto silver paper in the darkroom and turn it into a real print (no digital conversions at all) or I can turn it into a JPEG, thus preserving more of the image's integrity. That's why film is actually higher quality and contains a higher resolution than digital. Don't let grain deceive you!
Do you teach film photography?
Yes! I'm very passionate about teaching & am willing to mentor 1:1 from start to finish, meaning shooting a roll, and then developing it in a darkroom in SLC! DM me on Instagram or on here if you're interested.
I'd like to book but need to spread out payments-is that possible?
Yes! After we sign contracts, I can set up auto-payments in any increment and time frame you need, to make things work. The earlier you book, the better, so you can spread it out in smaller payments. Ideally you should book your wedding photographer a year in advance so we can plan an engagement shoot. For all other shoots, a few months in advance is just fine!
Do you collab with other artists?
I do, and it's my favorite type of photoshoots! All of the bridal looks you see on here are styled by me, from start to finish. Every detail is my own creation, my find, my vision. I'm always looking for more like-minded brands, designers, and artists to work with.
My wedding will go on into the night. Can you shoot on film in the dark?
Yes I can! I have multiple flash units for my cameras. I got you. :)