I recently watched a movie with my kids about the Cottingley Fairies. The film was a bit of a snoozer but it was my introduction to the true story of two little girls who, between 1917 and 1920 took beautiful b&w glass plate photographs of one another interacting with fairies in the forest behind their […]Read more "These Photos, Taken by Two Little Girls in 1917, are Gorgeous"
Film photography websites are often dominated by male-centric camera fetish articles built on claims of indestructibility and a glorious history that seems to have concluded as shelf decor with occasional use. I love reading (and writing) about vintage film cameras and certainly reference all these sites when I’m on the market for a new piece […]Read more "Lifestyle Film Photographer, Stephanie Bryan"
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my new-to-me, super cheapie antique-store-find Yashica A. Last week, I burned my first 5 rolls of Kodak Tri-X in it as a test drive and man, what a test drive it was! Every year, my wife hosts a Fall Family Photo session on our friends’ beautifully rustic property in […]Read more "Yashica A, In Use"
The first fully automated, coin-op photo booth appeared in New York City in 1925, predating Polaroid’s first instant film products by more than 2 decades, and paving the way for personal, photographer-free, economic portrait creation. This first photo booth was so popular that within only 6 months over two hundred and eighty thousand people had […]Read more "Photo Booths: Behind the Curtain"
Kodak Tri-X was originally introduced sometime in 1940 but November 1st, 1954 is the date to remember. On November 1st, 1954, Kodak released Tri-X in 120 and 35mm formats. Tri-X was considered a very high-speed film during this time and allowed for quality push processing as well. Photographers were now free to shoot dim scenes […]Read more "Happy Birthday Kodak Tri-X!"
My family recently visited Disney World in Orlando Florida. We took plenty of 35mm, DSLR and iPhone photos but some of my daughter’s favorite photos were taken with her Fuji Instax Mini 8. While it’s her camera, and she’s very proficient with it, I took the photos so that Princess Harper could focus on more […]Read more "Photographing Disney with the Fuji Instax Mini 8"
Last weekend, my daughter Harper & I decided to take a walk and do a little portrait session. I asked her “What should we shoot with? Instax, digital, or b&w film?” “B&w film! B&w film!” B&w film, it was! Harper chose her own outfit, which was apparently inspired by Disney’s Mal, Maleficent the dark fairy’s […]Read more "Princess of the Forrest"
Okay, so by the strictest definition, Fall began a few days after our photo shoot, but hey, I didn’t have my & Harper’s work processed & scanned until it was officially fall. So, Fall Family Photos it is! Last weekend, my talented wife Stephanie was scheduled to shoot her bi-annual family photos with one of […]Read more "Fall Family Photos"
At what point do we become photographers? If it’s when we take the first shots we’re proud of then my daughter Harper is well on her way! After years of playing with Mom and Dad’s cameras, Last week I finally purchased our four year old her first camera. I have always allowed Harper to handle our cameras […]Read more "A Four Year Old Photographer"
In October of last year, my best friend Laurie was still pregnant with her, as we now know, beautiful little girl Clara. Laurie had scheduled a maternity session with my fabulously talented wife and partner photographer Stephanie Lee. Few people hire me for posed portraits and certainly not maternity photos but it was my best friend, […]Read more "Chronicle of a Second Shooter"