Film Photography

Comparing a Film image to a Digital image

Comparing a Film image to a Digital image

Have you ever wondered why shooting film is such a huge part of my identity? I mean, I COULD

Below you will see two nearly identical photos. But the differences are pretty easy to spot! Basically one is gorgeous, and one needs a little work, right? As you can probably guess, the first image was shot on Film, and the second is straight from my digital Canon 5D Mark III. I don't know about you, but if I had my choice of which photo to print and hang in my home, it would absolutely be the first.

A Visual Film & Digital Comparison

A Visual Film & Digital Comparison

I am very vocal about my love for film photography, and a quick scroll through my blog or social media will easily prove that. In the past, I have shown videos of my editing process, shown images of how I adjust my film, and have talked about what gear I shoot with specifically to achieve the look I want. Today, I want to dive even deeper and show you a real comparison of my film and digital images before editing. 

Why Does It Take So Long To Get My Photos Back?

Why Does It Take So Long To Get My Photos Back?

Why does it take so long to receive your photos back from a photographer? Yeah, I know you've asked that one before! Although it depends on every photographer, it's usually because it just takes a lot of time!

My Wedding Prep


Waking up on the day of a wedding is a lot like waking up for a big road trip. Is everything packed? Are the batteries charged? Do we have snacks on snack? How many water bottles should we bring?

I am one week away from my first 2017 Wedding and I am anticipating this season more than I have any season before this. Last winter, I took a lot of time to focus on my goals, my work, and my methods, and myself. Let's face it, I needed a refresh, and I needed to be re-inspired. Thank goodness for Hawaii!

This year, I'm ready to show up and create unforgettable images for my clients. But this starts well before the ceremony even begins! It starts at home the night before the wedding. 

I prepare for a wedding by making sure to charge all my batteries, from my cameras and light meter, to my iPhone and laptop. I want to make sure when I show up, I have two full days of battery life, in case anything happens. I print off any printable materials I might need, such as timelines, family photo lists, and shot lists for personal reference. I add each paper to my bag, and to Jem's bag, and have two backups in the car for any emergency, or other vendor's reference. 

Next, I make sure my lenses have been wiped down and checked for quality. I attach a 50mm lens to each of our cameras, and close it off with a lens cap. These are set down in our gear pile next to our gear bags. Next, I pack up the lighting equipment (used mainly for indoor receptions and low light situations), add new batteries, and stack it in a neat pile next to my cameras. Once the gear has been set, I take the last few hours of the afternoon to rest and recharge for the busy day ahead. I will make a full dinner, and check in with my couple to send them big hugs in advance.

The morning of the wedding, Jem and I like to take our time so we aren't stressed out prior to our work day. We eat a big breakfast, take a walk outside, and triple check everything we need is packed up and ready to be loaded in the car. Depending on the wedding location and time, we will usually head towards the wedding location around lunchtime and eat nearby. This ensures we aren't late or stuck in any accidents or traffic! On the way to the venue, we will usually stop off for coffee or tea at a cafe to get our last dose of caffeine of the day. 

About 30 minutes before our scheduled start time, we arrive early to check our gear, say hello to the couple and the vendors, as well as take out last walk around the venue (sans gear), to do our final map of where we would like to take photos of for the day. This is incredibly helpful in case of any unforeseeable mishap, including the weather!

That's basically it! The most important thing to us when prepping for a wedding day, besides making sure gear is in check, is making sure we are showing up happy and inspired! The worst way to arrive at a wedding, is grouchy, unsure, or nervous. We do our best to get everything in order the night before so we can use our free time to enjoy the anticipation of the amazing work we get to do. 

Winter is Here!

It's finally Winter! Although I prepare for this season two weeks into fall, I'm happy my favorite season is finally here. Tonight I'll be headed to Seattle to visit my family before leaving for the Holidays. I'm happy to have surrounded myself with joy, cocoa, and pie this season, and will be even happier to share it with family. 

Don't forget to share the love with those who need it. Don't forget to call your family or friends. And don't forget to care for yourself and do what makes you happy. Including making a pie. 

Happy Winter!


Lena + Scott: Sauvies Island Proposal

Lena and Scott were impatiently awaiting their next step as a couple: a home together. They are split up between a few roads, and a few hours as Lena finishes her degree; it would be a happy reward to her hard work and missed could-be date nights. We connected so they could document this important part of their beautiful relationship. Little did she know, there would be an even bigger surprise in it for her. 

I met with Scott in Portland a week before the shoot to "talk about the session". I put quotation marks here, but I didn't know Scott's plan at the time either! Before our meeting had ended, he asked if it would be okay if he proposed. Of course, I quickly said yes, brainstorming all sorts of ideas of where to shoot and where to stand. Scott told me that he had planned on proposing to Lena this holiday season, but he knew how important these photos would be to her, being a photographer herself. 

Of course, we had to keep our mouths shut, and act clueless the whole time. Sauvies Island was the perfect backdrop for this fall session. And November always surprises me when there is a hint of sunshine. Of course, she said yes, with no idea of Scott's plans, and proudly displayed her ring. When asked if he was nervous, Scott said not really, he was more excited than anything.