Portraits

Ellen at home

A few months ago I had met up with Ellen because I had some new film to shoot from Lomography.com but since I was only using one roll for a test use of the roll, I figured why not shoot some digital as well.

Something that was exciting for me on this shoot was when Ellen asked “would you want to come to my new house and shoot there?” Pft, of course! I really enjoy shooting inside with natural light, more than shooting outside with natural light. The contrast and colors with available light are some of my favorite things about having shoots inside. Another plus of shooting indoor portraits is that it adds a some comfort to the subjects, they are somewhere they know and is personal to them.

Anyways, here is the digital set. I think I will create a separate post that holds the roll of film I test shot with my Rolleiflex!

Morgan

Morgan and I met up at one of her friends house that had some amazing indoor lighting. The home had HUGE windows with plenty of light bouncing off the white walls. Such an amazing place and I’m incredibly jealous of the owner! Anyways, we fooled around with digital, film and I even made the attempt to use Polaroid Land Camera 450. Sadly I completely blew the pack film that has since been discontinued and costs about 30-35 dollars a box. As upsetting as it was that the polaroid film wasn’t successful I was happy to shoot and just do whatever came to mind with Morgan or I for this shoot. Obviously these are not the only shots, but I felt it would suffice doing a “mini-blog.”

Jackelyn

Few months ago Jackelyn hit me up and was wanting to just hangout and shoot. I totally was down to do so because it had been sometime that I had created anything portrait wise. I knew our location was going to be rather orange-ish so I was hoping to shoot some Ektar 100 on my Pentax 6x7. I had plenty of light and was successful in doing so. It was my first time ever shooting with the film and I was very impressed with it and the contrast. I think I might actually start shooting more Ektar 100 just because the contrast is as equal as my digital edits. I was super excited about this roll because it was one of my first 120 rolls I developed and then scanned myself. It really is an amazing feeling to do EVERYTHING on your own as the artist. The feeling is much more complete and exciting!

Jessica Sulikowski

For quite awhile I have had a strong interest in photographing ballet. I had this huge inspiration from other dance photographers on my Instagram and I finally wanted to try this myself. I reached out to a local dancer and she agreed to come to the studio she trains and teaches at, which had a over abundant amount of light pouring through the windows. Before I had even taken a shot I was already in photog heaven because of the amount of light and space we had to work with. 

During this shoot I really had no direction I wanted to go. I simply wanted to just get a foundation on photographing someone doing dance and understand the timing and proper framing. I also didn't want this collaboration between artists to be a commercial feel. Sure I took shots that were traditional in a sense and got Jessica to show her artistic talent but deep down what I wanted was simple. A documentation of Jessica in her space that she spends 40+ hours a week in. 

Lastly I shot digital and 120 black and white film. And as usual I wish I had more film, than space on my SD card. When I developed my rolls I was blown away at how gorgeous these portraits came out and with film that had been expired (totally accidental).