Idaho Portrait Photographer

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!

Ellen On Film

A few months ago I purchased a 1970's era Yashica Mat-124G. I had been really, really wanting a square format (6x6) so the right deal came up and I picked one up. Now this camera was a TLR (twin lens reflex), the same sort of camera that Vivan Maier used to create her street photography, portraits, self portraits etc. 

Now usually when I get a new camera, lens or whatever I have a few people I will ask to create some work with the new equipment. And in this gear test, it was my red headed friend Ellen. Now it was early December so it was freezing cold and Ellen told me she had this amazing window light in her living room. The rest was history. Now I did shoot some digital but I'm more interested in shooting more film this year, especially since I obtained my own chemistry to develop at home. (Real quick I'll tell those photo nerds who are curious. I shot with TriX 400, metered at 1600. Developed with Kodak HC-110)

As excited as I was to use this camera. I SOLD IT. 


Why? You'll see on my next blog post when I develop, scan the next roll of film!

Jackleyn Hyland

For sometime I had been in a creative rut. Unfortunately work and life had gotten in the way. Luckily though, my good friend Katelyn invited me out to go shoot with her and Jackelyn. Shooting with them was going so well but it wasn't until blue hour started that it kicked in to amaze-sauce. Why? Well, I have been wanting to try shooting at that time of day to play with colors and pushing my cameras limits. This certainly won't be the last time. 

P.S I'm pretty sure Jackelyn became my muse after this shoot so you'll be seeing plenty more work with her in the future!!

Quincee Lark

A couple of weeks back Quincee and I had met up at her home to create. It had been awhile that I had created something for me. I always enjoy photographing portraits in a home. Lighting can be more dramatic, contrasty or help show off more of the persons personality.

Aside form shooting digital, I brought my Pentax 6x7 and Pentax K1000. I shot one roll of Portra 400 @ 400. For the K1000 I used Lomography's limited release of its F2/400 film. It was the first roll of 10 I bought. And to be honest it's not a film I will just use for whatever. Sort of like the fine china or special booze. Only break it out for special occasions! After developing at a local lab I scanned here at home on my Epson V600 and cleaned up in PS.