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.”
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!
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).
I met up with Morgan on a beautiful sunny day. We met at Form & Function and grabbed a quick cup of coffee. We chatted for a bit and then made our way to a sweet location she scouted and thought would be great to use. When we were planning for this shoot I told Morgan I was hoping to shoot indoors because it was still pretty chilly out. Plus I just really enjoy shooting indoors for the contrast of highlights and shadows. When we were shooting I said I really wanted to get closer to this window that this location had. It was up high with no real ease of access. Morgan was able to prop her self up, but I have zero upper body to pull myself up this 6.5ft wooden platform. So I used the hand railing to get up here, pretty funny to see! I was stoked once we got up there because we had this HUGE window and the light was incredibly soft. I really enjoyed this shoot, I shot with the Rolleiflex and had something of a natural light studio.It was a perfect day shooting that filled with awesome creativity and conversation. I hope that I get another opportunity to work with Morgan!