Winter Woods

Way back in February of this year, I shot my first all-film session. I had the gorgeous Natalie model for me and we went to Sand Ridge State Park in Illinois where she bravely faced the cold and snow in this winter wonderland of pine trees. I thought the snow was magical and despite that we had numb hands and frozen toes by the time we were done, we also had a collection of images I am deeply proud of.

I shot this entire session on three rolls of Kodak Portra and I just took a deep breath while we were out there and trusted my instincts and my abilities as a photographer that I was metering correctly and that I was creating something beautiful. It was the first time I haven't been able to see what I was capturing and after a few frames, everything fell into a rhythm. I was really able to slow down and interact with Natalie without worrying about the back of my camera. This shoot was just the beginning of my love affair with film. I've been shooting it this entire year with no signs of stopping. 

Natalie did her own hair and makeup by the way. This girl is a superstar. If you are curious about the inspiration for the look of the shoot, here is my Pinterest Board.

I was fortunate enough to have this session featured on Belle Lumiere earlier this year.  I plan to starting writing about my experiences with film and how I got started, so be sure to check in soon for these new articles.