Film

Published | Denim & Grace Magazine Nov. 2014

I'm so excited to announce that I have been published in the latest issue of Denim & Grace magazine. My article "My Year With Film" along with images from my "Rocker Chic" photoshoot have graced the inside spreads of the magazine. It is such an honor not only to see my photography in print, but also to have contributed a piece of writing as well. I hope that you will pick up your coy of Denim & Grace here. A special thank you to the wonderful team of people who worked with me on this shoot including: Stephanie Blue, Kayla Pritchard, Scarlett Riesselman, and Indie Film Lab.

Here are a few snaps of "Rocker Chic" and the article in print:

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Travel | Grand Canyon National Park

It's been awhile since I travelled out west with a dear friend. You may remember my post of all the prettiness in Scottsdale from this post here. While on our trip, we also drove up to Grand Canyon National Park. We didn't really luck out weather wise, per se. Even though it was late April, we encountered a 30 degree day with blustery snow. It was very chilly on the south rim and we rode the bus a lot that morning to stay warm. We really hated packing jackets for Arizona when we were coming for a long, cold Midwest winter, but I'm so grateful we did. There were, however, moments of clear when the snow subsided and then I managed to make a few images on film. I think we were also lucky to see this place in a different light than most get to see it. I certainly didn't bring home the typical "postcard" sunny day images, although I would love to go back and see it in that light as well.

This was really my first attempt at landscape photography on film and between the gear, my skill set with metering landscapes on film, and the weather, it was certainly a challenge. I used a rented light meter that had a spot meter to help me because obviously, the distances are so great, you can't just meter the light you are in because the light can be drastically different in the scene a great distance away, especially on a cloudy day with changing light conditions, like the one I had. I overshot, and made lots of various exposures, all in desperation to come home with something. Honestly, though, I truly believe no image could really come close to capturing what an amazing and awesome place the Grand Canyon truly is. You really must be present in it with your own eyes. So, please go and do me favor. Take a photo, then put your phone or camera down and just look, really look with your own eyes. You will thank me later, I promise.

I was awestruck at this place, without a doubt. Here are a few images I am happy to share from my visit. The film ranged from, Kodak Ektar 100 for the color images to Fuji Neopan Acros 100 for black and white. 

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And of course, one of us at Mather Point, first thing in the cold cold morning, before a blizzard hit us maybe 20 minutes later.


Midsummer Night's Garden

I'll keep this short because there are just so many images I'm dying to share from this magical session inspired by Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. This session was a creative collaboration with good friend and fellow photographer, David Vernon. We both loved the concept and had the perfect location in mind for this shoot. David shot all digital and used flash for a fashion look while I shot all film for an airy dream look.

We had a wonderful team of people who made this dreamy shoot look the way it does. David's wife, and theatre instructor, Kevin, helped with the wardrobe and styling. Her theater students, Tori and Katelynn were our models for the day, donning elegant fairy-like dresses and floral crowns. We spent the afternoon (and Tori's 18th birthday) wandering around tall garden hedges and lounging among peony buds. The lighting was truly magical and I'm very pleased to share this images with you, all captured on film. I'm even holding back a few images that are scheduling to be published in Hearth Magazine next spring, which is very exciting. So, you will just have to wait for the magazine to see those images.

Film: Kodak Portra 400

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Location: Allerton Park & Retreat Center | Models: Tori Moss & Katelynn Shennett | Makeup: Kayla Pritchard of SheekndivineHair: Scarlett Riesselman of Salon RenaissanceFloral Crowns: Gregg FloristStyling & Wardrobe: Kevin Vernon | Film Developing & Scans: Indie Film Lab | Photography: Stacy Hanna

Sneak Peek | Rocker Chic

I just had to share this one sneak peek of Stephanie looking sexy in black and white for our Rocker Chic styled shoot a few weeks ago. When I saw these film scans for the first time, these images on Kodak Tri-X blew me away. I already loved black and white photography, and I just fell even more in love with film. I will be shooting more of this film stock for sure from now on. 

Model: Stephanie Blue

Makeup: Kayla Pritchard of Sheekndivine

Hair: Scarlett Riesselman of Salon Renaissance

Photography: Stacy Hanna


Travel | Scottsdale, Arizona

Last month, I was fortunate enough to get a little break from my everyday and go on a weekend getaway with a fabulous friend. We spent some time at both the Grand Canyon as well as Scottsdale and enjoyed all the beautiful scenery and warm sunshine. We were there on an unseasonable cool weekend, but the weather was perfect for the Scottsdale portion of our trip and the cactus and gardens were in full bloom. I already miss all of the amazing pastel tones. Everything was so colorful, I could have spend days with a camera there. These shots are all from one morning stroll around our resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.

All images are captured on film with Kodak Portra 400.

Featured | Winter Woods Session on Belle Lumiere

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I am so honored today to have my styled shoot "Winter Woods" featured on the amazing film photography blog, Belle Lumiere. If you are visiting here after viewing my feature, thank you so much for stopping by!

This is my first styled shoot shot solely on film. This session took place back in February at Sand Ridge State Park in Illinois. I was inspired by the long and snowy winter we've had here in the midwest as well as the outdoorsy feel of flannel shirts, plaid blanket, and pine trees.

I'm very grateful for our amazing model, Natalie, who stood in the cold for hours for this shoot. She was beyond gracious and fun to work with. I also have to give a shout out to my friend and fellow photographer, David Vernon, who also braved the cold and took part in this shoot himself, shooting a mix of film and digital. It was very fun to see two different looks from two different photographers of the same scene and subject matter.

I fell completely in love with these images when they came back from the lab. Thanks to the great team at Indie Film Lab, this session has solidified my excitement and passion for film photography.

If you haven't yet, then head on over to Belle Lumiere to see more images from this styled session. 

Film | A Preface

I think since I started on my photographic journey seven years ago, I've dabbled in just about every little genre of photography. Probably not all, mind you, but I've tried my hand at all of the obvious subject matter that every new photographer tries.

It's taken these years (while to be fair, probably still very early years at what I'm hoping is a lifelong journey) just to even begin to hone in on what really moves me and drives me about photography. Every photographer I know wants to get better and wants to find their voice in their art. From my experience it is a journey. I've got a boat-load myself of fair-at-best images, some pretty good ones that I am proud to share, and some no matter how imperfect, I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Over the past year, I've become completely drawn to a certain look. I spend a lot of nights putsing on Pinterest looking at those gagillions of images out there. I started to discover that I was liking a very specific look over and over again. I also started wondering why none of my images looked like this and maybe this is why I've been frustrated with how a lot of my work looks. Maybe my tastes have simply evolved, but I've been craving my work to look more like the work of others that I'm drawn to. I like the tones of these images, their slightly imperfect nature, their almost organic look. I soon realized that the work I was drawn to was mostly made up of images shot on film. 

I had an epiphany! Film! You see, when I started getting seriously into photography, it was already the digital era. People were already shooting 10 mega pixel digital SLRs with CF and SD cards and computers, and Photoshop, and monitor calibrators, and Wacom tablets. I didn't start with film. It's like I missed a whole world of experience and by the time I jumped in the pool, the waters were very different from how many experienced photographers began. This post isn't about film vs digital at all. Digital is great. I learned a lot, and fast. I can see my results immediately and adjust quicker. I'm addicted to the immediacy that digital provides me. I love coming home from a shoot and off loading my images from my memory card. 

Over time, however, I've become increasingly frustrated with a very specific thing. It doesn't matter how quickly I can offload, and see those images (you know, those hundreds from one shoot), it still takes me hours in front of a computer screen to cull, and edit those images. I've not only had to learn the art of manipulating my camera to create the look I want, but also had learn another whole batch of skills to manage those images and edit them. Like many, I've spent money of presets and actions only later to hate them for never looking the way I wanted or have spent hours tweaking them to my liking. Eventually though, I've learned to create my own for processes I repeat over and over. After all this learning and experience, one thing is still nagging at me. I still don't fully love the look of my digital work. I'm spending all of this time trying to create a certain something and I'm not getting there. 

So, this epiphany has me excited again about photography. With a toddler in the house, I no longer have as much time to go out and make images, let alone spend the endless hours editing them. I got into photography because I enjoyed being behind a camera, not behind a computer. I keep having this nagging feeling that I can do better. 

I guess this is where my film journey comes in. I've purchased a film camera, and 10 rolls of film to get started. Maybe this will be another passing phase in my journey, or maybe it won't. Either way, I'm hoping that it pushes me again. I'm hoping it makes me a better photographer or gives me a new way of looking at my work, or gets me a little bit closer to the style that moves me. If nothing else, I hope it frees me from my computer and lets me spend more time behind a camera and more time with the important people in my life. If I have it my way, those two things will get combined regularly. 

So, here's to the new film journey. I hope you will read along and learn with me. I'm sure there will be many mistakes, but I'm hoping there are a few success too. Next post, I will talk about the gear I've chosen to start with and why and some of my first learning tools to get started. Until next time.