My good friend, Hannah, has two of the most adorable children. During their latest visit, I spent about 20 minutes in the park (just a couple of doors down from my house) photographing them with my Contax 645 and a couple rolls of Kodak Portra 400 film.
A super cloudy Thursday afternoon + some film to shoot + a pregnant model + a white scooter + a cuddly dachshund = the below shots. I can’t believe it’s only 19 days until my sweet niece will be here. Amanda, you look amazing!
I’m giddy, pure giddy to show you these images. There is nothing quite like shooting for your own family and friends to develop a set of images you are excited to show off. I’ve been holding onto these for a couple of weeks. Waiting on film to arrive, then to make the perfect pairings, and pick just the right moment to launch them onto the world wide web. In late April I’m expecting my first niece, Genevieve Hope Holloman. She’s already managed to wiggle her way into my heart right alongside my nephew, Gavin.
For this shoot, we searched to find a brand new location and hoped for baby animals. We were incredibly blessed to find a beautiful pair of newborn lambs and the sweetest person on earth to let us use her farm, our new friend, Faye of Old McFaye’s Farm. Enjoy your introduction to a little piece of how wonderful life is as Brent & Amanda’s wait on little Vie to arrive!
We made new friends in the process of the session. You can be their friend too, like Old McFaye’s Farm on Facebook.
Daneen and Jim joined me the week after Christmas for a walk around downtown Wilmington during their engagement session. It was a beautiful day filled with exciting conversation about their wedding, blue skies, a classic car, the best light a girl could ask for, and a whole lot of love, cuddles and kisses.
On this day: what I remember most is how patient Daneen and Jim were with me while I experimented shooting film, how pristine, shiny and classic her father’s car was, and how beautifully these two just fit together. Like they were cut from the same mold.
I purchased myself an extra special Christmas present this year. It’s something that had been on my wish list for quite some time. A medium format film camera, it’s a Contax 645 and it arrived to me days before Christmas in mint condition. I pulled it out of the box and stared at it for a while, then I spent the next several days reading and reminding myself of everything that I had not practiced or remembered for years, shooting film.
Right after Christmas, I called some friends and asked if they would mind modeling for me for a little bit at their home while I took a stab at shooting film again. Lindsey and Gray were happy to allow me to test out my skills on little Tilley-Gray, it was her first Christmas. I must have told them 100 times that this could be a total flop because it had been 7+ years since I shot film. I managed to get 16 shots of them before Tilley-Gray was done being patient with us (although you’ll see from the photos she had her moments).
When I shipped the film off to Richard Photo Lab in California I held my breath and hoped for the best. I honestly expected the worst. I could envision them laughing while they were scanning my solid black “images”. When the email came in late last week saying my film scans were complete a wave of nervous anticipation rushed over me. I instantly downloaded the files and opened them up and there they were… a beautiful set of perfectly colored images, I was shocked, I guess I’ve still got it and something about it just feels right. So here it is, my first roll of film in years, shot with my Contax 645 and Fuji Pro 400H film. Completely untouched, no photoshop here folks. enjoy!