Category: Film

daneen + jim . film

Engagement  |  Film  |  Millie

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.

7 Responses to daneen + jim . film

  • January 25, 2012 | 10:18 PM

    Wow, really nice pictures! Artistic talent, great couple, car, weather, historical city…. ! Your other work is great too! Love those captured moments with great facial expressions. Look forward to seeing more from the wedding.

  • January 25, 2012 | 9:00 PM

    Your film is to DIE for!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT! work that contax! 🙂

  • January 25, 2012 | 7:35 AM

    I’m the mother of the groom and I LOVE these pictures. Can’t wait to see what you do with the wedding!

  • January 24, 2012 | 5:48 PM

    Hi Millie! 🙂 Love your film work! Simply amazing! 🙂

  • January 24, 2012 | 12:41 PM

    MILLIE! I am in love with your film work! You have such great talent! 🙂

  • January 23, 2012 | 11:30 PM

    beautiful! loving the film!

  • January 23, 2012 | 10:16 PM

    ok my film cameras are coming back out, I know remember why I fell in love with photography all those years to begin with

the cheek family . 100% film

Film  |  Millie  |  Portraits  |  

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!










18 Responses to the cheek family . 100% film

  • January 24, 2013 | 12:32 PM

    these are beautiful ! I just ordered a contax 645 myself. im pretty nervous about messing up expensive rolls of film I hope my photos will turn out as amazing as these. what a cute baby too !

  • February 16, 2012 | 3:34 PM

    they look great. especially the coloring. excited to see more. was it hard to focus?

  • January 31, 2012 | 10:23 AM

    I LOVE the med format! Digital will never be able to compete with the wonderful and soft quality of film!

  • millie
    January 27, 2012 | 11:29 AM

    Hey Beth! The moses basket and stand is from Serena + Lily. We have loved it because it is portable and washable! Thanks!

  • January 26, 2012 | 3:01 PM

    Wow, these are beautiful!

  • January 26, 2012 | 10:53 AM

    Shannon, said so well =-) Millie, your images are amazing and beautiful, looks like the film camera is going to be added to the amazing arsenal of tools that you have to perfect your craft. I absolutely love shooting (and developing) film, have fun with your new present =-)

  • January 24, 2012 | 9:59 AM

    This is one beautiful family. I was wondering if you could ask Lindsey where she got her moses basket & stand that was featured in the nursery shots that you did for them. I would like to get one for my son & his wife’s new baby. Many thanks!

  • January 23, 2012 | 11:19 AM

    I love it! Film is amazing and I was so jealous when you posted photos of your Contax I can’t wait to see what else you do with it!

  • January 21, 2012 | 12:37 AM

    SUPER CUTE!!!! love that you used film. I just bought a film camera and I think its broken :(((((

  • January 20, 2012 | 2:15 PM

    Thank you so much Millie for taking these precious pictures of my family! We are so lucky to have you as a photographer but more so a friend! Thank you again! xo

  • January 19, 2012 | 2:57 PM

    Millie! You are such a wonderful photographer, of course your film pictures would be just as amazing. But it is so cute that you shared your insecure moment about them laughing at your black images. 🙂 #millieforpresident

  • January 19, 2012 | 12:37 PM

    Millie! It’s great that you showed the film and camera who is boss! However, regardless of the technical stuff, your ability to capture special moments that people share is phenomenal! We wish you could take our picture every week! Two thumbs WAY up!

  • January 19, 2012 | 11:47 AM

    Beautiful! These are awesome for your first time in years!

  • January 18, 2012 | 7:08 PM

    Wow! These are beautiful! What lens did you get to go with the camera or is it interchangeable with your Canon lens?

  • January 18, 2012 | 6:41 PM

    way to go!!!!!!!!!!! the risk was worth it. yay for not living in the numbing neutral zone, but instead, the vibrant wild ride where something could either fail or soar. clearly, this was one of those times where, yup: it soared. it was worth it.

  • January 18, 2012 | 5:47 PM

    Beautiful family! These are SO lovely and perfect, Millie! I love the tones and softness of them all. I didn’t buy a film camera yet, but I am currently borrowing one from a friend for a few weeks and am terrified to send away the film for the exact reasons you mentioned! Plus I cannot stop myself from looking at the back of the camera. I laugh at myself every time I do it!

  • January 18, 2012 | 4:56 PM

    These are so absolutely beautiful. I love love love the film.

  • January 18, 2012 | 4:52 PM

    Oh my gosh, Millie! These are beautiful! What a sweet sweet family! AND you did a great job!

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