Shooting Style & Process


My style isn’t for everyone — I’m a planner. I love to work with clients who want to collaborate with me and brainstorm together. I want to start a conversation and bounce ideas back and forth — truly take time to plan your session. Sometimes your first idea is not your best – so let’s take the time to make sure we’ve researched a few options to make your session the best!!

I am a film photographer first, but I shoot with both film and digital cameras. It’s important to me that I get the composition and proper exposure in the camera no matter what type of camera I’m shooting, and I also try not to take a bi-zillion images either. It’s not how a film photographer operates – quality over quantity is key.

There is a difference when shooting in film versus when I shoot digitally, and often clients inquire “Why do you shoot in film?”

Film allows me to slow down. I have a limited number of frames to get “the shot” and I don’t want to waste a frame rushing through the process. Remember, even to focus is done manually on many film cameras (at least on mine!). I love the process of slowing down, and really paying attention to the lighting, composition, colors, and details of the image.

I love taking the time to treat each image with so much importance, and film has a way of reminding you just how important each frame is.¬†Clients will end up with a digital image of the film. You can treat it like any other digital file, except you’ll notice a beautiful range of value and grain (texture) in the image that is not as prevalent in your digital images. You’ll also notice a tremendous amount of detail and sharpness. By far, the biggest difference to me in the amount of color and range of value the film translates, and because it captures it so well, there is very little editing done. Ultimately there is a different look to film, but for me, it’s also about the process.


Photo Credit: Kim Leonard Photography