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Justin is a wedding photographer who resides in Savannah, GA with his wife Amanda. During a pivotal moment in his digital photography career, Justin became smitten with film photography. Everything from the grainy texture seen in the images to the patience required for the process led him to fall in love with the art of photography once more. You can easily find Justin sitting on his back porch rocking chair with a rye old fashioned and his American bulldog at his feet.

From Justin…

“This photo is a great representation of our ideal aesthetic. Warm, soft, dreamy. You can literally TASTE the soft setting sun in the image. Do we accomplish this look with every photo? Definitely not! It’s just not possible. This look is the perfect combination of backlighting + golden hour. While Fuji film tends to be very green, we love Fuji during golden hour because it gives us the perfect shade of warmth! When creating this photo, we ventured outside in an open, spacious area as the sun began to dip in the sky. A spacious area is so important because if you are in a congested location (lots of trees + buildings) your golden hour will end so much more quickly and you won’t be able to take advantage of the setting sun. We love a little bit of light leak in our photos and you can see the slightest bit right around the groom’s head. We did this by placing the sun directly behind the groom’s hairline and allowing the smallest bit of sunshine to peek around. Be careful here! A little too much light will turn a soft dreamy photo into some wonky flares in your final photo! Per usual, we metered for the shadows and the outcome was perfect!”

Contax 645, Fuji 400h rated at 200, Indie Film Lab
The Happy Bloom
Georgia + Southeast
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Lucy is a fine-art photographer who specializes in weddings. She is based out of Los Angeles, CA with her husband, two children, and their maltese, Maggie.

From Lucy…

“I love movement in photography. I feel it adds yet another layer to the photographs and helps to create a more fluid storyline. In this picture, the sun was starting to dip and I knew the colors were going to be perfect. I instructed the model to walk forward and we walked together at a steady matched pace. I always show the model or couple the pace that I will be moving at before I take the picture. I will even practice with them if I think it’s necessary. The goal is to get most of my shots in focus so it’s important to be in sync. This being said, I don’t mind motion blur because I think it can also look quite lovely. In this picture, Colette, my model, was instructed to give me a variance of looks while she moved. I asked that she look straight ahead at first and then over to her left and so forth. I chose this picture in particular from that set because I loved her connection with the camera.”

Contax 645, Fuji 400h, The FIND Lab
Lucy Munoz Photography
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Rachel is a hybrid photographer who specializes in weddings. Based out of Virginia with her husband and three children, she adores laughter, travel, lush gardens, sweet embraces, warm hospitality, and beautiful landscapes.

From Rachel…

“With double exposures, you must remember that you will be exposing your film twice. Instead of overexposing my film as usual, I expose the film 1 stop under what the meter reading says for both exposures. I typically do a bulb out reading with the bulb facing away from my subject. In terms of content and shape, it’s best to do the first frame of the shape you wish to fill with a white backdrop – this will make for a good silhouette. The second frame, choose something that is full of color and contrast.”

Contax 645, Fuji 400h, Richard Photo Lab
Rachel May Photography
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Amanda is a hybrid photographer who specializes in fine-art weddings. She resides in Oklahoma with her husband and their three children. She considers coffee a morning staple and has a fondness for cooking, naps, and mint chocolate.

From Amanda…

“Shooting groups can be tricky. You want a good balance of that creamy bokeh in the background while still keeping your bridal party in focus, and sometimes when you put everyone in a straight line, the edges get a little out of focus. My favorite way to pose bridal party groupings is in a cluster, like this image here. I put tallest in the back, make most of the girls squat or lean in just a little bit and ask that everyone squeeze close together. I always shoot this at f/2.8 or f/4.0 (at the least). The bigger the group, the higher the f-stop… but keep in mind that the higher the f-stop, the more light you will need. This image was shot on a Contax 645 with Fujifilm 400H rated at 100 iso at f/2.8. As you can see, the background still maintains that good medium format bokeh but every person is in focus which makes for happy clients!”

Contax 645, Fuji 400h, Indie Film Lab
Amanda Watson Photography
Oklahoma + worldwide
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Sawyer Baird is a destination wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of the Southeast. While she calls the Northern Georgia mountains her home, you can find her adventuring up and down the East Coast, as she has a big heart for travel!

From Sawyer…

“When shooting this session, I was able to shoot “for me” more than I am on a wedding day (due to it being a styled shoot). When shooting a styled session I always test new things and try out new ways to shoot, just to see if I might like it and possibly want to shoot that way with a client. With this image, I shot directly into the sunlight as it was setting, peaking through the dress. The dress helped prevent the sun flare but added this super glow around the ‘bride’ and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Sometimes with film you have to take the risk and it can yield the best reward. This image is one of my favorites I have ever taken!”

Contax 645, Fuji 400h rated at 200, Richard Photo Lab
Sawyer Baird Photography
Southeast + worldwide
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