Film! | Portra 400 in the Snow

It’s almost spring!! Oh I can’t wait.. the past few days I’ve actually been able to wear short sleeves outside without my buns freezing off.  But as much as I am longing for spring, there is a part of me that’s not ready to let winter go.

I’ve sort of grown attached to winter since I became an on-location photographer… you see, folks usually don’t want portrait sessions and weddings in the frigid winter temperatures! So that means that beyond some back-end catch up work at my desk, there’s not a lot for an on-location photographer to photograph during the winter months.

So those winter months are my months.  My months to get some stuff done around the house! Like remodel a kitchen, as was this year’s winter project, or redo all the floors in my house as was last year’s winter project!  I look so forward to having those few months sort of ‘off’ to focus on some things other than work.

One of my most favorite things to do when I have extra time, is shoot film and process and scan it at home.. because see, film is expensive.  And sending it off to the lab to be processed and scanned, while its so much easier and produces more consistent results, is expensive.  And my pockets simply ain’t deep!  So the only way I’ve found to afford to play with film is by mixing my own chemicals and processing/scanning at home.

But it takes time!  And it seems as though once the busy season kicks in I just don’t get the extra time to devote to my film photography and it gets put to the side until Winter.  In fact, when I pulled out my film camera to photograph Evie in the awesome snow we got this month, I realized I hadn’t processed any film since last spring!! Way too long..

I would love to say that my goal this year is going to be to ‘shoot more film’ and process ‘x’ rolls a month, but let’s be honest, life happens, and it may not be until next spring that I can play with film again but at least I know my trusty 35mm and chemicals are there waiting for me if I get inspired :-)

Till next time, here’s my Evie playing in the beautiful North Carolina Snow we got this month!

F100 + 85mm | Portra 400 | Home processed and scanned
(The black and whites are Kodak Gold converted to B/W)

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