One of the best things about living in Nashville is the insanely kind, generous people here. Southern hospitality has nothing on the Nashville photography community. Since day one, every single person in this city that works a camera has been willing and ready to help with anything and everything in this business. I can’t say that many people get to experience that, but it’s amazing what it’s done for me and my business.
A few weeks ago, Josh Gull put together a little film photography meetup as a way to expose some of us newbies to film. We had a pretty awesome mixture of seasoned film shooters and some of us who had never shot film before. Film is an entirely different medium than digital photography, and it makes you take the time to slow down and get just the right shot before clicking the shutter. It’s an amazing feeling to get back images that you just know are the result of a solid knowledge of what you’re doing. I’m pretty proud of myself for the following images, shot on both a Zeiss Ikon and a Contax 645 on Portra 160 and Portra 400. The coolest part about these images was the post-processing. There wasn’t any. The colors, the exposure, everything was pretty spot on.
Waiting three weeks to get scans back was pretty rough, but goodness it was worth it in the end. I’m interested to shoot film again sometime soon. I don’t foresee myself shooting solely film at weddings like some of the photographers here in Nashville, but I could see it opening the possibility of shooting more personal work on film. Enjoy the images, and thanks again to Nhu, Chad, Alayna, Stephanie, Mark and the ever-awesome Moriah for being such fantastic models for our get-together!
Nashville wedding photographer Chelsey Somohano documents outdoor, diy and indie weddings in Nashville and destinations worldwide.