Film Photography

My first roll of film

I’ve wanted to try shooting film for a while, pretty much as soon as I realized that most of my favorite photographers take pictures primarily or completely with a film camera.  Jose Villa, Tec Petaja, Jen Huang, and Allison Kuhn (based out of Charlotte and completely amazing) to name a few.  Their images are so fresh and airy but still timeless.  It was kind of a pipe dream until I realized that used film equipment is actually kind of reasonable, I mean compared to how expensive it used to be.  After doing hours upon hours of research, I decided to make Corey and our immediate family to all go in on a Mamiya 645 medium format camera for my birthday present.  The day it came was like Christmas.  I looked up the manual online and tried to figure out what all the buttons and gadgets do (which I’m still working on) and watched a youtube video on how to load the film with fingers crossed that I was doing it right.  The first two rolls came back late last week.  Obviously some images were underexposed and some were out of focus, but I was pleasantly surprised for my first time.  Here are just a couple of images from the first roll.






What did I take pictures of?  Flowers and cats.  Obviously.  Shot on Fuji Pro 400h and processed by The Find Lab.

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  1. Megan

    Oh man! Soooo dreamy. Love them.

  2. Stephanie

    Great pictures Colleen!!

  3. Katie

    Very nice!

  4. Blair Scheepers

    Taking old school! I love it. Beautiful pictures.

  5. Taylor

    Beautiful, Colleen!

  6. Allison K

    Yay! You did an amazing job, I can’t wait to see more from you and see you hone your skills! You’re one talented lady. 🙂