Film wedding photography for a new generation of Brides & Grooms.
The journey back to film.

2009 marked the end of an era of sorts. I was so lucky when I got my start in wedding photography back in 2005. Digital had been unleashed onto the masses just a few years earlier and had swept across the photography landscape like some demented, all consuming wild fire. But the studio who's door I’d so firmly wedged my foot in to get my start had thankfully stuck to their guns and so it was that for the next four years I shot hundreds of weddings using Kodak’s Portra NC400 & BW400CN films (both of which are sadly no longer available).

But alas, the digital revolution was to become too overwhelming and far too attractive for such a competitive market place. Freed from the restraints and costs associated with buying & processing film it seemed like wedding photography in the digital age went into free fall, a spiralling race to the bottom with every man and his dog jumping on the bandwagon of digital dumb fuckery. And so in August 2009, with heavy hearts we became, to the best of our knowledge, the last Sydney wedding photography studio to quit film.

Fast forward to around the end of 2013. We've been back living in Perth for a few years now. Back with family, old friends and old stomping grounds. I’m shooting 25 - 30 weddings a year (on digital) with amazing clients in amazing locations, feeling like I’m at the top of my game. To top it all off our beautiful daughter Isabel has just arrived into the world. Life’s good!

2014 - Something lost is found again.

In the first month or two after our daughter arrived I went berserk with my digital cameras taking photos of any little thing she did, just like any proud new parent would right?! All these precious images were duly downloaded and backed up on hard drives and off I went again to take more photos. Pretty soon I had thousands of  photos but precious little time to do anything with them with my current wedding and corporate photography workload. I needed to find a simpler way to get these images printed and so have something tangible, something I could hold in my hand.

I remembered a few unused rolls of film in the fridge, they'd been sitting idle there for a few years now. So I dug out one of my old Nikon F100 bodies, loaded a roll and shot it. I dropped the roll at the lab, got the film processed with 6x4 inch prints and bingo, 36 awesome photos of my daughter. But the real bonus was the negatives I was holding in my hand. These weren't no bunch of ones and zeros on a hard drive, this shit was real man!

After I shot a handful more rolls over the next couple of weeks, it felt like I'd hooked up with a dear old friend I hadn't seen in a few years.

And it got me thinkin'...

I'd been wanting to go back to film ever since I stopped. But I knew I had to 'unlearn' all the bad habits digital photography had taught me over the past 5 or so years (not really bad habits, digital is just a different way of shooting, a different mindset). And so I started shooting a few rolls at each wedding throughout 2015 to shake off my digital hangover.

The more I shot film the more I realised just how much I missed it. The thing with film is that you can’t shortcut the basic skills needed as easily as you can with digital. I find my approach now is much more considered yet so much more precise in what I capture. Being able to apply this mindset as a film shooter keeps the challenge real and continues to push me as a wedding photographer.
 
I believe in film, I believe in it's authenticity. It retains an unmistakably honest yet beautiful aesthetic. And this is what I look forward to creating for you on your wedding day, a coverage that is as authentic and beautiful as you are. 

Honest, beautiful... Timeless. 

Andrew. xx