Tomorrow is wedding no. two of my 2017 season, and I can hardly believe it! Reflecting on my 2016 season, I learned a lot about who I want to be as a wedding photographer, as well as a creative entrepreneur. Attending Jeremy Chou's Portland workshop back in October taught me a lot about film photography, and perfecting my film to digital workflow. I studied a lot over my winter break, and have headed into my new season fully prepared for the amazingness that this season is full of.
Some things we've already begun to change about our 2017 season is adding in a special polaroid gift to my couple's so that they don't have to wait on their sneak peeks, and can easily add it to their fridge or collect for an album. Jem has been trained to edit both my hybrid collections, as well as my full digital collections so that I have more freedom to connect deeper with my clients and offer consistent work. This will be the first season where I won't be the only person editing my own photos. It's a difficult transition for me to take, but there is comfort in sharing an office with your editor!
I'd also walked into this season more comfortable shooting 35mm cameras. Although I was originally trained on film through 35mm, I wasn't sure how comfortable I was capturing a wedding day on it. The reason being, I was nervous that the quality wasn't up to par with the rest of my film work. However, after experimentation in the metering process (meaning, how I was exposing the film), and testing out a few different cameras, I became confident in what I could produce with traditional 35mm.
This might not be the year I dive face first into film, but it is the year it is resting comfortably at my side, ready to capture my favorite moments to keep everlasting. I am excited for what I have ahead of me, and have already started planning my 2018 season. Life only goes up from here.