Wedding photography on film is becoming more popular these days, and for good reason. While it may seem like a new trend, film is the foundation to photography as we know it. There’s a timeless, honest quality about film that centers unscripted human connection and celebrates your wedding day exactly as it is.
There are a million reasons to love wedding photography on film. These are my top five.
With wedding photography on film, every photo is intentional. For me as the wedding photographer, the intentionality starts with purchasing and storing film. On the day of your wedding, I have to wait for the right moment, steady the camera, and shoot before the moment passes. The post-production process of film development is cumbersome, but it’s a continuation of the artistic process.
Each film photo that you receive was prepared for, shot, and developed with care and intention. This means that we also get to be more intentional on your wedding day. Because you’re not posing all day, you can focus on your loved ones and the community you’re celebrating.
Wedding photography on film has a unique power to capture the emotional connection at the heart of your wedding day. It’s full of beautiful imperfections, and those are precisely what enables it to convey human connection and honest emotion.
Film photography does a beautiful job of capturing movement on your wedding day. This adds to the emotional quality and captures the relationships that are in focus that day. A large reason why I started shooting film is that the focus shifts from creating perfect photo opportunities to embracing moments as they are.
One reason that wedding photography on film is so emotional is that it creates a sense of nostalgia. You can look at a film photo of you and your partner and feel the timelessness of your love, no matter how modern your wedding clothes are.
Your wedding day should be about the experience, not the production. Film invites you, your partner, and me to slow down and be present. You can just focus on being with your people and trust that I’ll catch those unscripted moments that mean more than any posed portrait.
Wedding days can feel rushed and hectic. Some people say that you should have a wedding photographer because the “day is such a blur that the photos show you what actually happened.” It doesn’t make your wedding day sound very appealing, does it?
Film can provide the exact opposite experience. Wedding photography on film invites you to be fully present so that when you look at your photos, you remember exactly what each of those moments felt like.
If you appreciate tangible keepsakes and heirlooms, wedding photography on film is a perfect option for you. With social media, we’re inundated with digital photos. There is something different about physically holding a photo of a moment that doesn’t just exist in multiple digital forms. Whether it be a Polaroid or a printed film photo, there is connectedness in physically being able to hold your memories instead of looking at them on a screen.
Film wedding photography is also a good addition to your wedding day if you want to look back on your photos on your anniversary or other occasions. Sometimes, even if you have every intention of printing an album from your digital gallery, it ends up getting put off indefinitely. With film photography, you know you’ll have the start of an alum to commemorate your wedding day.
There is something to be said for the ability to create cohesion among images in the digital post editing process, but wedding photography on film produces one-of-a-kind images. Even the imperfections are special because they’re honest.
Film captures conditions such as lighting, weather, temperature and surrounds exactly as is. If it rains on your wedding day, you’ll have the moody light preserved rather than lose it to the editing process. If the water at your beach wedding is crystal blue, you won’t lose it to temperature adjustments.
I have loved doing wedding photography on film since I was eight years old. (It’s true! You can see my photos of my parents’ 1999 vow renewal here.) Film’s intentionality is perfect for capturing honest emotion and human connection without pulling you away from your day.
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