Engagements, Portraits

SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL ENGAGEMENT

Learning to shoot film is like learning to breathe all over again.. but this time, with a manual. That you cannot skip. No matter how much you’re tempted to simply fast-forward and wing it.

How I photograph is something I’ve always taken for granted. You enter digital sessions with some sort of vision and you point and shoot until you’ve more or less created what you were aiming for. With film, each shot is so much more intentional. There is both the firm consideration of HAVING to understand light and focus – there is no do over, there is no instant preview on the back of your camera – and the knowledge that each press of the shutter is something valuable and precious.

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m so thrilled to share my first-ever, all-film portrait session on the blog today. Learning what it’s like to meter film and take deep breaths before every precious shot has pushed me to become a better photographer in countless, endless ways. I couldn’t imagine a setting more perfect for my first all-film session than this regal monument in the heart of San Francisco. Every time I step foot into our City Hall, I feel this wild jolt in my heart – deep down – that makes me want to recapture this gorgeous location anew, over and over again. It is such a place of love, power, and history. I’m so excited to share this session with you all and hope you enjoy!

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