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Announcement 1- A New addition to the Studio Finch Family!

Oh goodness, no. It’s not what you think.

As of late, we have been taking a roll of 35mm film at each of our couple’s weddings. We still shoot about 99% digital, and we love digital because it’s fast- and awesome for reception dance shots. But we also are obsessed with film.  Film is slow. Film has a delayed sense of gratification, and it’s like Christmas morning every time we get our prints back from film.

We have been in love with film since we began photographing, before we even met.  There is something about film that always makes me stare at photos with my mouth open, in awe. Honestly, we kind of forgot about shooting film over the years.

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It wasn’t until we were at WPPI in 2011 and we met Jose Villa. I honestly didn’t know too much about him, instead of the fact that he was an amazing film wedding photographer. I saw his photos everywhere, sometimes not even knowing they were his.  A couple of days after we met him, we ran into him at an expo booth, as he was saying his goodbyes to his film lab, Richard Photo Lab,before he went to the airport. When we exchanged hellos, he asked if we still shoot film. We said “No.” and then he handed us a 35mm Diana Camera with 8 rolls of film and responded- “You Should.”

For the next three years, that moment resonated with us.

We purchased a Canon EOS-1V 35mm film camera in May. Now we have progressed to our newest addition, our new and beloved Contax 645. I am beyond excited to have this little gem. They don’t make these 120mm cameras anymore, and the waist level viewfinder is hard to find.  I cannot wait to show you guys magical colors and milky whites and ACTUAL film grain over the next coming years as we progress into becoming hybrid wedding photographers.  Film & Digital.

Jose Villa, we cannot thank you enough for being so kind and inspiring.

A look through the viewfinder.

A look through the Contax 645 waist level viewfinder.

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WPPI 2012

In the midst of our roadtripping and trip to vegas, when we paused for a second we realized that we were going non stop! So so much wonderful information to take in. We arrived home with our suitcases twice as heavy and our minds all the more full. From the speakers, gizmos and gadgets, conference demos, and evening events- WPPI was 4 long days of go go go, little sleep, pads filled with notes, inspiration, and excellent stick figured lighting setup diagrams. Some of my favorite presenters were among Chris Gray, Damon Tucci, Jasmine Star, Jose Villa, and Dan Shields.

Jose Villa was so inspiring to listen to- I’m sure you’ve seen his photos in Style Me Pretty or Ruffled. After his presentation he stayed after for a couple of hours answering everyone questions and letting all of us pick his brain. We all were kicked out of the room by security and continued our pow-wow on a couch in one of the lobbies of the conference center.  What made Jose memorable for me is the fact that he shoots only in film. He actually gave us a Diana camera the next day at the expo with a boat load 120 film. Thanks Jose!

In the midst of all the gizmos and gadgets- one of the newest to-dos was the icelight, essentially portable daylight shaped like a short lightsaber- and we bought one. We couldn’t resist. 🙂 As the days and nights blew by us, we made sure to check out the old strip and remain a bit touristy ourselves.

Jasmine Star:

Cannot wait for the ice light to ship in a couple of weeks!

This guy’s work is amazing- there was a 2 hour waiting list for his face sculptures when we stopped by at 11pm!

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