• Why and How I Shoot Film at Hawaii Weddings

Why and How I Shoot Film at Hawaii Weddings//04/21/2015

Why I shoot film at weddings here in Hawaii is something I get asked all the time.  All. The. Time.  The simple answer is easy — I shoot film at weddings because I love how it looks. I shoot Kodak film and I find that it gives me the colors of Hawaii that I see with my eye here and does it in a super pretty way.

maui wedding photographer wendy laurel shoots kodak film-4

Kodak Ektar (35mm)

 

I am not a super technical person. They way I can explain what I see with film that makes me want to shoot it exclusively is Kodak film’s  colors, the depth in the image, the way film handles light.  Film images always draw me in.

I also have fallen in love with the process of shooting film.  For me, the simpler my process is, the freer I am creatively.   With film, I am freed from looking at the camera back, from worrying about the camera settings beyond the basic aperture and shutter speeds.  That simplicity keeps me in the moment with the people in front of my camera and inspires me creatively.

maui wedding photographer wendy laurel shoots kodak film-8

Kodak Ektar 100

 

People sometimes wonder how I shoot film at weddings as if it was a harder process than digital. But I don’t think it really is.  Here are my go-to’s for shooting film at weddings.

1.  KEEP IT SIMPLE

For the majority of the wedding, I shoot with mainly my medium format camera – the Contax 645.  I also carry a 35mm camera – the Canon 1v with a wide angle  lens which I use for photojournalistic type shots, movement, and some fun portraits.  I also pack 2 back up cameras just in case.  You never know at a wedding what will decide to break.

I have a ton of film cameras that I love to experiment with.  I love my Rollei sl66 and my toy cameras (holga and lomos) and fun and different lenses.  But I pick only one “extra” camera to bring with me to a wedding. And I preload that camera with the film it will need and I usually shoot only 1 or 2 rolls through it during the bride and groom portrait time.  I have found that in older cameras and lenses, using Kodak Ektar film works really well.  The strong colors and contrast from Ektar help work against older lenses loss of contrast.

maui wedding photographer wendy laurel shoots kodak film-6

Kodak Portra 160

 

2.  MY FILM BAG

I use an old shoulder carry camera bag as my film bag. It has three compartments which I use for the three different speeds of film I will use during the day.  In each compartment, I have a zip lock bag of unwrapped 120 rolls of film.  On top of each bag is an replacement insert for my camera (Contax 645) loaded with that sort of film.  For me, thats one compartment of Portra 160 and Ektar 100 mixed (my daylight outside films).  The second compartment has Portra 800 (my favorite inside or nighttime color film). And the third compartment holds Kodak Tri-x 400 (for nighttime reception shots).  There is also an empty ziploc bag that I use to put in all my shot film.  I also put a couple of spare batteries in my film bag.

On the outsides of my bag are two pockets. In one is Kodak Ektar 35mm film.  In the other Kodak BW400CN and Tri-x in 35mm.  Those are for my 35mm camera- Canon 1v.

maui wedding photographer wendy laurel shoots kodak film-9

Kodak Portra 800

 

3.  MY ASSISTANT/SECOND SHOOTER

I love to shoot weddings with someone by my side. It makes the day go smoother and I love having someone to chat with and bounce ideas off.  My assistant carries my film bag and reloads the spare inserts for me. When I finish a roll of film, I just turn around and open my camera back, he hands me a new insert and I hand him the insert with the finished roll.  Then he reloads that for me while Im shooting.  Easy. Peasy.  He also shoots here and there as inspiration hits him.

Of course he doesn’t always have to stand right there with me. In slower times of the day, like the getting ready, I might be with the bride and he will be with the guys and I reload the film myself.  But in the busiest times of the day, its especially handy to have his help reloading the film.

maui wedding photographer wendy laurel shoots kodak film-1

Kodak Portra 800

 

4.  BRING LIGHT

I shoot film all day and all night. So the reception is shot on all film as well.  For night time shooting, I like to bring a variety of lighting tools — 2 video lights and 2 flashes.  The video lights work great for first dances and cake cutting.  I set them up on nearby tables, or one on top of my camera and one held by my assistant while I shoot black and white film.   I have flashes for both the Canon and the Contax and I use those also. Flashes work well for dancing shots and candids.

maui wedding photographer wendy laurel shoots kodak film-3

Kodak BW400CN 35mm with flash

For me film is all about both the look I an achieve in my images and the process itself. I find myself being much more creative and artistic with film in my camera.  I love experimenting with things done in camera — double or triple exposures, light leaks, super wide angles or older cameras and lenses.  Its really the fun I have with shooting film along with the images I get back that keeps me committed to film.

maui wedding photographer wendy laurel shoots kodak film-11

Kodak Portra 160

 

maui wedding photographer wendy laurel shoots kodak film-2

Kodak Ektar film (intentional light leak)

Leave Your Comment

*

Lindsey Belle + Family//04/13/2015

Nothing better than when just the right clients find you.  Lindsay Belle loves the same aesthetic as me and found me through my work on Let the Kids family blog. But even better, both of us are Yan fans.  I love her spirit and it shone through in this little family session we did on the shores of Lahaina.

maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-1 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-7 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-2 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-5 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-31 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-18 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-16 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-27 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-35 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-11 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-20 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-15 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-22-2 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-36 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-38 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-37 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-34 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-29 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-30 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-32 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-13 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-17 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-3 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-23 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-24 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-33 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-25 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-8 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-28 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-6 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-9 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-10 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-12 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-14 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-19 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-21 maui photographer wendy laurel rainbow family shoot at baby beach lahaina-39

 

 

 

Leave Your Comment

*

PDN Top Knots winner//04/04/2015

I am really happy to say that I am a winner in the Photo District News Top Knots annual wedding photography contest.
maui wedding photographer wendy laurel's winning double exposure image

Leave Your Comment

*

Honolua Bay Wedding Shoot//03/23/2015

Featured on Style Me Pretty.
This wedding/elopement shoot is part of a super great workshop I attended — Photo Coterie.

honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-1 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-2 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-3 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-4 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-5 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-6 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-7 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-8 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-9 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-10 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-11-2  honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-12 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-13 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-14 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-15 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-16 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-17 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-18 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-19-2 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-19 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-20 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-21 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-22 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-23 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-24 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-25 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-26 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-27 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-28 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-29 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-30 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-31 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-32 honolua bay wedding shoot on maui by hawaii photographer wendy laurel-33

Styled by Opihi Love
make up/hair Ry-n Shimabuku
Dress: Salt on the Rocks
hairpiece: Hushed Commotion

Kodak Film

Contax 645 + Leica

Leave Your Comment

*

Mariah + Family – At Home Maui Family//03/07/2015

It was so fun to be able to shoot an at home Maui family session. Usually folks want to go to the beach — which I totally get.  Who doesn’t want to go to the beach? But this family choose to shoot at home — even if it was my home.

family shot through glass by maui photographer wendy laurel film portraits of mom and dad by wendy laurel mom and baby in white tub mirror reflect image by photographer wendy laurel photo of mom and baby in clawfoot tub by photographer wendy laurel mom in white clawfoot tub image maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 at home family session with baby in striped pants by wendy laurel maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 awesome is state of mind tee image by wendy laurel family kissing on white bed by photographer wendy laurel cute baby in stripes on white bed by maui photographer wendy laurel family behind white curtains by hawaii photogapher wendy laurel image maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 family photography at home family session love heart sign with family against white wall image maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 baby against white ceiling in stripes image family on colorful quilt by maui photographer wendy laurel shot through glass of family by maui photogrpaher wendy laurel maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 mom and baby film shots in blue chair in hawaii by wendy laurel blue sky image by maui photographer wendy laurel family in maui fields negative space image by wendy laurel family laughing in field wof kahana maui mom and baby photography in kahana fields at home maui family session of family in fields image dad holding mom and baby in stripes in field by wendy laurel mom in striped dress and baby in onesie in mau field by wendy laurel feet of family cuddling in field by maui photographer wendy laurel maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 maui lifestyle family photography by lahaina photographer wendy laurel-8 at home family session of baby in fields by maui photgrapher wendy laurel

It is easy to book a maui family photography session with me. Just give me a call at 808.280.2911 or text or email me at wendy@wendylaurel.com.

Leave Your Comment

*

MENU