Boston & New England Wedding Photographer Deborah Zoe

Boston & North Shore Wedding Photographer creating timeless imagery for classic New England weddings with a fine art approach.

Experimenting With Film Photography

This year I made the commitment to start shooting film again. While I haven't advertised that I'm shooting film formally, at every engagement and portrait session this past year I've tried to shoot a few frames on grainy 35mm film. Working with film has filled my photographer heart. I've struggled, failed and experimented with new techniques. It's been so good to stretch my creative muscles and learn that it's OK to make mistakes.

One of my biggest fears shooting film again is that I would make mistakes. Not being able to see what was on my camera and simply relying on instinct and a light meter was somewhat terrifying to me. But how else do you learn?! Shooting film has taught me that, while scary, learning (or in my case RE-learning) something can be an exciting process!!

Today I wanted to share a little of what I've been working on this past year. I have yet to blog any of these film images, so I'm stepping somewhat outside my comfort zone and sharing them with you!! I'm definitely STILL in the learning phase of shooting film. While I started out my journey as a photographer IN FILM, shooting with film for client related work is something entirely new to me. I hope you'll continue with me on this journey as I share more adventures in film with you here soon!!

  • Images captured using Canon EOS IV 35mm & Pentax K1000
  • Shot on Portra160, Portra 400, Fuji400h, Superia800, TriX400
  • Developed and scanned by the Find Lab  (If you're just starting out in film, I highly recommend working with Find Lab -- they offer feedback on each roll of film, what worked, what didn't and how you can shoot differently in the future to achieve different results!)