About a month ago, I decided I was going to start learning film again. The first time around was uninspiring. I don’t know why but my images just didn’t have that soft, touchable film look and I set my film cameras down for an entire year. When this shoot for Gabby and Jeff came around, I had spent the previous weeks buried in books and knee deep in YouTube videos learning how to shoot film. But, if this was anything like my first digital session back in 2009, I would have spent months learning theory only to fall flat on my face in reality.
That morning I left myself with no choice but to shoot film. I left my digital cameras at home. It was exhilarating, and terrifying, and fantastic. I didn’t have digital to save me so each image was so carefully thought out. I woke up at 4:30 am to get ready and swing by Chelsea Lemon’s place to pick up a darling floral crown. Then I met up with Gabby and Jeff and drove up to Saguaro Lake. If you’ve never been, the drive is beautiful. The Arizona summer weather was nice to us in the early hours and as we pulled up, the horses were there! If you’ve ever seen the Salt River Horses, you know how magical they are. About twenty of them were there that morning, drinking from the lake and surrounding us. We shot for an hour, laughing, talking and enjoying the company of these two sweethearts. Then I spent the next three weeks freaking out.
You see, film takes three weeks to get back from the lab and that is not something I am used to. With digital, you can see images instantly but film is another story. You have to have tons of patience and I do not. So my email was constantly being checked even though the lab gave me a timeframe. I was just that eager. Finally, last week I got these images and I fell in love. It was finally images of velvet film that I had dreamed about. I just want to take photos like this from now until the end of time. I hope you like them <3
|Denise Karis is an Arizona photographer who enjoys musicals, Doctor Who and breakfast burritos. IG @denisekaris|
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