Updated: Mar 17
Have you heard the news? My go to film stock, Fuji Pro 400h, is being discontinued forever! This film stock has defined all of my light & airy signature style, even in the digital realm. I love the way it brings vibrance to colors in a bright visual profile, especially in the skin tones. I've always wanted my wedding photography to feel like Fuji 400h, like a joyous celebration of light & color, while still encompassing a refined elegance.
We were strongly craving a styled shoot during the height of our off season this year, so I connected with one of our clients/friends, Kenzie, to do a little bridal session in the mountains. I thought I'd bring my film camera along as film is a really time consuming process and therefore we only use digital on weddings. But if I have the time, shooting on film is great because I'm always using film images to match my digital to that exact classic and luxurious look. Little did I know as I shot this beautiful lady in Chautauqua Park that this would be my last roll of Fuji ever. I saw in the news the very next day that it's going away forever, and I was stunned.
I'm honestly so in love with this shoot. The light bouncing off the mountains was captured wonderfully on Fuji and makes me want to jump up and down and do a little photography happy dance. I'm obsessed with how Fuji can take the style of light & airy and still maintain of ton detail, like how you can see the different hues of orange in the field or the range of subtle color in her skin tone. That's really its greatest super power in my humble opinion, making things elegant yet intricate. But don't worry, I'm still going to let this film stock influence my work in the digital realm. That's actually the best part of shooting digitally, that I can apply any style of editing on my images with great flexibility. So, I'll keep the spirit of Fuji alive in my photos long after the film stock is a mere memory for us wedding photographers. But for now, I just want to remember this precious Fuji moment with Kenzie.
I do want to quickly express some real gratitude to the endlessly beautiful Kenzie for giving me a moment of revitalization during this waiting period until the next wedding season. I'm always refreshed when I can connect with other women through my work and highlight them. Kenzie really has become a true friend, and I'm so honored that I'll be able to continue capturing her at her wedding. I really love that in this industry I often get to make other women the through line and motivation of my art. It's a privilege I'm always reminded of on amazing shoots like these.
Have and To Hold Photography is a luxury wedding photography and videography company based out of Denver but serving all of Colorado. Keep up with their Colorado wedding adventures on instagram! @haveandtoholdphotography