Hello and welcome! I'm Emily Jefferis, a wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer located in Grove City, PA. Investment information, details, and my portfolios are available at www.willajphotography.com. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me through emily@willajphotography.com. Thanks for looking!

Apr 3, 2012

My Canon F-1 and my Fears of Film

Back when we lived in DC, I did a little bit of interior design and architecture photography for a small architecture firm. Bill, the architect, knew a bit about photography and had done some himself while in architecture school. But, as he started his professional career with a firm, his photography equipment began collecting dust.  When we moved to Grove City, Bill very kindly sent me his old Canon F-1 body, a nice series of lenses, and a bag of film! I was thrilled, but also a bit intimidated to be honest. I'm really comfortable shooting manually with my 5D, but film? Not so much. There's no LCD screen on the back of a 35mm and you don't know how you're doing until the prints return from the lab. Yikes! Each shot matters. Composition, exposure, cropping, focus--they all carry a lot more weight when shooting with film. What if I shoot a whole roll and have absolutely nothing to show for it? 

But I've decided to give film a whirl this summer during my free time. (Don't worry brides, I won't be practicing on your wedding day!)  The more I look through the images of Jose Villa or The Image is Found, the more I'm drawn to the color and grain of film.  So I'm going to give a try. I probably won't be sharing my work anytime soon, but may be one day, I hope!