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You either grew up in an “Analog” world or a “Digital” world when it comes to the photography.  I grew up in an “Analog” world however I adopted Digital Photography way back in 2003 in my trip to San Francisco with my first digital camera purchase.  My first Digital camera was a Sony DSC707 – a 5 megapixel monster with a gorgeous Zeiss lens.  Mind you I had no idea of what a Zeiss lens did for me back then.  Fast forward seven years and the digital photography has evolved through more megapixels, more features and ground breaking advancements in shooting high ISO with useable images.  I love the advancement of the digital age however there is just something about film that draws me back to its imperfections, it’s rawness, it’s tones and the beautiful imagery it continues to deliver.

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So after much deliberation, learning and speaking to other film shooters world wide it has come down to these simple things on why we still love film photography (or analog for the purist).

  • Colour palette from Film is seriously unbeatable.  There are more and more photographers trying to emulate the film look by using presets that adds, grain, colour tones that resemble the type of emulsion one is trying to get that “look”, no doubt I was one of them.  Short term satisfaction from the presets were satisfying to a degree, however it did lack a few things “soul” & “warmth”.
  • The latitude of film especially in the highlights or bright areas are not blown out as it would in a digital capture.
  • Skin tones is the other winner in film.  When you shoot mostly people, couples and families, skin tones are pretty critical.  The warmth in the skin tones from film in my personal experience is unbelievable and it’s a proven formula today amongst the many who continue to shoot film.
  • I receive my developed images as High Resolution JPEGS like any other digital image, however the difference in the final product is very pleasing especially when it comes to print.  The whole film development process has not changed.  They way it is now handled after development has.  What you take away to print is the JPEG’s files and not the negatives.  Scanning is now a critical part of the Film development process and thankfully we have found a Local pro lab that can satisfy our needs.  And more importantly we will continue to support our local businesses where we can.
  • The final image is more than magical, there is depth, there is character it delivers for timeless images removing any current fads in Photoshop presets or actions.
  • We know what the special sauce is when it comes down to awesome photography that is why we are incorporating it into our service offer.

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The results have been amazing, feel free to check out our first 100% film sessions!  Not all creative professionals are the same, and not all will be equal when it comes to the final results.  The current trend is the film look,  even digital shooters are emulating it with various presets.  Why?  because film is proven to be good.  So if you’ve booked your wedding with us it’s all part of the package.  The best thing is you still receive your high resolution JPEG’s as you would normally do with our digital photography and typically you won’t know when we are shooting digital or film.  The magic is there and we already know it so that is why I am so passionate in sharing this magic and providing the best and continue to master our craft.

Irrespective of what medium we choose to use to use, we will deliver.

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David and Janet are close friends of ours.  We had a big laugh when I shot Janet’s maternity session about two months ago more the fact that it just brought back memories of those wedding photography poses many moons ago that they had to endure!

I had the idea of mixing the two current photography mediums of “Digital and Film” to create something unique for both David and Janet plus for me.

I’ve dabbled in the idea of bringing in traditional film sessions into our creative arsenal for two reasons:

  1. Film is warm and romantic, it speaks to you like no other & it’s tonality never dates.
  2. It’s also personal for me.  My grass roots in photography was film and I never seemed to have achieved the success of shooting film back in my early days of film photography.

This session was crafted from 100% Fujifilm 400h and with some gorgeous Medium Format goodness…… yes film is certainly not dead just advancing for many!

Note: Baby Jensen is handsome and cute.  You have been warned!

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Summery evenings creates some awesome soft lighting also known as the “Golden Hour”.  So it was no surprise that it is my favourite time to shoot a family session.

I first met Greg & Nat’s little one Sophie in February last year outside the nab building in Docklands.  I used to work with Nat in the same team at nab about 3 years ago.  In fact Sophie was born not long after my youngest around April.  Many a discussions, hints and tips about babies took place in the work lunch rooms during that time.  So when Greg & Nat asked me to shoot a family session with them before Sophie turned 2 I was pretty excited.  Here is the little time I got to spend with Greg, Nat and Lil Sophie as we wondered from Geelong’s Botanic Gardens to one of our favourite beach locations Barwon Heads!  Thanks again to Greg & Nat for the effort in travelling down to my place of the world from Melbourne and also the beautiful opportunity to create some great magic that you guys can enjoy now and into the future.  I think I’m going to have to rename our family shoots to “family album time”.

 

 

2011 has been a tremendous year… we still have stacks of photo sessions that we haven’t been able to share with everyone so they will be part of 2012’s portfolio blog!

Here is a recent photo of my gorgeous eldest daughter Kayla captured during a family day at my parents.  This time of year reminds me of the importance of family time and may those little seedlings bring bigger things to everyone’s life in 2012.

Remember to stay safe over the holiday period!

Tom and I look forward to returning in 2012 (haha it’s only tomorrow eek) with some more phenomenal funky photography from our beautiful wedding couples, families, friends and just some chill time sessions!

Queens Birthday long weekend was a real treat for the {artifex} crew, we spent some time with Nicole, Damien and Cheeky Thomas over at Barwon Heads.

The wintery afternoon certainly got warmer as we were out chasing Thomas down as he ran out towards the open beach front.

Thomas’ favourite superhero “Spiderman!”

{artifex} has been real busy as of late designing and developing our new web page that will support this blog post….

Besides the web site, wedding’s and family portraits have taken most of our time as of late and we look forward in sharing some of these with you in the coming weeks!

What a great way to start the year!  Tom and I had the privilege of accompanying Ruth and her family down at Barwon Heads for a little play.  Check out this family photo shoot… a beautiful afternoon with a beautiful family!

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