Since my most recent post is a photographer’s review of VSCO Film for Wedding Photographers, I thought now would be a great time to post Alice & Byron’s engagement session. The reason is that Alice and Byron share a passion for film photography, and this theme was definitely included in the shoot. Although they aren’t wedding photographers, they certainly aren’t strangers to the finer aspects of photography, and probably have more experience with film than most wedding photographers in Toronto do!
We started the shoot at The Hideaway antiques shop on Queen St. From there we headed to The Mascot Cafe, where we were able to grab a quick coffee and include that casual component to the shoot. After there we snapped a few shots at Delux Restaurant, which had an extremely cool back room, complete with some mason jars and a funky table set. Where the shoot really took-off was at the Lomography store, which was perfect for us. Lomography is an artistic movement that’s centered around the art of cross-processing film stocks, shot using (mostly) cheaper, plastic cameras. Much of the art of lomography is a result of shooting from the hip. Since I still dabble in film myself, I’m thankful that Toronto is one of the lucky cities in the world to actually have a Lomography store!
One thing that was important to me for this shoot, was to be able to produce something that had an authentic film look to it. I had discussed with Byron & Alice, my plans to use VSCO Film for post processing the images. They were pretty intrigued by the concept of VSCO when I had explained it to them – enough to take notes anyway. I didn’t want to go over the top with any particular effects, but rather I wanted to keep the processing down to clean film stocks. The film stocks used were:
Kodak Portra 800 was used the most. Kodak Portra 160 on few, Fuji Superia on the “Hello!” shot, the Delux diner, and once in the Lomo shop. Any B&W was Ilford HP5.
Whether or not these shots actually look true-to-stock is debatable. This is something that’s kind of in the eye of the beholder, and really, digital can never actually 100% mimic film. Most of the time film doesn’t even look consistently the same. This is more about the mood and style than anything else. Now that I’m taking a second look at the results, I’m liking it. I’m thinking that I’ve been over-thinking my post processing lately, and this is the closest this to the look that I want to go forward with in 2013.
Finally, the fart shot…was all my idea!