My Love Affair with Film Photography

Do you remember when you were young and you would go on holiday or on a night out and you would take along the old disposable film camera with you? Can you remember the excitement of dropping it off to be developed? Not always remembering what was on the film or whether any of the images would be any good. That excitement of going back to collect them and finding some great images enclosed in that paper envelope was always like Christmas Morning. We don’t have that anymore. Everything now is so instant and dispensable. We can see immediately what the images look like. We take 20 photos of the same thing as we have no concern of running out of film. We then favourite the best, post it and there it stays. Online, rarely printed, rarely do we hold them in our hands anymore. The magic of a photography has become diluted with technology and time.

I studied film photography during my BTEC in Art & Design course when I was a teenager. It quickly became my favourite lesson of the week. Being able to go into the dark room, swaying the tray with the developer chemicals and your light sensitive paper, eagerly watching the image appear before your eyes. It was such a fulfilling experience. There is something very romantic about the portraits captured on a negative. Of course the dark room antics of college friends all hiding under the equipment tables and jumping out at one another made the lessons all the more fun.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love working with my digital camera, especially on client work. It is very practical. However I missed the simplicity and purity of film photography. So a couple of years ago I bought a Canon AE1 35mm Film Camera off Ebay for £120 and a few rolls of different film stock. My first play around was pretty terrible! I had so many out of focus images and metering the light incorrectly. But that made me love it all the more. There is no editing. I simply take the photograph, send it off to be developed and the film lab sends me my images back. I love everything about the process. I have definitely improved over the past 2 years. Even having two of my film images published on Vogue Italia <3

Willow playing teacher- Film Stock Ektar 100
Dorset- Portra 400 Film Stock

I still have plenty of room for improvement however and am going to continue to learn and explore all the options with film photography. I highly recommend if you are looking for a hobby, or a creative outlet, give film photography a go. I plan to go in to more details on film photography in future blog posts so remember to keep an eye out 🙂

Dads Birthday July 2019- Delta 100 Film Stock
My niece and the bumble bee- Ektar 100 Film Stock
Willow & I in Barcelona October 2019- Dubble Bubble Candyfloss Film Stock
Willow in Tenerife 2019- Ektar 100 Film Stock
Alex in Tenerife- Ektar 100 Film Stock
Durdle Door October 2019- Portra 400 Film Stock
Alex Durdle Door October 2019- Portra 400 Film Stock
Alex & Willow in Barcelona October 2019- Dubble Bubble Candyfloss film stock
Alex and my brothers dogs 2019- Portra 400 film stock
Alex and Willow at St Abbs Head, Scotland 2018- Fuji 400h Stock

Making Tissue Paper Lanterns #stayhome | Jenna Marshall Photography

When I heard that the schools were closing my first thought was good! I was glad to hear that we were going to be able to keep our children safe at home and reduce the risk of older family members catching this awful virus. My second thought was, “How the hell am I going to keep my kids entertained for months?!?!”
Luckily, my kids have a love of art. I often find them drawing and designing things in their bedrooms. So I started to google ideas. I found a great website called Wild + Free that is filled with inspiration for homeschooling kids. I love the whole ethos of the page. It is very nature based and is a way to educate children using books, art, nature and allowing them to explore and learn through play. I have found so many great tips by signing up that has ignited a fire inside me to fully emerge myself into homeschooling my kids while I have the opportunity. This is a moment in time all kids will remember for the rest of their lives. I plan to blog a lot of what we get up to. If you need some inspiration just pop back or sign up to the newsletter.

How we Made Tissue Paper Lanterns

We mixed 1 part water with 1 part glue and also added some dried heather I had left over from photography packaging.
We then blew up the balloons and placed them in bowls to keep them steady. The kids then layered pieces of tissue paper ensuring to cover each piece with the glue. After a couple of layers the kids started adding flowers and leaves then covering with another layer of tissue paper to keep them in place. We did this over the top of the balloon and down the sides half way. We then let it dry over night.

The next day we popped the balloons and removed the pieces of popped balloon from the tissue paper lanterns. The kids then used a whole punch to poke a hole either side and tied some string. Willow has been using the lantern to collect things so added the string for it to be easily carried. You can fill with battery operated fairy lights on the battery operated candles. These are made of tissue paper so do not put near any flames.

How you can Win a Free Outdoor Mini A La Carte Session with me for 2020 <3

I am so over winter now and am very much ready for Spring/ Summer so I can get back outdoors holding these beautiful and natural family photography sessions in Hertfordshire. Keep reading to find out how you can WIN one of these sessions.
The session featured in this post was with the beautiful Emma and her gorgeous little guy. Emma is a Wedding Hair Stylist based in Hertfordshire. Checkout her Instagram here… Emma Kim Hair. It was such a relaxed session. Emma was so easy to chat to and get along with and her son was a happy adventurous little soul. He requested I photographed him with a stick he found during the session, I of course obliged! Which is why you will see a stick featured below. Kids love these sessions so much more than studio sessions! They get to explore outdoors, have cuddles and play with their parents while I stand back quietly photographing what is going on. I have a very busy year this year so will be limiting my outdoor sessions more than I usually would. You can find out more about the packages on the Family Page

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