Back in the days before digital photography was a thing, if you wanted to take a picture, you would be doing so on film.
You could only take a maximum of 36 images on a roll and when you had finished, you would take them to the chemist to be developed before you could see if any of the pictures were actually any good.
In a world where practically everybody has a mobile phone in their pocket, can take a million photographs of the same thing at no cost, review their pictures instantly and have them on Instagram for the world to see in a matter of minutes, film sound ludicrous, right?
Well, when you put it like that... yes it does.
But film photography in the twenty-first century isn't about practicality and besides, that's for us to deal with!
Read on below to find out why we love film so much...
Let's Talk About Film...
We could fill this space with lots of technical jargon about colour profiles or grain structures. We could talk about the unmistakable look of film and how many digital photographers spend their time trying to mimic it's appearance. But we aren't going to bore you with all that...
There is one main reason that we love film so much and that is longevity. You see, film is photography in a physical form. You can handle it. It's a real tangible thing to touch and feel that doesn't just exist as a string of noughts and ones on a computer.
We truly believe that photography shouldn't just exist on a hard drive, but should be framed and proudly displayed on walls or kept safe in books, where it is always just an arms reach away to enjoy with close friends, a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit (or five). It should be loved, cherished and passed on to future generations to enjoy.
Looking back through family photo albums with our loved ones has always been a major part of our love of photography. These aren't just pictures, they are windows into some of the most important moments of our lives... and that is why film is so great.
So, why is film so great?
Frequently Asked Questions
How will the images look?
Images come in a square format and are shot on "medium format" film - this is different from the film that you probably remember from your youth, but produces much more detailed images. You'll receive a mixture of colour and black and white images,
How many images will be taken on film?
That really depends on a number of factors including lighting, weather and suitability. We try to shoot a handful of rolls per wedding day and a roll (or two) on an engagement shoot, so you'll receive a nice mix of our digital and analogue work.
How will the film images be delivered?
Any images taken on film will be delivered digitally along with the rest of your photographs, but you will also receive a selection printed in a format suitable to look through by hand. We'll even let you decide if you would like a gloss or matt finish.
So you're using a different type of camera?
Yep! All film photography is taken on a classic Hasselblad - it's a camera with a strong heritage in fashion photography and NASA also took them to the moon during the Apollo space missions. It looks quite different from how many people think of a camera, but it's widely considered a design icon.
Does that mean having my photograph taken on film will be different?
It certainly does, which is one of the nice things... it's an experience! Photographing on film is slower and more considered - there are only a limited number of images that can be taken and the camera doesn't work out any of the technical stuff, so it might take Al a moment to decide the best settings to use! Don't worry though, Phil will be buzzing around shoot digital at the same time!
If it is slower, does this mean that you'll only photograph certain elements of the day on film?
Not necessarily... Al tends to focus on shooting the finer details of a wedding day and the more considered "posed" shots such as portraits on film, but it won't stop him from shooting the more "off the cuff moments" during the day.
Can you photograph my entire wedding on film?
While some photographers work exclusively in film, it tends to be using more modern cameras that calculate all the technical stuff, allowing for them to work quicker. This isn't something that we offer at the moment due to the nature of our vintage equipment.
Up at the top you said that photographs are developed at the chemists... how do you develop your images?
Well, we don't go to Boots, that's for sure! Film developing is a chemical process and all of our film is hand developed in house so that we have complete control over how the finished images look. Pressing the shutter button is only the half of it! How an image is developed can make or break a photo so we do it ourselves. That way we know it's been done to our high standards.
But I still have questions and the answers aren't here! What should I do?
That's ok, we are only a phone call or email away. If you would like to find out more about film, you can find our details at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, fill in a contact form here and we'll get right back to you!