My First Roll Of Film - David + Hayley | Ventura, CA

After nearly 10 years as a photographer, I finally shot and had my 1st roll of film developed and scanned. It's something I've wanted to do for years, but just never saw it through.

About 8 years ago I bought some old gear from a friend, including a Canon 50e and some old 35mm film. I put in my first roll of film and fired away. I took my first roll into the local Walgreens to have it developed, but they said their machines couldn't develop this type of film. I tried another store and they shipped it off to a lab to have it processed. A couple weeks later I came back to pick it up, but they told me the lab couldn't process it. No one would develop this type of film anymore. Frustrated with the whole experience, I gave up the whole venture. Film was dead anyway right? Jk, in the next few years through the wave of hipster retro coolness, it blew up. My loss.

About 3 years ago my wife picked up where I left off and shot a roll of 35mm film. We had it developed at Costco, they threw away the negatives and gave us some 4X6 prints. I asked if we could get digital copies and they said no, they don't do that any more. Lame. Another attempt fell by the wayside.  

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I finally have a little extra time and I am eager to try something new. Film! I'm going to give it a go again! We had an upcoming engagement shoot in Ventura, I knew Kim's photos would be downright groovy-awesome as they always are, we had a totally bodacious couple to shoot, and the golden salty air waves of downtown Ventura - what better time to shoot a roll film? I loaded a new roll of film and prepped everything the night before to insure it was ready to go the next day. The next day I woke up, and to my dismay found the back door of the camera hanging wide open. What the deuce!? I looked at the latch and it had crumbled to pieces. There was no getting that door closed. "That's cool," I thought trying to collect myself, "I wanted to run by Dexter's Camera on the way any way. I'm sure they'll have something."  A quick pit stop, turned into over an 1 hour pit stop. They couldn't fix my camera, so I thought I'd just pick up an old 35mm point and shoot. It's the same film either way. The first one I choose won't even turn on. I finally settle on another and grab a roll of expired "Vons 200 speed film" from the bin on the counter. I get to the car to test it out and it keeps misfiring. After pressing the shutter a couple dozen times, I can only get it to take 2 exposures before it rolls all the film back into the canister. Now I have 2 broken cameras and the film I just bought is inaccessible and has 2 wasted shots on it. I'm really frustrated at this point, but I'm determined not to give up this time. I take it in for a  partial refund, he retrieves the retracted film, and suggests I try duct taping my original camera shut.  No idea if this going to work, I go ahead and give it a try, load the partially used and expired film, set the ISO to 400 so I can pull it 1 stop (only to find out later I did this backwards and pushed it 1 stop), Gorilla tape the heck out of the camera and pray it works.

All that to say, I'm really excited to blog my very first roll film. Despite all the headaches, not knowing if the camera was sealed enough, what the expired film was going to look like, messing up my push/pull settings by 2 stops and now coming back with ultra grainy images, I'm still really happy with the results. 

A special thanks to David and Hayley for making this shoot really fun, and to my wife for putting up with me during the whole process. Enjoy! 


Danni + Jordan | Hawaiian Destination Wedding | Part 1/2

In August of 2016, we had the pleasure of capturing our real, first destination wedding in Hawaii. This is part 1 of 2 - the next blog post will feature their California Desert Reception!

First off, we would like to give a huge shoutout to Jordan + Danni and ALL of their family and friends who served us so graciously and kindly and allowed us to experience this amazing day.

Jake and I had strong desires to go back to Hawaii (where we celebrated our one year anniversary) but didn't think it would work out this last year. That's when Danni messaged me and told me their original wedding venue (by our homes in CA) wasn't going to work out anymore and they had plans of finding one in Hawaii. WHAT?! I was trying not to get my hopes up in case it didn't happen. But it did. They found the most incredible venue - The Secret Island in Kualoa Ranch, Kaneohe, HI.

Enough of me talking, check out some pictures of their amazing destination shore-side ceremony, and don't forget to check out the next blog featuring their beautiful backyard reception!

Also, Ricky Farris did their wedding video, which you can see here!

Hawaiian Vendors:
Venue: Kualoa Ranch / Secret Island | Kaneohe, (Oahu) HI
Florals: Plant Hawaii
Videography: Ricky Farris

Wedding Attire:
Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven
Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu
Groom's Attire: Michael Kors + Perry Ellis