Dear Film, I love you…

Film is expensive.  It’s time consuming.  It’s rolling, rolling, and more rolling.  It’s so many trips to the post office.  So, so many trips to the post office.  Okay, so typically these turn into excuses for breakfast dates with my three year old, but still we go to the post office before or after we brunch. Film is waiting. Film is imperative to get it right while shooting.  It takes time.  There are a lot of things that it is, most of which fall into the “easier for use for art but not art that is a commercial product” category.  (I made up that wordy category, by the way.) However, at the very top of the pro/con list, is the pro, and it is the trump all pro for me.  Film is consistently SPECTACULAR.  It feels like a little piece of my heart is being plated on a fancy white plate and garnished with a tiny, little romantic succulent and placed in front of my brides.  I can’t quit you, film, and I don’t want to.  I want to get lost in your vibrant greens.  I want to spend time rolling in your beautiful bokeh.  I’ll stop short of saying I want to make out with your highlight/shadow ratio making you shoot beautiful images even at the dreaded high noon hour, only because I’m a married woman and that is not appropriate.  But really pictures of my kids wearing hats on the beach in the middle of the day with no shadows and no blown out details?  That makes a girl want to kiss you on the lips, film.

When I chose to offer my clients film wedding collections, it was no easy decision.  But nothing easy is worth doing, so I knew it was a decision I wanted to make.  Film eats at your profits.  It changes your workflow something fierce.  It makes you change.  It makes you look at your business, and re-evaluate everything. In my former life (before children), I was a journalist.  I got into journalism because I wanted to make a difference.  When I lost that feeling; I left that field.  (Cue the Righteous Brothers song.  “You’ve love that lovin’ feeling…”)  I didn’t lose the feeling of wanting to make a difference.  I lost the feeling of wanting to make a difference with that talent.  I have always been a story teller.  God had different plans for my story telling talent.  When I was a journalist, my story telling was weaved together by the words of others and my words were the thread that stitched the fabric of the story together. The video itself never told the story that aired on the local news.  The people in the video always did.  How the videographer shot the video was everything; it would make or break the story.  It’s the same now.  My photos don’t tell the story, the people in the photos do. So I choose to tell your stories on film because it makes my heart go pitter patter, and I wait up for its text messages at night, and so do the brides that are drawn to my work. For me, that’s worth the time, money, rolling, trips to the post office, frequent brunching, and waiting, it’s worth telling your story in a way that you connect to so deeply, you get lost in it.

Floral crown pictured by Inspire Events

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Debbie Spurlin Scott - April 18, 2016 - 5:47 am

I gotta find my film camera so I can get that lovin’ feelin’!!