Part 4

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” — Alan Cohen

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After taking the winter of 2015 off, we decided to book shoots again. However, this time on a limited basis due to my work schedule and Ashley’s schooling.

During the break, I took up some new hobbies. I brewed beer and started making my own pizza. I got back into music for a short bit. Ultimately, I felt the itch to pick up my camera and start shooting again.

I shot film.

I bought a Canon AE-1 and shot 35mm film. I was starting over in a sense. Working with a manual film camera helped me view photography from a different perspective. It became much more simple. I got back to searching for things again. Moments, angles, colors, textures. One shot at a time. It helped my brain reformat from the chaos I had gone through over the past 4 years.

I began to realize photography wasn’t just something I did for money but something I genuinely LOVED to do. For whatever reason, I was meant to have a camera in my hand.

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I bought a Polaroid Land Camera from the 1960’s and started shooting Fujifilm 100c.

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I played with a Holga 135BC 35mm film camera and shot double exposures.

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Film photography helped me find my way back to the craft. It became my meditation.

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I have so much I want to share about film. But I’ll save that for another time.

I was centered after shooting film. I saw the subtle details before pushing the shutter. I knew every shot counted. I started paying more attention to light, body language, background clutter, composition. This all translated to my client work.

I started shooting by myself for the first time while Ashley studied or was in school.

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However, she helped out when the time permitted.

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By limiting our availability and putting restrictions on how many images we were delivering to our clients, our photography took on a new life.

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The question was where would it take me next?

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