I Heart Faces : Hands
A few weeks ago, I took some photos for a friend for her little one’s first birthday. It was really the first time I’ve ventured into the territory of going beyond taking just pictures of my own kids on film, at least in the sense of a full blown session. It felt like a big leap and I walked away from the session holding my breath and doubting myself. We had cut the time frame close – she needed images for a party invitation she was making in just a few days, so if they didn’t turn out well, we didn’t have time to re-shoot. I told her beforehand that I was going to shoot both film and digital and I had a hard time reading how she felt about that. I wanted to shoot digital images as a cushion to fall back on, but I was questioning my capabilities as I drove away from the location. As I looked through my screen on the digital camera, I was seeing next to nothing I liked. So I dropped off two rolls of film and crossed my fingers that they would turn out how I had composed in my head.
And that’s the thing about film. I actually feel like I’m getting more comfortable with shooting film than I am with digital. I take fewer shots. They (mostly) turn out how I intend. Slowly but surely, I really am learning. Nothing is perfection and it’s all a process of never ending learning and I feel like I’m in that process now instead of just thinking about being in that process and feeling scared. I feel like I’ve actually jumped in with both feet.
When I got the rolls back, I breathed the hugest sigh of relief. They were beautiful and just what I intended. Here’s one shot from the session that I couldn’t resist sharing for the I Heart Faces “Raise Your Hands” Challenge. You can see the rest of the images from the session here.