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What do we photographers do for fun?

I have made some of my greatest friends in the last few years of being in this incredible industry. I speak almost every day with a close group of fellow photographers, film makers, floral designers, event coordinators and stationers. We share ideas, we laugh, we trade equipment, we brainstorm, we back each other up, and we let off steam.

I’m amazed at the lack of competitiveness among photographers, at least in our younger generation. Sure, we count on each other for referrals, but it goes far beyond that. We are friends!

Here is another awesome video from Meg Simone Wedding Films… showcasing our recent Bretton Woods canopy tour with Meg, Brea McDonald, Samantha Warren and assortment of husbands, boyfriends and dads (fathers day!). If you haven’t tried this tour, it’s an absolute must this summer or fall!

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I love meeting Boston photographers for sangria. I love hiking mountains with my Maine and New Hampshire friends. And tomorrow I’m off to a beautiful evening event with local Cape peeps.

Other than our obvious shared interest, I think the biggest part of why we’re all close is that we’re out there creating and evolving our own businesses. That’s a BIG deal, and it creates a very special bond. Perhaps it’s like parenting, where that shared passion really brings you together with others experiencing the same. Whatever it is, I can’t imagine doing this without such an amazing group of peers. Love you guys!

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  • June 29, 2011 - 10:53 am

    Meg Simone - XOXO I smile every time we plan adventures! I laugh the hardest when I am with this group for sure. Where to next?

  • June 30, 2011 - 8:22 pm

    Ruth - What an awesome video! I’ve always wanted to try this, especially during the fall, but I bet the summertime is a little less crowded? Is it scary??

  • July 1, 2011 - 9:52 am

    stacey - Ruth, the scary parts only happen when you’re already in a tree and there’s no other option down, so you get over it fast :-) Definitely try it soon!

Things are getting crazy busy around here, but I managed to blog Laura and Dean’s Nantucket wedding before getting the film scans back from the lab. I wanted to share just a few with you, because I’m loving the milkiness of film-captured wedding gowns :-)

designer wedding gown by monique lhuillier

nantucket wedding in siasconset

Fuji Pro 400H, rated at 200 ISO.

If you weren’t following along this winter, I pulled out some old and new film equipment over the slower season. Digital photography is incredible, and has allowed many of us to grow and learn at a very fast pace. But film is coming back – scratch that – it IS back, and I’m entirely guilty of jumping on the trend!

I promised myself I’d shoot at least one roll at each wedding this year, and I can see this increasing more and more. There’s just something so authentic about clicking the shutter and hearing the film wind. I feel like I can *see* through the lens deeper. Film makes me think. It makes me wait and observe.

What changes for my clients? Pretty much nothing, except the added benefit of some gorgeous, milky film photos added to their collection. These photos are scanned electronically and included in your online gallery, and you will receive proof prints in the mail with your disk of images. If you choose to order proper film prints from these negatives, I’ll send them to the most reputable lab in the country.

I’m pretty much in love. As the busy season gets busier, and [truth be told] even photographers get tired of taking photos, I still feel so inspired to grab my film camera every time we head out the door. I’ve photographed waves and buildings, even the mint plant in our back yard. I’ve been photographing our dog Brewer again, which is how I ever entered into this business in the first place. Just yesterday I loaded some black + white film into my Canon 1V camera, and I can’t wait to see the results!

I hope you enjoy!

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  • June 28, 2011 - 11:54 am

    Gordon - You know how much I love film. And you’re doing a killer job with it. So that means I love you, as well :) Nice job, photographer! Have you thought about shooting slides at all? Probably a little risky to do with a wedding the first time (really slim margin for exposure error), but there’s some great slide film out there. I always loved Fuji Provia for people shots.

  • June 28, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    Emily - I kinda want to shoot some film now too!

  • June 28, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    Becca - Absolutely adore the milky-airy-etherial look you’re capturing with film!

Running through coverage of this weekend’s Sunday River wedding, and found these!

This wedding happened to fall on my birthday, and I brought Meg Simone of Meg Simone Wedding Films along as part of the fun weekend we had planned with friends. Thanks so much for the photos, Meg!

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  • June 21, 2011 - 3:54 pm

    Meredith Perdue - Stacey in action! So fun!

  • June 22, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Meghan Simone - No way! How cool is this! I had the best time :) Thank you for letting me assist you, please say we can do it again!