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One family that I have come to love is the Eldridge Family. Every year, not matter what. They come back and book me again. They believe in me and they trust me to create awesome portraits of their family. Portraits that are worth their time, energy, and money every booking. At one point in time they was just a family that I had met through my local church looking for a decent photographer, now they are part of my family.
Heard about a new film that was recently released in 2016 that was specially designed for low light. I just had to test it out! Its called Cinestill. It comes in speeds of 800 and 50. 50 speed is not good for low light fyi, but 800 is supposed to be great.
A local church a few blocks down from my dad's church had 2 people get saved and were in need of a baptismal pool to baptize them in. Their pastor asked my dad if they could use our baptistry. Dad saw this is a great idea for both of the churchs to come together and have a joint service. So dad welcomed the idea and I got to witness to entirely different and diverse church bodies come together as one just like the Book says. The service was all going to be indoors, so I used this as my perfect opportunity to test out this low light film and see if what everyone said was right or not.
So my little cousin is not so little anymore. John James Senior 2018. All on film. No photoshop.
For the holidays each year we go and visit one side of the family for one holiday such as Thanksgiving and then for the next holiday we go and visit the other side. This way we are able to visit both my side of the family and my wife's side of the family each and every year. It has been a great idea and allowed us to stay close with everyone that we care about. This last 2017 year my wife's side of the family, "The Jenkins Clan" as I call them. Decided that they wanted to do a big Christmas trip together this year since we wouldn't get to see each other for Christmas and instead of buying each other gifts we would spend it all on our trip to Disney. It turned out to be a great idea and we had a blast seeing Disney all decorated for Christmas and the reaction on my little nieces face. As we were planning al of this, I purchased my dream camera and being the family photographer. I was compelled to bring it along and test it out. Thats right. I brought a heavy pro grade film camera to Disney and carried it around my neck all day long and it was worth every little minute. Here is a video of the images below featuring one of my favorite songs Pennies From Heaven by Louis Prima.
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"Why do you take so many photos of me all the time," says my babe.
"Because I love you," I respond.
"Why do I love you or why do I take so many photos of you?"
Her face quickly turned to that hot and sexy sassiness that I love and I knew that she wanted another answer to her first question.
"As a photographer I capture the things that mean the most to me. The things that I desire the most. The things that I want to take with me. The things that would greatly damage me if I lost. And you are those things babe," I said tenderly but yet as a matter of fact
Her intensely sassy face quickly began to melt away into an epic loving, beaming, "I love you", smile. These are some of those smiles.
Why do you take photos? We all do it, but why? Something as simple as learning the why will give purpose to your photos and cause you to have even more fun than before.
The holidays are quickly approaching. Many families will be making plans, mothers and grandmothers will be getting out their best recipes, some will prep their nerves for that relative that drives them crazy, and someone will be getting their camera ready to document the excitement of their favorite people. At first we may hate getting our photo taken. But after a ton of food and many relaxing family games we will open up and love each other all over again just like we did last year. That moment is the best time to take photos.
So what can we do to take photos of the ones we love? I built a business off this. I know a thing or 2 about it.
1) Purchase a few disposable cameras at your local grocery store and photograph everyone there. Or buy one for each immediate family.
2) Purchase a modern day Polaroid. Yes, they still make them and film cartridges for them.
3) Get out that modern day digital camera that has been hiding in the closet all year waiting for you.
4) Get out your uncles old vintage film camera he gave you and get some film at your local Amazon.com or Walmart.
5) Lastly if you have nothing else, you can always whip out your smart phone.
Once you have a camera there are many different things to take photos of:
- Take a selfie with everyone in the family
- Take a group shot of the whole family
- Take a group shot of each immediate family grouping
- Take photos of the smallest kid (these are grandmas favorite)
- Take photos of your cousins
- Take a photo with your favorite cousin. And your least favorite and don't tell them who is who.
- Take photos of your grandparents
- Take photos of your parents
- But ultimately, take photos of those who mean the most to you.
Print them all out and use them as gifts for upcoming birthdays. This is a huge hit with moms, aunts, and especially grandma! O and all the men like them too, even if there not man enough to say it.
Hope this gives you some big ideas as you get ready for the holidays and have a blast documenting the people you love.
Just like all projects, this project has already taught me some brand new techniques and discoveries all from following a simple idea. This Kodak Brownie camera is simply perfect to me. It's an extreme challenge to use causing me to focus on being a better photographer and less of a modern digital nerd with a toy. It contains no autofocus, no image stabilization, no batteries, and no memory cards. I am limited to only 8 images because of the 6x9 film size of each photo. Every shot has to be well thought out and planned. This project has caused me to appreciate photography even more than before.
I also discovered the scan size possibilities of medium format film. The two images within this post are scanned at 165 megapixels. Not to shabby for an old 1925 film camera. The technology of the camera has changed through the years, but the art of photography itself has also changed. The film, developing chemicals, lab tools, scanning machines, computers, lenses, and even printing papers has all changed through the years and gotten better and better. However, we don't have to purchase big brand name cameras to achieve great results. You are the artists and without you the camera is nothing.
"Break Time Trails"
We took the Rose (aka my niece) to the beach for her first time ever this summer. The beach was a huge hit with her! She loves the sand, the salt water, and she even enjoyed getting into deeper water. At least as along as there was a family member near by for her to climb on of course.
No matter how intense and manly his career makes him, she always knows how to make him smile.
Yes. I did get into the water with my camera. But this shot, and that smile was totally worth it.
Personal Projects are the key for any artists to explore their own creative skill while also simultaneously exploring their favorite medium. For me that medium is the art of photography. Personal Projects are a way to grow quicker and more effectively than any college course, online class, or text book can teach you. It's real hands on experience and it's fun. Here is a list of my personal projects that I will be crushing for the rest of 2017.
- Faces if Chichigalpa (portraits of some personal friends in Nicaragua all on film)
- 1925 Project (fine art photos from the ole 1925 Brownie)
- Film Testing (learning to expose it, develop it, scan it, and edit it)
- Family Portraits (my family is always first)
- Building the Portfolio (my style has changed)
- The Rose (a book about my experience as a photographer through the life of my niece)
God was so good to us this year. We made it in and out of the country safely.
- Had 31 people accept Christ
- Had 3 people baptized our first day there
- Visited 150 homes
- Had 107 people visit for Vacation Bible School
Of all the many things that we experienced, my most favorite was the kids.
The whole purpose of a photograph is to document a message, a moment, or at the very least a feeling. With black and white photographs this message or theme is more easily conveyed to the audience because there is less in the photo to dirstract you from it. Every photograph you will ever see will have colors, composition, at least 3 elements, and a theme that will make up that photograph. Unless of course it is a black and white photograph. By using black and white photographs instead of color the artist removes the distraction of color, causing the audience to unknowingly look at a specific element of the photograph. Doing this conveys the feeling more directly than if you were taking a color photograph. It is a very simple eye manipulation that can drastically change what you want your audience to see.
What does this portrait make you feel?
Nothing like your Maid of Honor bringing out your biggest laughs.
If you can't have fun with your friends, then their probably not your friends.
She made this poor man cry so many times that day.
The wedding mood changes drastically when you pray for them, but it changes even more so when they pray themselves.
Real friends always find a way to make it, even from far away.
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How could I be a family portrait photographer and not enjoy documenting my own family? Besides documenting them will keep me sharp and focused as I continue mastering my craft.
And what is summer fun without bubbles?
The wife and I recently went to Disney for the weekend. The first day was my favorite, Hollywood Studios. The second day was Animal Kingdom followed by Magic Kingdom so we could see the fireworks. Because what’s a Disney trip without fireworks? Then the last morning we spent at Epcot before heading back home.
While we were visiting, I spoke with an old man in a wheel chair. He was a greeter at the entrance to the famous RainForest Café where we ate. He asked my wife if I was her Prince charming. She let out an adorable giggle followed by a, “Yes he is”.
The man then went on to say, “Well son if you want to experience the true magic of Disney, hold her hand. And if you really want to feel the magic, skip with her while you do it.”
“That’s a sweet ole man,” I thought to myself.
But later, after revisiting this thought I drew another conclusion. Someday I may be that old man sitting there alone in a wheel chair. When that day comes I am sure that I will regret not holding her hand while I had the chance to.
"Maybe I should take his advice?"
We ended the day watching fireworks together. Standing in the muggy Floridian heat, sweat rolling down my brow, sore feet begging me to sit, fireworks exploding above us, and the epic smell of gunpowder filling my nostrils. My babe leaned into me and had this gorgeous smile that spelled out contentment in her eyes. That moment was worth the whole trip! That moment was truly magic! The old man was right.
Life is ultimately very short, and she won’t always be there. Therefore, live and love while you can.
#disneymagic #wisdomoftheold #happywifehappylife
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This is an image of a Christmas tree taken so out of focus, that the lights are made into circles of color creating an entirely new image that appears nothing like a christmas tree.
It's fascinating how we can often become so unfocused on God's will that we choose to see something entirely off base of His direction and claim that it is His will when really it is simply our own.
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