A wedding portrait of Stori and Bill on the bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino, California.
Stori and Bill got had their wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the quaint town of Mendocino on California’ North Coast. It was a wonderfully romantic place for a wedding and something that made their wedding photography a little bit different was that Stori had asked me to shoot some of the wedding on black and white film.
I was really excited about Stori’s request since I started out in photography by playing in darkrooms, developing my own film and dunking my hands in toxic chemicals for hours at a time while making prints. I had not shot any film for about 10 years before this wedding and was really looking forward to going back to my roots for a bit.
Taking photos with film is a really different experience that taking photos using today’s modern digital cameras. First of all there is no instant feedback loop since you cannot review your images on the back of the camera. Secondly, you need to be much more thoughtful and patient with your photography since film and processing are both expensive. Twenty rolls of film will give you about 700 exposures, which is a lot less than most wedding photographers shoot when they are shooting digital.
Here are a selection of the photos from the wedding that I shot along with my second shooter, Bob Durell. We used Canon EOS 1V cameras and a selection of films from Ilford, Fuji and Kodak. We also shot digital and I will follow up in my next post with some of the images from our digital cameras.
Stori and Bill held their wedding ceremony on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and held there wedding reception at the historic MacCallum House in Mendocino. Congratulations Stori and Bill.
See more of the black and white photos from this Mendocino wedding →