March 5-on-5: Film is not Dead

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February was an abnormally busy month for my family. Among all the excitement, I had the chance to host a film walk with my local photography group. We rented out a few vintage slr cameras and provided the film for those that attended. After our walk around Lancaster city we headed back to a friends house and developed the film. 

The film walk we try to do at least once a year. It's always a success (well, except that one time there was a confusion with unlabeled bottles and the fixer got put in before the developer.), and it's always a good way to stir up some creativity in the middle of the winter. 

Shot on my Bolsey B2 (made in 1949)

Shot on my Bolsey B2 (made in 1949)

This year my oldest kiddo has been showing more and more interest in photography. So I dug out my Minolta SLR that I first learned on in high school, put in some fresh batteries and loaded up the film.  It was surreal seeing that camera in his hands. I immediately thought back to all the memories I had shooting on it, and all of a sudden seeing my 5 year old's eyes light up with the camera in hand, I felt so damn old.

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It was so inspiring to see what he thought was interesting enough to shoot. I loved watching him learn to take time and slow down to look at things in a different way. I was genuinely surprised this came as easily and as naturally to him as it did. My oldest was recently diagnosed with ADHD (not surprising since I was diagnosed recently as well). He is a ball of energy that is just constantly seeking things that will challenge his mind and keep him going. He never stops

Owen's shot- his view from the photo above. 

Owen's shot- his view from the photo above. 

But, I think we found something to quiet that energy of his. Finally. I am excited to encourage this skill. I am excited to see where he ends up starting out life at 5 with a camera in hand. 

Thanks a bunch for sticking around and seeing what I was up to last month. Be sure to check out Kelly Tuohey | Kelly Tuohey Calgary Family Photographer and see what story she has in store. 

Owen's shot- he found the flower, chose the wall and instructed me on how to hold it for the photo. 

Owen's shot- he found the flower, chose the wall and instructed me on how to hold it for the photo. 

March is going to be another amazing month for me as I get to have a chance to gift a session, complete with hair and makeup, to a local mother that is making a difference in my community. I feel so blessed to have been chosen with 50 other photographers to do this type of project. Stay tuned for more details and a link on where to purchase the National Magazine (Beauty Revived) where my chosen mother will be featured

Also coming up: releasing a new mental health series in May, Gallery show in June.... and many beautiful client sessions lined up as well. 

Until next time,

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