A photoshoot in my home town

In early June, I gathered a long-term friend (probably the only one I know since birth) and a recently-acquired one to go and practice what it means to do fine art photography. At least that is what I went for.

My old friend is not a model - so she was very uncomfortable at first -, but she was very nice to pose for us. The light was just perfect. It was overcast and the clouds in the horizon made it the perfect match for shooting at the beach of my home town.

On a Sunday afternoon, we drove there and walked down the beach until we found an area where the clouds were gorgeous and there was no one around.

We continued to the dunes for more of a rural look. I grabbed a few wild flowers (hopefully nothing dangerous) which added that extra down-to-earth look, in addition to helping her with her nervousness.

We ended the shoot amongst the trees, where she stood tall and beautiful.

This photoshoot was a very important one, because it was at the beach where I spent all the summers of my childhood and teenage years. That is why it was crucial for me to have a local posing for it and to have my three pillars present: the ocean, the mountains, and the trees, but more on that in another post.

However, I do recognise I still have a lot to learn. For instance, I used 6 different rolls of film for this photoshoot, which, let’s be honest, is not the ideal setup when you want to do this professionally. You can also see the difference in contrast, grain, colour saturation, etc in the pictures. The truth is I have a HUGE stash of rolls to go through, so I decided to try them out. Of course I only allowed myself to do this, because I knew this was a personal project. For a paid job, I would only use one or two types for colour and another one or two for black and white.

In this session, I used: Kodak Ektar 100 (ISO 100), Kodak Portra 160VC (ISO 160), Agfa Photo Vista Plus (ISO 200 + 1), FujiColor Superia (ISO 200), Agfa CT Precisa (ISO 100), and Ilford HP5 400 (ISO 400). The Agfa CT Precisa seems to be very old, though, but I decided to share the results anyway. After all, this is all part of my learning process.

Family photoshoot - a first

I came into photography to try capture those awe moments and make them eternal, somehow. I rarely photographed people, because it wasn’t me. However, since becoming a mother, I appreciate capturing family moments in its true sense - those everyday joys, those smiles no one sees except your newborn baby, and those laughs no one sees because they are all with their eyes closed for laughing so hard.

Today, I decided to share my first ever photoshoot of a family of my neighbour, work colleague and friend. Please, let me know your thoughts, as this is a learning phase for me, and hopefully a very steep one.

For this shoot, I used my Canon A1 and my Canon AE-1 Program. I also took a few shots with their digital Canon EOS 1300D. I am obviously biased, so only a handful of the pictures shown here are from their camera. #foreveranalogue

Sets of prints are now available

Are you a postcard person? Do you love to send and receive postcards from family and friends?

I do (even though I have been really bad at it - #momlife). I love walking around the streets of a new town and look for the perfect postcard. However, I rarely find IT. I found a lot of ugly ones and a lot of boring ones. Usually, I end up buying the more artsy ones, unless I know the person collects ugly postcards =)

Well, if you have visited or long for visiting Portugal, Denmark, Iceland or Hawai’i, look no more. Today I am releasing sets of prints for these countries+state for you to have at home and send to your beloved ones. Get them while they’re still very cheap! They’re now available in my store.

Here’s a sneak peek.

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