This is another mini session I did last week.
This one is of a family friend and her family. I've known them for a few years and they were looking to get a few updated photos of their family. Seems not too long ago that I attended their wedding.
Photos taken with Fuji X-T2 and 50mm lens.
This past week I did a mini session near the Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton. This area has a lot of options for taking photos and I'm sure to go back again.
It was nice catching up with a friend and her family.
Enjoy some photos from the session.
Photos taken with the Fuji X-T2 and 50mm lens.
Its just about November now and its time for a business re-launch.
I've had my business for over 10 yrs, but given many circumstances I've taken short breaks here and there. At times my focus also went towards personal projects, learning and trying new things. And sometimes life pulls you in different directions. I'm one of those people that enjoys trying out new hobbies.
A lot has happened in the last 5 years in my photography and in my personal life. On a hobby level I took up bike riding, learning Ukelele, getting into basic web design and becoming a father. I got deeper into mirrorless photography and even tried film photography. Needless to say I got super into film photography and it is my preferred medium for my personal photography.
The Re-Launch Special
Many photographers do fall Mini sessions, and this probably fits into that theme, but I found it a great time to my name out there again. Its been so interesting reviewing some of my older photos and seeing how much people have grown. I have hundreds of photos of my 'little cousins' and now the eldest is in high school. Time sure flies.
So I decided to do this Special for those out there who may have skipped their yearly photos this year. Or for those who just want an updated professional photo of their child, family or profile pic.
Take advantage of this special for some great photos at an affordable price.
I'll update the blog in November with some photos from these sessions.
This past year, as I had mentioned, a lot had happened. I was having so much fun taking photos with my Leica and lens, but I found that it was expensive and it sometimes worried me wandering around with it. I know that sounds silly, but given its age it felt slightly impractical.
Then film prices went up for a second time in the same year. I really had to think about when and how often to take photos. So, to be honest, that was the main reason my film photography tapered off. It didn't mean I wasn't going to take photos anymore, but it did make me hesitate putting another roll in my camera.
Other expenses came up and I realised that I had a great setup already of Nikon cameras. I already had a Nikon F2 and a Nikon FM2. Both of these are fantastic cameras, have built in light meters, can both be used without batteries in a pinch and are traditional SLR cameras so they are very familiar/easy to use.
So, I started to use them a little bit early this year to get used to them and I have a variety of lenses as well. But, because these aren't as slow to use as the Leica I found myself taking more photos quicker. This is great for getting into a flow, but it also meant I'd be going through film faster, which is something I didn't want to do.
I would love to own another Leica in the future. I haven't tried any of their digital options and perhaps one of those would be just perfect, but they are still super costly and not something I need anytime soon.
In the past you have seen many photos taken with my Fuji setup, but I'm thinking that maybe this time around I'll pick up a modern digital Nikon camera so I can use my existing lenses with it. I've always enjoyed using Nikon equipment and prices are staying very decent with lightly used Nikon cameras.
Also, this way I'll be able to do some film here and there and be able to use the same lenses.
So, a new chapter is about to begin in my photography. And I'm very excited to see where it takes me.
This has been an interesting year with so much going on. My son finished up with day care and entered Pre-K. He's just learning and growing so fast. Its just been so amazing to watch him grow, his interests grow and him getting into a few interests I have as well.
My film photography really started to slow down over the winter as prices continued to go up and up on film. And it had me rethinking things. I also had other hobbies come to the forefront and take up my attention, but having hobbies is such a great thing.
In any case it seemed like I took a short break for part of this year where I only took photos on my cell phone and enjoyed that.
But, recently I've been talking to other photographers and even had some people inquiring about my photography availability and really got me into starting up again. Although I love film photography I'll probably just pursue that for own enjoyment, but I'm ready to put in some work into growing the business some more.
I'm presently looking at the camera/lens market to see what I should pick up and things have changed.
So I take small breaks here and there, but I'm always thinking about photography and enjoying taking photos one way or another. I'm excited to continue to update the site and start booking some sessions.
I'm currently working on pricing options, providing basic photography lessons and possibly some mentoring as well. I have several ideas that I'd like to pursue for 2024 in both film and digital.
Also, I still have another roll that I need to develop from earlier this year, but I'm waiting until I finish another roll to get them developed at the same time.
This is a continuation of a previous blog post, but only a handful of photos caught on film. I had to switch cameras and my Fuji is just that much quicker so there aren't many here. In any case I really like the rendering of the 50mm lens and the Ilford HP5 film.