Jon and Courtney are what I would call a pioneering couple. They met in Elon, NC and moved to Charlotte soon afterwards. They had the initiative and resourcefulness to move away from family and friends to a new city where they only had each other to rely on. This hit home with me, as my wife and I have a similar situation with our families being on opposite ends of the country. This fact makes these images more special as it is about them, alone, as a couple relying on each other for support and strength. I admire their resolve in paving their own way in a new city and taking the chance on a beautiful life together.
Film is one of those age old processes that seemed to be killed when digital arrived. In fact, the first question most people ask when I talk about film is where can I even get it. It may seem that it has gone the way of the dinosaur but in fact film has been having a resurgence. While many photographers dropped their film cameras when digital became a viable way of capturing images there were a few who held onto it. They saw that there was a certain organic and truthful quality to film. It speaks to us almost as nature does. We feel connected with it. Sometimes digital images can just be too cold or seem too processed. Film does not inherently allow this and I believe this is why it has sprung back. In an age when every device has a digital monitor and our main way of interacting is through social media, we crave something that is tangible and has a timelessness to it. When all we crave is the immediate we learn to value the things that take time. This is why I love film!
These were all shot on a Mamiya 645 AFD with an 80mm 2.8 lens. The films used were Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji PRO 400H both rated at ISO 200.
A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of photographing models for Erin Ashley Makeup. Erin has impeccable taste in the makeup and each girl looked gorgeous! Thank you to Jesse, Kirsty, Savannah, Rachel, Olivia, Michelle, and Emily for being the models and thank you to Katy Barbour for doing hair. You can view Erin’s website at Erin Ashley Makeup.