FILM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
I am thrilled to welcome Film Wedding Photographer Camilla Arnhold to my blog this week! Camilla’s style of photography is elegant and natural with gorgeous colour palettes. ‘I love romantic images with soft light and a dreamy quality, which is why I shoot on film wherever possible. There is a unique skill to capturing real moments on film and I adore the timeless and authentic aesthetic of this traditional medium’.
WHAT IS FILM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY?
Film wedding photography (not to be confused with videography) is the art of capturing an image on a roll of film negative. Once exposed in camera, the film is then developed at my professional lab who develops it, scans it, and sends it back to me as digital scans. Film photography requires a special amount of skill because the photographer must have an advanced understanding of light in order to expose the image correctly. This is why film wedding photography is so sought after, not many of us photographers can do it! I love film photography because I am drawn to soft, dreamy and romantic images. These images stop me in my tracks and take my breath away. There is a soulful, ethereal quality to film photographs and a beautiful grain and texture.
WHY SHOULD I CHOSE A FILM WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
The elegant and flattering look that film produces is why I find it particularly suited to weddings. There are no gimmicks or effects. Film images will look as good now as they will in 30 years time. They are timeless. Colours on film looks luminous, skin tones are smooth, details and textures are perfectly captured. I love how film conveys emotion and romance. The softness of the images makes the subject look like they are in a light-filled dream. This look is ideal for weddings, the happiest day of your life.
AT WHAT STAGE OF YOUR WEDDING PLANNING SHOULD YOU BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
As soon as you have set your date and chosen your venue! Wedding photographers get booked up really quickly so if photography is important to you it is definitely important to find your wedding photographer as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the photographer you love. If you are are working with a wedding planner, they will be able to guide you through this process.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
It is essential to ask to see a number of full wedding galleries. Don’t just rely on a photograph’s website portfolio!
It’s also important to ask what is included for the price and check that there are no hidden costs for things like travel. Asking the photographer to explain their style and how they work on a wedding day is also a good way to find out if they are a good fit for you. If you have chosen to work with a wedding planner, they will have lots of suggestions on Film Photographers that compliment your style and preferences.
HOW MUCH DOES A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER COST?
I’m a film wedding photographer so I charge more than most digital photographers because shooting on film is a very specialist and expensive medium. For a great film photographer you can expect to pay anything between £4000-£7000. Photography is such an important part of your wedding and the only thing that truly lasts after the flowers have wilted and the dress is packed away. Therefore it’s very important to invest in a photographer who trust to capture the memories of your wedding day in a style that you love.
All images by Camilla Arnhold Photography