Category Photography

Polaroid Landcamera

I have been shooting porfessionally for almost five years now. In that time I’ve been focusing on digital and lighting techniques. Early on I had studied photography for a few years while in college. Back when it was film, no DSLRs. I had a blast learning how to configure my settings on the camera, then the anticipation of how they turn out as I rush off to the dark room. I shot on 35mm and also on medium format during that time. Most of my shooting was in black and white because I have love for it and also because my accessibility to a dark room was only for developing black and white film.

Polaroid of my oldest daughter

Over the past year or so, I’ve started to pick up my 35mm camera again working again with black and white and now knowing my skill with setting the camera and not wasting film is also reassuring since film isn’t cheap.

Polaroid of my girlfriend Kristin

So a couple of months ago I added a new camera to my collection and this has really been a ton of fun to shoot with. I picked up an old Polaroid Land Camera. It has been converted to using a AA battery. I have found that film can be purchased online, mainly finding Amazon a good place. My favorite to shoot with is the 669 or 667 film from Polaroid, but it’s hard to find film that is not expired. You can also shoot with FujiFilms version of Polaroid film, which I have done and it works great. The reason I like 669 and 667 film so much is the film transfer you can do. This is where you shoot your image, peel the film apart and stick the solvent to a sheet of paper, wood, any other surface and it will develop on there. I haven’t mastered this art form just yet but when I do I’ll have a post about it.

Polaroid of Dick Clow

One thing I love the polaroid for is shooting some take aways from shoots I’m on. I have started a journal sketchbook for pasting my polaroids in and make notes on the shoot and such, this process was inspired by studying Frank Ockenfels while in one of the 8 Week Portrait Workshops with Don Gianotti. Check out Franks journals, those are truly inspiring works of art alone.

Polaroid of my girls parents

Another thing I love this polaroid for is portraits of people. Friends, family, strangers. It always starts a great conversation. Whether it’s someone that remembers when these came out and they had one, or someone that has never seen one and is amazed at how this make a photograph.

A few weeks back I was on a trip back up to Maryland and decided to use this for portraits of people I was around during the few days. Again some were excited to see one in use again, and a few were not sure what this contraption was. The photos sprinkled throughout this post are from that adventure in making portraits.

I definitely see this being in my camera bag for a while.

I hope you liked this post. If you have any comments or stories you would like to share please feel free to do so down below. Keep a look out for future posts about my Landcamera. Thanks for stopping by!

Part of Your World

I love getting out when I can and catching good music and friends. A few weeks ago I stopped into Stogies, here in Saint Augustine, to see Sea Floor Explosives play and also for the First Magnitude Tap Takeover. The beer was amazing and the highlight was Jon Bailey singing “Part of Your World” but the adult version. Hope you enjoy the photos and the video. When you get a chance, make sure to check out Stogies, grab a First Magnitude and listen to Sea Floor Explosives!

St Augustine Alligator Farm

I took my kids over to the Alligator Farm here in St. Augustine and we had a blast. I’ve lived here in St Augustine for almost two years, and hadn’t had the chance to see this place. When you get inside, it’s hard to believe how massive it is. Passing by the outside you would never have guessed. It is definitely become one of my favorite attractions here in St Augustine. Go check it out if you come through this way. Here are some photos from the day.

Interview with mentor/instructor Donald Giannatti

Had a little recorded interview with Don Giannatti of Lighting Essentials. We talked about me moving from amateur photographer to getting more gigs and breaking into full time photography. It was great to share my path so far and things I’m working to do to keep and gain new clients.

I never really felt that I had a style, until I had someone come to me a year ago and say “I really love your work…you have this really dark, sort of comic book feel.Tucker Joenz

Love Chunk at Jack’s BBQ

These guys are damn amazing and talented. I not only get to work with them on promotional things but they are friends. I was super excited to shoot a few promo photos for them a few months ago and since I’ve been in the studio, at multiple shows and now working on a video and possibly a website. Check out Love Chunk here.

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