Thats right. I do professional headshots, but not your typical stuffy looking business headshots. That is why Patricia hired me out to make some portraits of her for her business.
When I showed up she quickly let me know how much she enjoyed the photographs I have posted to my instagram account of the thru-hikers. I used my Mamiya RZ67 medium format camera and Ilford Delta 100 pushed 2 stops. Lucky for her, I brought my Mamiya to the session to make sure I get some film shots in.
Most people now a days can't tell the difference of film from digital when looking at it on the computer screen. Some will argue that film is better, others will say digital is better. While I mostly believe whichever camera you have will make the best photos for you. However, I do enjoy the process of shooting film much better than shooting digital.
Unwrapping the film, loading it into your camera, the noises, touching the film, knowing that you could mess this up, the risk is way more real... the whole experience is more real. You take your time shooting film, each frame cost money, so you have to make sure its the perfect shot. And then the connection you make with the subject, is more authentic and vulnerable. Instead of hiding behind your box, firing off thousands of images, you are forced to interact more. Which for this introvert is very difficult but well worth getting out of my comfort zone.
And then there is the post work, which with film is almost non existent. Unload your film rolls, fill out the paper work, ship off to the lab.. couple weeks later, beautiful images that, if you took your time during shooting, and nailed your exposures, won't need any editing. So instead of spending hours upon hours in front of the computer. Go outside. Go on a hike, make more images. Be with your family.
Again, I am not writing all of this to try to prove that film is better. All I am saying, is that I enjoy it more and these are the reasons why. If this has inspired you to shoot more film, then great! If not, then thats fine too. As long as you're making images that you are happy with, that is all that matters.