35mm Film

35mm film is often described by the emotion or feeling it evokes on it's viewers, far before the list of unique characteristics it embodies.

Lovers of film describe it as warm, soft, gooey and nostalgic. There is a timelessness about it that resonates with us all, especially those who grew up before the widespread use of digital cameras. 

To get a little more technical, the feeling of 35mm film can be contributed to a few different things.

First, grain. Film grain is a natural result of the chemical process that creates the image on the film. This grain gives 35mm film a distinctive fuzzy texture.

In addition, film often produces rich warm colors, depending on the type of film (the film stock) that was used - much different from digital images straight out of camera.

And lastly, the softness. Film images are often slightly softer than digital images, with a subtle haze and faded blacks that can give them a dreamy, romantic quality.

Why is 35mm film so special??

Wedding flow + 35mm film

Adding 35mm film onto your wedding package means...

01. I will have 1-2 extra cameras on me, all day long, to use with my digital camera(s).

02. To get the most out of our film, we can't be rushed. Film makes both the user and the subject slow down, jusssstttt a bit, to take certain moments more slowly. If you are trying to squeeze way too much into your 6 hour wedding day, film might not be for you.

03. The more time we have together, the more film I will be able to shoot for you. Each 35mm film roll comes with 36-37 images.

04. Your film will be sent off to a lab to be developed, scanned, and added to your final gallery alongside your traditional digital photographs. They should equally stand out and blend in, as I model my editing style heavily off of the beauty of warm and timeless film.

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The history of 35mm film dates back to the late 1800s and early 1900s, when motion pictures were first developed as a form of entertainment. During this time, film was made using various sizes, including 17.5mm, 28mm, and 35mm.

The 35mm format was originally developed by Thomas Edison and his team of engineers in the late 1800s. However, it was not until the early 1900s that it became the standard for motion picture film. The 35mm format was popularized by the French Lumière brothers, who used it to create the first commercially successful motion picture in 1895.

In the 1930s and 1940s, color film became available, which further revolutionized the film industry. 35mm color film allowed filmmakers and photographers to create more realistic and visually stunning movies and photographs.

There are a few reasons why 35mm film can be expensive:

  • Production costs: The process of manufacturing film involves complex chemical processes and specialized equipment, which can be expensive to operate and maintain. This contributes to the overall cost of producing film.

  • Limited demand: With the rise of digital photography, the demand for film has decreased, which means that fewer companies are producing it. This limited supply can lead to higher prices.

  • Import costs: Some types of film are only produced by companies outside of the country where they are sold. Importing film can be expensive due to shipping costs, customs fees, and other expenses.

  • Specialty films: Some types of film, such as black and white or high-speed film, require more specialized production processes, which can drive up the cost of these films.

  • Overall, the cost of 35mm film is likely a combination of these factors. While it may be more expensive than digital alternatives, many photographers and filmmakers still prefer the look and feel of film and are willing to pay the higher price for it.

From the start, buying film stock, to the end, receiving developed scans, the average cost of 1 roll of film (36 photographs) is $50.

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