Mentor Session | with Daphne Mae Photography

The last couple months of 2016, I began thinking about what I wanted to 2017 to look like – especially in my business. I knew I wanted to challenge myself and really push my creative boundaries for the next year. Sometimes, it’s too easy for me to get caught up in what everyone else is doing, and then this creative business of mine starts to become less and less creative. It turns into more of a game of keep up and I start to do certain kinds of work just because that’s what so and so was doing. In an attempt to get those creative juices flowing again, I decided to try my hand at shooting film.

Now, if you’re anything like Ben, your first question will be “Why the heck would you want to go backwards technologically?” – and that’s totally fair haha. I’ve admired the look of film for years. Like, we’re talking high school years and years haha. (PS, can we just have a moment of silence for the fact that I was finishing my freshman year of high school ten years ago?! Feeling a little old over here.) Anyway, I kinda got away from thinking about film and got really caught up in all the trendy ways to edit when I started my business. I’ve been through the vintage sepia/but not really sepia trends (please tell me I’m not the only one haha), the crushed/matte blacks, the bright and super low contrast edits, and everything in between. It wasn’t until this past spring that I really decided that what I really loved was that bright, airy film look. It helped that it’s super trendy in the wedding industry right now, but what I really love about it is how classic it is. There’s something just so effortless and authentic about the look of film – ahhhh, I’m terrible at words and can’t even describe it properly, but when you know it, you know it. It’s artistic and it’s organic and I just love it so stinkin’ much. So stinkin’ much that I did all I could to make my digital work emulate it, but it was just never quite close enough.

So I did it. I bought a film camera, five rolls of film, and went for it.

I knew I wanted to do this right. I wanted to learn from someone who uses film well already, so I decided I should start my film journey with a mentor session. Immediately haha. I couldn’t wait – so I contacted Alex at Daphne Mae Photography, knowing that I would be out in California for the holidays. It was a long shot (and so last minute) but I was hoping she’d have some availability for me – and she did. Oh my gosh, from the moment I contacted her, she was the sweetest human alive. I could tell that she was genuinely interested in helping me grow as an artist, and I loved that.

We sat at her kitchen table in her ADORABLE home, eating homemade cranberry-orange scones and talking film, business, and everything in between. I felt like I asked her a million questions, but she graciously and thoroughly answered every one. After taking a few notes, we went outside to shoot! Alex gathered details for a mini-styled shoot and her sweet and equally as talented sister (Jade Magnolia) made a gorgeous cake, too. After the details, Alex braved the cold to let me photograph her and her cute little baby bump in all that California sunshine! She rocked that cold, by the way – you’d never even know how chilly it was! All and all, mentoring was such a game changer for me. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has to offer with new experiences and new knowledge under my belt.

Alex, I’m so thankful for your kind and generous spirit! I couldn’t have made a better investment in my business than to dive head first into film with a mentor session with you. Thanks for being in my corner and cheering me on during this adventure! I seriously can’t even thank you enough! 🙂

Here’s to trying new things and pushing that creative envelope more in 2017! 🙂 PS – I’ll be sharing more photos so soon!

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