Your Full Name : Sara Story
Business Name : Sara Story Photography/Short Story Photography
Location Spokane Washington
My name is Sara Story, and I’m and 35mm film and digital photographer based out of the Inland Northwest. I’ve been shooting personal and professional work, since 2006.
I only recently purchased a digital camera, because I thought it would make me more confident and help me with my work flow. It’s been a little over a year now, and I’ve realized how wrong I was. There is something so special about shooting film that you cannot put into a DSLR. It’s a frame of a mind, it’s a totally different eye and ear for the world around you. Not only is it freeing to have less images to post processes, but most of the final look of the image comes from the emulsion in a film negative. Its a look that photographers continue to try and re create in photo shop with no avail.
This particular session was shot a few blocks from my home. I’d spotted this little burned down shack and knew right away I wanted to shoot there. I chose Kodak Portra 400 for this session, because of it’s fine grain, fast speed and beautiful skin tone reproduction. I love how simple it is to shoot film, it’s so forgiving on the over exposure side, that it’s almost impossible to blow highlights. In fact, what most new photographers, who haven’t tried film don’t know, is that film loves being over exposed, unlike a digital image. This shoot was purely for creative fun. The model and were also on a time constraint and with only 1 roll of 36 exp to use. That’s when you begin to see things differently and challenge yourself in ways that I earnestly loose when shooting digitally.
I plan to continue to shoot different film types and film cameras in the my business as well as to inspire other photographers, who have yet to shooting film, to do so. It’s such a wonderful art form, and like comparing apples to oranges when comparing film to digital. You have to try it to know why it’s irreplaceable in the world of photographic mediums.