• Gina Dover-Jaques

"Film is the perfect marriage for weddings!"

Updated: Apr 23

The Trocadero, Paris a short breath away from the Eiffel Tower.

What better place to start than with Paris, the City of Light!

In this article I touch on a few of the many reasons why couples and wedding photographers, like me, love analogue-film.

Being an artistic photographer, I am naturally drawn to images that have a romantic, ethereal feel with a timeless authenticity, beautiful grain & texture and an incredible dynamic range, which means, that it handles both lights and darks with ease, such as the bride's dress and the groom's Tuxedo. There is nothing else that compares to film. Film is premium.

Nothing compares to film. Film is premium.

It handles lights and darks with exceptional ease.

Digital's dynamic range does not compare to that of film's. For example, when exposing for a bride's

white dress, the groom's dark suit is left looking dark and therefore flat/lacking dimension., Similarly, when exposing for a landscape, details in the sky are lost. Film does not have these challenges. Film handles lights and darks with exceptional ease due to its large dynamic range.

However, digital is great for low light and fast pased conditions such as the dancefloor celebrations and this is why I use Film & Digital in my repertoire, to ensure my couples recieve beautiful photography.

The process of capturing on film is a lovely experience for both the photographer and couples. We take time to craft each photo to ensure couples look the best versions of themselves. This considered and slow-paced approach means I connect with my couples before raising the camera to my face, which means I connect on a lovelierl level with my couples and am not a photographer constantly behind a camera!

Film's aesthetic is perfect for beautiful

details & Heirloom photography

Film handles lights and darks with ease. When

Film wedding photography is an artform that is sought after by photographers and their clients throughout the World, especially after its Renaissance by JOSE VILLA a few years ago. It is the process of capturing an image on a roll of film. The exposed film is then developed at a professional film lab that, then, after converting it to a digital jpeg file, returns it to the photographer.

Capturing on film requires skill & a mastery of light. Only a few photographers are able to work with film. 

I love film's depiction of the World and everything in it

Colours are rich, yet subtle. Textures are authentic and film is so forgiving in the most unforgiving light.

It has a softness to it because of the way inwhich it handles light and infuses grain into it.

I like to expose it in a way that gives my images a light & romantic softness, rendering colours that are true to real life. This is perfect for my style and that my couples love. Just look how dreamy Sarah & Michael's image is above during their portrait session away from their guests in beautiful evening light, overlooked by their venue, VILLA SERMOLLI in Tuscany.

An incredible Renaissance Garden - Villa le Piazzole, Florence

Film's grain provides softness to skin that is so flattering. Film just keeps on giving and is perfect for my fine art couples.

Film produces the most authentic skin tones too. Look at Sophie's softness and realistic skintones in the image below. There is no other stills medium like it and I am proud to be one of only a few photographers that are able to shoot successfully on film.

I capture the portraits and beautiful details on film because I want my couples to have beautiful heirloom photography that they will look back on and remember their day just as they saw it.

If you would love to learn more about Film Wedding Photography, I would love to chat to you about it.




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