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The Film Theory | Tudor Place Workshop

A film photography workshop and styled shoot at the Tudor Place in Washington, DC.

Last October I attended my first in-person workshop, ever! I saw my friend Natalie, of Natalie Jayne Photography, was hosting a workshop to teach the art of film photography. I knew I needed to attend! I’ve had my great-grandfathers Nikon F 35mm camera sitting in my closet for quite some time, and this was the kick in the butt that I needed to go ahead and get it fixed. So I sent it off to the repair man, rented a Contax 645 for medium format shots, and went on my way up to DC!

After a morning of learning the ins and outs of rolling film, getting it developed, light metering, and practicing on flat lays, we went outside for the styled shoot portion. I was so excited to see everyone’s work and photograph the gorgeous table scape, artfully designed floral umbrella by Angelica Fleurs, and all of the other gorgeous details on FILM! I was juggling three cameras- my 35mm, the Contax, and my digital. Looking back I probably could have just left the digital inside because ALL of my best shots were film. We worked until sundown shooting away at everything, and I wish we could have spent more time, but we literally stayed until the venue was shutting down.

I went home and excitedly shared all I had learned with Mark. The two of us have since started to incorporate film work into all of our shoots, and I’m so excited to be doing more of it. Mark can tell you that getting scans back from Photovision is like CHRISTMAS for me!

Basically, I’ve fallen in love with the art of film photography. It means something to me, much more than a bunch of pixels. It forces me to sloooow doooowwwn, which I had gotten increasingly bad at over the last few years of shooting. There’s also just this inherent emotional quality to it. Maybe it’s the grain, the way more details are retained, or maybe it’s just plain old magic, because it can’t be recreated with a digital image. I can’t wait to capture more heartfelt moments on film. For now, I hope you enjoy these beauties.

– Katherine


Workshop Hosts: @rudneynovaes and @nataliejaynephotographyy
Planning/Design: @claireduranweddingsandevents
Floral Design: @angelicafleurs, with local assistance from @hazelduststudio and @wedo_eventdesign
Video: @sok.vision
Hair & Makeup (Models Hannah and Jeincy): @georgetownbride
Hair & Makeup (Model Amanda): @ellealiseartistry
Linens: @nuagedesignsinc
Rentals: @selecteventgroup
Stationery: @calligraphetteco
Cake: @jisoocakedesign
Styling Boards: @locustcollection
Gown: @jaclynjordanny
Tux: @generationtux
Rings: @erstwhilejewelry
Shoes: @bellabelleshoes
Ribbon: @silkandwillow
Candlestick Holders: @chris_targoni_clay
Model Agency: @kingsleymodels
Models: @conormarsh, @theamandaolivia, @jeincypaniagua, @hannahgmorgan,
Venue: @tudor_place
Photography: @the.marriedcouple
Film Scans: @photovisionprints

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