For The Love of Film


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Because it’s just magical.

Okay, first off, let me just say that I grew up with a dark room in my home. My dad is an AMAZING photographer and most of my childhood years were spent in my parents’ studio or waiting for the red light on the dark room door to go off before I knew it was safe to go in. Our refrigerators were stocked with rolls of film and my dad always had a vague scent of developer on him. To sum it up, I am no stranger to film.

Years back, when my parents converted to digital, the film stash slowly disappeared. With the negatives tucked away I slowly forgot about the magic of film and in parallel the anticipation of film. That is, until a few weeks ago.

Carly brought a 35mm film camera on our trip to Nantucket last month and we spent a good portion of our time playing around with the camera and pretending we knew what we were doing. Truthfully, I should have known more given my sheer proximity to film during my childhood, but Carly really lead the charge with many hours of YouTube tutorials logged!

film and camera:

Canon AE-1 Camera + Kodak Portra 400 Film

Not to get all mushy and talk about the state of things, but there was really something quite special about having to wait to find out if we did in fact succeed. We live in an instant gratification world and there’s nothing “instant” about film, but that “click” of the camera offers all the gratification you need. It was addicting. By the time we started to get the hang of the camera we were living for the “click” and transfer. Similar to a stroke of a typewriter key, there is nothing like the sound of a film camera capturing a moment, blurry or not.

Thankfully, quite a few of our photographs turned out great – the majority being the ones Carly shot! (whoops!) But it definitely gave me the film bug… which I know is going to make my dad giddy when he reads this post today. 😉

I love the idea of taking a roll of film on every trip, just to force us to slow down, really think, and capture only the special moments – because there’s only a set number of exposures in both life and in film.

P.S. Carly wrote a great post on her film resources and thoughts. Also, I may be about to wrangle my dad into putting together a beginners guide to film if we’re into it… so let me know!



  1. July 17, 2019 / 7:28 am

    I am 100% obsessed with the film too!!!! It wasn’t easy, but the results were so fun and worth the anticipation!

    • July 17, 2019 / 8:25 am

      Okay, next trip… TWO cameras! Can we do it?!?

  2. Shalyn
    July 17, 2019 / 9:15 am

    Would love to see a beginners guide. These film photos are magical! Thanks for sharing!

  3. July 17, 2019 / 10:25 am

    Film is the best! I used to shoot black and white film in high school through freshman year of college. I haven’t shot any lately but really want to get back to it.

    • July 17, 2019 / 10:30 am

      Shannon, I love hearing that! I’m definitely going to get into it too!

  4. July 17, 2019 / 1:29 pm

    I would so love a film tutorial from your dad. I love these photos and the idea of film cameras but find the whole task a little daunting (:

    Great post Ashley. This trip looks so nice!

    Juliana Grace |

  5. July 17, 2019 / 4:30 pm

    This is one of my favorite posts of yours! I’ve been doing professional photography for years myself and many years ago I bought a film camera. It’s been sitting in my dresser drawer untouched for years. And I tell you your post is inspiring me to bring it out and finally put it to use!

    • July 17, 2019 / 7:58 pm

      Thank you April, this means so much! xx

  6. July 22, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    How amazing growing up with access to a dark room! It’s such a magical place. I fell head over heels for film photography in college (and ended up majoring in it). Carly really outdid herself with these gorgeous shots! Love the vintage feel from them all.

    • July 23, 2019 / 10:48 am

      It really was! And I love hearing your story… film is really just so magical!

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