Ireland | Dublin

Written & Photographed by Colleen MacMillan

I traveled to Ireland last summer to attend a workshop taught by Christina Blanarovich & Julie Paisley. My grandfather immigrated from Ireland in his youth and I’ve always had a passion for traveling there. Before and after the workshop I was able to spend time in Dublin on my own. I stayed with two different and wonderful AirBnB hosts while in Dublin and loved walking around the city exploring and finding interesting spots. During my wanderings, I found some great local coffee shops and drank my weight in tea. I also found this wonderful store Jam Art Factory, which features Irish artists. I wanted to buy the whole store! The museums are a must while in Dublin and the national ones are free. Some of my favourite places to eat were; Gallaghers Boxty House, Market Bar and The Stag’s Head.
I had my very first, and second, Guinness at the Guinness Brewery. It was cool to see the history of the brand and the view from the Gravity Bar is superb! The day my friends and I visited, there was a live local band performing and we could have listened to them play all day.
While in Sligo for the workshop, we stayed at Coopershill House where the owner Simon, his family and staff took the best care of us. Home cooked meals made with local ingredients, beautiful grounds to explore and photograph. I have never ate so well in my life.
My favourite spot in Ireland has to be the Hill of Tara. Tara is rich with history and according to tradition, was the seat of the High King of Ireland. It’s a magical place and it’s easy to imagine the Tuatha Dé Danann walking around the lush ground.

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Camera | Canon 1V & Mamiya 645AF
Lab | The FIND Lab
Film | Portra 400, Ektar 100 and Fuji 400
About Colleen
I am a digital and film family photographer based in CT. My photography revolves around my love of children, motherhood and families.  I’m passionate about capturing real lasting moments between families.
When not shooting you can find me with family, drinking tea, in the darkroom or watching Doctor Who.

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Exploring Italy on Film

Written & Photographed by Raisa Zwart
I booked a Destination Wedding in Italy and me and my boyfriend decided to add a few days before and after the wedding to travel through Italy. We started in Venice, drove to Verona and then to Tuscany, where the wedding was, after the wedding we visited Florence for a few days. 
Italy is amazing. It has so much culture, beautiful landscapes, nice people (especially in the countryside) and great food. In Verona, be sure to book a B&B, it’s so personal and nice. In Tuscany I really liked the agriturismo b&bs / hotels. They offer authentic rooms with nice gardens, great views and personal service. I can recommend Taverna di Bibbiano:

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Camera | Nikon F90x
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab

About Raisa
I am a Fine Art Wedding Photographer from Holland that LOVES to travel.

I document all my travels on film, this trip was photographed with the Nikon F90x, with the Sigma Art 35mm 1.4 & the Nikon 50mm 1.8.

Instagram: @raisazwart

Pinterest: @zwartfotografie

A French Market

Written & Photographed by Léa Jones

These photos were taken at my local market in the town of Yssingeaux. Yssingeaux is in Auvergne, which is right in the center of France. I love the hills, pine trees and stone houses of this area. Of course, being French, one my favorite activities is going to the market. My mom used to take us every week, and we would buy everything from the market: fruit, veggies, cheese, bread and even clothes and shoes. Going to the market is not time efficient, but it is part of the slower pace of life that we enjoy when we spend our summers in France.

I love that I get to meet the local farmers. I noticed this year that there were a lot more young farmers selling organic products like honey and bread. There is always the “Poissonnier” who sells fish, and the ‘Fromager” with a nice selection of delicious (and smelly) cheeses, which I am happy to sample, and then you have local crafts like pottery. This time there were also selling ducks and rabbits and chickens. After 3 hours of strolling, tasting, and buying lovely fresh food, I am delighted to head home with my arms full of peaches, lettuce and courgettes.

If you ever travel to France, always look up the local market, however small the village you are in, chances are there will be a market with the essentials to take you through a week of French living.

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Film | Portra 400 & Ektar 100
Camera | 35mm Pentax (MZ-X) and Pentax 645n
Lab | the FIND lab.
About Léa
My name is Léa.  I am French, and my British husband and our three kids moved to Massachusetts three years ago.  I love to travel and see new places.  I have really enjoyed seeing the US through my french eyes and going back to Europe every summer has been exhilarating.  I love re-visiting places I have known for years and my camera has taught me to see beauty in the most simple things: whether it’s an old house in the North of New-Hampshire, little boats on the Welsh coast or fruit in the market in the South of France.

Instagram: @theredmop

UK Blog Awards 2016

UK Blog Awards 2016

UK Blog Awards 2016

Well! We can’t quite believe it. It has been just over a week since the UK Blog Awards Ceremony, at the Park Plaza Hotel, near Westminster in London – (a beautiful hotel!) – so this means it has been just over one week since we were awarded winner for the photography category.

We won guys!

Over 2,000 UK Blogs entered, over 79,000 people voted and then, after making it through all of that, 10 finalists per category were judged by a panel of experts. And we won!!

See, we’re still in shock!

And, we absolutely could not have done it without you. Obviously, since it is your stunning travel pictures we get the honour of sharing here! But also you all gave us so, so much support – every single vote and every message of good luck. It means the world to us. So thank you.

We hope this is also recognition at the increase (and hopefully survival!) of film photography – because we bloody love it! We want many more photographers out their to pick up a film camera and give it a go!

And going forwards, we want to share much more of your film work – and much more often! We want to work with you guys on producing informative posts – about cameras, film stock, travel destinations – to help others improve their photography. And we wanna try out, share and learn about different film formats: medium format, 35mm, alternative film process, instant film, disposable. Let’s do it!

This can be something awesome.

We had no idea, when we started nearly one year ago, how hard it is to run a blog (kudos to all you bloggers out there, we TOTALLY get and repect how much work this is!). In this time, (9 months as I write this) we have grown  so much already – we have great followers and incredibly talented photographers who share their work with us, we have an award (we can say we’re an award winning blog!) – and our print magazine, which due to workload was set back – will be produced and available to pre-order shortly (we’re gonna try coincide it with out birthday!)

So thank you for sticking with us, cheering us on and making this blog something incredibly special.

Anyway, enough of the rambling and let us just finish with another, massive thank you.

Keep shooting film & supporting your labs.

Keep exploring!

And as long as you do, we will keep sharing your incredible work.

Thank you everyone!

UK Blog Awards 2016 Photography Winner

Africa | Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa

Words & Photography: Aline Lange

From October to November 2015 I spent 4 weeks exploring Namibia, Botswana, Zambia & South Africa. My favourite aspect was simple seeing animals freely in their habitat! I don’t think I ever want to go to a zoo again! Elephants walk from waterhole to waterhole, lions rest in the shade, springboks everywhere. I just loved it! I traveled with a group from Germany (Marco Polo Young Line). Most nights we camped with our own tents.

We arrived at a camping ground, helped each other building up tents, the next morning the same procedure.
The sites were always simple but beautiful. In the middle of nowhere, always with a cool pool nearby and lots of wine at night after a beautifully cooked dinner by our own cook!
Best things on the menu is definitely meat if you’re a meat lover – the variety is huge and when it’s freshly grilled it’ss even better. Also veggies (corn) are super yummy! I wouldn’t say that there’s a typical meal. For me personally it was definitely the BBQs at night! If you like beer, there’s a Namibian brewed one (I can’t remember the name!), and as for wine – try everything. The variety is big! If you can’t cool the wine traveling, just take some red!
I didn’t decide the places I visited, as I followed a route chosen by Marco Polo. I have travelled with them before and really enjoyed the organisation and I trust them. Everything was perfect – our guide, cook and driver were awesome and everything was cared for. If you’re single it’s a good choice to travel this way. Especially if you’re a girl who doesn’t want to travel certain countries by yourself, like myself.

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Film | Fuji Superia 200 & 800, Kodak Portra 160.
Camera | Canon 300
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 About Aline

I am in love with life and especially with travelling! Being self employed as a photographer allows me to go anytime anywhere.. well, If my accounts says ‘Yes’ as well! My favourite place is Australia as I have lived here before, I call it my second home. Otherwise just anywhere in the world where I feel good! I love eating good food – I am a sushi addict – and enjoying a good glass of wine.



Venice On Film

Words & Photography: Cori Beddoes

I lived with my husband and three boys in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a most beautiful town in the north of Italy, for two hockey seasons.  That’s how we measure our years, in hockey seasons, because my husband is a professional coach.  Yes, there is hockey in Italy, although mostly in the north where there are mountains and winter sport.  Venice is a two hour drive south, so we would go often, eat gelato and enjoy a the view from a vaporetto (public ferry boat).  Some people say Venice isn’t great with kids, and I suppose for art museums and fine dining that’s true, but for us it was one of the easiest places to visit because the boys could ride the boats all day and not get bored.  

Favourite things about Venice?  I love the fish market.  And wandering around the not so tourist areas.  Markets and getting lost are the two things I always advise when asked about travelling to any new place.  Both give you an idea of local culture and there’s always secret unexpected adventures off the beaten track.  Restaurants, of course, are one of the best things to stumble upon and I always find the best meals at small joints tucked away in the corners of cities, away from the crowds.  In Venice, always drink at least one Spritz.  The typical Spritz is made with Prosecco, Aperol, sparkling water and a flavourful orange slice for garnish.  But go away from the norm, and try it with Campari or Cynar rather than Aperol, which are less sweet and more bitter.  To eat?  Fish, obviously.  Pasta al nero di sepia, squid ink pasta served with cuttlefish, is a personal fave.

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Camera | Olympus OM-1n
Film | Fuji NHG 800, Fuji Superior 400, Kodak Gold 200, Kodak Gold 400
Lab | Caribou Film Lab

About Cori
I’m not a professional photographer.  I’ve been a professional mother for the past nine years and evolving for the past twenty some years as an amateur photographer from my beginnings as a teenager shooting scenic prairie landscapes on film, to traveling the world in my twenties with various cameras in hand,  to chasing three little boys, taking hundreds of digital photos hoping for a good shot or two.  I photoblogged our couple of years in North Italy at  After one winter back in Canada, we’ve returned to a new town in the north of Italy, and I’ve returned almost entirely to shooting film.  My blog is suffering for lack of a scanner on the road, and the fact I tend to shoot rolls and rolls and get behind on developing.  I develop my own black and white and print in the darkroom.   Fortunately I’ve found a darkroom in Innsbruck.  As for colour, I’m working on finding a lab here on the continent.  I’m on Instagram at cbeddoes.
Instagram: @cbeddoes


Texas Hill Country

Words & Photography: Speaking Through Silence


During my stay in Austin, Texas, I did a one day road trip in the Texas Hill Country and brought along my beloved Pentax 645N to document the journey. The scenic 360km trip took me from Austin to the picturesque town of Fredericksburg and then South on the route to Kerrville where I went a little off track yet was happy to do so, as it meant coming across a herd of bisons. The weather took a rainy turn so my trip got cut a little short, but I really enjoyed cruising the Hill Country. If you’re ever in the heart of Texas, it’s a day trip not to be missed!

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Camera | Pentax 645N
Film | Kodak Portra 400
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab

About Dieter:
Hi there. I’m Dieter. I live in the green suburbs of Brussels, Belgium, and am married to my awesome wife, Marta. I am passionate about documenting life with my camera and telling a story through a photograph. I love to travel, explore and experience. Few things I love more than discovering new cultures, music, good coffee and happy clients.
 A few years ago I really fell in love with film photography and have increasingly started using it for both personal and professional work. I like to think that the pictures I take are heartfelt and candid; fine-art but with a photo-journalistic touch. I love to find a fresh perspective and how a photograph can speak more than words.


First time shooting film travelling

Shooting Film For The First Time | Q&A

Feather & Film came about, due not just to our love of travel and film (clearly they’re biggies!) – but also because we want to stand up and support the film medium. We want to get more people shooting film – we want to keep film alive!

So we have decided to add much more content to this site that will help that. Such as why shoot film, How to shoot film and resources to get you going. ANY questions you have to get you shooting film – just ask us! Head over to our Facebook page and we can also open up your questions to our lovely followers – a lot are massive film fans too!

We’re so so happy to share with you this great Q&A with Cat from Ekkleboom-White Photography who decided to give film a go on her recent travels.

Enjoy – it’s great to hear the views from a new film shooter!

Please introduce yourself! Where are you based, what do you shoot? What medium do you usually shoot with?

I’m Cat. I’m originally from Bury St Edmunds in the UK, but I’m now living in Innsbruck Austria. My main area of photography is weddings but I love travelling and being out in the mountains – so naturally I want to take pictures of that too. I usually shoot with a DSLR accompanied by many different lenses.

Why did you decide to shoot film for your holiday? Was it your first time?

When my Grandfather passed away we gave his old cameras to my husband, as he is a keen photographer too. But the cameras just sat unused in a cupboard in our apartment. Since discovering my passion for photography in the last two years and seeing such amazing film images from other photographers, I decided to give it a go myself. And my first attempt was on our holiday to Italy last autumn.

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We’d love to know of any struggles you found when it came to shooting film. Please share.

To start with, I didn’t even know if the camera still worked. But feeling optimistic, I purchased a new battery and two rolls of film from my local camera shop and was ready to give it a go. Before we left Austria I tried to load one of the rolls of expired film that had been sitting in the cupboard, and ended up having to google how to do it, as it just didn’t seem to go in right the first 5 times! Still not sure if the film was loaded correctly, I took three almost identical shots from my balcony to see how (and indeed if) the camera worked. The clunky shutter was so hard and shaky, I honestly did not see how I would get any steady images. On my last roll of film, I also managed to get something jammed whilst rolling it back, opened the camera too soon, and letting a bit too much light on to the film. Because of this, the last two frames were completely lost and a few others have some strange lines and light leaks on them.

What do you love about film? What don’t you like?

Looking at my final images, I really love the colours that have come out on the scans. Many of the images are imperfect in many ways, whether the focus was a bit softer or they are a bit grainy, but there is something really lovely and authentic about that.

The main thing that I don’t like is that I worry that if I didn’t get the shot, I will have nothing to show for my efforts. At least with digital you can check the back of the camera and take the shot again. With film, if you get it wrong, you don’t find out until after you’ve paid and waited for it to be developed. The costs associated with buying and developing the film are the main things that put me off.

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What camera, film and lab did you use? Any reason why you chose these ones?

The camera I used was an Olympus OM-10, with a 50mm f/1.8 and a 135mm  f/3.5 lens. It used to belong to my Grandfather, and it was really special to think that it was the same camera he used to take some of the beautiful photographs that I have of my Grandmother and Mum.

I took 4 rolls of film with me to Italy. Two of them were expired rolls of Fuji Superia 400 that were about 2 years out of date. The other two were Kodak Gold 400 that I got from the local camera store. My film choices were simply what I already had and what was cheap in the camera shop since I didn’t want to spend a lot on film if the camera didn’t even work.
I sent the films to the UK Film Lab, as I’d heard wonderful things about them from other photographers and from the European Wedding Congress that I attended in the Netherlands last year.

How did shooting film compare to shooting digital?

It was a completely different experience to shooting digital. Everywhere we went, I’d spend time analysing the scene and the light, instead of taking a photo with my DSLR, checking the screen and re-adjusting the settings. I slowed down and focused completely on each shot before I took it, often recomposing a few times before I pressed the shutter. With a digital camera you get so used to taking a shot, looking at the back of the camera, analysing it and taking the shot again but with film you really have to think BEFORE you press the shutter. I think with film I became quite obsessive over getting the shot right.
Being a control freak, not being able to take a look at the back of my camera was a killer. I knew that if I’d thought the shot out properly, it should be fine. However, my husband constantly asking me if I’d “got a good one” drove me ever so slightly insane as he paraded off with my DSLR!
“With a digital camera you get so used to taking a shot, looking at the back of the camera, analysing it and taking the shot again but with film you really have to think BEFORE you press the shutter.”
 I’m also slightly ashamed to admit it, but I did find myself getting quite irate with other people when I was shooting film. My film camera had no automatic settings and was completely manual focus, so I’d be taking my time framing the shot that I wanted, and getting the focus as sharp as I could, only to have someone stick a hideous selfie stick right in front of it! Lets just say there were a few loud tuts and sighs (oh how British of me).

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Do you think you will do it again?

Absolutely. I really enjoyed it, even though the thought crossed my mind a few times that I could get home and find out I still had blank rolls of film and nothing to show from my trip. I loved the feeling of slowing everything down and focusing on each frame, especially since I’m quite a hectic person normally. It’s almost like meditation (if you don’t count the getting angry at tourists part!)

Do you think this experience has made you want to shoot more film – not just on trips – but as part of your professional and personal photography?

Definitely. I don’t think I’ll be doing it in my wedding photography any time soon but I’d really like to use more film in my personal photography. My next goal is to get some black and white film and do some street photography around Innsbruck. I don’t think I’ll shoot it that often as it gets quite expensive with all of the film and development, but it was certainly not a one-off experience. I’ve even had a look online to see if I can find a Canon SLR that will work with my other Canon lenses, although I am rather attached to my Grandad’s beautiful old camera.

Any advice to those out there who are interested in film but not sure where to start?

Just go for it. It doesn’t need to be the best camera or film. Get a cheap camera off Ebay and some old film and just shoot. If you don’t want to risk it on your holiday, then photograph you family and friends. If you understand the basic principles of exposure then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can create without relying on the modern technology of the DSLR and lighting speed autofocus. It may sound silly, but focus less on the actual images to start with and just enjoy the process. By the end of it you’ll feel like a true photographer!

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Any good resources you found?

Except googling the camera manual, I didn’t really look to any resources. I wanted to just find my way by myself.

How did the process affect the way you photographed your trip? Was the outcome what you expected?

Going in to this holiday, I was thinking less about the final images (as I was rather pessimistic that they would be rubbish anyway) and more about the whole process and experience of shooting film. I really loved the feeling of travelling lightly, just me and my camera, a spare roll of film and a second lens in my bag. Even with a spare lens, my bag was so light compare to the massive DSLR and heavy lenses that I would normally carry.

The biggest difference I feel was that because I knew that my shots were limited, I would often take up to ten minutes trying to compose a shot, only to decide in the end that I didn’t think it was going to work and ended up not taking a picture after all – much to the annoyance of my husband!

Although I wanted to get some great creative shots on film, I did often find myself playing it safe and going for the “tourist postcard” shots as I always decided at the last minute a safe shot was better than an experimental one that went wrong.

Overall, I’m really pleased with the outcome. My biggest fear was that the images would be poorly exposed or shaky, but they actually turned out pretty well. The only ones which weren’t so good were a couple of shots of my husband, where he seemed to time blinking perfectly with when I pressed the shutter, and where I managed to mess up rewinding the film and opening the camera too soon and letting in too much light, which of course I had no way of knowing until I got the final scans back. Cat Ekkelboom-White Film Travel Photography_0002

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Tell us a bit about your holiday! We’re nosey like that.

Living in Innsbruck, we’re only 30 minutes from the Italian border, so for the Autumn we planned a little road trip down to Italy for a few days in October. Our first stop was Milan, as we wanted to visit the EXPO. Although the EXPO itself was interesting, the masses of people around Milan was a bit to much for us, so we headed down to the coast to visit the Cinque Terre. This national park contains five postcard perfect fishing villages that are set along the dramatic coastline. Although we arrived by car, we left the car at one end and took the train that travels along the coast between the villages, passing through tunnels and over the cliffs. We completely fell in love with the brightly coloured houses and narrow streets, placed perfectly on the steep rising cliffside.

Not wanting to leave the Cinque Terre, our next main destination was Florence, via Pisa for one night, as I’ve always wanted to see the leaning tower. Most people come only to see the tower, and it’s hard not get get a photo of it without someone rocking the typical “holding up the tower” pose, but the other buildings that surround it are also beautiful and are definitely worth taking the time to look around.

Leaving Pisa, but staying in the Tuscany region, we drove up to Florence. My husband has visited Florence a few times before and had said that he wanted to take me there one day, but honestly it was never really somewhere that had been on my radar. Not really having a plan of action, we jumped on the tram from our hotel and headed in to the city. Not really paying attention, we marched in to the Piazza del Duomo while I still had one eye on the shops in a little side street. With a little nudge, I looked up and I honestly felt speechless at what I saw. Never did I expect to see such incredibly ornate, colourful details. The Duomo was possibly one of the most amazing pieces of architecture (and art) that I have ever seen, and I had to just stand there and take it all in for a while. Once I was ready to move on, we wandered the streets of Florence, discovering little alleyways that led to colourful boutiques, more ornate churches and towers and look-out points over the city.

As we started to head back north, our penultimate stop on the trip was Bologna. The streets and buildings here are perfectly coordinated in varying shades of orange, cream and brown, giving it a really warm feeling even in the cooler month of October. We only had a few hours here, so we climbed to the top of the tower and watched the sunrise over the city. Although Pisa is famous for it’s leaning tower, it seems that very few of the buildings in Italy are even close to being straight, including many in Bologna.

On our last day we decided to break our journey back to Innsbruck by stopping off at Mantua, and we were so glad that we did. Mantua is surrounded by three lakes and has magnificent palaces and cobbled streets to discover. Much less touristy than most of our other destinations, in Mantua it felt like we were experiencing a little slice of Italian life.

From Mantua it was straight back in the car to drive to Innsbruck, but we were still spoiled with amazing views as we drove through the magnificent autumnal landscapes in the South Tirol region. Between Trento and Brenner, the Italian vineyards creep up the rugged mountain sides in natural frescoes of red, orange and green, enhanced by the golden glow of the autumn sun.

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Camera | Olympus OM-10
Film | Expired Fuji Superia 400 film & Kodak Gold 400.
Lab | UK Film Lab

A Three Day Jaunt in London

Photography & Words: Sophie Epton

Travel is one of the most beautiful experiences of being alive, and I feel blessed every time I land in a new place.  My husband, Jordan, and I are lucky enough to travel quite a bit through our wedding photography business and we always try to extend our trips for a few days beyond work so we can explore the region and everything it has to offer.
On a European trip in May of 2015, we had a shoot in Paris, but decided to stay in London for three days as well.  Neither Jordan nor I had ever traveled to England, so it was such an incredible time getting to experience the city for the first time together.  We both went in without any expectations of what we would find in London, and were completely blown away by the culture, architecture and friendliness of everyone there.
Although it’s fun to be in the epicenter of any metropolis, we actually prefer to find the quieter, more local flavor of cities that we travel to.  In London, we had the most amazing time exploring the Chelsea/ Kensington Boroughs.  Walking around the old cobblestone streets with brick buildings covered in vines and dotted with the most quaint little shops, I felt transported to another time.  Around every corner I went, I would literally get goosebumps at the sight of all the whimsical details and beauty of the architecture, food displays, doorways, gardens, even the little antique cars that would go buzzing by.  To feel so foreign and yet so at home, there was such a sweet spot for London created in my heart that I still can’t put into words.
And for anyone telling you that the food in London isn’t good, they haven’t been there for a long time! We had the MOST unbelievable fare and drinks right in the Chelsea area..whether it was shrimp burgers and dulce de leche bread pudding at Bumpkin, jewel-toned salad confectionaries at The Five Fields or a mouth-watering four course meal at Medlar right on King’s road; good thing I was walking around the whole time or I may have not fit into my pants anymore!

I absolutely loved traveling through the quaint and peaceful streets in the Chelsea/ Kensington area, especially capturing so many moments with my film camera.  All the little details were so much fun to shoot, and now provide a small but exquisite reminder of our time there that we can always remember.

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Camera | Contax 645
Film | Fuji 400H
Lab | Richard Photo Lab

 About Sophie
Sophie is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer based in Austin, TX. Together with her husband, Jordan (they are a husband and wife team and absolutely love working side by side!) they travel the world to photograph life’s most meaningful moments.  Sophie is a wanderlust addict, always looking forward to a new place to travel. Constantly chasing the best light, new cities and the perfect dessert!
Instagram: @thesophiepton