Long weekends | Barcelona

Written and Photographed by Fiona Caroline

Long weekend breaks are the perfect, compact, travel escapes from daily life, especially if you have places like Barcelona just a short flight away. Trying to squeeze in a city this impressive is always going to be a challenge when the clocks ticking, but really, four days in Barcelona lets you get under the surface a little – and leaving with an urge to come back. This city is jam packed with sights, beaches, gorgeous shops and architecture. Full of people exploring the streets, or people watching with a coffee outside one of the characterful little cafes.

And the food! Let’s talk about the food. Apart from the unbelievable paella, sweet pastries and fresh fruit ice lollies I absolutely rated this amazing vegetarian restaurant. I have to give a quick mention to all vegetarians heading to Barcelona (and non vegetarians, this place in insanely good!) to check out Sésamo Restaurante. You will NOT be disappointed!

Without a doubt, Barcelona draws you in and then keeps a tight hold of you.


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A quick interruption to talk equipment (and I don’t mean cameras!)

I was lucky enough to be gifted a beautiful pair of sandals from the incredible gang over at Seven Boot Lane who were keen to know how they fared for the travelling photographer. More then happy to be the photographer to test them out, I donned a pair of their gorgeous sandals for four days of hectic sightseeing, crazy steep climbs to Parc Guell and sunbed hunting on the sandy beaches. And so here is my shout out to them, because, oh boy, there were perfect!

Walking thousands upon thousands of steps, in the heat, while lugging a Pentax 645, rolls and rolls of film, a light meter and a map can definitely tire you out! But at least at the end of the day I wasn’t complaining about my feet – Er, hello comfortable and totally beautiful shoes!

As I’m sure all the ladies who are reading this know a cute pair of shoes are fabulous but a cute AND COMFY pair of shoes is like the unicorn of the shoe world! Well they’ve rocked it over at Seven Boot Lane. And these bad boys are coming with me on every warm weekend I go on now!

Check ’em out over at Seven Boot Lane, total shoe crush.

And now back to the pictures!


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Film | Fujifilm 400h
Camera | Pentax 645
Lab | Carmencita Film Lab

& thanks to the support of the lovely and talented shoe makers at Seven Boot Lane! Their IG is pretty neat too: @sevenbootlane

The Architecture of Rotterdam

Words & Photography by Cat Ekkelboom-White
Although perhaps an unusual weekend break destination, we visited Rotterdam for 3 days at the end of March to celebrate the end of my husband, Menno’s Masters in Architecture Degree. Since his final project had been on a district in Rotterdam, I found it fitting that we should visit the city to see what it had to offer. 
 
For anyone interested in modern architecture, Rotterdam is somewhere you really should visit. During World War Two, the city of Rotterdam was almost completely destroyed by bombing, and what has resulted is a unique and varied skyline, with modern skyscrapers towering above some of the few pre-war buildings that survived the devastation, in a real juxtaposition of the old and the new. The portfolio of architecture here includes some of the most influential contemporary architects, including Rem Koolhaas (O.M.A.) and MVRDV.
 
And as with many cities in the Netherlands, Rotterdam also boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene, with numerous museums and galleries to visit. We visited the Netherlands Photography Museum and the Kunsthaal, where we were treated to exhibitions from photographers and artists across many different genres. 
 
As a treat for my newly qualified architect husband, I booked us in to the nhow Hotel situated within in the brand new De Rotterdam building, designed by O.M.A. Situated on the banks of the river Maas, just past the famous Erasmus Bridge, the unusual rectangular blocks of the De Rotterdam building create a unique silhouette on the horizon. The rooms were modern and comfortable, with a focus on sleek but functional design, and great views across the city.

Must visit locations:

  1. The Martkhaal
    This incredible arched building houses private apartments in its walls (and ceiling!) and provides a large atrium for a vibrant indoor market, with stalls selling everything from fresh flowers to exotic spices. And if the selection of produce on offer wasn’t enough to wow you, one glance upwards and you’ll see the digital mural by artist Arno Coenen, which has been described at the “Sistine Chapel of Rotterdam”.
  2. The Cube Houses
    Just across from the Markthaal, you’ll find the the oddly shaped Kubuswoningen (Cube Houses) of Blom. These colourful blocks look like Lego, perched on top of posts like strange trees. Whilst most of the houses are privately owned residential apartments, one is open as a museum for the public, where you can look inside and experience what life might be like living in one of these houses.
  3. The Maas and Erasmus Bridge
    Just as Manhattan has the Brooklyn Bridge, the Erasmus Bridge is iconic of the Rotterdam skyline. Like a giant white harp, it stretches across the banks of the Maas linking the city, with striking high rise buildings on both sides.
  4. Delfshaven
    A pocket of history, Delfshaven gives you a taste of history, with it’s cobbled streets, canals and windmill. A complete contrast to the modern Rotterdam skyline.


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Camera | Canon 1V
Film | Kodak Ektar
Development & Scanning | Canadian Film Lab
 

Check our Cat’s fabulous Q&A about Shooting Film for the First Time over here!
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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.
 

Website | www.colleenmacmillan.net
Facebook | www.facebook.com/ColleenMacMillanPhotography
Instagram | @colleenmacmillanphoto
Pinterest | www.pinterest.com/colmacphoto

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: http://www.agriturismotavernadibibbiano.com

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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.

Website: www.zwartfotografie.nl
Facebook: www.facebook.com/zwartfotografie
Instagram: @raisazwart

Pinterest: @zwartfotografie

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 www.coribeddoes.com.  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.
Website: www.coribeddoes.com
Instagram: @cbeddoes

 

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
 

Paris on Film

Words & Photography: Maxeen Kim Photography

In January last year I took a trip to Paris. I had been before but in preparation for this trip, I researched a few sights I hadn’t managed to see previously. I also contacted the lovely Nadia Meli, who had shot a wedding in the French capital a few months earlier, for her advice on what to do and see. Nadia’s advice was simple:

“Just discover it and do what feels right!!! Don’t think you HAVE to stand on the Eiffel Tower just because everybody does. Walk a lot! The area around Notre Dame is beautiful. Discover it for yourself and try not to think about the influences of movies and books so much.”

This was honestly the best advice I could have ever been given! So today I decided to share it with you.

Once all my hotel and sightseeing plans were in place, I started to get really excited. Until I realised – to my horror – that my recent camera insurance renewal would not be in effect in time for the trip. I could have cried! However, just when I thought I would be camera-less on holiday (which for me would be like walking around naked or missing an arm) a friend suggested that I take a film camera instead. It was one of those ‘Aaaaaaaah!’ moments!

It was a nerve-wracking experience but I’m so glad I did it. Paris was the perfect place to try out my skills on film and, although the shots were a totally different look to what I had usually shoot, I ended up with the most stunningly romantic set of photo’s that remind me of old or vintage post cards.

This first experiment with film was the start of a love affair that has now totally changed my editing and shooting style. It’s what took me from only shooting digital to shooting a mixture of both, and it was part of my initial decision to completely rebrand my business.


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Camera | Canon EOS 300
Film | Fuji Superior

About Maxeen
Maxeen Kim is a destination wedding, travel and lifestyle photographer based between Greece and the UK. She likes nothing better than to explore somewhere new and has a passion for ice cream. When she’s not shooting you can generally find her wondering around an art museum or attempting to get a tan.

Website:www.maxeenkimphotography.com
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Cortona & Lucignano

Photography & Words: Rosanne van Cruyningen (Rosie Reports)
Cortona is a ten minutes’ drive from our B&B. The Etruscan town is located on the hill that overlooks the Valdichiana Valley. Cortona has a lot to offer as it is a cultural and artistic centre. Many festivals are held here, centered around dance, art, photography and more. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants (both trendy & modern and more traditional). Cortona has a lot of churches and in the centre of town is the Museo dell’Academia Etruscan about the Etruscan history of the town. Cortona’s old town wall is still intact. The town became famous due to its use as a location in the American film ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’. It is a popular wedding destination amongst foreigners.

Lucignano is a beautifully preserved small medieval town in an elliptical shape, with a lovely legend about a ‘love tree’ which promises happiness to married couples (which is why many Italians choose to get married here!). It is a gothic masterpiece which took 120 years to complete and can be found in the municipal museum. In 2010 the film “Certified Copy” with Juliette Binoche was filmed here.



Film | Kodak Portra 400 & Fuji Pro 400H
Lab | UK Film Lab
Camera |Mamiya M645

 

About Rosanne
Rosie Reports. I am a 31-year-old Dutch photographer/journalist but divide my time between Holland and Italy (Tuscany) where I run B&B Casa Capanni (which is also a wedding venue) with my family and friends (who also divide their time between the two places). In Holland (Amersfoort) we also run a concept store, called ‘Capanni Lifestyle’, with products inspired by and used in the B&B, such as furniture and bed linen, but also accessories (both fashion and home decor) and clothing by designers such as Magnolia Pearl and Les Ours. We live a bohemian life in Casa Capanni and everything in the store reflects that. We love authentic, handmade, honest products. We also do interior decorating projects. The B&B is a beautiful holiday destination but also like a showroom in which you can spend the night; it was decorated by Capanni lifestyle’s interior designer (who is my mother).

I do the photography, PR, and website design amongst other things for Capanni (and of course I work in the B&B, which includes making beds!). So I also have my own company, which combines photography and journalism (I write for a Dutch magazine). Last year I discovered film photography and have been hooked from the moment I pressed the shutter of my ‘new’ Mamiya M645 1000S. I love the sharp f1.9 80mm lens that came with it. Nowadays, I also own a Mamiya 645 AF. I shoot both digital and analog, but I must admit that I think nothing can compete with film photography, especially when it comes to medium format cameras. I am what they call a ‘natural light photographer’ and nothing captures the light quite like film. I consider myself very lucky to live in Tuscany as a photographer/writer as there is no lack of inspiration here.

Instagram: @rosiereports