I really was happy with the digital images I took at Jodi and Dan’s wedding…. and then I scanned my Rollei photos tonight… and I LOVE them. It is a combination of the way people look at the camera and the ridiculously amazing quality of film.
For Jodi and Dan’s wedding I took more Rollei photos than normal, for two reasons. First, I was inspired by an email I received from a potential wedding client who asked, “How much would it cost to have a whole wedding shot on a Rollei?” That email made me so excited about the possibility, but I confessed I would feel more comfortable if there was another photographer who was photographing on a more traditional camera at the same time, because the Rollei is so slow and it can be unpredictable. It only takes 12 photos on a roll before you have to change the film and add that with unexpected light leaks or a sticky film advancer and there could be a lot of heartache. But when the Rollei gets it right… it gets it really right. And I definitely want to use it more and more.
The other reason I photographed more than usual with the Rollei, is because a friend and I are trying to see how it would be to make a real documentary album for wedding couples and we used Jodi and Dan as our guinea pigs. We recorded interviews with Jodi and Dan and all their important people and we hope to combine the photos and transcripts from the interviews into a book, similar to my final project for school. And if the sound quality is good enough, we’d also love to combine the sound with the photos for a Jodi and Dan multimedia show. If nothing else, at least it will be a good project for the slower winter months.
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Paige Green is a documentary and portrait photographer, whose storytelling approach to photography frequently addresses issues involving agriculture, land use, and food. Her work is featured in nine books and has been published in Glamour, National Geographic Traveler, New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Country Living, House Beautiful, and Culture. Paige lives in Petaluma, CA with a house full of boys.
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Oh My God! Those are stunning – the colors are amazing!! I cannot wait to see the rest. That camera… creates magic. Dan will die.
As always, I love your rollei shots Paige…but you know where my heart lies… Film all the way baby! I know you want to shoot large format too! 😉
I wanted to let you know that I am just floored by the photographs of our wedding. I spent a couple of hours going through them the first day you posted to smug mug an I was literally in tears – and I’ve been back over them again and again.
You are truly a gifted photographer. In addition to your incredible skill and ease with a camera, you also seemed to be everywhere at once, capturing each and every critical moment. The photographs are beautiful… stunning. I’m just overwhelmed. On top of that… it was really a pleasure to get to know you and have you help us make June 28th such a special day. I’m singing your praises daily and directing everyone I know to your blog.
Hope you are well Paige. Looking forward to seeing you again one of these days….