When I made the decision to exclusively shoot film portrait sessions, it was largely due to the fading affection I was feeling towards the highly computerized process of creating digital imagery. From over-shooting to over-editing, my love for photography was waning. Memories were being recorded, but those memories no longer felt real. It felt like truth was becoming lost within the pixels and surreal editing actions. While shooting film, I have become a more thoughtful and deliberate photographer. Film is keeping it real, and the negatives in the desk drawer are a reminder of that. My vision is clearer, my process is slower and I feel like I am able to create imagery that sprouts from roots of authenticity.

I chose to shoot Megan’s session in her own backyard as a date-stamp for this time in her life. This very same evergreen backdrop we used for her maternity session creates a juxtaposition for future imagery. This pregnancy, at this home, is the same home where someday soon Megan and Andrew’s little dude will be chasing chickens with sticks, putting grasshoppers in a jar and climbing trees (can you already visualize those future photographs and don’t you think this setting is perfect?!). This is Megan’s maternity session; simple, unadorned, beautiful film images that reflect the possibilities in store for a beautiful, new life.

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The session was shot on a Nikon F6 and Mamiya 645 ProTL using Portra 400 and Ilford Delta 3200 films. Americana Portraits is available for your own in-home maternity session, offering sessions in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden and available for travel (please inquire). If you are interested in your own film maternity session, please contact me to schedule your session….kristin@americanaportraits.com or by phone at 306-0321.

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