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The Film Theory

Remember the days when you had to look through a small glass lens in order to take a photo? And you had to hope that you had everything just right – good lighting, steady hands, big smiles and wide open eyes – because you weren’t going to see that picture until it was developed, days or even weeks later?

It was a little bit exciting (the anticipation of it all), a little bit nerve-racking (the unknown factor of it all), and it became almost entirely a thing of the past once digital camera technology came into the picture (pun intended). Of course, you still had your film enthusiasts – artists and hobbyists and the like – but it became incredibly rare to find someone who still used this medium regularly, especially in the wedding world where the advantages of digital cameras became ever abundant.

However, as the saying goes, “what’s old is new again”, and we are sure you can see where this is going…

Film photography has been making a resurgence for several years now, especially among fine art wedding photographers, and we absolutely are here for it. Actually, most of our portfolio has been captured on film and we’re pretty sure that’s a large reason why we love those images so much! So much thought goes into every frame, giving us wonderful compositions. There’s a great little article here about some of the differences between digital and film photography, explaining why film isn’t just something you should write off as a thing of the past. We whole-heartedly agree with the author’s sentiments – there is something timeless, inexplicable, and utterly breath-taking about film photography; the way the light dances off of a surface, how dimensions seem to transform to make you feel like you are there in the moment, how the mere process of taking a film photograph takes time and a certain level of artistry.

Being longtime fans of film photography, we at Claire Duran Weddings & Events jumped at the recent opportunity to collaborate with several amazing vendors, both local and international, on a workshop dubbed The Film Theory – a hands-on lesson in film photography, developed for the aspiring film photographer. We stepped in to artfully design a styled wedding shoot for professional photographers and film aficionados Rudney Novaes and Natalie Jayne – creators of the workshop, and both of whose photos you see featured in this post. The results were nothing short of stunning, and reflect so many of the reasons why we love the use of film for wedding photography.

In case you needed more convincing – just take a peak at these stunning images from the workshop back in October, on a gorgeous fall day in Georgetown, Washington DC!

And just for fun, a few behind-the-scenes shots of the workshop in progress!


Workshop Hosts & Photo Credits: Rudney Novaes & Natalie Jayne
Planning/Design: Claire Duran Weddings & Events
Floral Design: Angelica Fleurs, with local assistance from Hazel Dust and We Do Event Design
Video: Sok Vision
Hair & Makeup (Models Hannah and Jeincy): Georgetown Bride
Hair & Makeup (Model Amanda): Elle Alise
Linens/Napkins: Nuage Designs
Rentals: Select Event Group
Stationery: Calligraphette & Co
Cake: Jisoo Cake Design
Styling Boards: Locust Collection
Gowns: Jaclyn Jordan
Tux: Generation Tux
Rings: Erstwhile Jewelry
Shoes: Bella Belle
Ribbon: Silk & Willow
Candlestick Holders: Chris Targoni Clay
Model Agency: Kingsley Models
Models: Conor Marsh, Amanda Olivia, Jeincy Paniagua, Hannah Morgan 
Venue: Tudor Place

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