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Hello everyone!
It has been a while since my last post. I need to stay on top of things, but I am slowly catching up with my "to-dos".

I had the profound privilege to be asked to photograph the 6th Annual In Concert For Cancer benefit with Judith Hill! I honestly don't know how I lucked out on this assignment. I was so nervous before the show, as I wanted to capture good images with thoughtfulness and soul. As you know, I love my film shots. Not knowing the results, I hoped for the best. Thank you to the ICFC Team! I had a blast working with you all!

I think CineStill is my favorite low light film!

Here are a few BTS and concert shots photographed on film.

I'm still reveling in the moment.

Sound check before concert

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The work I'm putting into my art is slowly starting to get noticed. It is not easy putting one's self out there and I bow down to anyone who puts themselves out in the public eye, as it can be daunting and expensive. Ever since my renewed passion back to film, I've entered so many competitions and contests to reputable photographic sites, being judged by esteemed jurors to which it is all subjective and of course amazing photographic artists submitting from over 156 countries (I may or may not be exaggerating) but seems about right. 

On a personal note and sharing with you my struggles, I recently lost my mom to an horrific battle to pancreatic cancer, so I've been trying to process my grief. But I don't want this blogue to be a sad post, however, more like real life and me working hard to achieve my goals and my mom Annie guiding me from up above.

Add, making a career change has been arduous. It is clearly not for the faint of heart, but I like to consider myself a very late-bloomer unicorn in waiting.

That said, I entered in one of my analogue film portraits to the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont (It's difficult breaking in here in Seattle) but nonetheless, it's one for the resume and I'm happy that my piece was selected by Catherine Just, an artist I've admired who happened to be a juror! what are the odds!?! Out of 500+ images submitted, I was one of 55 selected. When I got the news, I cried happy tears. I don't feel as invisible as I thought I felt and that little bit of validation went a long way.

My "Portrait of Hanna" will be on display at "The Face" exhibition held at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Exhibition opens July 20th and will run until August 13th.

Thank you all so much for your support and cheers, it means the world.

Photographed on my Sinar F, Ilford HP5 4x5 film, developed with R5 Monobath.

The concept behind this portrait, while it is photograph taken today, I wanted to achieve the nostalgia of the 19th century. I had the subject relax her face and gaze into the lens. To me, it's a beautiful portrait that has hints of thoughts of the past.

Thank you Catherine for selecting me and recognizing the soul I put into my works. I am so humbled, honored and forever grateful.

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Fashion on Film. The rare sunny day in Seattle in Springtime! clothing by BEUtiful Designs. I just loved working with this talented fashion and jewelry designer, her clothing line is simple and elegant and her couture jewelry line is impeccable. Yes please!!!

Designer: Barbara Elenor Ursula

HMU: Jessica Smith

Models: Sara and Courtney

Photographed using Provia 120 film.

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It was such a privilege photographing this Senior in both digital and film, what was more amazing is when the family was searching out for photographers I felt honored that they really liked how I incorporate digital and film in my workflow. I do try to steer away from the atypical poses because I want to make the experience comfortable and real as possible while flattering the individual's unique qualities. BUT we had to break up the session due to the rain on the first go-around but persevered as long as we could until we had to halt the shoot. I was now on weather-watch so we could finish the session. Finally we got a break in the weather and was able to finish what we started. For the second part of this I brought my Rollei and a roll of CineStill film. I love the magical results of this Indie music vibe session. I would call this a trifecta win of digital imagery, large format film and medium format film.

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I wanted to share my most recent photo experience. I had the opportunity to photograph celebrity photographer John Keatley using New55 film. I was a bit nervous due to the success rate being somewhat iffy, but I made a conscious decision to not bring my digital camera as a backup. What was I thinking!?!  But my focus was the idea of "capturing your legacy on film".  Taking that chance, I wanted to make this a predominately film session. I am absolutely thrilled with the results!

Thank you John for inviting me to your beautiful home and a huge shout out to Tammy Lloyd for assisting and documenting the behind the scenes images of what the process is all about!

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I'm bringing sexy back with the nostalgia of the 19th century film photographer by making large format film portraits and still life fine art. I am very excited about this project and would love for you to be a part of the journey.
 
 I wanted to also share with you that I made a huge leap of faith and left my "day job" in the engineering field and finally following what I was meant to do, which is create narrative/environmental portraits and arts in the creative industry. I am a visual storyteller of you incorporating both digital and analogue.

I am toying with the idea and putting into the works a film only session to create a series of fine art portraits of you. I am calling this series "Legacy Captured on Film". What this means is spending one on one together capturing your range of expression that is a real and authentic you. We will be out of our comfort zone, but the results will be pure joy and an experience you will cherish forever. 

As you may or may not know, I am a big fan of New55 Film! What this kick start company has done for me has given me the drive and passion to immerse myself in the analogue world! I feel a renewed sense of my entrepreneurial self along with artistry. This medium grounds me and I appreciate the slow and methodical process while the digital runs the gamut.

Here are a few recent New55 P/N portraits with a better success rate, this is truly one of a kind!

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Thank you for taking the time to read this and don't forget to book your session with me.

xoxo,
Chelle

What crazy weather weve been having lately! Here in the Pacific Northwest weve seen rain, sun, wind, snow, rain, ice, and more snow. Patiently waiting for Spring is so hard! It was early Monday during the morning commute dropping my kids off to school the snow just dumped upon us, as if Mother Nature was sifting a serious dose of confectioners sugar on something sweet. This made for tardiness and tough driving conditions definitely not fun. However, on the bright side this made for a potential photo-op, not necessarily digital. Ive been finding myself carrying my Rollei everywhere I go, even if I run mundane errands (one never knows!) After dropping my kids off, I found myself at our local park to which has a small recreational lake. I wanted to see if I could capture the intensity of the snow on film. I pulled into the park and no one else around me. I felt so bad making impressing tire marks onto freshly fallen snow, but it was beautiful! I got out of my car awkwardly and looked around, everything looks different with snow.

I debate whether or not I should take my film to the lab to have developed but Ive been wanting to develop color negative film for a while now. My first attempt last year, the results abysmal. So this time, I made sure I got the chemicals mixed correctly and to temperature and the timing correct. It was a tedious process but I am determined to really learn from my mistakes without reinventing the wheel.

Photographed using Portra400 and C-41 development.

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Living in the Pacific Northwest the majority of the typical weather is rain. A lot of it too. However, once in a great while we get the occasional winter snow. When it snows here it doesn't last for very long and just as fast as it comes in, it melts rapidly and the beautiful "Narnia" scenery is back to the moss and mud. For the moment we enjoy the time. But most importantly the number one best thing about a snow day is No School! It's a day for sledding, hot cocoa and a warm fire going inside. For part of this day there was a power outage around the area, so spending some quality time with loved ones and making fun memories was priority. Making the most of the day, I grabbed my Rollei TLR and put on my mud boots and captured a few fun and peaceful moments before heading inside to develop the roll of film and playing board games with my family and maybe there was a nap on the couch involved. Thank you Mother Nature! We had a great day! I sure would like more days like this.

Photographed using Ilford HP4 125. Developed using New55 R5 Monobath.

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We are now nineteen days into January and already the time seems to be moving fast! I'm still grappling with conquering film especially the large format film. Working my Sinar camera along with using New55 Film, I am girl on a mission. There is a lot of little details and steps to go through as I've probably mentioned in other blogues, but again it's the slowed down and methodical practice I need to work on.

On a recent photo-shoot for a local gym, I brought along my Sinar hoping to do a couple of film portraits after the main shoot. We had so much fun and was hoping for the best for the results. I would categorize as both a win and fine art. Although not perfect, I love the results as I hope you do too!

Thank you to my wonderful clients, Brooke, Steve and Zach

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I love when I meet wonderful people and how they allow me into their lives to document special moments. On this particular event for an awesome couple that recently wed had a fun wedding reception with friends and family. While on my assignment, I met a very inquisitive 7 year old that was fascinated with my 1954 Rolleicord, He wanted to know how this unusual camera worked without viewing instant images on the back. He loved the film when I loaded into the camera, "cool! what is this film?". When I asked him is name so I can address him properly, he replied, "my name is Isaac with two a's". I asked him if I showed him how to work the camera if he wanted to help take some photos. He was all over that, and kept saying "I love this toy!" I told him it was one of my favorite toys too. He was not shy with the camera and his parents were a little nervous him handling it, I gave them piece of mind, that Isaac was doing great.

The film I loaded was 120 Kodak Portra 400 and I thought I would share Isaac's images. I absolutely love the results! Way to go Isaac!!!

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On a recent shoot at the LeMay Family Home Collection in Tacoma, WA. Harold and Nancy LeMay and their collection of cars as far as the eye can see is jaw-dropping, I was memorized by this beautiful place! Thankful to Doug LeMay and family who carry on the tradition and sharing of this magnificent collection with us all. This truly is an amazing treasure to get lost in, appreciate and of course snap a few photos. There are actually too many cars to count, but if I were to guesstimate, there was probably more than 1000 +/- vehicles dating back as far as 1886.

Photographing this wonderful 50th wedding vow renewal of Walt and Elaine Renggli by far was a very fun event!. Of course, I had to bring my film camera along with my digital! It was fun wandering the building viewing the cars and the bridal room. Hauntingly beautiful! 

Congratulations to a long and happy marriage!

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I photographed using Ilford FP4 Plus and Kodak Tmax400.


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On a recent shoot to Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, I wanted to experiment with a black and white film that I had not used before Ilford FP4 Plus 125, I was somewhat hesitant because I have read in forums from users that the results can be washed out without much contrast. However my fail was with the developing. I used a reel for 120 and I misaligned the film with the reel therefore when I developed it, parts of the film stuck together. It is a gut-wrenching slow motion of "oh crap", but some of the images that did turn out, I found the result quite intriguing. I shot this 2 stops underexposed. 

My love of shooting film is more and more and hasn't wavered even with my fails. I don't know if I could ever replicate this with my digital camera. I definitely love this series. My take away and lesson learned? I need to make adjustments on my 120 reel and load the film correctly.


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Getting out and about with this awesome family and their twins. Theses little ones had me on my toes for sure. 

Used my 1954 Rolleicord TwinFlex. Shot with Fuji Pro400H 120 color negative film. I simply love the results and the concept of less is more.

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Welcome to Fall! I found myself doing some light organizing of my pantry, wine allocations and make-shift studio and thought to myself, as the seasons change one thing doesn't. Wine. Whether enjoying company with friends or quietly in the comfort of one's home on a stormy night (which is happening more often, at least where I reside) enjoying various Netflix Originals.  Perfect for any time of the year, the offerings of wine always seem to be unwavering.

Therefore, stopping in my tracks and I suddenly became inspired to tackle once and for all the large format focusing beast and my New55 P/N! The chores and organizing can wait. 

I pulled together my favorite wines from Frenchie Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and EFESTE Wines added a few props to make a pleasing presentation. I carefully checked my light meter and systematically loaded the film. Im pretty sure I held my breath the whole time as I really hoped for the best. One never really knows with film how the image will turn out. When I saw the positive result, the pressure was off and I finally could breathe again! Then to the next step of developing the negative and well lets just say I am going to print, frame and hang this one-of-a-kind awesomeness.

This by far has been my most successful result and I am more than pleased!

I feel like I am inching closer and closer to being able to add this service to my repertoire.

Santé!

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I write this blog post with the intention of sincerity.

As a photographer, I continue to work on my craft and try to make pictures with what I have and resources available to me. My recent migration back to film has been an amazing journey, I've experienced a lot of ups and downs, but more downs, with the occasional success. I love medium and large format film photography and that is when I realized I really don't like being labeled as a "photographer", I wish there was a different word, but I am a person that likes to create images and make portraits. Along with that, I had an Epiphany with the advancement in digital cameras out there, I reflected, and thought to myself, I really know nothing! Not that I don't know, but with this process being in a fast paced environment, it's hard for me to appreciate what I do know. So I decided to do my own thing and really stop comparing myself to other photographers and this time go at my own speed. 

I do look up to other photographers/artists and it is easy to compare and self-doubt sneaks up on me and I tell you folks, that is the wrong outlook. I think its good for me (as well as others like me to be inspired from other artists, although I am not published yet (wink) I am staying true to my style and trying to grow and explore.

When I younger, I was fascinated with how film was developed in the darkroom, but I never knew anyone, friends or family alike who could teach me how to do the film developing process, it seemed so complicated with the chemical parts to water, heating to the right temperature and timing. So I stored the idea way back in the depths of my mind, thinking it'll be a "someday, I'll learn".

Fast forward to today, when I made the bold decision to do what I've always wanted to do. I want to learn to shoot large format and develop film. I want to do develop and process the images I create. Enter in the New55 Film Project. I am a huge proponent of this amazing kick-starter project and I am a fan for life. The folks there, have done great things in bringing back the semi instant film back to life! There is a market for this and for those who really appreciate film. Not that, not everyone appreciates film, but digital makes it easy for everyone and hey! it is okay. I do love my digital cameras just as much and I use them for my clients.

I will add the film to my services soon for clients that want a unique keepsake. The process I must note, definitely slows down a workflow process. I love every mechanical components of my camera. I love the collection of film I have that is waiting for that perfect picture.

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Not long ago while studying the history of photography, in which I happen to have a huge interest in the early techniques and a deep admiration of the photographers of the 19th century,

One of the photographers that I especially admire of the times and somewhat can relate to is Julia Margaret Cameron. What a fascinating woman she was and what was cool about her is that her adult children gave her, her first camera at the age of 48 because they didn't want her to be bored. I love it! So she didn't start photographing until later in life, and that is where I can relate with her.

She was criticized by her peers for her focus issues and other unconventional results (like scratches, smudges and thumbprints), but I think it was great that she paid no mind to those pesky critics. She immersed herself in the process and experimented a lot! The people she photographed were friends, family and her neighbors. Along with the criticism, she was considered a celebrity photographer in the sense of photographing Sir John Hershel (who happened to teach her everything he knew about the process) Oh and one of her neighbors Alfred Lord Tennyson. The two gentlemen had great admiration and championed her work, they were life long friends.

At the time Julia used the wet collodion process printed on albumen paper. It's a difficult and can be a tad bit dangerous if you don't know what you're doing and I will gladly admit I don't know how and where to start with that type of process, let alone working with combustible chemicals. Yikes!!! I think I will leave that old time technique to the past!

So, in the spirit of Julia's work, I've always admired her portrait of "Florence". I love everything about the subject and the results of this simple beauty.

I wanted to see if I could replicate this process, although I don't have the tools or skill set for the wet plate collodion process, I did replicate the film look in a digital format which presented other sets of challenges.

I want to thank my awesome model/friend Hannah for standing in the cold, wind, and rain on this particular day I photographed her and to my other wonderful friend/stylist Josie Foster who helped me put this homage together.

I look forward to visiting the Isle of Wight someday.

I hope you enjoyed my little history lesson and my "In the spirit of.....Julia Margaret Cameron" Portrait of "Hannah"

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Lately I have been obsessed with film, so I dusted off my 1954 Rolleicord Twin Flex and took it to a reputable place to make sure all the mechanisms were functioning properly. With that, I purchased a handful of color negative and black and white film. I love how today's camera manufacturers make it easy for us consumers, as far as the instant image along with the wi-fi features in some cameras. I have a couple DSLRs and sure I use and love all the bells and whistles, but there is something to be said for that analog camera. All one needs to do is load the film, there no batteries required, just the click of shutter and have the right aperture setting. Standing still only listen to the sound of my breath and now release the shutter. Seriously, what an exhilarating moment.

For my first shots, I set out for a stroll and realized I forgot my light meter. So I had to gauge my instincts to adjust my shutter and aperture. I am very pleased with the results in hand. I used Kodak Ektar 100 film.

If this blog seems more like a blurb it is because, I am new to blogging and I figure my first go would give me inspiration to write along with visual storytelling. I'm going to try and dedicate this part of my site to film and experiments. I appreciate you stopping by and visiting, I hope you like the images I have produced on film and on digital.



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