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Chris and I finally moved back on to Capitol Hill in Seattle. Our self-imposed exile into South Seattle officially ended mid-way through this month, and we are back in our best element and where we are happiest. That move took a lot of time and energy for the last month or two, between looking for somewhere to live, touring places, settling on the amazing spot we found, packing, moving, and then unpacking again.
This weekend, I finally felt like I could use the space for a session, so I reached out on various social media platforms for someone that wanted. While there’s lots of interest (so many future shoots to come), I was able to set up a shoot on short notice with Jake!
Jake (them/them) and I have been talking and following each other on a few social media platforms for a while now. We’ve been flirting with the idea of me photographing them since our very first chat, but things just never worked out; that’s probably a familiar story if you read my blog much. Anyway, this weekend worked for both of us, and with just a couple of hours of notice yesterday, they came over!
I didn’t have much of an idea for the shoot other than I wanted to shoot a hybrid of digital and film work, and I wanted to explore the new space and the light. I’ve been doing a lot of switching back and forth between digital and film over the years, and I have gotten to the point where I don’t think I have to decide between the two. I can just do both and love both and shoot more film when I feel like it and more digital when I feel like it. I actually don’t have to choose one or the other, even in the same shoot!
I won’t say you can’t tell the difference between the two types of images. I shot Kodak Tri-X 400 for the film, which has a very signature grain to it. It’s been around in 35mm format and mostly unchanged for 68 years, so you’ve probably seen images taken on it.
Back to Jake. Wow. What a lovely person! We had such a great time in our shoot, and conversation was extremely fluid and easy. If they were nervous, I had no clue. As per most shoots, we probably spent an hour talking and getting to know one another in person before we started photographing. In there, I learned they are an avid runner and marathoner, have an amazing sense of humor, and seem genuinely interested in connecting with me as a human. I didn’t get the feeling that it was just me that feels that way about them. I’m willing to bet they make most people feel that way just by being themselves.
We ended up shooting for about 2 hours. I really got to delve into the space and the light and see how it changed in an afternoon. We had some strong sun this weekend, so I had some beautifully variegated light to play with, along with some strong light/shadow work I was able to do. Almost everything I took – both digital and film – ended up being black & white. There were, however, a couple of the images I decided to keep as color. I just loved how their hair and skin reflected the warmth of the light we had in the moment. Thankfully, Jake also said they typically prefer black & white images, so that works out.
Anyway, we had a great time, I feel creatively charged, and I’m excited to keep working and making beautiful people feel beautiful!
As always, I hope y’all love the images!