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My Own First Rolls of Color Film

Since becoming a professional photographer in this digital age, I’ve always had the fear that if I were to pick up a film camera again, it would become very clear very quickly that I didn’t actually know what I was doing behind the camera.

Now, I realize this is a lie, but some days it’s easier to hear the lies than the truth.  Plus, 17 year old Sabrina with her Nikon N50 (not D50!) truly didn’t know what she was doing with her SLR camera but today’s current version of Sabrina is well versed in her DSLR.  And since the only things/people we should be comparing ourselves to is who we were yesterday, then in comparison to my 17 year old self, I’m most definitely a professional and I most definitely know what I’m doing behind my camera!

All of that to say, I’m so thankful for The Signature Atelier and Abby last summer for our Film 101 class.  I’m so thankful for my friends who have been shooting film for a while who have been cheering me on and encouraging me even though I still don’t know what I’m doing with this film thing.

But I’m also really thankful that this Pentax found a home with me and is also being patient as I learn how to use it.

I’ve taken a couple rolls of black and white film and now several rolls of color film and y’all.  I’m so in love.  Each click (more like “ka-chunk) of the shutter is like someone poking me in the side to get me to laugh.  Not that I had fallen out of love with photography, but it’s like this has been a reminder as to why I fell in love with it in the first place!

I purchased a Pentax 645 from Amazon at the beginning of the year and shot these images on Fuji 400H.  These rolls of film were developed by The Find Lab on their Noritsu scanner.

And just to give you an idea of what the difference between digital and medium format film looks like, I took a couple of photos as identical as I could with both camera so I could do some side-by-sides.  The ones on the left are digital and the ones on the right are film.

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Also, I have some really wonderful friends that (possibly reluctantly) stepped in front of my camera so I could practice.

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Let’s just say that my smallest models (below) were my most reluctant of all.

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This photo of Catherine holding the flowers is SO underexposed, but I don’t even care because her expression is everything!!!

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I’m mostly posting these because I’m super excited about them but also because I want to come back and see what my first rolls of film looked like after I’ve been shooting film for a while.  I would hope that my 17 year old self would be proud.  And I do hope that in 20+ more years, I’ll be thankful for how much I’ve grown!

mommy - March 2, 2018 - 9:18 am

I loved seeing our grandgirls! Keep up the good work Sabrina! We’re proud of you!
Love you!

William Edward | Greenville Birth Photographer | Patewood Memorial

When I first talked with Maggie and Charlie about photographing the birth of their son, we were chatting about names and they mentioned that they were just embracing the fact that they all happen to have very royal names.  And it took me a minute to realize what she was talking about… Maggie and Charlie are short for Margaret and Charles and then of course their son’s name is now William Edward!  And for as much as I love British royalty, this just put a huge smile on my face!

I began checking in with Maggie about how she was doing right around two weeks before her due date.  There wasn’t much going on, which is perfectly fine!  But as her due date came and went, I was just praying for her and sweet William because I knew they both were probably very ready to meet each other.  And sure enough, 4 days later, her water broke!

Saturday morning, I walked into their hospital room where they’d been for almost a full day and while I could tell she was already tired and uncomfortable, Maggie still had a pep in her voice and even got some sleep during the day as they waited on their son.  Charlie was by her side all the time and when he needed to step away, their doula was right there comforting and encouraging Maggie every step of the way.  Kathy was so wonderful and between the three of them and their families who came and went during the day, it was such a calm and encouraging space to be in.

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The look of pure joy on Charlie’s face right here is exactly why I photograph births!
He just saw his son for the first time and was in awe of what his wife accomplished to bring him into the world!

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Maggie, you were amazing!  And William is just perfect :-)

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Congratulations, you guys.  And thank you for allowing me to share that space with you to capture William’s first breaths!


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Wedding Guide, vol 2

Things have been a little quiet on the blog lately, but I’ve been gearing up for my 9th wedding season (NINTH!).  Mostly by updating my bridal guide.  And I’m so excited to share it when it’s ready!  But, here’s a sneak peek because I just can’t resist :-)


I’d mentioned last year after returning home from The Signature Atelier in Paris that there would be some changes in my business this year and I’ll slowly be sharing what those are as they develop and are ready!  But the first one has to do with this guide.  It’s such a valuable tool for my brides, but I want my grooms to know that it’s for them too!  Most of the things in here are definitely geared towards my brides, but the grooms will find it helpful too.  Each wedding day is for the COUPLE and I don’t want the guys to feel like it isn’t their day too!

The other change that’s been happening is the addition of workshops.  I hosted my first ever workshop back in January and it was so much fun!  I’ll be announcing dates really soon for the next set of Off Camera Flash and DSLR 101 workshops so if you aren’t already, be sure to sign up for the newsletter HERE!

Catherine’s 3rd Birthday!

We knew February would be hectic with both girl’s being born in the same month, but I actually kind of love it.  It’s a month to celebrate THEM and the lives God has given them and the joy that they are to us!

The thing that’s been standing out to me lately is how nurturing Catherine is.  She’s always been this way but it’s been the sweetest thing to see it come out more since her sister arrived.  If Isa is upset, Catherine is quick to ask her what’s wrong and to put her arm around her or lean in close to comfort her.  If Ben or I get a “boo boo”, Catherine will walk us to the cabinet where the bandages are and put one on us with a kiss to help us feel better.

Baby girl, you were the first one to make us parents and these last 3 years have been crazy challenging but full of so much joy, laughter and more love than we could have imagined!  God created such a gift when He created you and chose us to be the ones to raise you.  We love you so much!

Photos by Jana Candler, Kim DeLoach, me and Kim again :-)

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Happy Valentine’s!

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How adorable is this photo?!?!  Kim DeLoach is so stinking creative and I’m so thankful that her talents have captured some very sweet memories for us over the years.

I’m excited to love on these two little girls today and to show them how we can share that love with others.  We’re headed to papa’s office to hand out Valentines from the girls, then downtown to a flower market (with my film camera in tow!) and I’m pretty sure some cookies and lots of heart-inspired crafts will happen this afternoon!

Last year for Valentine’s Day, we had an 8 day old baby so Ben brought home dinner and a movie.  It was perfect!  But I’m looking forward to having a date with just he and I tonight.

Whether you’re sharing the day with your love, your favorite group of girls, or you’re working tonight, I hope and pray that you know how much more the Lord loves you than anyone else on earth ever could.  We’re able to love because He first loved us.  It’s a crazy truth to wrap our minds around, but it’s truth and I’m so thankful!