Family photographs have always carried a lot of nostalgia for me. I remember flipping through old film photographs of my family when I was a little kid. There was something magical about those little 6×4 prints all lined up behind the thin plastic of those giant albums I sure most of us have hidden away in a storage box now. There aren’t a lot of family photos of my family. the bushfires in 2000 burn down a lot of our house and quite a few of our family photos went up in flames. I guess that’s part of the magic of new technology and everyone’s family photos being in the cloud now. Still… There’s something so visceral about film. It’s got a texture to it you just can’t get with digital.. it’s soft, grainy.. it feels more real somehow.
Getting to capture the Chong family, on film was such a joy. Being there and having no idea how the photos were coming out is a bit of a thrill. Having to wait for the film to come back was a bit like waiting for Christmas. Thankfully they came out beautifully and it was such a joy to be able to give these to such an incredibly beautiful family. The Chong’s are the sweetest family you could ever hope to meet and getting to spend the day with them playing at this incredible Airbnb property for Joel’s birthday was such a fun day of laughs and of course photos.
These images were all shot on a Canon EOS-1N
with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film
The set of images below were shot on Digital with a 5D mkiii