Ilford Hp 5 black and white film

When I first got into photography I was shooting an old Minolta Srt 100 that my father gave me. I learned how to shoot with film as digital was not around yet.  I started recently shooting film again the last few months. It’s such an amazing medium to shoot with. If anything will slow your shutter finger down it’s knowing that you only have 15 shots with 120mm medium format or 36 exposures with 35mm film. It really makes you slow down and think through your shot before you just starting whacking away at the button. 

So I thought I’d take this post to share some of my favorite images shot with Ilford Hp5 BW film. The above image was shot with a Nikon F100 and 50mm lens. This is my son running around the park. The F100 is a great camera. It’s small, fast, and very easy to shoot. I often have it tucked away in whatever bag I’m carrying just in case something comes up.   The Hassy, not so much of a street shooters camera. It’s heavy and slow to bring up to your eye. Although, it’s such an amazing camera that it’s almost worth hefting it around. I adore shooting that camera more than any other. 

For some reason, to me at least, BW film makes anything look really cool! I shot the leaf with a Hasselblad H1 120mm medium format.  There are so many different stocks of BW and color film, each with its own special characteristics. HP5 is great, supper grainy, and depending on the way you develop it or have it processed it can be super contrasty. The beautiful thing about BW film is that it’s very easy to develop at home. All of these images came from rolls that I developed at home in the bathroom.  The next image the tomb of the unknown soldier was shot with a Hasselblad H1.

And I’ll leave you with a shot of my wife and boy. Teaching him the skills. One day he’ll take the Minolta Srt that I started with and maybe the love affair with film/digital photography will begin for him as it did for me. 


What happens when it rains during your family session? | Clarksburg Family Photographers

Well, christmas eve in 2016 started off a bit stressful but ended in some amazing family portraits. We were scheduled to shoot from 8am till 11am at the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. We woke up to pouring rain. Well needless to say we stressed, luckily our clients were super patient and flexible with us. After some back and forth with them we all decided on the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater after the rain stopped. Basically we needed a gorgeous place that did not require a permit.

The kids decided to surprise mom and dad with a family photo shoot for christmas. She warned us ahead of time that they liked to horse around and have a good time. They did not disappoint.

One of the things I love about shooting with my wife Liz, is that we can capture a ton of candids while putting together a specific pose. At this time I was asking the brother to come stand for a headshot, well, Liz captured this great shot while I was laughing. 


This family was tons of fun to shoot, the laughter and joking around was tons of fun. They’re a beautiful family and we hope to see them again in the future!



Of course we had to nab this as our last shot.

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Technical info;

Digital images were shot with Nikon D610 with sigma 24-70 2.8, Nikon D4 with Nikon 50mm 1.4

Film images were shot with Hasselblad H1 with 80mm 2.8 and Kodak Portra 400 Film.


White House Family Shoot|Clarksburg, Maryland Portrait Photographers.

This was one of our more exciting family sessions that we’ve had. The father works for the White House, so, when he said we’d need clearance because we’d be shooting on the grounds we got very excited. Of course we very quickly went on and checked to make sure our tax papers were in order, bills were paid and records clean!  We started off shooting at the brownstones on Jackson street, the kids were great! Very quick to horse around with mom and dad. We asked mom and dad to kiss, eliciting a great reaction from the kids!

We moved over to Lafayette Park to take advantage of some of the fall colors and leaves.

Then came the exciting part! Off to the old executive office where we got to stop and see the office of the Vice President, the War room and Indian Treaty room.


After a brief security check and A tags handed out (yup, just like on The West Wing) we headed over to the real West Wing.

That would be our last image including the West Wing as there is no photography allowed beyond that door. They were so kind in inviting us along on a private tour of the West Wing. We walked the halls and saw the Roosevelt Room, the Cabinet Room, the Oval Office, rose garden, portico and the very securely shut door to the situation room.  I was in awe walking up and down the halls looking at the stunning photographs by Pete Souza. Finally we took a last portrait inside the press briefing room and then called it a day. Liz and I were in the clouds for the next few weeks as it sunk in as to where we had just been.

More of this families images can be seen in our family section.

For all you techie people, I shot this with Nikon D4, nikon 50mm 1.4, Liz shot a Nikon D610 with sigma 24-70 2.8

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