WHY I SHOOT ON FILM

I shoot most of my work with a medium format Contax 645 on film. There’s something about a film image that can never be quite reproduced digitally. Film is so forgiving and flattering for skin tones. It erases blemishes and focuses on light. It has a unique aesthetic quality that speaks to so many of my clients. Colours on film are seemingly more subtle and more vibrant at the same time. Shadows are deeper, lights are brighter, yet the overall look is somehow infinitely soft.

ON FILM EVERY SINGLE SHOT

IS PRECIOUS

Through years of me shooting digitally, while fine-tuning my editing process, I always looked to those photographers I admired. And even though I found myself getting closer to the look of their images, a certain magic was missing. I kept trying, but I was never really 100% happy with the end result of my digital images. Until I realised that all those photographers were shooting on film.

 

So I bought my first cameras and for the first time, I could see that same incredible magic in my own images.

 

The process of shooting on film has been life-changing for me. Not just for the look of my final images. But for the way I shoot. Every digital shoot had me looking down at the preview screen on my camera all the time - and it took me out of the moment every single time. With film I can’t do this, and I love how much more present I am because of this.

 

And while a digital memory card can hold thousands of images at a time, on film every single shot is precious. When I create an image setting with you during a shoot, I slow down and intentionally craft each image. When I look through the camera, I feel the moment, I am focused entirely on you. I see every movement and every flicker of emotion. And then I press the shutter exactly when it feels right.

 

I am however a hybrid photographer - I have to be here in the north of Europe during the darker months of the year. Film loves and needs light! I choose the camera and equipment that works best for the moment. For your wedding I will always bring both my film and digital gear. Darker spaces, dance floor action and midnight walks in the moonlight will usually all have me reaching for my digital camera.

Susanna Nordvall

Fine Art Wedding Photographer

Finland  Sweden  Norway  Iceland  Denmark

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Capturing genuine love stories in the North of Europe