Family Documentary Photofilm. Last month I traveled to the East Coast for my annual trip for sessions. This was my second time photographing the Roys for a Day in the Life and there are two things I went into this year’s session knowing I would do. First, I plan to deliver every image in black and white with some in color. This is the total opposite of my normal, but Amber is the only client to ever come back to me and ask for a color image to be converted into a black and white. Second, she wanted an instrumental song if possible. I had a few in mind, but I just knew I had to use THIS song for the photofilm.
Have you ever heard of Kevin Mullins? He is an amazing documentary wedding photographer, who shoots Fuji, and makes the most insanely beautiful black and white images. I have been making slideshows, fusion slideshows, and films over the last 7 years, but the idea of a photofilm is a different ball of wax. It reminds me of when I was a little kid and you learned about animation by drawing on several pieces of paper and then flipping through them fast to see the animation in motion. Last year I did a screen capture of myself flipping through all of this family’s delivered images from their first day to show what a Day in the Life was like in less than 60 seconds. I am not sure how Kevin created THIS photofilm, but it’s legitimately the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
This is a *mostly* uncut and unedited view of the day. I eliminated the few vertical images in the collection and then culled a few more so that I could fit all the stills within two runs of this song, Better (Acoustic) by Marie Hines. I then ran all my jpegs through a BW preset in Lightroom and exported them. I do see more Family Documentary Photofilms in my future.
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