Film PhotographyQ & A With FIlm Photographer Justine Milton

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on January 6, 2017

For most of us, our experience with film photography backdrops is limited to disposable cameras from childhood vacations—if even that. Film seems archaic compared to the ease and convenience of shooting digital, but much like vinyl enthusiasts, some photographers find film more aesthetically pleasing. Justine Milton talks with Blush about bringing the fine art of film to wedding photography.

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What made you decide to get into photography in general, and film photography specifically?

“I started out by taking a photography course in university as part of my design degree. We had to use black and white film and I took a photo of my great-grandmother’s living room, with sun pouring in through a stained glass window above her piano. My professor told me I had a talent for photography and should consider doing something with it. So it was kind of a fluke that I got my way into photography, but once I did I loved it!”

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using film over digital?

“Personally, I love film because it looks alive in a way that digital just doesn’t – it has more depth and dimension to it and looks like you could reach out and touch it. I’m not stubborn about using only film – it captures light differently than digital so there are some situations where digital is more versatile than film and vice versa. Shooting film was a bit nerve-racking at first because you have to be confident…there’s no checking the back of the camera to see if it looks good, you just have to know it looks good.”

Can you shoot film in dark spaces such as reception rooms?

“Absolutely! In fact, lighting dark spaces is one of the skills I’m most proud of. I figured if I truly wanted to say I’m a film photographer I ought to be able to shoot receptions on film. In Alberta most receptions are not in bright, naturally-lit spaces, so I had to learn to shoot film with flash! I practiced for a year with flashes to nail exactly the look I wanted and now I shoot film at receptions all the time.”

Can you describe your film process from shooting through production?

“Shooting is pretty straightforward: my assistant loads film cartridges while I shoot so that when I finish a roll we just swap cartridges and I keep shooting. It’s pretty seamless for me. We overnight FedEx the rolls to the film lab; they develop the film, scan in the photos and send me digital files. I don’t edit much; I might crop or straighten some things, tweak the coloring a wee bit but nothing major. Printing is the same as digital, I just send the files to a print lab and they handle that part!”

How receptive have couples been about using film for their weddings?

“Most of my couples don’t know I shoot film until well into the day, if they realize it at all. That said, some couples love that I shoot film and hire me specifically for that.”

What advice would you give couples who are considering hiring a film photographer?

“Chat with them and see exactly how film fits in with what they do. Do they shoot exclusively film or are they “hybrid” (both film and digital)? Ask how long they’ve been shooting with film – it’s not something most people can learn overnight. If you’re really concerned, ask to see some examples of shots from darker lighting conditions. Film is pretty forgiving in daylight, but in dark churches or receptions it can be tricky.”

What do you like best about wedding photography?

“I love getting to interact with clients and being witness to one of the most important days of their lives. I love the subtle looks, big smiles, tears and anticipation of everyone involved.”


Dinosaur Valley ElopementStyled Shoot: Drumheller Elopement

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on May 5, 2016

Alberta is immersed in the prettiest of earthy hues. One mountaintop view kissed by the sun can yield dusty creams, distant blue peaks and sparkling turquoise lakes like no other. Thanks to Rhiannon Sarah Photography we get to admire Drumheller’s desert orange tones at daylight and sunset in this romantic elopement inspiration


Top Wedding Photographers in CalgaryUp Close and Personal With 5 Wedding Photographers

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on April 7, 2016

An eye for art, the reflexes of a ninja, great people skills–and big love for LOVE. That’s what it takes to be a top wedding photographer in Calgary today. Here’s our up close and personal interview with our top 5 – in no particular order.

P.S. they all love to travel and the magnificent mountains are in their backyard.

HEIDRICH PHOTOGRAPHY: @heidrich_photography
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Why do you shoot weddings? 

I am photographing weddings because I believe that every wedding is a work of art.

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

I absolutely love working with adventurous couples with a great sense of style.

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

Norway would be on the top of my list of places that I would love to photograph a wedding in. It’s probably the country with the most amazing culture, people and landscape.

Photography package price range: $3,500-$6,500



Why do you shoot weddings? 

I love photographing weddings because I have the opportunity to witness beautiful, emotional stories unfold each and every time. Being able to capture and preserve those moments for my couples constantly inspires my creativity.

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

The couples I find I connect with the most are the ones who embrace me as a friend and ignore me as a photographer, and genuine moments unfold.

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

I absolutely love travelling with every fibre of my being, and am incredibly lucky that my job allows me to do so. New Zealand and Greece are both high on my list of places I would love to shoot –  both have incredible landscapes and light.

Photography package price range: $4,200+



Why do you shoot weddings? 

I love weddings. It’s really exciting to me to tell a different story each time I photograph a couple’s wedding.

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

I love working with all couples. The fun part of my job is meeting all different kinds of people that show their love for each other in their own way.

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

I do travel for weddings! I would love to shoot a wedding in Greece. My husband is Greek, so I would love to see where his (and our kids) ancestors are from. And I’ve heard it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world!

Photography package price range: $4,200+


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Why do you shoot weddings? 

I shoot weddings because I get to spend time with people on one of their happiest days.  I love that every couple is different and it’s a whole new love story…..and who doesn’t love, love!

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

I love working with clients who value the reason why they are getting married over the details and production of the day. 

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

I’ve traveled to many place for weddings; Cuba, Dominican, Maui, Jamaica, Mexico, USA.  My dream location would be in Europe because of it’s beautiful historical/architectural backdrop. 

Photography package price range: $3,800 – $4,800

KRISTYN HARDER PHOTOGRAPHY: @kristynharderphotography

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Why do you shoot weddings? 

I capture weddings because to me, a wedding day is this amazing combination of raw, emotional moments + beautiful aesthetics. I love engagement sessions, where I delight in getting to know my couples.

What type of couples do you enjoy working with? 

I believe I am the perfect fit for couples who love a classic, natural and romantic style. Who aren’t afraid to be their true selves in front of my lens. Who love each other deeply, and aren’t afraid to show it.

Where do you dream of shooting? and why? 

I love traveling! My favourite trips are the ones where I can execute creative sessions while exploring beautiful new settings. I would love to capture a wedding on a Greek Island, but there are also many charming mansions/manors and parks in the U.S. on my must-shoot list.

Photography package price range: $3,050 – $4,750


I’d Stand In A Lake For YouStyled Shoot in Canmore, Alberta

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 25, 2015

Being in Alberta gives us the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains as the perfect backdrop. Thanks to this inspiration shoot by Lucier Photography, we get to envision what engagement or wedding photos in Canmore would look like. Rather than shooting models, Danielle with Lucier Photography chose a real-life couple she photographed in 2014 to capture a more genuine connection. Victoria’s dazzling gown was complimented by bold floral arrangements by Audrey’s Flowers. Leigh surely rose to the occasion to give us incredible shots in the lake while carrying his breathtaking wife.


Stylized Wedding ShootOld World Charm Meets Modernity

Posted by Blush Magazine Posted on July 17, 2015

Who doesn’t love a charming stylized wedding shoot? Combine the already beautiful venue with a blend of loose floral arrangements and the charm of antique china shot by Red Bloom Photography and it’s a win for amazing inspiration!

Reflections Weddings & Events gathered a group of Calgary wedding vendors at the British House to shoot this perfect blend of old beauty with modern day romance.

The colour palette combined the romantic and fresh colours of turquoise, white, lavender and punches of fuchsia to create a unique summer palette.

The water colour cake and stationery brought the old world into the new again and the mix of 19th century antique furniture with the 2015 Hayley Paige wedding gown showcased that everything old can be new again.

Enjoy the awe-spiring images below!