Martibeth on Film | Mikaela Joy: El Paso Portrait Photographer

But wait, there's more!

Not only did I have a great time playing in puddles with Martibeth, I also got the chance to play a bit with film photography.  I had been dying to get someone in front of my camera with some black and white film, but my last time developing a roll had ended in a bit of disaster (it was my first attempt and I came up with a completely blank roll) so I wasn't confident enough to shoot an entire session that way yet. 

But Martibeth was totally up for playing a bit, so I put a roll of Fomapan 400 through my Nikon FM and decided to see what happened.

It may not be for everyone, but I just love the look of black and white film.  The grain adds such life to the photos and I love the challenge of having the color stripped away.  It forces me to look at the scene a bit differently and I feel black and white really showcases the subject of the portrait.

After this session, I can safely say that Fomapan 400 isn't my jam, but that's the other beauty of film- experimenting and finding out what works for you.  I did end up with a few shots I'm pretty happy with, and for this being my first self-developed roll of black and white film, I think that's pretty great.