FINDinaBOX: A Review

Film stocks, black and white versus color negative film, metering, pushing/pulling film, scanning film, film formats, 35mm, 120mm… Shooting film can feel complicated and overwhelming. But it’s worth it because there is a certain tangible magic to it that you still can’t quite get with digital photography.

I was SO close to quitting film shooting last year (totally absurd, I know) until FINDinaBOX came along at the EXACT time I needed it most. It helped me stop screwing up roll after roll and making ‘sizable donations to my lab,’ as Jonathan Canlas so eloquently puts it. I mean, I used to be terrified of using a handheld lightmeter (which sounds ridiculous)… And now that I’ve worked through the mystery of even that one little aspect of film photography, that’s just one of the many ways my shooting has improved tenfold.

Film Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.lovemesimply.com

Jon, our fearless leader of FiaB (and founder of FILM IS NOT DEAD), also helped me find where my passion projects are in my heart and helped get me started on a series that’s so personal and perfect for me. Plus, the feedback on all of the new work I produce, as on others’ work in our group, has helped me become such better photographer in such a short amount of time! I can’t wait to see the growth that lies ahead when I’ve already come so far in just one year. The community that has emerged from our common passion, is worth its weight in gold, too. Seriously.

 

The (optional) assignment every month keeps me motivated, as well as constantly challenges me to learn new ways to approach shooting film. And while this workshop is focused on film shooting, Jonathan has also gone above and beyond helping those with businesses improve that aspect, too! That was definitely an unexpected bonus. And even with alllll he constantly gives, it’s still not redundant with the other guides he has published. Each piece of gold he develops (pun intended?) brings new information and opportunities to improve your shooting (and business!).

With FiaB, whether you’re just starting out and need all of the basics you could imagine, or you’ve been shooting film for a long while and need some advanced tips and tricks plus a mentor who makes himself constantly available to you for questions and guidance, I promise this is the workshop for you. Invest in it just once, and it forever keeps giving. And since I have three kids to time and funds for going to workshops is limited, this is just what I needed. It’s a better bang for my buck anyway when it comes to workshops, AND I can do it right from home. It’s nice to know I can still invest in something that I can work on at my own pace, around my life and my family’s schedule.


FINDinaBOX is constantly helping me improve my film shooting AND my business, and is keeping my creativity alive when I hit those inevitable rough patches. I am forever grateful for Jonathan and what he has created for us.

Use code FIND for $600 off until April1st!

Film Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.lovemesimply.com
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Black & White Film Photography in a North Carolina Farmhouse – Family & Childhood Photography Session

I have so much goodness to share from this incredible family session on the sweetest little homestead, but I’m feeling pulled to first share the black and white film images that I shot at the END of the session. Who says you can’t have dessert first? 😉 Stay tuned as I share several posts from this series over the course of several weeks this summer. There is just so much eye candy and love to be inspired by!

Ready to Book? Here is my 2016 pricing info!
Or you can always email me at lea@lovemesimply.com.
Or, contact me on my website HERE!

Photos shot on a Nikon F100 35mm film camera, with Ilford HP5 film pushed two stops in developing by theFINDlab.

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

North Carolina Homestead Family Session - Love Me Simply Photography by Lea Ciceraro (www.LoveMeSimply.com

Ready to Book? Here is my 2016 pricing info!
Or you can always email me at lea@lovemesimply.com.
Or, contact me on my website HERE!

Embracing Your Roots While Developing Your Passion

Embracing Your Roots While Developing Your Passion - by Lea Ciceraro - www.LoveMeSimply.com

My Start with Photography

Childhood memories are fuzzy at best. But the really important moments leave an impression, even if the facts are a little skewed. What happens during your youth can forever shape your story and the person you become. One of my earliest, favorite memories was during a summer visit to my extended family in Southern California. It was the early 90’s, so I must have been 7 or 8 years old. I was staying at my Djedo’s (Serbian for grandpa) house, with its perfect orange trees perched out front that we always picked from to make fresh juice in the morning. I’ll never forget the sweet smell and taste.

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How and Why to Support Independent Artists & Photographers

www.LoveMeSimply.com - Lea Ciceraro

Aside from your wedding day or the birth of a child, it’s that time of the year again when you may be the most likely to hire a photographer. Everyone loves updated family photos, because a lot changes year to year and life is fragile. It’s definitely becoming increasingly popular to share your photo sessions online and/or put them onto cards being mailed out for the holidays. As you venture into your photo session (or maybe you already have), pretty please keep these thoughts and kind requests in mind!

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Create, Be Brave, and Stay True to What Inspires You

My sweet friend from Rachel sent me this awesome gift from The Giving Keys​ a few weeks ago, and had this to say along with it:

I’ve loved watching your work this year, it just keeps getting better and better, your confidence is shining through more and more. Create and keep pushing. You’re a rock star and the greatest friend a girl could hope for. Lots of love for you, my friend.

Photo by Lea Ciceraro - www.lovemesimply.com

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Film Mama Top 7 Favorites for “Sunshine!”

Last week I was so excited to find that my image was the top pick for film mama‘s “Back to School” themed photo of the week!

Nikon F100 | Fuji 400h (B&W conversion) | The FIND Lab

Photography by Lea Ciceraro

And this week I had the honor of being the guest judge for the new theme: Sunshine! YAY!

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Experimenting with Various Film Stocks: Seattle Film Works

I have a bit of ADHD (yes, hyperactivity included, haha) when it comes to shooting film. Every type of film stock + camera + lab will give you a different result depending on the combination you choose! It can be a little intimidating, but all you can really do is jump in and start experimenting!

A few months ago, a wonderful fellow film mama decided to clear out her stash of discontinued Seattle Film Works film, and she sent a roll each to a big group of film shooters. A couple of months after that, a friend from Beggars & Choosers found another roll that she gave me and I happily used! After a little research about Seattle Film Works, it seems like their earlier rolls of film had to be developed with special chemicals and processes, and some of the later ones could be processed using C-41.

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Black & White Film Photography and Reflection

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life —
and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.”
-Georgia O’Keeffe

Lea Ciceraro | www.LoveMeSimply.com

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Falling in Love with Pittsboro, NC: My Favorite Small Town Eatery on 35mm Film — Small B&B Cafe!

Moving to a new town, a new state, can be terrifying. Settling in, finding a new everything. It’s lonely, unknown, and overwhelming. Where is the nearest grocery store? How do I find a favorite new breakfast spot? But, if you take a minute to breath and seek out the beauty of the newness that surrounds you, magic happens.

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Experimenting with Various Film Stocks: Kodak Ektar 100!

Kodak Ektar 100

I’m going to start with Ektar in this series of posts, because it has definitely been a favorite of mine! The whole previous post I published last week about my time at the farmers’ market was shot with Ektar, so I won’t repeat those shots here, but please do check it out! One interesting thing I have learned while shooting Ektar is that your regional location has a white balance unique to that area and it greatly changes the results you get. I know, that sounds a little silly and like common sense. But when I shot Ektar on a winter day in North Carolina versus on a sunny March day in the desert of Joshua Tree, California, the results were different than expected! But I still loved each set of shots!

Why I love Ektar: (1) I can overexpose it by one or two stops and it looks gorgeous; (2) some people think it looks to red/pink for portraits but you’ll see below that that’s not always the case and I love it for portraits; (3) grain is minimal unless you’re shooting it in low light, which I also love (seriously, I’m a sucker for film grain!); (4) it gives you gorgeous, punchy colors so it’s awesome for produce, tropics, urban environments, etc! My favorite rule for shooting Ektar is that there are no rules. Seriously. Try it every which way in every type of environment in every type of weather situation and see what happens! You’ll see with all of my photos below that you can get such fun, different results shooting it every which way!

All of the following Ektar photos were scanned and developed by The FIND Lab, and shot with my NIkon F100. All are unedited by me so you can see what it looks like coming from the lab.

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