Analog 01

My First Medium format go.

So, a little set up for this and future posts on the analog subject. I grew up shooting film on a Canon AE 1 I got from, I don't know where. Anyway, for years I shot on this getting good exposures but that's it. No artistic thought went into any image shooting film. Flash forward to now. I've run this biz for 6 years shooting digital, and now I feel drawn to film again. A new fond interest in shooting medium format, 120 film. December of 2017 I picked up a MamiyaRB67. A beast of a box, with an enjoyable system of working. Take a breath, slow down and enjoy my ride shooting, developing, and eventually printing film. OH YEAH! ;) 

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I needed to figure out how to get good exposures with the Mamiya since it doesn't have an internal meter. A workaround is to use your DSLR to meter your shot, use an app, or get a handheld meter. I did a little of all of these and for me, a handheld meter with a flash metering option works best. I found an old Minolta spot meter with a flash meter works best for me, perfect! 

If you watched the video, you'd know I love using this camera. from the loading of the film, looking through the ground glass, and the satisfying slap of the shutter, it's a great experience.

This will be used alot more this year 2018 and with a Darkroom on the way to being set-up. I look forward to sharing that experiance as well while I make some "classic prints". How do they compare with inkjet prints? So want to know.

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Holiday Mini Sessions 2017

With Fall coming to a close, HP Studios asks you and yours to join us for the holidays!

2017 Holiday Mini Sessions.

Schedule a time to bring your kids, spouse, or even some good friends for a mini photo session full of cheer! Both a festive holiday-themed area and a less decorated set will be available to give you a choice of what look you want. The sessions are 20 minutes long with a whole lot packed into them.

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Limited Spots

We’ll have pre-priced packages, as well as an A La Carte menu at mini-session pricing. Because this is a one-day event, we have room for 12 sessions only, so try and book early!

  • The event will be held on November 19th from 9am to 6pm.
  • Sessions are 20 minutes long including time for selecting images and orders.
  • We’re teaming up with Inspire Dance Centre and will be holding the mini sessions at their studio, located at 485 NE Burnside Rd. in Gresham.
  • You pick what you want! We’re offering packaged deals as well as a more A La Carte-style selection to guarantee you take home what you're looking for.
  • Captions or quotes for holiday cards will also be available.

With the last year's natural disasters affecting many areas around the world, we've decided that for this event we'll be donating half of the session fee to UNICEF to help those in need this winter. The session fee is $60.00, not including any prints or product.

Packages for prints start at $40 and individual images at $20. We'll also have a holiday card option along with speciality items at the event.

Please keep in mind, we do have a limited number of spaces, so make sure to book a spot early to get the time that works best for you and your family.

When you sign up, you'll automatically receive an image of the holiday background for this year as soon as it's developed. We're going with a fairly simple, all-inclusive yet charming direction for the set, so stay tuned with our Facebook page to catch a glimpse of the final product.

We hope to see you there!

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The Necessity of Connection

At HP Studios, we believe that in life, and especially photography, it's all about connecting.

     With summer coming to a close and Halloween right around the corner, its safe to say that fall is here. It's the time of year for warm sweaters, chilly gusts of wind, and bundling up with your closest loved ones.

The Kirby family

The Kirby family

     So if you're a parent or spouse seeking a photographer, or a photographer yourself looking for tips on how to capture that authentic affectionate look with family or couples, there should be a little something for everyone.

     Having been in the photography business for over ten years, it's always nice to reminisce on humble beginnings, even before I picked up a camera myself. Looking through photos my mom had of us when we were kids (I'm sure lots of you have photos just like this), they tell you to sit near each other, look right into camera, and smile. I distinctly remember this look as very traditional, and taking them was an absolute bore for most kids. Although mom, of course, loves them because she can see our faces all at once. But now that I'm taking photos of younger families and their kids, I love it when we get away from the more harsh posed look and get to have more fun with the shoot. The kids definitely enjoy a more interactive environment which can make for a more natural vibe and provide variety in your photos. Here are a few tips I've gathered to hopefully help out any potential family photographers out there.

Let kids be kids.

It makes for fantastic photos and a great day out!


  1.      If the kids are in a good mood, talk with them and have them help you out! Show them your camera up close and that it's not scary. Even help them take photos of their parents or siblings.
  2.      Let them explore. You can get some amazing shots of kids climbing around and discovering new things. Plan to move a lot yourself, and photographers, have a lens like a 24-70mm handy. A must-have for fast kiddos, and getting your composition just right. 
  3.      Throw out some suggestions of games to play, like: Telephone, EyeSpy, and even a simple staring contest at times can be gold. 


     As for shooting more romantic photos with just couples, the direction of the shoot changes a bit from the previous setup. Since, as a photographer, you'll be photographing two people instead of a family, you might want to bring a tighter lens, such as a 70-200mm, to really capture the small details like handholding, kisses on the cheek, in-the-moment laughs or looks. Also, you do want to stay interactive with your subjects, however, try different talking points. Ask them about when they met, how long they've been together, and from there try and pick up on any other positive conversational topics to keep the focus on them. Remember, the memory of the fun they had matters just as much as the quality of your work.

     All in all, when taking family or couples portraits, the key is to capture their connection and let your pictures tell the story. And as long as you keep a sharp mind, finger on the shutter release, and the right equipment for the job, all there is to do is enjoy the shoot!

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