En-Shao and Michelle are a lovely (and brilliant) Taiwanese couple who found me this summer when looking for a film photographer to create engagement and bridal portraits for them. Â First of all, I just love it that people areÂ looking for film photography specifically. Â Secondly, I love when people find me for it. =) Â This particular couple are getting married in Taiwan in December very traditionally, which they explained includes a certain type of photography they aren’t veryÂ excited about. Â It was really important to them to have not only engagement photos they would love, but bridal portraits as well and I’m so delighted I could help provide that to them. Â When we were planning their session together, they really wanted somewhere outside of the city of Portland; somewhere a little secluded so they wouldn’t feel “on-display” for spectators to watch. Â I suggested a spot in the Columbia Gorge that I knew would be a great fit. Â The day of the session, the city woke up to an immense amount of smoke due to nearby forest fires. Â It was so thick, I couldn’t see the downtown area as I crossed the Marquam bridge that afternoon and by the time I drove out into the Gorge, the sky had turned pink. Â It was mesmerizing and certainly the most unique conditions I have photographed in thus far. Â The sky was such a lovely shade of pink, the sun was diffused and red, and the reflection on the water was very peachy because of it all. Â The film picked it all up so beautifully! Â I’m in love with the outcome. Â Thank you En-Shao & Michelle, it was such a pleasure creating these images with you.
Images made with a Contax 645 and Fuji 400H, Kodak Gold 200, and Ilford Delta 400 films.
Marla Cyree of Simply Splendid specializes in film photography in Portland, Oregon as a newborn, family, and wedding photographer.