The last 12 months or so have been very interesting to say the least. I had a lot of time to think about my business, photography in general and possibly what direction I want to go. I've been using Fuji cameras for many years now and they have been super wonderful to work with. The features are great and being light and compact didn't hurt either. The lenses are amazing (all the ones I've tried) and each generation just keep improving. Being a crop sensor system has never bothered me as I'm aware of the limitations as well as the benefits and I've just been impressed overall.
More recently I've been assessing my work for the last few years and what I've enjoyed and some things that I haven't enjoyed as much. Also, new ideas that I've been having about my editing and overall look of my photos. Lately I've been playing around with presets and different things to get that nice film look, but not too heavy handed. I liked what I was getting, but at the same time it just seemed so far away from what I was doing. And I was not ready to go back over all my shoots and weddings to re-edit them.
Just like in anything else you do some research to see what's out there that might work for you and also cost. In the end budget is a real thing and making decisions that affect that require much thought. So I started looking at where the film industry was and noticed that film cameras of all kinds are doing really well and that film is still available. Being someone who appreciates gear I picked up a Pentax K1000 locally with a lens and headed out to take photos. Wow, did that bring me back to high school. It just felt right in a sense almost like finding a toy you once enjoyed. Of course that was not enough. I looked at other film cameras and even into medium format as those prices aren't astronomical yet. I picked up a Yashica D TLR. Now that takes a lot of getting used to and it really slow you down. And then another camera and you know how that goes.
After a month of chatting with other photographers you already shoot film, watching reviews and other real world examples I have decided to move to film for all my personal work and some of my hired work. It makes sense to keep my Fuji camera to be able to take good digital photos that will be ready quickly, but photographing with mechanical cameras has been a joy.
I have a lot to learn still and developing etc, creating new budgets and goals for myself, but I truly think film is for me.
You've probably read a lot of these posts before and this is just my journey, but I'm excited to re-ignite my passion for photography and go down the less traveled road. I want to shoot more of what makes me happy and the way I want to shoot it.
Please stay tuned though as my website will have a major change in the next 30 days as my focus is shifting as well (no pun intended).
Thanks all of you who are sticking around for the ride.
- Tomas Haran
If you photograph weddings long enough you're bound to photograph some of your friends getting married. These become unforgettable and truly mean a lot.
My good friend Eric had let me know that he was going to be getting married in California to his now wife Maria and I was thrilled. I had met her and she was just wonderful. She was patient and warm and they truly had a wonderful relationship. So of course when he asked me I agreed. Living in Massachusetts I found it so exciting to be doing a wedding in California.
I've known Eric and his family now for almost 26 years from back when I was living in Maryland. We played soccer together and shared other interests as well. Around high school we went different paths, but we still stayed in touch.
The wedding was fantastic at a great venue and an amazing reception which her family had setup for the big day. I haven't been to a similar wedding since. But, maybe that's more of a Cali thing. In any case I'll always remember this beautiful wedding and how happy my friend Eric was to have found his soulmate in Maria.
Congrats again bro!!!
If you're reading this post you're probably curious as to why my prices are so low.
Am I a beginner at weddings? Do I not have good gear? Do I just not understand how business works?
That is not the case at all. I'll be very honest here because I believe being transparent is a great thing when it comes to working with clients. I've been doing weddings for the last 7 years most as a primary shooter and some times as a secondary shooter. I really enjoy capturing weddings and the skill involved in doing it well. And, of course, I like to constantly be learning.
But for the whole time I've had a full time job and I did weddings and portraits on the weekends. A "weekend warrior" I think is the term used there. Many photographers do that for years until they are ready to jump into photography full time.
At this point in my career I'm not sure if I want to do photography full time as it will be very demanding and possibly become "work" where right now I take on as many weddings and portrait sessions as I want without over-doing it.
And that is why my prices are so low.
I don't have much overhead and I also believe good wedding/portrait photography should be within reach for all budgets. Eventually perhaps my prices will go up if my costs increase or if I do change my mind and decide to go full time, but for now I'm content with where they are.
Thanks again for visiting my page/blog.
This is a session I did late last year. I briefly flirted with Nikon equipment again and decided to set up a quick photo session. So, we headed to Buffumville Park in Charlton to get some photos out of my Nikon gear (D750 and the 85mm 1.8G). I've always loved that lens for its subject separation with the background and the nice compression.
Here are a few photos, enjoy!
Note: A month after this session I did in fact jump back to Fuji. Its just my ideal camera system.
Looking back at another super fun wedding on the blog today.
When I spoke with Rachel and Erik they let me know they had booked the White Room at the Crompton Collective. I was pretty excited about that as it was a new venue and it turns out theirs would be the second wedding hosted there ever. I'd been to the Crompton Collective many times and its a must visit if you're in the area. You'll find a wide variety of neat things for your home.
So, on the wedding day we had fabulous weather and we started at the Holiday Inn close by for some of the getting ready photos. Once again I worked with Deirdre Rakus Photography. We are a pretty good team!
From there we all headed to Green Hill Park to get some formal photos. The weather was still amazing!
From there we headed to the White Room, but we got a couple couple photos before things got really started.
What a fun wedding! They just danced and danced and everyone had a great time.