Holga Intimate Portraits. Mayan Riviera, Mexico. [toy camera]

November 20, 2010

Last month Rob and I were lucky to fly to the stunning Barcelo Maya resort in Mayan Riviera, Mexico … with an incredible couple, Izabella & JD. All four of us were excited and a little nervous, as we hadn’t met in person prior to them booking us for a week of Intimate Portraits. Well, we couldn’t have dreamed of anything more natural! I never thought we would be meeting clients super early in the morning… at the airport… minutes before boarding a plane, but it was perfect! There is such a wealth of images to share from the six shoots we had done over the week, I don’t even know where to start.

Let me introduce the magic of our time together by sharing the first Holga experiment Rob and I undertook. Our clients are so special to us, we are constantly seeking ways to capture their love in a unique way. Holga is a film toy camera of 120 medium format that has become an iconic tool of artistic expression for photographers and amateurs alike (lomography buffs). Its charm lies in its unpredictability, as the images come out with light leaks, distortions, vignette and blur effects. Of course, it couldn’t replace the regular images (digital or film), but we hope to combine luck, intuition, passion of the moment, and lab technicians’ steady hands to produce something cool. We shot black & white 400ISO film here, I thought I would love it most and bought six rolls. Here’s the very first one. Hopefully, we have more intentional successes next time!


Here’s a collage of my favourites.

-Baby, go stand over there! -Where, here? -Yes, under the palm tree! -Like a tourist picture? [snap]

These photos have not been altered in any way. It’s so cool that the lab is able to develop them and put them right onto a disc in digital form! The next Holga project involves a gorgeous bride on the beach and a wildchild surfer friend here in Dominican Republic. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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