Natalie Krall Artistry

Why You Should Hire a Film Photographer


Photo by Heidi Unruh

Ok everyone, it’s official: I loooooove working with film photographers (insert all the heart emojis here). 

I know some people think it’s just a silly hipster thing, but it really can make a huge difference in the outcome of your photos—whether it’s family shots, intimate portraits, or an artistic concept.* 

Here’s why: 

Because film is expensive (and so is sending it off to be developed and scanned), film photographers are super attentive to details. As a makeup artist often working with small crews, I’m used to running around and adjusting little details on the models or clients—reminding the ladies to take hair ties off their wrists, straightening watches or necklaces, adjusting twisted shirt sleeves or hemlines, tucking a hair back into place, etc. 

Film photographers CATCH all those details, because they know that missing them can mean an entire shoot (along with several rolls of film) has been wasted.

^ (Utah film photographer Heidi Ruh at work with her client) 

In my experience, film photographers are also much more deliberate and careful about their shots, because they know they can’t just get trigger happy and hope they catch something good. So they really try to make every shot great and something you would want to take home with you. 

I love the thoughts Heidi Ruh, an amazing Utah film photographer and the photographer behind the images in this post, shares about shooting on film:

“Without immediate sight, I’ve developed vision. Because analog cameras don’t have immediate access of the images taken, I must pay attention to how light falls before I compose the photograph. I love that using film encourages me to slow down and that my subjects help me to live in the moment.”

Heidi definitely is a master of light and composition, and I loved working with her. Here are some of the shots we created together at the Salt Flats.

Creative direction and photography by Heidi Ruh, modeling by Kerry Kalu, and makeup by me. 

*Disclaimer: there are amazingly talented folks on both the digital and analog side of photography, so I’m not trying to tear down anyone who shoots digital—more just wanting to highlight what a film photographer brings to the table that clients may not have considered before.

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