I am Sara Combs, a photographer, wife, mother of dogs (3) and an INTJ (MBTI personality type). When I’m not traveling the nation in a conversion van, camping and exploring the outdoors with my dogs and cameras, drinking a lot of coffee, reading many books or on the water somewhere paddle-boarding, then I’m probably editing a short wedding film. I really love film photography, coffee and outdoor adventures. I am originally from Oklahoma. I was married in 2011. Our little family travels all of the time for our work and other adventures. If you would like to know more about me or see more of my personal photography and other projects, you can visit my blog: A Cup of Coffee at Midnight.
Film photography is what we used before digital cameras. Digital cameras give us results quicker but I believe they lack the souls that film can capture. Film photography is like oil painting on canvas, as digital photography is to digital art. There is a depth & softness to the film I cannot capture with digital cameras. Film is timeless, digital will likely look dated in the future.
My approach to capturing people is always candid. Even with the “posed” portraits or editorial looks, I try to not ask anyone to do much out of the ordinary in order to avoid a contrived look. I prefer the documentary or photojournalistic style to capturing the majority of a wedding and then a short session for those editorial looks to capture the couple along with any other photo requests if need be.
Analog AKA Film Photography
There was a time I offered digital photography, but the photos were never anyone’s favorites and it took all the fun out of photography for me. I really love the excuse to shoot film and I have the most affordable rates I have ever found for photographing weddings entirely on film.
I am a fine art photojournalist who still uses film. I have met many people who don’t know the difference in film photography or digital. Film photography is not just a cool thing to do. I don’t do it to be fashionable. The color gamut of film still tops digital cameras today and there is just something more soulful about the images. You can also keep your negatives which is a safer way to preserve memories than digitally alone. In my opinion, digital photography can look dated after a while. Although with film photography you have the consistency of film stocks.
- 1.creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content.“the convergence of popular culture and fine art”
- 2.an activity requiring great skill or accomplishment.“he’ll have to learn the fine art of persuasion”
Black & White
There are a lot of beautiful color films. I prefer not to use flash, unless I have to. Sometimes at low-lit wedding receptions to use color film. I prefer to use black and white for receptions and in areas with low lighting.
Wedding packages or price list?
I’m new to video in contrast to photography. I’ve been a film photographer since 2006 and began creating wedding films in 2016. If you’d like to see samples of this kind of work and more of my wedding or session highlight films, check it out HERE.