Today’s feature is a beautiful art studio portrait series from film photographer Ellen Richardson. Here are a few words from Ellen about this series…
It was stylist Rebecca de Havas and my first time working together, so it was a test shoot to see what we could create. Rebecca’s younger sister, Frances, modeled for us in a number of looks styled by Rebecca from her own collection, and we were supplied with a selection of jewelry and props from local homeware brand The Neutral Store.
It was my first time working on film in a studio setting, and I’m really pleased with how the film came out! I used Portra 400 in a Canon AE-1 with Canon FD 35mm f/2.0, and I also shot a roll of 120 Portra 160 on a Rolleiflex which I pushed to 400, but that roll didn’t come out as expected – it was my first time pushing and I expected different results to what I got.
I really love how the colors and textures of the film have turned out – comparing them to the digital versions just solidifies my love for film and how raw it is. There are definitely things I would do differently next time – different lens, bigger space to work in and introduce some lighting rather than rely on natural light – but it’s given me a lot of confidence to trust myself with film.