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Today, we’re featuring a beautiful portrait series full of vintage, retro vibes from film photographer Courtney Bell. Here is more from Courtney about how this series came together…
About a month ago, I decided to take the plunge and buy one of my bucket list film cameras, a Hasselblad 500CM with the 80mm f/2.8 lens. After shooting a couple of test rolls, I decided to go all in and actually plan a proper photo shoot with a local model I met through Facebook, named Esi.
We weren’t really sure at first what, or even where, we wanted to shoot, but I was immediately excited to work with Esi because she seemed genuinely interested in the collaborative process. Our ideas for this photo shoot were a little all over the place at first (everything from an outdoor shoot by the lake to a portrait session at my house), but just about a week before our scheduled shoot date, a friend and co-worker of mine, Lindsey, asked if I’d like to do the photo shoot at her new house. This absolutely thrilled me, because Lindsey is a gifted decorator with a flair for using vintage and repurposed decor. It also just so happened that Esi has a flair for 60’s and 70’s fashion and style, which is how this idea of doing a retro-styled photo shoot finally came to be!