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Supplemental packages!

In addition to your Shoot-And-Drop 35mm Package - we now offer

optional Medium Format Photography packages -

You get Medium Format photography, finished photographs & the negatives!

 
Available only as a supplement to your 35mm Shoot-And-Drop Photography package, these optional Medium Format photography packages are possibly the best bargain - price and quality - in the region.

Just as our Shoot-And-Drop packages bring couples the option of professional wedding photography at very inexpensive prices, we also offer supplemental Medium Format Photography at extreme discounted prices - because we are already there anyway.

WHAT IS "MEDIUM FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY?"

You may have heard this expression from wedding photographers. Some high cost photographers boast that they only shoot in "Medium Format." But most $1,000+ wedding photography packages are a mix between 35mm and medium format. We believe an 80/20 (35mm/medium format) mix to be ideal in terms of the final collection of photographs in terms of quality.

First, this is what Medium Format is not.

Medium Format photography is no different from any other photography. The equipment is not superior to 35mm. The same manufacturers produce the same film for Medium Format as 35mm. The negatives are processed the same for all types of film photography.

"Medium Format" simply refers to the size of the film. 35mm is 35mm wide and Medium Format film is 60mm wide. So actually it is 35mm photography and 60mm photography.

Medium format produces a larger size negative. That is the only difference. Obviously, then a different camera must be used.

There are many drawbacks to medium format, though in every way identical to 35mm except for film size. Medium format cameras and film is much more costly due to the small size of the market. The negatives are more costly to have done and few locations will process medium format film for the general public - and then only pricy "professional processors". The cameras themselves are technologically outdated compared to modern 35mm professional equipment, and the older (but big and impressive looking) medium format cameras tend to be slow to use, bulky and prone to photographer error.

But there is one very real advantage of medium format.

Because the negatives are larger, bigger enlargements can be made before the photograph become "grainy". This is a particular advantage if the photography is indoors (as higher speed films are used). But it ONLY applies to photographs that may be enlarged substantially. Otherwise, there are only drawbacks to medium format photography.

Indoor photography requires fast speed films. 35mm film in such circumstance is certainly good for 8X10 and even 11X14 enlargements with little or no grainy effect. But, enlargements larger than this (now or later) will have much higher resolution if shot onto a larger negative.

The advantage of medium format photography producing larger negatives becomes important in some portrait shots as the shot can be "cropped" and still substantially enlarged. For example, a "full length" shot could be cropped to a "shoulder shot" - and still enlarged fairly large. This would not work well with 35mm due to the smaller negative. The larger negatives also allow using very fast film (low light) and still retain substantial enlargement ability (fast film is grainier.)

Therefore, for at least 90% of your wedding photos, Medium Format photography is only an unnecessary expense and will reduce the number of candid and natural shots. But, for portraiture shots that might be enlarged - or a section cropped out and enlarged - medium format is a better choice.

WHAT OUR OPTIONAL MEDIUM FORMAT PACKAGES OFFER:

 You keep all the high photo count, excellent candid coverage, and all offered in the Shoot-And-Drop photography packages. However, we also take a set number of Medium Format photographs, have the negatives and film processed, and provide you with the "proofs" (pictures) and you keep the negatives. We also give you a release of copy right.

THESE OPTIONS ARE ONLY OFFERED IN ADDITION TO A SHOOT-AND-DROP PACKAGE - and possible only because we are already there.

These are the advantages these medium format options provide:

1. Key portrait shoots not only will be on 35mm, but also Medium Format. This allows large wall hanging type big enlargements to be done now or later.

2. It gives you a larger variety of portrait shots.

3. Small areas of a photograph may be cropped out and substantially enlarged - for example a full length portrait shot could be changed to a shoulder shot enlargement.

4. You are not turning all your photographs over to one film processor - eliminating that freak chance of all your photos being lost by them.

5. Your wedding now has the "prestige" of medium format photography at 1/5 th to 1/10th the typical prices.

We take care of the developing of the negatives and having the proofs (pictures) made (for the medium format film)- all included in the price - meaning these are very, very low prices. Why do we not also give you the medium format film to have it processed yourself like we do with the 35mm? Click here to find out why.

Notice to clients who already have booked a 35mm Shoot-And-Drop photography package:
If you wish to add one of these supplemental Medium Format options to your photography, just let us know and we will bring the additional photographic equipment to your wedding. We would ask only for an additional $25 deposit (balance due when we leave the day of your wedding.) Just call or email and let us know.

 

Our Medium Format Photography

Supplemental packages:

(For Pre-wedding remote location portrait shots in both 35mm and Medium Format, scroll down near the bottom.)

 

                           

(Option #1 gives you a good and diverse set of portraiture in medium format and 35mm for your post wedding portraits and key family shots.)

Medium Format Option #1:

Your receive:

20 medium format proofs (pictures). We take between 28-30, but we never calculate all portraiture to produce an acceptable shot (eyes closed, bad smile, failed attempt at special effects etc.)

1 8X10 enlargement

All negatives

A release of copyright (Explained below)

TOTAL PRICE: $90

(Option #2 gives you a good and diverse set of portraiture in medium format and 35mm for your post wedding portraits and key family shots. But it also adds medium format to key reception shots and is appropriate if we are staying to photograph your reception)

Medium Format Option #2:

Your receive:

30 medium format proofs (pictures). We take between 43-45, but we never calculate all portraiture to produce an acceptable shot (eyes closed, bad smile, failed attempt at special effects etc.)

3 8X10 enlargements (We select)

All negatives

A release of copyright (Explained below)

TOTAL PRICE: $135

 

(Option #3 gives you all the coverage above, but all has a medium format count high enough to basically cover all shots of importance in medium format, plus all backed up in the 35mm Shoot-And-Drop, and the large candid and journalistic coverage that professional 35mm offers too. With Option 3, you match basically every wedding package offered by any photographer at any price in terms of coverage and quality.

Medium Format Option #3:

Your receive:

40 medium format proofs (pictures). We take between 56-60, but we never calculate all portraiture to produce an acceptable shot (eyes closed, bad smile, failed attempt at special effects etc.)

5 8X10 enlargements (We select)

All negatives

A release of copyright (Explained below)

TOTAL PRICE: $185

*Why do we stress that we give you "copyright" and the negatives? This may be something you do NOT know about most professional photography - and it makes a major difference down the road. CLICK HERE

YOU DO NOT NEED MEDIUM FORMAT to have a wonderful and full collection of Wedding photographs. But we do offer Medium Format supplementation if it is appropriate for your wedding at extremely discounted prices - as we are already there anyway.

         

Is Medium Format photography something new for us that we are experimenting with?

Absolutely not.

In the past we have not only shot medium format wedding photography for years, but even 100% medium format wedding photography, using 35mm only for back up shots. We primarily used Bronica equipment, but also Hasselblad and Mamiya.

However, this did not produce the best results - particularly in the area of candids and natural facial expression photography. It was our 35mm shooting that was producing the best results.

Medium Format equipment (though fine cameras) were such an outdated, slow and error prone method of photography - that also was needlessly very expensive and generally counter productive due to the bulky and slow natures of these cameras - that we discontinued doing so.

But there are certain key shots that do benefit from the larger film negative size and modern technology has come to medium format photography cameras and equipment. While this does not eliminate the costs, it does eliminate the annoying (to everyone) slow natures of the medium format camera if modern equipment used and eliminated their cumbersome bulkiness.

Medium format does offer excellent portraiture suitable for large sized enlargements. An idea wedding shoot would be 80% 35mm and 20% 60mm (medium format). Adding one of the options (1-3) above will produce a collection of portrait, family shots, candids and a photo journalistic storyline of your wedding that equals or exceeds any offered at any price - and the final collection will be superior than a 100% medium format photography collection (which photographers charge exorbitant prices for).

WHY DO WE NOT JUST GIVE YOU THE MEDIUM FORMAT FILM TO HAVE PROCESSED YOURSELF? Click here

Whether you need or want one of our Medium Format supplemental packages depends upon your goals and wants for your final wedding collection. Medium format is not necessary to have wonderful wedding photographs.

All medium format photography offers is a future potential to make BIG enlargements of your favorite portrait shots. This may not matter to you now, but in the future your budget and goals may change and you may really want that big portrait or two framed on the wall. Your medium format portraiture negatives would provide that ability.

If you wish to add one of the options above to your wedding photography, just let us know.


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