May 29, 2017
Ingrid of Molliner Photography reached out to me over a year ago with the most heartfelt email. She had been aching to try film and stretch her creative muscles in a new way. Over the months, her dreams got pushed to the side as life took its course, but a few months ago, she was ready to make this happen and get it on the calendar. Ingrid and I set up a date for her to come down to St. Pete and learn about shooting film. Rating, metering, incorporating it into her business. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous. I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to explain it or that it would only take me 10 minutes to demonstrate. But Ingrid was hungry for knowledge and asked some really thoughtful questions.
When I met Ingrid, I felt like I had known her for years (maybe because I have been following her work for so long!). We became fast friends and couldn’t stop talking. After we did a quick shoot, we grabbed dinner with Thomas and the conversation flowed so smoothly. Needless to say, we went to bed after midnight (umm – that never happens) because we had so much to catch up on. It was a day that I’ll cherish for a long time.
After I gave Ingrid an initial rundown of film photography, we met up with Juliette and Joon for a mini session. They were so sweet to volunteer to model for us – and they did such an incredible job! I loved their outfits with the neutral color palettes. Joon and Juliette met a decade ago at church. Juliette had just moved to Tampa for college and they quickly hit it off. They became fast friends, as they both have such sweet personalities. Joon is charismatic and fun, Juliette is thoughtful and genuine. Seven years later (half of which was long distance) these two got married at the Rusty Pelican in Tampa. I’m so grateful that they helped out by modeling! Aren’t they the cutest?
Thank you to everyone – Ingrid, Joon, and Juliette – for a day that I’ll never forget. I am so grateful for all of you!