Jenna and Jason’s Engagement Session (Hartley Botanica)

Jenna and Jason are getting married in November, and wanted to do their engagement session at the Hartley Botanica in Somis, CA. It’s a great “secret” location that hosts quite a few weddings. A beautiful place, and such a happy couple…we had a blast!

There was a wedding happening later on that day, so we borrowed their sign by posing in front of it.

Technical details:

Everything except the last image was shot on Fuji Pro 400H film, exposed at ISO 200, using my Mamiya 645AF and Nikon F100 cameras. The last image was shot using a Polaroid 250 with Fuji FP-100C instant film. I then scanned the ‘goop’ (the secret negative hidden under the chemical-laden paper) and converted to black and white.

3 thoughts on “Jenna and Jason’s Engagement Session (Hartley Botanica)

  1. Thanks Elie! The Mamiya 645AF had an 80mm f/2.8 lens on it, shot wide open. I think the Nikon F100 with its 50mm f/1.4 lens has even more ‘bokeh’ than the Mamiya. No reflectors or strobes, just judicious placement of my subjects! And I overexpose Fuji film because it really starts to look good when overexposed. Shot at box speed, it can look a little dull. Unlike Kodak Portra 400, which I usually shoot, Fuji Pro 400H is really an ISO 200 or 100 speed film even. The upside is that it has a unique look, which I like sometimes.

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