I've gotten a number of questions from photographers, so I thought I'd start answering them when I can here on my blog!
Q: What type of camera and film do you use?
A: I shoot with a Contax 645 medium format camera. The combo of this camera and the Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.0 Lens is so, SO magical. I've shot some 35mm, but the images I get from it just don't have the same look and feel. So I shoot about 80% of a wedding day with this camera/lens combo. For film I use a combination of Fuji 400h & Portra 800 film. I use the Fuji for outdoor images and Porta for indoor work as well as overcast or lower-light situations.
A: No. I continue to shoot after dark or indoor receptions with my digital camera, and possibly always will. I'm still on the journey figuring this thing out - haha! But film has the best results with plenty of natural light. Once the sun goes down or you are away from windows, you are limited to shooting mostly b&w film with flash. But I haven't mastered that yet, and to be honest, I like the versatility of digital at receptions. So I am a hybrid photographer - film for 80% of the day, digital for the other 20%. But I don't double-shoot anything in film and digital. It's always just one or the other. My 2nd photographers shoot digital all day. That's the formula that is working for me... at least for now!
Q: Is shooting film scary since you can't see the images on the back of your camera?
A: Yes and no. At first it was very nerve-racking to not have the reassurance of being able to see an image right away to know I got it. I probably caught myself looking at the back of my Contax a dozen times before I finally broke myself of that habit - haha! Unfortunately, this is what I saw every time: