[pinit count=”horizontal” description=”Check out this featured session on Belovely You”]Today’s feature is from Barb Shoop.

Barb says:

“This submission is just a few frames of my six-year-old twins. I try to photograph them at least once a month. I can usually only shoot about one roll of film before they’re completely out of control and I can’t get a single frame in focus. They are very close and I often photograph them hugging and kissing each other.”

Barb’s Photography Tip:

This was shot on Fuji 400H film. The secret to shooting this film (and with Kodak Portra films as well) is to overexpose it, because the Fuji 400H has a soft, pastel look when overexposed in soft light like this session. How much depends on the film stock and the lighting conditions, but generally, one to three stops will produce well-exposed images.

This shoot was shot in late evening just before the sun went down so I rated my film at 200 (overexposed by one stop), took a meter reading in the shadows with a hand-held light meter, and set the aperture and shutter speed on my Contax.

The Contax can be quite difficult to focus at f/2, but when you get it right, the look is soft and dreamy with the subject in sharp focus.


Barb used a Contax 645 with a Zeiss 80mm f/2 lens to capture these images.

Barb Shoop is a Central Pennsylvania Wedding and Family Portrait photographer.

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Published by Beth Teutschmann

A big fan of food, chaos, and all things fun, Beth is the owner of Starboard Editing, LLC - a photography post-production company focusing on anything from editing to blogging and SEO. When she's required to leave the confines of her dark room, she enjoys martial arts, eating, tattoos, cooking, ice cream, sillyness, eating, and traveling. You should probably say hi.

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