melissa brandman | southern california documentary fine art film photographer

In 2009 I made the choice to walk away from the life I’d always planned on, only to discover a life I never dreamed of. I thought all I wanted was a career that was practical, profitable, and predictable.  I couldn’t have been more wrong. What I was looking for was the road less traveled – in my case, a career as a documentary film photographer (with a side of stage/soccer mom).  I traded my briefcase and heels for a camera bag and flats, all for the chance to photograph your stories of love, life, and laughter.

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photo booth shenanigans

photo_booth_003photo_booth_001photo_booth_005photo_booth_004photo_booth_006photo_booth_002It’s no secret photos booths are a big draw at weddings, and this wedding was no exception. Normally I’m off duty for photo booths, and I usually don’t shoot a lot of film during receptions, but after seeing the amazing number of props at this photo booth I made an exception. All shots with my Contax G2 with direct flash and Ilford XP-2 film.