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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instant film | at the beach

instant_seal beach_006instant_seal beach_002instant_seal beach_005instant_seal beach_004instant_seal beach_003instant_seal beach_001Instant film + warm afternoon sunshine = match made in heaven. These are some of the best results I’ve had from Impossible Project film, minus the emulsion smearing when the photo came through the rollers. Even so, I like the imperfections.