My First Professional Photo Shoot

I’ve loved taking photos as far back as I can remember. My parents owned a camera shop in Arizona when I was a kid which gave me easy access to taking and developing photos at a young age. The shop was called “Speedy Sam 1 Hour Photo”. They sold film cameras (long before digital cameras existed) and they developed film. I loved taking photos of anything and everything around me, especially later on when I took photography in high school. I remember going on a family vacation to LA from Arizona around the age of 15 and snapping away at a guy dressed in a clown suit who was driving alongside our family’s car.

There was a time period of about 10 years when I almost completely stopped taking photos except for the occasional disposable camera photos on vacations. With the advent of the DSLR, I started taking digital photos for a period of around 4 or 5 years when I was traveling a lot from LA to Europe. Strange to say but when I got my first I-Phone in 2011 it really rekindled my love for taking photos. The ease of pulling a camera out of my purse and taking photos reminded me how much I always loved documenting the world around me. Then at some point, my love for film photography was rekindled. I feel like film photography is a true art that digital just cannot compare to. No matter how much you manipulate and photo shop a digital photo, it still has a clinical feel to it. Digital photography is great for e-commerce, product shots, and other business type ventures. But if you want to make real art, it’s all about 35mm film all the way (in my mind at least).
I was recently given the opportunity to help an established brand re-brand their e-commerce and social media look. I shot hundreds of product shots for their website which will launch soon. Of course it was shot in digital and the whole slew of post production/retouching that has to happen. But during the course of the two days of shooting, I brought my SLR Canon Rebel TI and shot a few film pics throughout the day. I got them developed at Bushwick Community Darkroom, the quality is a bit low res. but I didn’t feel like I had to get high res. for them anyway.

These are the 35mm Canon outtakes from one of the day’s shoots and other photos taken with the same camera around the same time period:

Haya Zoubi