Smith Rock Park

A few words from Brittany of Life Set Sail: Smith Rock State Park was, in a word, magical. I didn’t even know places like this existed in Oregon, but apparently they do (there’s actually a decent amount of desert area there). Just goes to show, you don’t have to go all the way to Arizona for this type of view! When we took these photos, there was a small group of people near us camping…their hammock set up, some slow jamz playing, one girl reading with her feet dipped in the river – her friends rock climbing not far away. Can you imagine camping in a place like this!? Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud on these trips. Friends always ask how our vacation was, and by the photos, yes, you might think oh they had such a peaceful time travelling, while in actuality we are spending most of the day driving from location to location, chasing the sun and fuelling ourselves with Taco Bell. This was in fact one instance where I felt I was able to take everything in.

Blush Magazine on Film Photography

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In the newest issue of Blush Magazine there is a Q&A with me all about film photography! I am so excited that a local magazine has decided to shed some light on film! I know its not that common of a medium for photographers anymore, especially in Alberta, but its absolutely amazing and I'm so thrilled to share the article with you! There are many benefits to film photography; however, a lot of people are weary or scared of it because its not familiar to people anymore. Hopefully this article will help educate Alberta brides about the benefits of film!

Article written by Carmen Green.

For most of us, our experience with film photography is limited to disposable cameras from childhood vacations-if even that. Film seems archaic compared to the ease and convenience of shooting digital, but much like vinyl enthusiasts, some photographers find film more aesthetically pleasing. Justine Milton talks with Blush about bringing the fine art of film to wedding photography.

Q. What made you decide to get into photography in general, and film photography specifically?

A. I started out by taking a photography course in university as part of my design degree. We had to use black and white film and I took a photo of my great-grandmother's living room, with sun pouring in through a stained glass window above her piano. My professor told me I had a talent for photography and should consider doing something with it. So it was kind of a fluke that I got my way into photography, but once I did I loved it!

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Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using film over digital?

A. Personally, I love film because it looks alive in a way that digital just doesn't - it has more depth and dimension to it and looks like you could reach out and touch it. I'm not stubborn about using only film - it captures light differently than digital so there are some situations where digital is more versatile than film and vice versa. Shooting film was a bit nerve-racking at first because you have to be confident...there's no checking the back of the camera to see if it looks good, you just have to know it looks good.

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Q. Can you shoot film in dark spaces such as reception rooms?

A. Absolutely! In fact, lighting dark spaces is one of the skills I'm most proud of. I figured if I truly wanted to say I'm a film photographer I ought to be able to shoot receptions on film. In Alberta most receptions are not in bright, naturally-lit spaces, so I had to learn to shoot film with flash! I practiced for a year with flashed to nail exactly the look I wanted and now I shoot film at receptions all the time.

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Q. Can you describe your film process from shooting through production?

A. Shooting is pretty straightforward: my assistant loads film cartridges while I shoot so that when I finish a roll we just swap cartridges and I keep shooting. It's pretty seamless for me. We overnight FedEx the rolls to the film lab; they develop the film, scan in the photos and send me digital files. I don't edit much; I might crop or straighten some things, tweak the coloring a wee bit but nothing major. Printing is the same as digital, I just send the files to a print lab and they handle that part!

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Q. How receptive have couples been about using film for their weddings?

A. Most of my couples don't know I shoot film until well into the day, if they realize it at all. That said, some couples love that I shoot film and hire me specifically for that.

Q. What advice would you give couples who are considering hiring a film photographer?

A. Chat with them and see exactly how film fits in with what they do. Do they shoot exclusively film or are they "hybrid" (both film and digital)? Ask how long they've been shooting with film - it's not something most people can learn overnight. If you're really concerned, ask to see some examples of shots from darker lighting conditions. Film is pretty forgiving in daylight, but in dark churches or receptions it can be tricky. 

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Q. What do you like best about wedding photography?

A. I love getting to interact with clients and being witness to one of the most important days of their lives. I love the subtle looks, big smiles, tears and anticipation of everyone involved.

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Make sure to pick up your copy of Blush magazine to see the article in print, a bunch of real weddings and amazing styled shoots!

HQ Calgary Styled Wedding Shoot

As Seen On: Style Me Pretty | Joy Foley Weddings

Scans By: Photovision Prints | Event Planning + Design: JoyFoley Weddings
Floral Design: Fleurish Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Bass Bridal
Stationery: Pink Umbrella Designs | Hair + Makeup: The Pretty Haus | Venue: The HQ 
Rentals: Special Event Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Vintage Rentals: Orange Trunk

From Stacey Foley…Natural, organic and ethereal weddings are becoming more and more popular so we wanted to create a shoot to inspire brides and allow them to find true beauty in something simple. The creative process started for me when I was contacted by Kelsey McIntyre of Kathryn Bass Bridal letting me know that she would be in Calgary for one day and had a trunk full of beauties available if I was interested. I jumped on the opportunity. Justine Milton, of Milton Photography, was the absolute perfect fit to capture it all. Her style is timeless, elegant and incredibly gorgeous.

I wanted to allow the colors and textures of the season to play a big part in the design and inspiration of this shoot so I incorporated red pears and pomegranates into the tablescape and Fleurish created for us the most stunning bouquet and centerpiece incorporating falls favourite flowers and fruits. Simple and beautiful stationery, created by Pink Umbrella Designs, was added as the perfect finishing touch.

Weddings are meant to be an expression of self, an incorporation of season and a beautiful look into what inspires the soul. This shoot was created to allow brides the opportunity to see that simple inspiration and beauty can come together to make pure magic!

Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding and editorial photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings & editorial commercial shoots all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings & editorial shoots each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me

Elegant Penhold Estate Wedding

Scans By: Photo Vision Prints | Suits: Derks Formals | Decor: Special Event Rentals
 Socks: Good Luck Sock | Dress Shop: The Bridal Center | Florals: Calyx Floral Design
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaids Dressed: Bill Levkoff

A few words from Robyn, the bride: When we set our date, a lot of people told us we were crazy for planning a wedding that fast but we couldn't wait to get married! Every moment of our day was so special to us and we felt so blessed to be surrounded by so many people that believed in our love. When I got to the front of the aisle, my mom whispered to me, "he loves you so much", but I already knew that. As I looked up at Kyle, I couldn't wait to spend the rest of my life as his wife. 

Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me

Shaw Conference Centre Wedding

Scans by: PhotoVision Prints | Venue: Shaw Conference Center
Wedding Planner & Designer: A Modern Proposal | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas Moore

Are you recently engaged and planning a wedding? Justine Milton, Calgary based destination wedding photographer is currently booking for 2016 & 2017 dates! We book weddings all over the world & love to travel so no matter where your wedding is taking place, if you love our style, give us a shout! We only take on a limited number of weddings each year to ensure we are giving each couple our absolute best! If you would like to chat with us about possibly photographing your wedding, get in touch with Justine here: e-mail me