Ultimate Guide to Film Wedding Photography

As a Utah Wedding Photographer, I have slowly but surely learned my style and the way I personally like to work my camera. Each photographer has their own signature way of shooting, that makes it unique to them. However, over the years as a Utah Wedding Photographer one thing hasn’t changed. That is, that beautiful nostalgic, vintage and film like quality to my images. Something about looking back at your photos and getting that same feeling as when you were rummaging through your parents old photos brings me chills. So recently, I began implementing film wedding photography into my services and it’s safe to say it’s been a huge hit. Film wedding photography has been a growing trend as of lately, but frankly I don’t see this trend ending anytime soon. Many couples ask me what’s the difference between digital and film wedding photography and why they should even consider adding film to their wedding packages. Let me tell you my exact reasoning behind why every couple should consider film wedding photography for their big day.

What Is Film Wedding Photography?

First, let’s talk about what exact film wedding photography is. Film wedding photography is basically photographing your wedding on film. Many photographers will offer film wedding photography as a solo service while others will incorporate it in conjunction with the rest of their wedding packages. Film wedding photography is having your wedding day shot on a traditional film camera and having it later be developed through professional processing.

Difference Between Digital & Film Wedding Photography

When it comes to digital and film wedding photography, there are two main differences. Film wedding photography operates much differently than digital wedding photography. A film camera has a roll of film that you need in order to shoot your subject. After shooting your subject on film, you then need to send it to a processing facility in which they use a dark room to process your images. I know, soooooo 1970’s. Once your images have been processed you are left with this beautiful and nostalgic almost vintage look to your images. It reminds me of being young and my parents showing me their old wedding photos. A form of nostalgia that feels like home. Film can take a while to process and receive back all of your images but trust me when I say it’s completely worth it. 

Digital on the other hand is a bit different. With digital wedding photography you have the ability to take the photo and see your image almost instantly. Digital wedding photography will often have a more crisp and clear resolution in comparison to film wedding photography.

There are many reasons why couples would choose to have one or the other, however, it’s entirely dependent on what type of style of wedding photography you’re looking to have for your big day.

Why You Should Have Film Wedding Photography

If I’m being honest, I could go on and on about this topic. Film wedding photography is something that has creeped its way into my heart and I don’t ever see it leaving. The reasons many couples choose to incorporate film wedding photography for their big day varies from couple to couple. However, here are just a few reasons why you should consider having film wedding photography for your wedding day.

More Intentionality

With film wedding photography, you only have has many shots as you do film. Meaning you have to be incredibly intentional with what shots and moments we capture. This means that as your Utah wedding photographer, I need to put my thinking cap on and be very conscious of what’s going on around me. This not only helps capture the emotion better but it allows us to be more intentional with our movements and shots.

More Emotions

Without a doubt, film wedding photography is the perfect way to evoke your emotions. Since you have to be very intentional with your movements and placement of the camera, you end up being able to capture some of the more emotional moments of your wedding day. After the images have been processed you’re able to relive all of those emotions and moments from your wedding day with that vintage nostalgic feel that we all know we love.

We Can Get Creative

Film wedding photography is also a great way to feel inspired and get creative. Due to the nature of how rustic and timeless film wedding photography can be, you can easily get creative with your posing and style. Film gives me the ability to try out new posing and styles and give you imagery that is completely unique to you and your partner. Because film wedding photography doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as digital wedding photography, the way that we have to shoot weddings are a bit different. The angles, posing and even the way lighting is processed through film wedding photography is completely different. Thus leading us to being a bit more strategic and creative with our shots.

Add On Film To Your Wedding Photography Services

If having your entire wedding day documented on film is not your thing, don't fret. Many wedding photographers who offer film, such as myself, will offer film as an add-on. Since actual film rolls can get pretty pricey at times, it sometimes isn't realistic to have your entire wedding day captured on film. Instead, what I do with my couples is offer it as an additional add-on to your wedding day. You will not only get those beautifully crisp images from a digital camera but those nostalgic moments on film. It's the best of both worlds and honestly a fan favorite amongst all of the couples I have worked with.


Overall, if you're debating on whether or not you should have film wedding photography the short answer is... yes! Film wedding photography is a great way to evoke emotion and really get those creative juices flowing. It's a way to travel back in time and document your modern day love with a vintage nostalgic feel and I just know you'll love it.