Noemi Jariod Winter Engagement

We just couldn’t help but featuring this beautiful Winter engagement shoot by out client Noemi Jariod.

The lovely couple, the picnic vibe, the magical sunset at the mountain top, the Portra tones … it just has it all!
Hope you guys love this photos as much as we did and at the same time you can get a little glimpse at what Winter in rural Spain may look like these days.

Enhorabona per l’excel·lent treball Noemi!

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Daniela Reske Summer Mediterranean Wedding

We´re really excited to publish this blog post for a number of reasons.

– First and foremost this wedding is beautifully shot by client Daniela Reske. We love her composition skills and the way she handled the harsh Mediterranean light to her benefit.

We recently met Daniela at our recent Carmencita Meets Birgit Hart & Peaches and Mint workshop in Barcelona and had the chance to personally congratulate her on her recent improvements and great film results.

– Secondly the location: Cadaqués, Spain! Adoptive hometown of Salvador Dalí and a true Mediterranean Spanish gem. It was really inspiring to see how Daniela used “touristy” locations and turned them into iconic wedding shots.

– Last but not least: film is awesome. Yup, we love how film’s huge latitude handled the high contrast light situations without every losing any highlight detail… and those Portra colors … <3


So again, congratulations Dani! Can’t wait to see your next works ^_^


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Yaroslav & Jenny

We’ve had a few great clients lately from Russia, and we’re really excited about it. Some of us at the lab are huge fans of classic Russian portraiture and they’re whole great camera tradition ( Zenit, Kiev, FED, you name it!). A couple weeks ago a package arrived from Russia with a bunch of medium format rolls from a photographer couple named Yaroslav & Jenny. Their comments on the order form were super enthusiastic.

They loved the work they’s seen come out of our lab and where really eager to see what we could do with their film. Turns out these guys are good. They travel all around Russia carrying their Contax 645 and iPhones (yeah, they’re huge on Instagram) and whenever they stop traveling they take awesome photographs on beautiful weddings.
So… how could we not show you guys what their rolls contained?


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Katja Scherle

We really felt like featuring client Katja Scherle today. We’ve been working with her for quite some time and we’ve seen her shape her style and improve a whole lot.

She’s never been shy about getting the look she wanted out of her film. She’s asked us all kind of questions and really worked with us to get a personal look.

We thought this particular session was specially worth showing since she shot another incredibly talented client of ours, Jeanie Micheel.

In Katja’s own words:

Funny how life is sometimes. Two years ago I discovered Jeanie Micheel’s Facebook page and admired her beautiful images. Now I’m sharing beautiful images of her I shot myself. How did this happen? About six months ago we got to chatting about film on the internet. Four months ago we met for a mentoring session that still resonates with me. And before that Jeanie had asked me to take her picture. She wanted to do a session that represented her love for nature, her independent spirit, her boho chic style – and of course her love for film. And somehow I came into the equation. I was honoured but of course there was some pressure. Pressure only by myself on myself – Jeanie herself was incredibly relaxed and trusting. So her, our awesome make up Artist Angélique, my Contax and I met. And it was a beautiful afternoon we all enjoyed very much (yes, the Contax too, I asked her). 


So yeah, for the geek out there Katja shot the Contax 645 and Fuji 400H (overexposed 2 to 3 stops) for color and Kodak Tmax 100 for black and white.


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Michael Ferire : Stromae Backstage for Mosaert Shooting

Check out client Michael Ferire rocking out Kodak Portra 400 in really tough artificial light situations for a campaign for Mosaert clothing company!

Michael has pretty much perfected the art of concert and backstage fashion photography on film, which for the most part feature harsh artificial lights and/or mixed white balance stuff.

Unlike other film photographers he doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. The guy just shoots with all his passion (AND meters like a boss!) and just sends us his rolls from whatever part of the world he’s currently in.

We scanned this a while ago and though it was about time to publish it so we can all start to brake a couple of myths about film photography.

So yeah, film looks amazing on a really bright sunset on a beautiful hill (with backlit olive trees ‘n stuff), but when shot correctly on the worst artificial light situation you can get pretty amazing stuff too… ask Michael about it 😉

* All images shot on Contax 645 with Kodak Portra 400 ( not pushed, in case you were about to ask ).

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Pia Clodi – Dreaming of a Summer Wedding

Now that the wedding season has only just started it felt like the right moment to feature an incredible work by client Pia Clodi we had the pleasure of developing and scanning a while ago. Of course we would have loved to show it to you guys before, but as it happens with many stuff that comes through the lab there are always deadlines and privacy policies and/or exclusive content that can’t be released until the client is cool with it. In this case this gorgeous stuff got published in the Hochzeitswahn book! (you can buy it here). We love how Pia captured the beauty of the Austrian summer landscapes combined with gorgeous traditional Tracht costumes and most importantly; real emotions from real people. It was really interesting finding out that one of the keys to this awesome staged shoot not looking artificial was the fact that the actual cast were all friends and family of Pia.

That makes so much sense and really gives that happy celebration vibe to it! Hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do! PS: the whole shoot was done on Contax 645 and Fuji 400H 😉 PiaClodi1 Piaclodi3 Piaclodi4 Piaclodi5 piaclodi6 piaclodi7 PiaCLodi8 PiaClodi9 piaclodi10 PiaCLodi11 PiaCLodi12 piaclodi13 piaclodi14 piaclodi15 PiaCLodi16 PiaClodi17 PiaCLodi20 PiaClodi18 PiCLodi21

CREDITS: Blog & Shop: Hochzeitswahn Wedding Planner: Prime Moments Catering & Location: Landart Invitations & Stationery: Herz & Co Flowers: Kunstgärtnerei Doll Hair & Make-Up: Coiffeur Sturmayr Trachten Wedding Dress: Tostmann Trachten Videography: Visual Elegance – Hochzeitsvideos Videography: Santiago di Boceta

Carmencita Crew Member Feature : Buenaventura Marco

SO, we haven’t featured our own personnel’s work in quite some time, and we thought you guys might be curious about what kind of photographers are behind your scans 😉

We felt like killing two birds with one stone with this blog post, since besides the obvious interest in having a worker’s photography featured this particular set of photographs involved two not-so-common treats in the work we scan; artificial lighting and the fact of a high-end fashion production being shot on film.

The following photographs were shot by team member Buenaventura Marco for Spanish designer Juan Vidal‘s Spring/Summer 2014 Campaign. The whole set was custom made by the sponsor in a warehouse and the lighting was set up to fit the 3 different “environments” within the set. The artistic references for the shoot went somewhere along the lines of “a David Hamilton’s vibe but with a contemporary fashion look”. The lighting used had to be continuous because there was video being shot and flash wasn´t an option because it wasn’t the desired look. Also the HMI lighting equipment was daylight balanced (instead of the usual tungsten balance) for ease of scanning/ mental health of the guy scanning (i.e. Buenaventura himself!).

For all you camera geeks out there the whole session was shot on a Contax 645 with the 80mm lens using Kodak Portra 400. We thought it looked great when Buenaventura showed us the first scans and we’re happy to finally be able to show you guys! So yeah, now you know what this guy is doing whenever he isn’t working on YOUR scans or petting one of his three cats. ^_^


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photography: Buenaventura Marco

fashion : Juan Vidal

model: Ekaterina Kutsareva @ Elite

hair and make up: Javier Cererino

videographer: Gema González

lighting: Mira En la Nevera

sponsor: Peronda Group for Peronda Fashion Lab

interior/set design: Francisco Segarra


Love Is My Favorite Color : Bali

Rui Vaz Franco has been been sending film our way for a while now. Love Is My Favorite Color is his photographic duo with his wife Cristiana. They shoot gorgeous weddings and engagement sessions in their native Portugal, and always brighten our days while we scan all those wonderful sunny landscapes full of loving couples.

This time around Rui sent in some personal work. He had just spent some well-deserved vacation time in Bali with Cristiana , and shot a bunch of film. Rui has his metering skills together and shot mainly Fuji 400H on the Contax 645. He also shot more 400H and some Kodak Ektar on the 35mm Nikon F100, but he owns a great scanner for 35mm and was gonna do them himself. Upon receiving the medium format scans he was some happy with the results that he sent in the 35mm too.

Oh, and by the way, these were all shot during December… while most of our clients were moaning about rainy/snowy/dark northern winters 😛

Great work Rui! Hope you get to surf in Bali soon, in the mean time it’s good to have all these wonderful memories captured on film 🙂

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Branco Prata

We’ve been been working with Branco Prata almost since the beginning of the lab. If you don’t know them already they are the most in demand fine art wedding photographers in Portugal. It’s been a while now since we wanted to put toghether a feature for them, but the timing was never quite right, until today! The other day André posted this gorgeous Portuguese wedding on the Branco Prata Blog and we re-discovered it and totally agreed we had to show it to you guys. What can we say? Total command of hard light situations (yay for film’s huge latitude!) … gorgeous settings … tasteful framing and posing… André sure rocks the Contax 645 Fuji 400H combo! So yeah, really proud to count Branco Prata among our friend/clients. Thanks for trusting in Carmencita André! PS: happy Valentine´s Day to y’all! 😉

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The Analog Docs

The Analog Docs have been great clients of ours for a while now. These two Austrian doctors are on a mission to shoot all kinds of film stocks/cameras and do every possible thing in their hands to no let this beautiful medium we call FILM die out. In this blog feature we wanted to show you guys their latest fashion work shot on Portra 400 & 800 and with the Contax 645 and Fuji 690 GW II medium format cameras.

Be sure to sign up for their coming workshop in Vienna if you’re close to Austria and wanna learn from the best!

Hace ya un tiempo que tenemos el placer de contar entre nuestros clientes a The Analog Docs. Este dúo de doctores austríacos se ha propuesto como misión disparar todas las películas/cámaras disponibles y basicamente hacer todo lo que esté en sus manos para conseguir que este precioso medio que llamamos PELÍCULA no desaparezca. En este post queríamos mostraros su último trabajo de moda, disparado con película Portra 400 & 800 y las cámaras de formato medio Contax 645 y Fuji 690 GW II.

¡No dudéis en apuntaros a su próximo workshop en Vienna si pasáis por Austria!

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Models: Mary Foxy-Love, Johannes Egger & Maïté Kalita
M&H: Julia Abulez
Fashion: enVie
Jewellery: Katie G. Jewellery
Location: Circle C Lamaranch

Noemi Jariod – Contax 645 – Portra 400 Ilford 3200

You can probably understand why our jaws dropped while we were scanning this awesome work by client Noemi Jariod. These are all part of the Fall/Winter 2013/1014 Magnolia Antic catalog shooting. We’re extremely thankful for brands supporting work shot on film and specialy proud (in an almost patriotic way) of Noemi, for trusting us and for obtaining such top-notch results. Congratulations Noemi!


Al ver este espectacular trabajo de Noemi Jariod entenderéis que nos quedáramos boquiabiertos mientras lo escaneábamos. Estas fotos forman parte del catálogo Otoño/Invierno 2014/2014 para la marca Magnolia Antic. Nos alegramos muchísimo de que marcas como ésta apoyen el trabajo de calidad hecho en película y estamos especialmente orgullosos (de una manera casi patriótica) de Noemi, por haber confiado en nosotros y por haber obtenido resultados así de espectaculares. ¡Enhorabuena Noemi!


Michael Ferire – Contax 645 – Portra 400

Michael Ferire has been sending us film lately from his native Belgium.
This session stood out particulary because of the awesome location, great looking couple and how perfectly exposed the shots are.
Glad to have new awesome clients like you Michael!










Wesley Nulens – Contax 645 – Portra 160 & 400

Wesley Nulens is the perfect example of what a succesful client/lab relationship can grow into. Since the very first rolls he sent us (about six months ago) he let us know exactly what he was looking for. To this point the relationship has evolved to a point where were are so familiar with his shooting style and color/contrast preferences that he no longer gives us gidelines and he literally says 99% of the scans he gets from us are delivered to his clients without any editing at all. This gorgeous maternity shoot is on of the latest order he’s sent us. Wesly is really perfecting his command of Kodak Portra film, and in this session he used both Portra 160 and 400 for the color images. As always a pleasure to work on your stuff Wes! ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Wesley Nulens es el ejemplo perfecto de una inmejorable relación cliente/laboratorio. Desde los primeros rollos que nos envió (hace unos 6 meses) nos indicó exactamente qué buscaba en nuestros escaneos. A día de hoy la relación ha evolucionado a tal punto que estamos tan familiarizados con su estilo de exposición y sus preferencias de color/contraste que ya no nos manda indicaciones y dice literalmente que el 99% de los escaneos que le entregamos se los manda a sus clientes sin ningún tipo de edición extra. Esta maravilla de sesión de maternidad es uno de los últimos encargos que nos ha enviado. Wesley está perfeccionando su dominio de las películas Kodak Portra, y durante esta sesión utilizó tanto el Portra 160 como el 400. Como siempre un placer trabajar en tus negativos Wes!

Jan Sholz – Leica/Contax – Portra 160

Jan Scholz (known around the internet as Micmojo) has been a photographic idol for some of us at the lab for a while now. Needless to say it meant a lot to us when he first sent us film back in april, when we’d only been open for three months.

Working for Jan is both a pleasure and a challenge, because we’re not usually so incredibly familiar with our customer’s body of work. As you may know scanning is a highly interpretative “art form”, that’s why we insist in you giving us color/contrast guidelines if you’re looking for a specific look. In this particular project Jan shot beautiful model Louise in color film. Most of Jan’s work is shot in black and white (mostly Tri-X) and developed and scanned by himself.

The challenge with this particular project was transferring that black and white portrait essence that we all love from him into color film. Hope we succeeded Jan 😉

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