Expired Film

It's Been a Little While

One of my favourite things about photography is coming home from a long shoot, grabbing my laptop, and scrolling through the images. Sometimes its 50 photos, sometimes it's 2000. It's so incredible to put so much time into planning, and shooting, and then to have the final images. 

Film is a little (a lot) different though. 35mm film only has 24 exposures so you really have make each one count. And you can't just go home and check out what you shot - you have to send the film away and wait and wait and wait and hope that you got a something good (and honestly, I usually forget what I shot by the time the film comes back!). 

Okay, it's been a little while, this is my first roll of 2018! In fact, the last roll I got developed was in August(!) SO, here are a few shots from Halifax and Cow Bay, Februsary '18.

Expired: Places

Last month Kelsey, Michaella, and I took a road trip to St Andrews. When we went last April I took a million photos on my DSLR, but then didn't really do anything with them. So, this time I only took my film camera, and a roll of expired film (because, honestly, what else do I shoot on?). Here are my 24 exposures!


When we arrived in the morning, we went straight to Water St where we could do a little shopping and take photos on the dock. It was super foggy out and a little creepy, but mostly just beautiful

It didn't take long for the sun to come out though, so we went to a cute little pizza place for lunch, stopped by our favourite candy store, and headed for the beach! 

Our last stop was the beautiful Algonquin Resort, where we got stuck in a short downpour

And with our day coming to an end, my last three exposures were through the windshield on our way home

Expired: Mia

I don't think it's any secret that Mia Jay is one of my fave new models to work with, I mean, one glance I my Instagram and you see her face a thousand times. So who would be better to have my third Expired shoot with!

Mia and I went to four locations across Fredericton, each one with it's own unique look. We had such an amazing day exploring new (to me) parts of the city, including a couple of Mia's secret hideaways. 

Expired is a series I've been working on for a few months now, where I'm shooting on expired 35mm film. I just love film's unpredictability. Now, unlike the last two times (found here & here) I didn't opening up my camera to create intentional light leaks, which was kind of a nice change. 

Here are a few of my favourites from our shoot! Click here to see the full Expired gallery

Model: Mia Hay

Expired Film (part ii)

It's official: I'm in LOVE with expired film!

I'm so so so happy with the results from my expired film project! Even though I'm technically finished with my short experiment, I'm absolutely going to continue shooting on expired film. The results I get with this film create truly one of a kind photos that just can't be replicated digitally. 

For my shoot with Mel, I continued experimenting with light leaks which created some incredible colours. Check out my favourite shots! 

Roll #1: expired 2006

How amazing are these light leaks! 

Roll #2: expired '90s

Model: Mel McMichael

Expired Film (feat. expired chemicals)

In my last post I said that one of my favourite things about film photography is its unpredictability. This time, however, it did not work in my favour.  

After braving the cold in three different locations, I excitedly started the development process. Because I couldn't wait to share the final results, I kept an Instagram Story to document my progress:

Here's how it looked:

Sadly, the chemicals I used to develop my film had gone bad, so not a single image came out. 

Stay tuned for Part ii (and some actual photos!)

Expired Film (part i)

I've been doing some experimenting lately with expired film, and I'm so excited to share my first round of results! I've been wanting to try shooting with expired film for a while now, so I jumped at the opportunity to use it for one of my class projects. 

One of my favourite things about film is its unpredictability; you don't know if you'll get the results you wanted until after you process and print your film. Adding the fact that this film is expired makes it that much more exciting. I was most curious to see if the film's age would alter the colours.

I had accidentally opened the back of my camera, so I thought I was going to lose a few of my photos; instead, the fraction of a second where my film was exposed added amazing light leaks!

 I was thrilled to see that my first attempt was a success!

Behind the scenes on developing day!