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Film is not dead, or better known to those in the know as FIND, is a workshop put on by Jonathan Canlas. For many it’s all about film. For me it was about so much more than that. Being that I live in the middle of nowhere and don’t go to WPPI (the world fair for wedding photographers), I only really have one or two good photographer friends who I can throw things off of or look to in times of desperation or inspiration. That all changed when I walked in the door of the Lightbank studio in Seattle. What I got more than anything else from Jon’s workshop was a sense of camaraderie and an unbelievable desire to be around other photographers. I was with these people for only three days yet it seemed like we had known each other a lifetime. While most were from Seattle (seriously how can so much talent be in such a small and wet city) there were others from across the States and even another photographer from Mexico. All right he was the only one from Mexico, but I’ve been here for almost six years so let’s just pretend. In addition to the crazy group of attendees we were also graced by the presence of Tavis Johnson and Joe Amundsen, Jon’s former and current assistants who pretty much rock at anything they point a camera at, and last but definitely not least the social hi-jinx of Mr. Jamie Clayton. Oh wait, I almost forgot the awesomeness that is Catherine Abegg. Seriously girl there are no words. You simply rock.

I’ve  been to other workshops and I have never felt the way I did during these three days in July. I was genuinly sad to leave Seattle and even more so these peeps. Lucky for me I got to hang out a bit with Jenny Jimenez before I did. Good times that almost involved smoke bombs, but I digress. When I got back down to hot and humid San Pancho I realized that I didn’t have to leave these people behind. When you go to FIND you are a FINDer for life. The FINDer forum is amazing. It in itself could be worth the price of the workshop. Questions? Just ask them. Inspiration? One click away. Need to vent? These are your people.

All of this wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Jon. There are a lot of industries (photography being one of them) where people don’t share ideas. It’s cut throat out there and no one could care less whether you make it or break it, but in FINDer land Jon does. Jonathan Canlas is not only an amazing photographer, but an incredible person as well. He doesn’t just want to teach you how he does things. He wants you to find your own way of doing things. He just steers the boat a bit while you steady yourself. Jon loves people who are as passionate about photography as he is and he wants to see these people do well.

Hopefully if you’re like me when you go to FIND you won’t just find film, you’ll find a bit more of yourself and along the way you might even find a crap load of super cool peeps who like to point cameras at things and document life.

Jenny, Kip, John, Fer, Natalie, Christine, Kristin, Silvana, Jennifer, Rebekah, Virgil, Jana, and Will you guys are super rad and I hope that we can all get together someday in the future. Jon, Tavis, Joe, Jamie, and Catherine same goes for you.

These are my behind the scenes of the peeps and some of the places we were. The models will be coming up shortly. All shot on Kodak Portra 400/800, Ektar, and Tri-X. It was basically just one big Kodak love fest.

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Carolina Ines - I love these! Especially the one where the guy’s got his belly out, the whole shot is fantastic.

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FIND Holgas.

A few weeks ago I attended a mind blowing experience. Film is Not Dead is a film workshop given by Jonathan Canlas aka ‘the brown Beiber’. I met so many incredible photographers (most of whom were from Seattle who knew?) and there is so much that I need to write about my three days hanging and shooting with all of them, but first since I’m a bit behind on the posts here are some of the Holga shots I took when we all went out to karaoke. Best. Ice Breaker. Ever.

Oh side note: Jenny Jimenez equals most amazing person/split maker in the world not to mention an incredible photographer.

All shot on Kodak. Some cross processed.

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Jamie - wow. seriously. wow. thank you so much for documenting this night. best birthday ever. wow.


Rachel and Cy got married in Zihuatanejo, Mexico at Villa Quinta Troppo. I love shooting in Zihua. I was there for Jess and Brian’s wedding last October and then for Club Intrawest shooting for their magazine Compass in April. If I were to move on from San Pancho it would probably be to Zihua. It still has the small town Mexico charm that seems to be slowly slipping away from other areas of the coast.

There were so many beautiful aspects about this wedding least of not were the awesome friends and family that Rachel and Cy have. Their photo session before the ceremony is probably one of my favorites all year. It was hotter than hell, but we braved the heat with the help of our trusty taxi driver and a little later on some fresh (and deliciously cold) coconuts. Nothing like some electrolytes to get you through the heat of Zihua in May.

The girls met up at Casa que Canta and were escorted down to the ceremony by Mariachi who then escorted the entire wedding party down the beach and up to La Quinta Troppo after the ceremony. The dancing was amazing (limbo!) and I found my new favorite fiesta dance off: double dutch. That alone would have been a great ending, but no heat induced wedding is complete without a jump in the pool and some tequila. Yes, I was in there too.

Here are some of my faves from the day. It was so hard to narrow this one down.

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Isaiah aka @ihaynes05 - Wow! This was an awesome wedding. I also stumbled across your work from a twitter post about FIND. This is great stuff!

tim riddick - wow i just wanted to thank FIND and twitter for me stumbling across your work… this wedding is freaking insanely good. great work!!!

Julie - GORGEOUS photos, absolutely stunning and so unique! I featured the pictures with the coconut cocktails on my own blog, which highlights various destination weddings in Mexico. But as I continue to look through these pictures, I may need to do a second post featuring the photos from this wedding…such wonderful work! Please take a look at my blog, I would love to get feedback, and keep a lookout for a future post featuring your work from Rachel & Cy’s gorgeous wedding!, and follow me @WedInMexico. Thank you!

Carol Martin - We’ve never met, I’ve never seen your work before now….It is stunning! I got here because Nicole Majewski commented on the wedding pictures. I know Nicole through PEACE.
Thank you for sharing this vibrant, and fun wedding.

Christy on Film.

This week has been crazy. Last week I went to the FIND workshop with Jonathan Canlas and met an incredible group of photographers. I walked away with more inspiration than I know what to do with. When I got back I had to move apartments and get back into the swing of things down here in San Pancho. I’m about to go document Los Talleres del Verano at entreAmigos, but I wanted to put a quick sneak peak up of Christi. This is why I love film.

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Christy - Ahhh, I’m so excited to see more! these are awesome! xo


I’m at the Film Is Not DEAD workshop with Jonathan Canlas and tons of other awesome peeps in Seattle and since I’ve been lagging in the posts the last few weeks due to general craziness and just being busy, I figured I would post some more film that I shot since this week has been (surprise) all about film. These are of my fave friend Mary and her man Johnny who got married in a teensy little ceremony in California. I wasn’t there for the wedding, but we did take a couple shots near the house they were renting in Malibu where it was absolutely frigid that day. The first two are from the day before when we went to check out the park when it was beautiful and sunny. I just shot their Wedding fiesta in Rhode Island which was lots o’ fun and will be up on the blog soon. Relatively.

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