Continuing with our Wedding Week theme, our Artist Spotlight this week features Emma Case. Emma is a no stranger to our blog and has provided us with some great shots for our features this week. Hailing from Birmingham, England, Emma has been shooting weddings with her husband Pete for the last 4 years. You can follow along with Emma’s work and give her some interweb love at the following links.
We went a little image crazy on this one!
How did you get into instant photography?
I’ve always loved the look and feel of instant photos, they instantly take me back to when I was a child, in fact my favourite photos of my childhood are all polaroids. I’ve never got over the magic that you take an image and seconds later its developing in physical form in your hands! I started using it professionally quite early on, as it really complimented our work. In my early twenties I had a blue Polaroid 600 that I bought from Boots (a pharmacy in the UK) and you used to be able to buy film there too. I used to use it more like a ‘going out’ camera rather than artistically and it wasn’t really much cheaper then so it was an expensive hobby.
What is your favorite camera used for instant photography?
I’m actually not too sure I’ve found it yet. I have had a number of Polaroid 600 Spirit cameras, and it’s been a bit of trial and error with a lot of them, some amazing results and some not so great. We have used a Polaroid Land 104 which can have beautiful results as well, but it’s a little temperamental.. which sometimes adds to the charm and sometimes can be quite frustrating.. 🙂
What instant camera have you not shot with, but would love to try?
I think next year we want to start investing in better instant cameras as it’s something that we use regularly and all our couples like this part of what we do and often ask about it from the off. We’d like to try a Polaroid Land 195 or Spectra maybe? Ooh and the SX70 too. It’s funny.. I’ve bought polaroid cameras from car boot sales and charity shops for years, always for £5 or £10.. so I’ve just got to get used to the idea of spending a bit more money!
What’s your favorite Impossible film or pack film type?
The colour protection packs of PX680 are coming out really lovely right now.
How have you incorporated instant film into your regular workflow?
This is something we love to use on the couple shoots and occasionally bridal party shoots, it gives a timeless feel and those sorts of images work really well. I also like the idea of our couples having something tangible to keep.. a little memento of the day. We scan the images but we also give them the polaroid (which is sometimes hard to give over!) so I really enjoy giving our couples their own original piece of art. We’ve had some really lovely surprises with colours, leaks and smudges which you can never achieve with digital… I just love it..
How would you describe your voice or vision with instant photography? (does it differ from your other work?)
We always try to use the light and shadows as much as possible in our photography, and love textures, so the instant photography is a natural extension of our other photography. We’re also known for our fondness for previous eras and our work has a strong focus on nostalgia, family and home.. and for me looking at old polaroids from your own childhood fits that ethos perfectly.
Any personal projects we should know about?
I’m going to be totally honest I find peak wedding season quite full on so personal projects seem to get left behind in the summer months. I have been experimenting with a kind of Boudoir and actually a lot of my influence in the style comes from instant imagery. I kind of want to step away from the clean, digital look and get a bit dirtier.. 😉
What other photographers do you look up too?
We Are The Parsons are amazing at capturing emotion and the unique moments that others may miss.
Featherlove for her amazing use of colours and shadows and the surreal quality to her work.
Martin Parr for his celebration of the gritty and normal.
In terms of photographers that use instant film.. The lovely Amber Mahoney from live it out photo inspires me every day with her Present Company project. You should definitely check her out..
What advice would you give to someone just getting into instant photography?
Don’t be afraid to use it. Perhaps, try it out with a few personal things before using professionally. I also think it’s a bit of trial and error so you have to be patient. It might take a while (and a bit of money) until you start getting the results you want but if you truly love it then you’ll stick with it.
Where does your inspiration come from? Do you seek it out or wait till it finds you?
I think the inspiration for me comes in the beauty of normality.. the everyday..