A Little About Film Friend
This year I started a patron program called Film Friend. Basically, if you're a patron, you love my work and want to encourage and support me. I know many folks just don't have the room for wall art, but want to support me in some way. This is how you can!
There were some great patrons so far this year, and each received a 4x6 print from each negative from the roll of film they sponsored (usually 36 prints), plus a handwritten narrative about the images. (Yes, I said hand written. Goes well with "old school" film.) The goal was only for me to cover the expense of film, developing, your prints, and mailing costs.
Why don't I charge more to make a profit?
My goal with shooting film is to cover my expenses. Plain and simple. You're helping me become a better artist by helping me cover those expenses.
I'll be honest. I know I shouldn't point out all these negative things about Film Friend. But being an artist isn't about everything being perfect. It's a journey of ups and downs. And this journey is seen in those 36 exposures. Every image is not stellar. Images are not retouched by me in this "raw" stage, so you aren't getting the full extent of my creative intentions. And there seems to always be one "oops" exposure where I accidentally trigger the shutter. (Trust me, I don't like this any more than you.) There are sometimes several near identical images of the same subject. This is part of my process of "working the subject", which explores different compositions.
Are there 36 exposures of the same subject?
No. I am actually more careful with what I shoot with film than with digital. A habit that is carrying over to my digital camera photography. This is a good thing! And it makes me a better photographer.
What if I don't like flowers?
I have a couple categories for people to choose from. Flowers, trees (nature) and "surprise me".
Do I get my prints right away?
Generally no. Some of my patrons this year waited five months for their prints. The reason being is that if they paid in February and wanted to see flowers, June is about the soonest to see outdoor flowers where I live. (Otherwise someone would end up with 36 exposures of the same store-bought floral bouquet. Personally, I'd rather give you more variety for your dollars.)
I do buy flowers from a florist in the winter to photograph, but even that is sometimes limited because it can be too cold to transport them home and have them looking good. Luckily the whole winter isn't like that!
I would say that unless you're selecting a category during it's peak season, it will be several months. I always let patrons know via email about how long their wait will be, or at the least, my best estimate.
Want to know more?
For 2018 I'll be increasing the cost of the sponsorship levels because my estimates for this year were too low when compared with the final costs. Like I said, the patron sponsorships for film are only to cover my costs so I don't lose money.
But you can take advantage of 2017's lower sponsorship prices on color and b&w. ACT FAST, because fall colors in my part of the world start very soon and end about mid-October if we're lucky. Mother Nature can be very unpredictable!
To sponsor a color or b&w roll(s) of film, click here.
A sample from eight different rolls of film this year.