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InstaFave Friday: In Memorial

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram May 27, 2016

Thank you to all who fight and have fought and sacrificed for us. Let it be said, again and again. And included in first rolls of film like @hisweetcaroline. Thanks for the tag.

IndieFilmLab_@hisweetcaroline @hisweetcaroline

InstaFave Friday: The people

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram May 20, 2016

You know those people in your life that just make you feel good and right. Here’s to them and the weekend.


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InstaFave Friday: On the street

Filminstagram May 13, 2016

Some of the Indie crew is in New Orleans prowling the streets. Can’t wait to see it through their lenses. Like these shots that take you right there to the moment.





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Artist Spotlight: Amanda Watson

Artist SpotlightFilminstagramInterview May 9, 2016

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This lady overflows with invitation to clients, and future friends, to be a part of their genuine love stories. A wedding and portrait photographer of eight years in her home state of Oklahoma, Amanda Watson (along side her husband Chris) lives a life of coffee and littles (soon to be three) and dinner-making evenings with her love like many a Midwesterner. She got her start with a 35mm in high school and has found her home again in film for the rainbow of soft tones and sweet details that fill her lens. Her images beam with the boldness of natural beauty and balance the softness of romance. What a treat to spend a few days learning with her over at @indiefilmlab this week.

Indie is all about supporting a dreamer and we’re helping sponsor Amanda’s next workshop on August 14-17th in Dallas, Texas. There will be some phenomenal speakers and vendors on board – to learn more visit or @amandawatsonworkshops on Instagram.




IFL: How did photography become a part of your life?
AW: I picked up photography as a sophomore in high school, it was an offered class and was supposedly an “easy A” but little did I know I would fall in love with the darkroom process and it’s followed me since! My father gifted me his old 35mm Minolta and I lugged that thing around all through high school and some of college continuing my hobby. It wasn’t until we started planning our own wedding that I became obsessed with weddings and as the saying goes “do what you know” I decided to start shooting weddings and interned for a time and then branched out on our own!

IFL: Why film?
AW: I shot film all through high school and college and was reluctant to pick up digital when we decided to try for a business, but at the time film just wasn’t feasible for us. Honestly, I struggled a bit with digital, especially coming from a film background. So when we decided to reincorporate film back into our workflow it was a natural and easy process—finally my images were back to where I was striving for them to be and it just felt right.








IFL: What/who/where gets you inspired?
AW: Being outdoors, traveling, music, movies, exploring, a good sunset, color, fashion—to name a few 😉

IFL: Do you have a favorite geographical place to shoot?
AW: Someplace new—living in Oklahoma has it limitations (albeit is also a beautiful state, don’t get me wrong) but I love to shoot in new places it doesn’t necessarily matter where.

IFL: What’s your favorite film stock?
AW: Portra 400








IFL: Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?
AW: I feel like there are challenges with any medium. The main challenges I face are more geographical while shooting film. Oklahoma has some crazy weather and our weddings (and especially our receptions) are primarily indoors, so I have to be selective as to when and where I shoot film and when I decide to supplement with digital.

IFL: Do you travel often for work? What does your everyday look like when not traveling?
AW: We love to travel and have the privilege of traveling often, but we limit our travel schedule since we have littles at home.

IFL: Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?
AW: Don’t obsess with what you have or what you don’t. A lot of my favorite images came from my Mamiya 645 and 80 1.9 setup. Work with what you’ve got and perfect your skill—the gear isn’t magic, the magician is.










IFL: Favorite moment/or one of favorites you’ve ever captured.
AW: One of my favorite moments ever captured was right after Claire & Austen’s ceremony when they raced out of the chapel under a saber arch and he leans over and kisses his new wife on the cheek! So much joy and purely candid – you can’t recreate those type of moments!


IFL: What other art forms or artists are you drawn to?
AW: I love stained glass and I do a little as a hobby. I also have great admiration for calligraphers. I think it’s a beautiful art form and I wish I could do it, but my chicken scratch isn’t up to par.








What makes you feel awesome?
Spending time with the people I love.

Favorite thing about your current home/town.
The people; we are lucky to live in a great community!

Food you love.
Pasta and mint chocolate (but not necessarily together.)

What makes you dance? Do you dance?
I dance when no one is watching and it’s mostly to 80’s music.

Can you handle skinny jeans?
All day erry day.

Favorite music:
Jazz and bluegrass

Do your family/friends think photography is cool or nerdy?
Cool, they think I live some crazy posh lifestyle which is totally not true. I do love that a big part of my ‘job’ is networking and getting to drink lots of coffee, ha!


More of Amanda’s work here:
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Instagram – amandawphoto

InstaFave Friday: Light Lines

Filminstagram May 6, 2016

Killer use of light to change up composition.



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IndieFilmLab_@hello_miss_lovely @hello_miss_lovely


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IndieFilmLab_@shootwithfilm @shotwithfilm

Artist Spotlight: Casey Lee

Artist SpotlightFilmInterview April 18, 2016

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Casey Lee keeps it about as real as it gets at his home base in Dallas, Tex. Sure, he’s a daytime mechanical design engineer and self-proclaimed math nerd (plus a husband and dad to Lola the dachshund), but some serious intensity seeps out of his work as a music and portrait photographer. His interests—good music, burritos, cycling, clean lines, and ice hockey—all look especially rad on his favorite Tri-X stock. Casey’s portraits capture eyes like few others and all have a connection to the camera that words can’t quite cover today. Though you’ll find him (and most of his killer feed) from under concert lights in nearby Austin and other towns for shows, he’s easily inclined to wonder under sunny, California skies for a change of scenery.



IFL – How did photography become a part of your life?
CL – I had been taking photos with my dad’s point and shoots for a few years through early high-school and dabbled a bit with some cameras in high school for a digital graphics and animation course. After getting into the animation portion of the class using Maya, I eventually got hung up on doing camera setups for rendering and playing with focal lengths and aperture combinations to introduce a more cinematic look through some minor background blur. This dabbling in animation pushed me to ask my parents for an older Canon Digital Rebel for Christmas and that was the start of it all.

IFL-What/who/where gets you inspired?
CL – Friends and music. I love being able to hang out with friends and photograph them and what they’re doing. Whether it’s my wife hanging out in the yard of the AirBNB we’re staying at, good friends playing a show (double whammy) or sitting on a bus or in a van going from venue to venue. Also, getting to shoot something new to me.






IFL – Why film?
CL – For me it’s a combination of things. I love the challenge shooting film in situations that aren’t considered quite ideal—live music, ice hockey—generally low-light and high-speed subjects that can be difficult to track and, in the case of live music, quirky to meter properly in traditional venues. Second, I love the look and feel, if you will, of film. It just seems like, especially with portraits, when I pull the big Pentax 67 up to my eye the subjects bring out a certain intensity in the eyes. When shooting music it just gives a feel to the image that I don’t think I generally get with a digital SLR—I’m not as patient or possibly even as observant and manage to miss moments or wind up with 18 frames of essentially the same thing. With the medium format gear the feel just can’t be matched with some of the constraints of live-music photography (space in a photo pit to get your angle, size and height of the stage, etc.) and you can get some really cinematic images thanks to the effective 35mm focal lengths of some lenses. I also love shooting with my Leica because it is so easy to just disappear and snap a quick frame without being noticed like you would shooting a big SLR.

IFL – What’s your favorite film stock?
CL – Tri-X. I love black and white, and always come back to Tri-X. It’s just so damn versatile and I love the grains and tones. I’ve dabbled with HP5 and while I like it, I don’t quite love it as much. When I do shoot color, I love the color and contrast of Portra 800 and seem to shoot it the most, at least when it isn’t too bright out. I’ve also finally started to like Portra 400 and am getting colors and contrast that I like a lot more than some early scans where I was trying to shoot it like 400H and overexposing two or more stops.






IFL – Do you have a favorite geographical place to shoot?
CL – I love to work in California. The light just always seems incredible and I often find myself inspired to try new things when I’m away from home. I also really enjoyed my 8 hours in New York this summer between my last day on Warped and flying home the next morning. I walked from my hotel over the Brooklyn Bridge into Brooklyn and just see such a cool city on foot. I wish I could have spent more time there and look forward to getting back up there soon.

IFL – What other art forms or artists are you drawn to?
CL – I’m not that well versed in a lot of art, but there are a lot of photographers who’s work I love. Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Lewis Hine, and so many more (thanks to a semester in an art history class dedicated to the history of photography).

IFL – If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
CL – This is a pretty easy one for me since my career isn’t photography-centric at all. My day job as a mechanical design engineer is something I love and that I would easily be doing with or without photography in my life because it gives me a creative outlet that, while not the same as photography, does still satisfy my desire to be creative.






IFL – Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?
CL – Keeping the work that I like coming can be tricky, but I’ve been able to find some great editors at some online publications who are super supportive of me dropping a few rolls of film in to the middle of shoots. I think the biggest challenge is trying to keep shooting film when a quick-turn, digital product seems to check most of the boxes for so many shoots.

IFL – Favorite moment/or one of favorites you’ve ever captured.
CL – With music I love crowd interaction, especially if band members hop the barricade and get out into the crowd. The intensity from the crowd and the band seems to accrue and build so quickly and it certainly makes some rad photos with the crowd enveloping the subject. I also love the quiet moments, regardless of subject.

IFL – Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?
CL – Shoot with the camera that feels right. I use my Pentax 67 for so many things that would make most people shake their heads, but whenever I get it out of the bag it makes me not worry as much as shooting with other cameras. Same goes with my Leica. When I have the opportunity to shoot film, those are my go-tos. They feel solid while shooting, make beautiful negatives and make me happy to shoot with. I still use 35mm SLRs, digital and film, but not as much as the Pentax and Leica. The feel just isn’t there for me. But there is always a time for those as well. I love my EOS-3 when shooting fast moving subjects that I can’t quite anticipate the movement of to pre-focus and want to shoot wide, especially with the eye controlled AF. Why Canon ever got rid of that feature is beyond me. It has saved my butt more than a few times when relying on AF to focus.

IFL – Do you travel often for work? What does your everyday look like when not traveling?
CL – Not too often. Most of my work occurs within 50 miles of home, but a couple of touring runs and a few sessions in Austin (a short 3 hr road trip away) do get me out of town a bit.







What makes you feel awesome?
Live music, riding my road bike, and playing ice hockey. They are all outlets for me and provide some often needed stress relief.
Food you love:
Tacos, sushi, vegan treats
Can you handle skinny jeans?
All I own, in the denim department at least.

Favorite music:
Oh man, this is probably the hardest thing to explain. Genre-wise, I’m all over the place. Hip-hop, post rock, hardcore, metal, pop-punk, the occasional top 40. Bands I’ve been listening to a lot lately have been: Saosin, PVRIS, I Killed the Prom Queen, Bury Your Dead, Neck Deep, Sturgill Simpson, Explosions in the Sky, Set Your Goals, Brand New, Bring Me the Horizon, letlive, Robyn, This Wild Life, The Wonder Years and Basement.
Do your family/friends think photography is cool or nerdy?
Not really, occasionally catch some flak over some old branding materials from coworkers, but everyone is pretty supportive of what I do.

More on Casey and his work here:
Website –
Instagram – @caseyleephoto

InstaFave Friday: Wanderlust

Filminstagram April 1, 2016

Who’s ready to wander?






InstaFave Friday: At the shore

Filminstagram March 25, 2016

A few of us got away to the coast this week. Cheers to beach stays!




InstaFave Friday: Washed in blue

Filminstagram March 18, 2016

These @jonihoniholiday images are so refreshing all washed in blue tones.




InstaFave Friday: Lighten Up

Filminstagram March 11, 2016

The light filling up these frames is blowing us away. Thanks for tagging #indiefilmlab