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InstaFave Friday: Gotta Love It

FilmIndie Lifeinstagram February 12, 2016

Everybody has that friend that everyone loves. Here’s ours. Our local, walk-in, coffee drinking friend Selma Pete Williams shot in our studio on Fuji gf670 and Kodak tri-x by @joshuamoates scanned on the Imacon. Hope everyone has a Selma in their life.


InstaFave Friday: Ending on a high note

Filminstagram February 5, 2016

Sliding into the weekend.









InstaFave Friday: What a view

Filminstagram January 29, 2016

Thanks for taking us along to some amazing views this week.













Artist Spotlight: Thomas Lucas

Artist SpotlightFilmIndie Life January 28, 2016

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There’s a treasure trove full of fine souls born and bred in Montgomery, Ala. home. One of them is Indie’s developer, Thomas Lucas. Photography, art and music are all part of his story and vividly displayed on his new site launched this month. His style: focusing his lens on subjects and scenes full of emotion. Boudoir, travel, documentary—they all posses a sensuality and depth that shows he’s really looking and really listening to what’s around.

We’re a lot proud of this guy for pushing out a fantastic site of work, and for his keeping on at the lab all the while. We know you’ll enjoy more of his work and chatting it up on Instagram the rest of the week.




IFL – How did photography become a part of your life?
TL – I have been surrounded by photography my entire life thanks to my grandfather and my dad. It wasn’t until an image I took while living in New Orleans was published as a book cover in Germany that I thought I should probably take this hobby of mine a little more seriously. Since then, I’ve continued to work on honing my skill. That was around 2010.


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FL – What/who/where gets you inspired?
TL – There are a few things that inspire me whenever I can’t come up with an idea or I need it to set the mood. The first being music. As odd as it may seem, 80’s early 90’s music with a dash of classical tends to season the inspiration brain receptors. When it comes to primarily boudoir and sometimes editorial work, I look to Alphonse Mucha. He was a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist. His work has a flow to it that I’ve always loved and try to capture in my work. Lastly, Annie Leibovitz. Her earlier work is what I’ve been a huge fan of and the way she worked on those iconic images. She spent time with the person, getting to know what makes them them and capturing it perfectly.


IFL – Why film?
TL – I haven’t always been a film shooter. When my digital was stolen from me almost two years ago, I had to make a decision on whether or not I truly wanted to continue with photography. Working at Indie Film Lab as the developer, it kind of made sense to continue. I love film and I love digital. Yes, both have a distinct look about them and to the trained eye you can tell the difference, but with all the options out there for making your digital work look like film why bother shooting film? It’s the process. It takes longer. The anticipation of seeing the moments you captured can be nerve racking, but the hope that you captured something you wanted or weren’t expecting and receiving it days later is and can be rewarding. Film also is a good way to build confidence and self esteem in knowing you got the shot and without having to look at an LCD screen every few seconds.


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IFL – Favorite moment/or one of favorites you’ve ever captured
TL – One of my most favorite moments I’ve captured was last year on February 9th. It was a cool, rainy day and gay marriage became legal in Alabama. The two women that would become the poster child and one of the first same-sex marriages in Alabama were getting married in my hometown of Montgomery. I knew this would be an event to experience with my own eyes and to document it so that others could witness it as well. The moment I captured was their first kiss with all of the big name news company photographers capturing the moment. The circled around them like vultures trying to get the “shot” that would make the headlines. Since I was shooting film, I was too late to get any of my photographs out fast enough for possible publication. I got the photograph printed for my personal collection so that one day when I’m older I can look back and remember that spectacular day.

IFL – Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?
TL – Something that has always been said to me or around me is your best camera you have is the one that’s on you. I stick to using natural light as much as possible. I primarily shoot with a Nikon FM2 with either a 35mm f1.4 or 55mm f1.2. Other equipment I use from time to time: Nikon F3, Mamiya RZ67 with a 110mm f2.8 or 50mm f4.5, and a Fuji X100T.

IFL – Do you travel often for work? What does your everyday look like when not traveling?
TL – I don’t travel as much I’d like. A change of scenery and lighting is nice to enhance your skill. Even though I’m not often traveling, I’m processing everyone’s film from all across the world. In a way it’s kind of like traveling every day.


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IFL – If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
TL – If I weren’t a photographer, I’d be fighting crime at night. Batman

IFL – Do you have a favorite geographical place to shoot?
TL – It’s just around the river bend. It’s pretty chill just over there. Really anywhere.

IFL – What’s your favorite film stock?
TL – Portra 400 for C41 and TMAX 100 and Trix for BW

IFL – Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?
TL – Money is a challenge with purchasing film and booking shoots to support it.


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What makes me dance?
Taylor Swift makes me dance.

Skinny Jeans?
The hell are those? Boot cut jeans.

My favorite superhero is Batman which makes me my favorite superhero.


More on Thomas Lucas and his work here:
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Instagram – @bamabear



Indie Scene: Bridal shoot by Deisy Photography

FilmNewsPublished January 25, 2016

Congrats to Deisy Photography. The subtle sass makes this bridal portrait pretty fun. Check out the full post on Glamour & Grace.





InstaFave Friday: Word

Filminstagram January 22, 2016

Sometimes it’s all about the truth in a caption. Thanks Ryan Muirhead for keeping it real and sharing your heart.


While in Amsterdam @tisjadamenlingerie asked if Rachel and I would shoot for her lingerie line. For me this is a little more complicated than it might seem. I’m never quite sure how my images come across, but “sexy” is something I’m almost never going for when trying to communicate a feeling. Bigger than that however is something I really struggle with, and that is that I feel incapable of making an image FOR someone. I either feel something, or don’t. See something to say, or don’t. For me there is very little ability to take direction or collaborate. All I know is how to shoot what I feel. When more is added to that, a necessity to show this or that, I basically fall apart. It may be reactionary to things in my past, but when told I have to do something artistically, I become less capable than a photo 101 student. This struggle has made it very difficult to put myself out there as a photographer for hire, and why I have mainly tried to support myself with teaching and print sales, so that I can continue to shoot 100% for me. I know this way of working is for everyone, but when my work doesn’t feel personal, honest and important to something I’m going through, I start to hate and resent it. I’m more scared of losing personal art than anything.

With all of that in mind and a promise that I could shoot anything I saw whether it showed off the product or not, I gave it a try. I’ll share a few from that shoot over the next little bit. So here is what a Ryan Muirhead lingerie shot looks like I suppose.

InstaFave Friday: Seeing Double

Filminstagram January 15, 2016

Some really rad double exposures have popped up this week.








InstaFave Friday

Filminstagram January 8, 2016

If you’re new to the blog, here’s how this goes. There’s an ever-growing volume of inspiring stuff out there. We’re thrilled that a section of it passes through our lab. Each week hundreds of images get tagged with #indiefilmlab. A few that speak to us are set up here to inspire y’all, encourage even more film shooters and share our awesome clients’ hard work.

So much goodness has been tagged this week. Keep it coming!
Tag your images #indiefilmlab









See y’all at Fieldtrip!

FilmIndie LifeKodakNews January 6, 2016


We are excited to announce the Camera Rental Booth at Field Trip ( @yeahfieldtrip ) again Feb.22-26 in beautiful El Capitan Canyon, Ca. This is one event you really do not want to miss. Indie will be hosting a film camera booth for anyone who wants to shoot a free roll of Kodak film (@kodak_photo) and free processing by us. The awesome Samy’s camera (@samys_sb_rentals) from Santa Barbara will be loaning us around 15-16 medium format film cameras for you to shoots or free!! Last year we had a killer selection of Hasslelbad, Contax, Mamiya and Fuji. Keep an eye out for the camera rental schedule! Hopefully we can see you there!

You can use coupon code: INDIE50 when you sign up to get a $50 discount off enrollment!

InstaFave Friday: Beginnings

Filminstagram January 1, 2016

It’s a brand new year today. We’re all at a new beginning. Here’s to beginnings in classic black and white.