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Artist Spotlight – Lauren Kinsey

Artist SpotlightFilminstagram September 2, 2015

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Long-time IFL client turned friend, Lauren Kinsey, has taken over our Instagram feed this week. If you don’t already know her, she’s a Florida panhandle photographer and mother to a sweet, little soul that’s been behind the camera for almost half her life. You may recognize her beautiful and unique style from Martha Stewart Weddings or Once Wed, and we assure you she has a sincere and lovely personality to match. We’re delighted to have Lauren spend the week with us — it’s like a great friend coming over for a visit. She’s already got some soul-searching conversations started, so head on over to our Instagram and catch up. 




IFL: How did photography become a part of your life?
LK: I began photographing weddings when I was 17 years old, and I shot the wedding of a navy admiral as my first paid gig. I actually shot that on film, and turned the undeveloped rolls over to the couple. The next week, they shipped out and I never heard from them again. So the running joke is, I don’t know what my first work looked like. I hope the images were good!

IFL: What/who/where gets you inspired?
LK: Natural elements and gestures of love and kindness are what inspire me. Over the course of my career, I find myself trying to focus my energy on photographing small things that make big impacts, whether it’s the gentle way a mother holds her child or the embrace of lovers.






IFL: Why film?
LK: I learned on film so that is what feels the most natural to me, but the big reason is that the slow nature of film appeals to me. I try to live my life both slowly and with intention. The act of shooting film is an organic process for me, and it’s the most direct extension of who I am. Much like the language we speak, the photos I make are the dialogue I am having with the viewer.

IFL: What’s your favorite film stock?
LK: Portra 400 and Tri-X are my go-tos. I love the warm, rich colors and highlights.

IFL: Do you have a favorite geographical place to shoot?
LK: I travel for about 50% of my work, but would love to shoot more internationally. I had the chance to shoot in Germany last year, and it was soul filling. I would love to shoot more in Europe. The mindset there is dramatically different than here in the US.

IFL: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
LK: First and foremost, I am a mother and wife, so spending time with my family is at the top of my list. Aside from that, I am always seeking other ways to express myself creatively, so there’s that.









IFL: What other art forms or artists are you drawn to?
LK: Interior design has always held a certain attraction for me. I’m constantly remodeling my own home, which I feel will always be a work in progress. My personal taste changes a lot, and there are many different things I like, so I tend to “try on” different things all the time. 

IFL: A favorite moment you’ve ever captured
LK: I honestly can’t narrow this down to one thing. I think everything I shoot becomes my favorite thing.





IFL: Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?
LK: Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who fully supports me in all of my endeavors, but this is not to say that it has been easy to make a living. I still try and bring in half of the family income, and since my work is never predictable, sometimes it’s scary not knowing whether I will have anything to contribute from one month to the next. I just try and be smart and plan for meager months.






IFL: Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?
LK: Less is more, and i’ve found this to be true in every area of my life, not just in my work. I have things that I love to work with all the time, and i’m not a gear hoarder, so I stick with what I know.




What makes you feel awesome?
Music. Weather. Great food. My home and those that inhabit it.

Favorite thing about your current home/town.
It’s a beach community so things move on beach time here most of the year.

More of Lauren’s work here:
Website –
Blog –
Instagram – laurenkinsey



InstaFave Friday

Filminstagram August 28, 2015

High-five to Friday! Weekends are for filling the day with whoever makes your heart go pitter-patter. Yeah, these shots make us smile a little wilder and anticipate a little love and laughter before ‘ole Monday rolls back around. Tag your shots #indiefilmlab













Celebrate the good folks

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It’s this Indie dude’s birthday today. We get to call this guy one of our own.  Jon Kohn, we sure dig your dedication to soulful black and whites. Y’all share some love with him via instagram and feast your eyes on some recent work below.

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Summer Love!

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The summer season is sneaking slowly out of our lives in Alabama. We’ll be daydreaming over summer love soon enough.  Hot, humid temps hang around, but the hustle, bustle and juggle of back to school and more will snatch up all the long, summer days in the sun so instantly. Let’s linger in these days just a little longer, please y’all. Let’s let the simplicity of school-free days and water calling for a dip rule just a few more weeks. Close your calendar and squeeze the last little bit of summer with us!

Yan said it best (like she does): summer is trying to pull a disappearing act.



Squeeze the sun
Don’t trade summer’s free spirit for fall loves all at once. There’s so much more hopscotch, cold beer, pool-partying left in you— and we know it.



Bare your soles
Simple lives need simple means. Kick off your sneakers and put your toes in the sun, green grass or some cool ocean waves, if you’re that lucky. Shoes are a whole lot of trouble for days that are better left for doing a whole lot of nothing (and loving it).



Stop and smell the flowers
Share a little love with mother nature. She’s showing off big-time and it may have been a few weeks since there’s been an “ooh” or “ah” over something green—how easily we forget the happy, joy, joy of watching things bloom. Cut some branches, bring them inside and let nature’s beauty give you a little wink this weekend. You’ll thank us on Monday.


Do something on purpose
Hold off on rushing out of summer just yet! Let your heart soar and mind delight on just one more warm-weather adventure . . .


Awesome summer-love shots: Yan Palmer (y’all, she has it going on)

InstaFave Friday

FilminstagramPublished August 14, 2015



There’s never a shortage of ridiculously cool #indiefilmlab posts popping up.  @tanjalippert ‘s post from this week included. A little something awesome to kick off some weddings this weekend.

Artist Spotlight – Yan Palmer

Artist SpotlightFilminstagram August 10, 2015


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Get ready to have all the feels via Instagram this week, y’all. Yan Palmer is taking over Indie Film Lab’s feed and “good” doesn’t even get close to describing how the Provo, Utah single mom of three captures connections.  Her untangling of emotion with images and affection for heartfelt words makes one killer combination.


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IFL: How did photography become a part of your life?

YP: I lay in bed broke one night with all the pressure to dig myself and loved ones out of the whole of poorness. That was seven years ago. I advertised for clients before I even owned a camera. It was stupid and highly unrecommended, but it’s the truth.






IFL: What/who/where gets you inspired?

YP: The movement of our hearts and how that motion translates into the movement of our physical bodies. I am most inspired by light, wind, grit, softness and truth.

IFL: Why film?

YP: It’s the only medium I feel has the ability to capture the soul of the moment in the way I see it.







IFL: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?

YP: I would hopefully have found another medium to give me the all access pass to human interaction that I crave. Otherwise, probably something desperate.

IFL: Do you have a favorite geographical place to shoot?

YP: I like to shoot in places that have meaning to my subjects—somewhere they are connected to personally.

IFL: What’s your favorite film stock?

YP: I think this is a silly question—different strokes for different folks. I shoot mostly portra 400 for its versatility. Tri x for the same reason.







IFL: What other art forms or artists are you drawn to?

YP: All of them. Words have my heart.

IFL: Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?

YP: All the challenges all the time. This isn’t an easy gig. I may have called being a film photographer a suicide mission once or twice. The practicality of life vs. art is a struggle as old as time, but they both need each other.

IFL: Favorite moment you’ve ever captured

YP: Never just one. 






IFL: Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?

YP: I think it has little or nothing to do with your gear. Shoot with less—become a master of whatever you have. Your eye will improve faster and you will learn much more about the way that you see.

IFL: Do you travel often for work? What does your everyday look like when not traveling?

YP: I travel almost every other week. In the off weeks I am a full time mom, trying to get my kids outside into the sun or inside of libraries as much as I can.




What makes you feel awesome? Music. Weather. Great food.
These moments: Tonight my 5 year old son, while talking to an elderly neighbor woman, reached up and started pressing and jiggling the heavy soft under side of her arms. He smiled with tenderness and said, “They are so soft! There is so much here!” She smiled tenderly back down at him and said, “Yes, yes, there is quite a lot to look at.” That was the happiest I felt in a long time.

What makes you dance? Do you dance?
Rhythm with a story. I love to dance but sometimes my body just can’t hack what i wish it could-so i choreograph in my head often.

More of Yan’s (di-Yan-A) work here:
Website –
Blog – Yan Palmer Blog
Instagram – yanpalmer

Indie Scene – Ashley Kelemen / 100 Layer Cake

FilmPublished August 7, 2015

Asheley Kelemen’s shots on 100 Layer Cake yesterday are worth some pre-weekend swooning. Natural details with textures galore—that’s a styled shoot success in the making. Great job, Ashley!






Photography: Ashley Kelemen Photography

Original post: 100 Layer Cake
Concept & Floral Design: Soil & Stem / Hair & Makeup: Brenny Beauty / Ribbon: Silk & Willow / Dress: Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory / Model: Elana Ali Jadallah

Share that #shootfilm #indiefilmlab love

FilmPrinting August 6, 2015

We believe in you guys more than you know! If you can’t hear the oohs and ahhs all the way from the South to wherever you are as we’re loading in scans, now you know. Indie founder Josh Moates started this whole thing from a passion to shoot film himself and make it work for his business’s bottom line. Thanks @kristinmyoung for this little love note via Instagram. It made our day, week and month!


InstaFave Friday

Filminstagram July 31, 2015

Let’s enjoy this weekend! A few #indiefilmlab shots that kept us daydreaming about adventures in the surf this oh-so-hot work week.  Tag your shots #indiefilmlab !


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Indie Scene – Braedon Flynn / 100 Layer Cake

Artist SpotlightFilmPublished July 29, 2015


Braedon Flynn’s filling our Instagram with gorgeous shots this week. We didn’t want you to seeing more of his work in 100 Layer Cake’s recent post featuring his images for David’s Bridal’s new product.





Photography: Braedon Flynn Photography
Camera: Contax 645
Film stock: Fuji400h (outside) / portra 800 (inside)

Original post: 100 Layer Cake
Video: Cloudless Weddings / Location: Vibiana / Florals: Siren Floral Co. / Hair & Makeup: The Halcyon Agency / Dresses:David’s Bridal / Jewelry: David’s Bridal / Models: Newmark Models