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InstaFave Friday: Scroll-stopper

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram September 23, 2016

Scroll-stopper: an image or post that stops the seemingly involuntary, repeated motion of the upward thumb swipe

Y’all get it, right? Lisa Blume stopped our scroll and led us down a pleasure-fest over on her feed. Help yourself to a little peek too.




Artist Spotlight: Paula Player

Artist SpotlightFilmInterview September 19, 2016



Paula Player is a wedding photographer on the South Carolina coast that is making it happen in a business inspired by bold hues and a colorful personality alike. Paula teamed up with her brother Pablo, both Colombia natives, to pursue her interest in making photography a career dream realized. Traveling with her parents to America and deciding on work behind a lens rather than a traditional education was a leap both huge and hard at the age of 20. Almost 10 years later, she’s enjoying the speed and lively lifestyle her work has become alongside being a wife and mom. Paula will be joining our Instagram feed this week and no doubt kick starting a few daydreams of the Myrtle Beach coastline for us all.




IFL – How did photography become a part of your life?
PP – When I was in the midst of starting my college degree to become a Spanish teacher, I really felt the tug to take a quick photography class. Even though I didn’t excel at the class, I knew this was what I wanted to do. It fit my personality and has helped me reach my greatest dreams so far.






IFL – What/who/where gets you inspired?
PP – I am inspired by great artists such as Rembrandt and Frida Khalo and by musicians like Miles Davis and Celia Cruz; and overall by people that are willing to do everything to grow a craft and give the best of themselves to it. I’m also constantly inspired by my parents, being immigrants, continue to do whatever on their power to help my brother and I. My husband has such dedication to us and my children are always keeping me outside of my comfort zone and their hugs when I get home from photo shoots are great.


IFL – Why film?
PP – There’s an amazing sentiment about film that I love. I can always put my camera in front of my face and see the world in a different light and perspective. Film is just a more sensible and true form of expression for me. What I have in mind is more easily translated when I am using film.





IFL – What’s your favorite film stock?
PP – Fujifilm 400 H / Portra 800


IFL – What other art forms or artists are you drawn to?
PP – Painting and drawing, I am always interested in areas where you create by hand. Also jewelry making, I think that’s a beautiful form of art.


IFL – If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
PP – Something creative for sure. I love to work with colors and shapes and an overall dynamic of fun! I also love training (gym) and eventually I’d love to extend the knowledge I have there to helping other become more healthy and fit.





IFL – Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?
PP – Yes, there’s the challenge of the time that it takes during a wedding to spend doing film. Sometimes it takes longer to craft the images. Also, the financial aspect. Having to charge extra or not—it’s an area where I feel like I could grow and add new options.


IFL – Favorite moment/or one of favorites you’ve ever captured?
PP – One of my favorite moments was about 3 years ago, when I was just starting to use in film at weddings. I put my digital camera away because I wanted to capture the grandparents of the bride in this format. I got to talking to the grandfather and I asked if I could get his portrait. He simply smiled. One shot is all I took. I wasn’t sure yet if it would turn out. A week after the wedding, I learned he passed. The family was saddened and they didn’t know I had taken that single portrait. When I got my scans back, all my eyes were looking for was his simple smile and there it was. It was one of the most rewarding moments for me and the family were forever grateful.






IFL – IFL – Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?
PP – The less gear I have with me, the better it turns out . When I have too many options, my mind goes on overwork mode and I just fumble going from lens to lens, film to film, etc. The best advice is to only take 2 lenses at at time and interchange them during the session to be more free to move around, use your hands to pose, be expressive.


IFL – Do you travel often for work? What does your everyday look like when not traveling?
PP – Normally, I travel at least to one internationally commissioned job and several nationwide weddings. I am very close to Charleston, SC, which is a big city for weddings! My days when I am not traveling are both simple and complicated! I have a studio which I go in almost daily to check in on my day to day email, scheduling, editing. I try to get a good workout somewhere in between that, a little soccer, running around the area, grab coffee and lots of times I am creating backdrops for photo shoots I host at the studio. I have two small boys, so they add a lot of fun to our days. We try to do pool time as much as we can, and we will go to the beach and take photos. My boys are my models for anything fun I feel like trying!




What makes you feel awesome?
Music is like a fuel to me—I jam to lots of different rhythms. Lots of Spanish music! Being from South America, I am very drawn by my patriotic roots, so I love some Marc Anthony, Ismael Rivera, Romeo. Music gives me a breath of fresh air while editing.

Favorite thing about your current home/town.
Weather!! Well, although the weather is difficult to control sometimes for photo shoots! Besides that, I love the amazing low country scenery we get to see on a daily basis. Another thing I love is how close locations are from one to another, typically most errands/shoots are with a 30-45 min distance, so we can accomplish a lot in just one day!

Food you love.
I am such foodie! This is a struggle for me. I LOVE tacos in a real bad way.

What makes you dance?
I am a salsa dancer at heart! Absolutely love all the styles, variations and everything to do with it!

Do your family/friends think photography is cool or nerdy?
My family are so proud of how I’ve just taken up photography and run with it. They ask me often what I am doing new and just how my business is going. My father was a huge influence for me as a little girl. We would develop photos and those memories always stuck with me and eventually I wanted to re-live the passion of photography.

I am absolutely blessed to be able to do this art for a living and share with others the joy it really brings me. I love being at weddings and photographing kids. I am happy just creating pictures. To me this is the best job in the world, and that’s why I feel I am successful. It’s because I do something I really love.


More of Paula’s work here:

Website –
Blog –
Instagram – @paulaplayer

InstaFave Friday: A portion

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram September 16, 2016

Here’s to the moments that hold a little piece of our hearts.

indiefilmlab_scrottgravlee @scrottgravlee

indiefilmlab_laurenjollyphoto @laurenjollyphoto

indiefilmlab_johnhdwagner @johnhdwagner

indiefilmlab_hollycauresma @hollycauresma

indiefilmlab_aliza_rae @aliza_rae

Indie Scene: Nancy Ray Photography on Southern Weddings blog

FilmIndie LifeIndie ScenePublished September 15, 2016

The Nancy Ray Photography team shared a peak inside Callie’s home on Southern Wedding’s blog. Oh, we’re a sucker for a home tour and the chance to see heartfelt images filling up spaces. Check out the full post here: Callie and Jamie’s Home Tour











InstaFave Friday: Wide Open

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram September 9, 2016

Getting to the weekend and wide open options.

indiefilmlab_yanpalmer @yanpalmer

indiefilmlab_ggabriella @ggabriella

indiefilmlab_beefowl @beefowl

InstaFave Friday: Sail away

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram September 2, 2016

@_zitounah and all the beauty he’s making on Portra400 is fuel to the fire for a little wanderlust. Enjoy!







InstaFave Friday: Recap from this week (and crazy grateful)

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram August 26, 2016

It’s rad share all the posts tagged #indiefilmlab each week over on the awesome Instagram. But leaning back in our chair and taking in all those squares full of images is not shy of overwhelm. Wow — how crazy grateful are we to process, pass along and share in this with so many of you one frame after another. Recapping this week alone as a reminder.


IndieFilmLab_@cathrinetaylor @cathrinetaylor

IndieFilmLab_ @alveoli_photography @alveoli_photography

IndieFilmLab_@yanpalmer @yanpalmer

IndieFilmLab_@anggapermanaphoto @anggapermanaphoto

InstaFave Friday: Just keeps getting better

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram August 19, 2016

Last week’s faves were full of figures that pair up beautifully for life. We’re back with a few more frames that captured our heart.










Artist Spotlight: Angga Permana

Artist SpotlightFilm August 16, 2016

Angga Permana

Angga Permana tends to work and life in the so-called paradise island of Bali, Indonesia. His hometown, the wedding capital of the world, provides easy access to clients and magnificent backdrops of dramatic cliffs, sparkling sunsets and waterside scenes—a photographer’s dream. His images beam with vivid tones and sun-kissed contrast. However, it’s the passion behind capturing much more that Angga survives on as an artist. He began with a camera in high school, and after five years as a professional in his beautiful city, it’s the moments he anticipates through the lens and the trust of others with such instances that inspire his work the most. Settle in for a little vacation via screen this week and follow along with us and Angga on our feed.




IFL – How did photography become a part of your life?
AP – I started my photography when I was high school, shooting photos for family and friends. After that, like going with the flow, I found my self falling in love to capture the moment that happens right in front of me. Becoming a photographer for someone to trust you and your passion is a really amazing gift from God.


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IFL – What/who/where gets you inspired?
AP – Family, Friends, Home, Nature all that aspect really inspired me in to life of photography

IFL – Why film?
AP – Film is unique. Film is mystery. Film makes you more interested to capture a moment. From my perception, film has an amazing part that can make someone interested to more know about your work.


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IFL – o you have a favorite geographical place to shoot?
AP – I love to shoot at the beach with the edge of the cliff of course with a lovely sunset there.

IFL – What’s your favorite film stock?
AP – I shoot Kodak Portra 400 and Fujifilm Pro 400H

IFL – Any challenges you find in being a film photographer? Or supporting yourself as an artist?
AP – I think in this era nothing will challenge you to become something you want to be. If you have a passion in yourself and believe in what you do, you can be what you want. We can really easily access all the information we want and we need.


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IFL – If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be doing?
AP – I think I will have Bike Store / Film Camera Store Dealer.

IFL – What other art forms or artists are you drawn to?
AP – I think collecting film camera and vintage bike are my other art forms.


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IFL – Favorite moment/or one of favorites you’ve ever captured?
AP – Everything I capture are my favorite moments. I love my work and what I do when I am behind the camera.

IFL – Any gear secrets you’re up for sharing?
AP – I don’t have any secret gear, I always shoot with my Contax 645 and my Leica MP.

IFL – Do you travel often for work? What does your everyday look like when not traveling?
AP – I’m Based in Bali, the most popular wedding destination in the world, so I do not travel often. I shoot here in Bali 4-5 weddings a month. Yes, I love do traveling also if I have overseas work. At home, I love play with my kid and I love cycling.


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What makes you feel awesome?
If someone trust me to capture their life time moments and they really like with the result. It’s make me feel good. Of course music, good weather when I’m shooting photos, great sunset light and good food after finish the photo session.

Favorite thing about your current home/town.
Bali is most exotic and beautiful place. I am really blessed to be born at this paradise island. My favorite thing here is the food and the people.

Food you love.
I love to eat traditional food in Bali.

Do your family/friends think photography is cool or nerdy?
Before they think is just like hobby and now the think photography has a good income. :)

More of Angga’s work here:
Website –
Blog –
Instagram – anggapermanaphoto

InstaFave Friday: Better Together

FilmInstaFave Fridayinstagram August 12, 2016

A lot of great people (and friends of all types!) fill up our days and lives. Go on and give them a hug or ten, alright?

IndieFilmLab_@softartphotography @softartphotography


IndieFilmLab_@zoealonergran @zoealonergran


IndieFilmLab_@benisrad @benisrad