There is something so classic and romantic about black and white film photography, perhaps because the lack of color allows you to see all the beautiful grain and dreaminess of the film, or because the simplicity truly allows the subject to shine through the photos. In this case, we know the latter is the truth. Please read on for more from the photographer!
More from the photographer, Kelbert McFarland: “Alone time is something that is desperately sought after yet rarely obtained. So when a couple offers a few minutes to me to document this rare time, I do my best to honor it in the most honest way possible. My time with Ryan and Rebekah is a perfect example of this. This shoot was a birthday gift from Ryan to Rebekah. With that thought in mind, I wanted to be the hidden guest and simply capture the love that was so evident between these two. Often time love needs a bit of space to be and to reveal itself. My job is to simply record what’s unfolding organically between the couple. The clothes you see are from their own closets. Rebekah’s hair and makeup were done with delight by her own hands and I would imagine with great anticipation of a wonderful time with Ryan. There were no candles, props or anything of the sort. Just two people in love surrounded by what nature created. I chose to photograph the last 15 minutes of the shoot on one roll of classic 35mm black and white film and that’s what you’re viewing. These are untouched, unrehearsed moments of love being captured on film during what I’m sure will be one of many beautiful alone times with Ryan and Rebekah.”
All images photographed on Nikon FE with Kodak Tri-X 400. Processed at Photovision.