Have I mentioned I love shooting film before? If not, I LOVE SHOOTING FILM!! As much as I shoot digital in this day and age, there is something viscerally creative about being in tune with the camera and aware of your surroundings, then having no idea if you were correct until a few days (or sometimes, weeks, months and years in my case) later when you get the developed images back.

I shot this portrait of my sweet baby girl a few months back. She's growing up full of character and inspiring every day! I shot this at @ironsmithcoffee with the ‪#‎pentaxk1000‬ and ‪#‎ilforddelta100‬. Using natural light form the window on a coffee expedition, I got the usual response when I push for a photo, and I couldn't have hoped for a better image.

‪#‎portrait‬ I ‪#‎blackandwhitephotography‬ I ‪#‎naturallight‬ I ‪#‎filmisnotdead‬ I ‪#‎encinitas‬

P.S. a special thank you goes out to a good friend (E.J.) for the bags of expired film she passed along which were used in this shot.


Mark Ley has been a fiercely active Marketing Professional for the last 15 years with expertise in web design, digital strategies, social media and content creation. He has consistently helped businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs with marketing and digital branding strategies, while developing his own passion as a professional photographer. Mark has worked extensively in the fields of hospitality, music and lifestyle branding. Providing opportunities for people to pursue their aspirations has been the hallmark of Mark’s approach to the numerous projects he has been involved with.  Mark calls the the town of Waimea on the Big Island his home rand esides there with his wife and thirteen year old daughter.