Film Photography | Senior Portraits | McKayla Behselich

Last month, I was honored to photograph McKayla for her long-awaited Senior Portraits. McKayla visited Madison, Wisconsin for a weekend with her mother and sister. We planned several locations and shoots, spread out over the weekend.

On our first night of shooting, I found myself too far from home, too close to sunset — with a non-working lens on my digital camera. My only backup was a film camera… and suddenly it felt meant to be. I have been casually shooting film here and there for the last few years, but mostly for personal photographs and art projects. Using film to create portraits like this was new and frightening territory… and they ended up being my favorite portraits from the entire weekend.

Life got messy over the last few years and I struggled to figure out how to fit photography into my life, physically and emotionally. I was frustrated and angry because I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, it just didn’t work. Through lots of hard work and support, I am embracing the fact that my goals have changed, my abilities have changed and through both of those, my photography has changed. So these days, you can find me bopping around Madison, film camera in hand (digital left behind at home). If this sounds like something you’re interested in, hit me up and lets get coffee.

Now, check out some of my favorite film portraits from McKayla’s High School Senior Portrait Session. Many thanks to Pope Farm Conservancy and the Black Locust Cafe for their phenomenal scenery (and coffee!).

McKayla, it was an absolute honor to watch you grow up and into the amazing young woman you have become, gorgeous inside and out. Thank you for coming to visit and for choosing me to capture your Senior Portraits.



Photographs: Leica R4, 35mm Kodak Portra 160 – processed and scanned by Indie Film Lab.