I’d seen some of Ashley’s work on instagram, and I loved her look. So when she messaged me and asked about film photography and if I’d like to shoot, I jumped at the chance.

I was in a bit of a quandary as to how to approach the shoot…Ashleys skin is very dark, and I knew we’d be shooting most of the shoot in full sunlight, so film choice and exposure metering would be critical.

Decided to shoot with a Leica M6 with a mix of a Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.5 and a Zeiss Biogon 35mm, and after a lot of agonizing I decided to shoot the black and white shots on Ilford Pan F, and the colour on Portra 400, with half a roll of Fuji Reala 100 that was still left in the camera.

As it turned out, I think the Reala is the winner. I love how it capture the tones of her skin, with good contrast. The Portra I feel tends to wash the tones out and mush them a bit. I still love the shots, but not compared to the Reala.

The Pan F was amazing. Very little grain, exceptional sharpness, and the contrast was manageable with careful metering.