Engagement Session Using Kodak Disposable Film Camera

When’s the last time you shot with a disposable film camera? I recently shot some photos at an engagement session on the beach. The film scans are back and I’m so excited to share them with you! Don’t miss Part 1 and Part 2 of this session where I shared the digital side of things and walked you through my couples posing tips and thought process alongside the final images.

The details:

This disposable camera is a Kodak 800 color camera that I picked up online. Here is the same one: available on Amazon.

I had the scans developed by The Darkroom film lab – they send you a prepaid mailer to make it super easy!

You’ll see in the behind-the-scenes video of me photographing this engagement session that I sometimes used the flash and other times I didn’t (or the flash didn’t reach my subject.) It gives two totally different looks when you have the flash on vs. off with this Kodak color disposable camera. When the flash is on, it yields higher contrast, richer colors, and a bit lower noise. The non-flash images are a little flatter and higher grain but I really love the moodiness it gives the photos.

with flash

without flash

with flash

with flash

with flash

without flash

Final Thoughts:

I am totally hooked on adding 35mm film to my sessions and definitely plan on doing this again in the future! Using a disposable Kodak allowed me to have more fun and not worry about settings or even have the option for multiple exposures or anything like that. I love using my film SLR, but that is one big benefit to a disposable. It was a fun challenge and made me think more about the composition and connection of the couple rather than get caught up in the settings or playing with focus etc.

When I grabbed this camera I also picked up a couple of black and white disposable camera options as well so those are what I’ll be playing with next.

Do you shoot using film? I’d love to hear what your experience with film has been – leave me a comment on this video.

Be sure to go back and check out the first and second video I made on this engagement session.

If you’re wondering how I posed them and directed them, you can find that video HERE.

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