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Film For Her:
Hannah Nguyen is a film photographer based in Orange County, California.
I started shooting film earlier this year because I wanted to try a new hobby since I had nothing to do during the pandemic. I tried to take on other hobbies like raising plants and cooking, but nothing worked out as well as shooting film did. Growing up, I remember my dad documenting every little family occasion with his digital/film cameras, and it's only when I look back at those pictures that I can remember all sorts of moments. So, that explains my pull towards photography and why I find myself also shooting a lot of family scenes and landscapes.
My experience with the film community has been nothing but great! Social media is, by its very nature, social. By engaging with other creatives, I've been able to gain more film knowledge, meet and shoot with talented photographers whom I now call my friends, partake in fun interviews, curate film features pages, etc.When shopping for cameras, I mostly go on eBay, check out the product's description and the seller's ratings. If I like what I see, I'll ask the seller further questions or raise any concerns I have to ensure the product I'm getting checks off all of my boxes. In my opinion, you're spending money, so take the time to make sure you're spending it right. However, I find that the communication through eBay isn't always smooth nor personable, but I believe that's where businesses like Cute Camera Co. shine, providing quality customer service, transparency, and friendship!
Don't forget why you started photography in the first place!
Have fun and fall in love with the process! You're already spending a fortune on film, so why not just enjoy yourself and shoot whatever makes you feel a type of way? As long as you love what you're doing, everything else will come with time.