Cleveland Family Photography – Holden Arboretum – Henry & Didi

At first, I thought I had arrived early, but I turned to noticed Henry and Didi pulling into a parking spot. It’s been a while since I have seen them and they look as good as always. A few years ago, I was lucky to capture their Cleveland engagement session. In the short time since, so much has changed.

Henry and Didi are now married and have a beautiful little boy. He’s growing so fast, and so are Henry and Didi. Henry is about to embark on the next phase of his career, which will take him out to the Pacific coast. Soon after, Didi and family will follow. So this might be the last I see of this fantastic family. When planning their Cleveland family photography session, we kept coming back to the same idea. The session had to take place at Holden Arboretum and it had to be at sunset. As luck would have it, their family photography session turned out perfectly.

The sun beamed strongly across Holden as we walked through the beautifully manicured gardens. The resulting colors are filled with pastels and bright highlights. More importantly, Henry & Didi’s little boy was so well behaved. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a young boy so calm and relaxed in front of the camera. By the end of the session, we had captured some wonderfully intimate moments between this young family. Below you can find just a few highlight from their family photography session, all captured on gorgeous film.

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For the photographers among us, the above was captured by a Contax 645 and Nikon F5 on Fuji 400H and developed/scanned by Richard Photo Lab.

  • This is such a great family session Hunter. Fantastic work! I love how seamless your 35mm and medium format film work together too, hat's off to RPL.

  • Hunter said:

    Thanks Tyler! Very much appreciated.

  • gregg said:

    Do you notice a big difference between shooting film with medium format compared to shooting on 35mm? I know the Zeiss glass is amazing etc etc, but was wondering more about the quality and resolution of the scans from a smaller neg. Many thanks Gregg

  • Hunter said:

    Gregg - yes, there is a big difference between 35mm and medium format film scans. If I do my standard scan with my lab, the resolution of both is around 2000x3000 pixels. For 35mm, this is at the edge of what is possible. For medium format, this resolution doesn't even begin to stretch what is possible. Even at standard scan sizes, the MF scans just look better. Should I need, I can have MF frames scanned on a drum scanner at much, much higher resolutions. Hope this helps!

  • Gregg said:

    Thank you very much for answering my question. I use my Mamiya RZ a lot and love the results when used in certain conditions. I can't justify getting a Contax which would be so much easier to use, and I was just wondering whether or not I would get similar results with 35mm film. Best regards Gregg

  • Hunter said:

    Gregg - happy to help. I actually have an RB67 as well. Great camera and that 6x7 negative is stellar! Wish I could shoot it more often, but it weighs a ton.