What is it about black and white photography that makes it so special? It has an elegance that color doesn’t achieve. I think it’s because it reminds us of a simpler time, of the days when glamorous celebrities were photographed beautifully in black and white. I remember so many photos of the Kennedy family, all in elegant black and white. I have a box full of treasured black and white photographs of my own family, some of them dating back to the early 1900s.
The top photo was taken in 1912. It’s a photo of my father in the rocking chair and my uncle standing next to him. The photo was cut out by hand and pasted to the matte you see here. Many of you will find the clothing choices a little strange for boys, but in 1912 this is how boys were dressed for photos. I am also struck by the sober expressions on the boy’s faces. Social norms have really changed in the last 100 years.
I have also included a photo taken in about 1950 of my mother holding my brother and standing for a group shot with my grandparents. These were the days when women wore dresses, not sweats and jeans like we do now. My mother was always in what she called a “house dress”. The men wore hats. My grandfather is wearing a hat in most of the photos I have of him and I have several with my dad wearing a hat as well.
These photos with the curly edges came attached together in a row of photos with serrated edges between them to allow for easy tearing to separate them. If you look carefully, you can see the edges were torn on both the right and left outer edges of the photograph.
I take the majority of photographs in color and then I convert some into black and white photos. I can add film grain in Photoshop if desired. The result is a beautiful and elegant black and white film look. The advantage of doing it digitally is that you can have the same photos processed in color and black and white. Black and white photography can also be beautifully bound into a book to become a timeless treasure for your family.
If you have an interest in black and white photography for your own family, please check out the Layland Masuda Photography website for more information. Edie Layland is a portrait photographer located in Orange County, California.
Last month I hosted a Newborn Photo Workshop given by my niece photographer Kari Layland of Kari Photography. It was crazy good! We all learned so much and we had a wonderful time with these sweet, adorable newborns. I love their little hands and feet, their sweet little lips and the wonderful poses Kari arranged. These were my favorite photos from the workshop.
If you’re pregnant and wanting to have beautiful photos like these of your newborn little one, please email Edie Layland to reserve your newborn photography session. Check out the Layland Masuda Photography website for information. I am located in Irvine, California.
I had so much fun photographing Hanna! She is definitely one of the most fun people I’ve met in a long time. She got all my humor and I got hers. She’s also very pretty and my camera loved her. Her mom came with and she was fun too, not to mention helpful hauling around Hanna’s wardrobe on hangers. Thanks Samar!! I will post a mother daughter photo on Facebook. Hanna’s mom looked like she could be her sister. I’d love to know her secret!
Don’t forget to check out my sale on Senior Photos. I am extending it to all teens. You can see details on my website. Click on INVESTMENT.
Edie Layland is a California portrait photographer based in Irvine. She is available for Senior Portraits. Check out the Layland Masuda Photography website for information about reserving your senior portrait session.