If you aren’t in the film circle, January 14, 2021, was probably just another Friday. Maybe it was date night. Perhaps it was payday. But it probably wasn’t anything too spectacular.
For us who photograph with film, however, it was the day the music died. And by music I mean Fujifilm Pro 400h. This film stock produced soft, subtle, romantic photos, almost like watercolors to me. Skin was perfectly pink and peachy, greens were gentle, and blues looked like velvet ribbons. I loved it; it was the inspiration for my digital editing style. It was the epitome of light and airy, and it will be missed.
This wasn’t an easy decision for this iconic film company. Due to an inability to procure the raw materials needed to perfectly produce this film stock, however, Fujifilm decided to cease production as there truly was no other option. Many of us are disappointed, dejected, and really confused as to what film to load next. Yes, I mostly shoot digital, but this will still be a void in my camera bag that will not easily be filled (although I am optimistic about Portra 400–I will definitely let you know how that goes)).
Rather than just complete wallow in self-pity, I thought it would be nice to do a little tribute to the fantastic film that was. I am a big believer that even in the face of loss we can never truly be losers if we hold tight to the memories we have made along the way, so these here are a few of my favorite Fujifilm Pro 400H film scans. It may be the end of an era, but the fact that I was able to be a part of it will always be awesome in my mind.
Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullest! See more about the KLP Wedding Experience!