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About Jeremy Simon

Jeremy Simon specializes in black and white, family portrait photography -- including in studio maternity photography, newborn photography and dog photography. Jeremy Simon has a family portrait studio based in the historic Chestnut hill neighborhood of Philadelphia on Germantown Avenue.  He also does family portraits in NYC where he splits his time between there and his studio in Philly.  He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, 3 daughters, 3 cats, and Bruno the 14 year old English Setter.   

Jeremy’s influences in photography are mostly from the glory days of black and white photography from the first half of the 20th century.  His artistic style for shooting photography has been influenced by many of the fine art photographers from that era.  Stylistically, his family portrait photography sessions are classic, simple and elegant, but with an artistic flair that echo the fine art photographers from the golden era of photography. Whether he is shooting maternity, newborn, the whole family, including dog photography, his composition and lighting are well thought out, with light and shadows feeding the composition and form.

After the family portrait photography session, he scans the negatives, and reviews them with you.  The final prints are made from his own darkroom by hand, and will have the quality and look of collectible fine art. After 20 years of shooting and working in a traditional wet darkroom, and working almost exclusively with analog cameras and film, he has the craftsmanship to work in all formats and is a master printmaker.  

 

About Film and Darkroom Development

Why shoot film?  Why film is preferable to digital is a bit complicated, but simply put, a print from a wet darkroom has richer blacks, creamier highlights and is generally richer in tone, deeper in dynamic range and has a unique beauty that a print from an ink jet printer will never have. There’s a tactile quality to shooting film that is lost when one shoots digital. There are many formats and types of analog cameras, all of which can inform a photographer’s style in different ways.  

There’s also the tactile nature of mixing the chemistry and the making of shadows and shapes with your hands.  When the negative is being projected onto specially coated paper, modifications in exposure are made by blocking light with the hands as the dry paper soaks in light from the projected negative.  Essentially it is similar to making “shadow puppets” with your hands in the dark above a piece of paper, as it’s exposing. The dry blank piece of paper is then brought to life by 3 baths of chemistry, with that distinctive sulfurous smell, for a long few minutes as the image magically materializes under a red light. The final print emerges wet, with the blacks looking like ink and with the lighter tones having a glowing effect from being in the water. The final print, when dry is unparalleled in its intrinsic beauty.

This isn’t to say that you can’t get a beautiful print from an inkjet printer, but there’s nothing like a silver gelatin print from a traditional wet darkroom.  The tactile nature of using analog cameras and printmaking in a ‘wet’ darkroom, inform the work in ways that digital cameras and inkjet printers simply cannot.  The final print will have a look and beauty, all its own, and an authenticity which is unattainable with digital cameras and inkjet printers.  

Please view Jeremy’s family photography portfolio. Please call (+1 (215) 718-3221) or email jeremysimonphoto@gmail.com for more information about working with him or to schedule a shoot in Philadelphia or NYC.