AJ Mitchell

Natalie Hamilton in the Studio

Back in 2009 my friend and incredibly talent musician, Natalie Hamilton invited me to document her album recording down in Athen, Georgia. I got to spend 3 weeks with her and her band in the studio and got to capture all the magic. I miss being in the studio with musicians and hope I get the chance again soon. Although, this time around I'd shoot it on film. 

Lomography F2 400

Back in 2010, Lomography bought a large quantity of film from “some renowned Italian filmmakers.” The film was then left to age like fine wine in oak casks in the Czech Republic and was sold as a limited-edition run that has since gone out of stock. I was lucky enough to scoop up 8 rolls. Here are some images from my first roll. I'm OBSESSED! The colors are incredibly vibrant and the grain is unbelievable. I'm in love with this film and very sad the 7 rolls I have left will be my last. Never the less, enjoy the images! 

Contax G1

 I recently started a new Instgram account to showcase my film photography so I have been going through a lot of old work. Needless to say I have been posting a lot of images that I shot with my Contax G1. Mostly because the images images I shot with the Contax G1 are so incredibly sharp and colorful. All thanks to the beautiful Carl Ziess lens. Introduced in 1994 the Contax G is the worlds most advanced 35mm rangefinder camera system. That being said this isn't a camera you'll find at a thrift store or flea market for a few bucks. I paid $550 for the body and the 45 mm Planar 2.8 lens. Totally worth the money. There are two versions on this camera, the G1 that I have, and the G2. The G2 model comes with a update to the auto focus system that I wish the G1 had. Maybe I'll upgrade someday, but for now I'm loving the first generation of this camera. The G1 system had a few different lenses, the 28mm f2.8, 45mm f2 and the 90mm f2.8. I defientaly need to start shooting with this beauty way more than I have. Here are some of my favorite images I've capture with this camera. Enjoy! 

Canon AE-1

A few months ago I picked up and Canon AE-1 Program with the 50mm 1.8 at a flea market here in Los Angeles. I finally shot a roll of Kodak Portra 400 though it and I'm extremely happy with the results. It's a great walk around camera and I can see why they are considered collectibles nowadays. I'll definitely be shooting with mine again soon.  Enjoy the photos!   

Portra 400 and why I love it.

I have been shooting some other stuff as of late and I have to say, Kodak Portra is my favorite. 400 speed in particular. Not to say other film stocks are great, I'm just finding that I prefer the look of Portra. It's phenomenal with skin tone and has just the right amount of grain. Not to mention the exposure latitude! Two to three stops over exposure will give you fantastic creamy pastel colors. Get out and shoot yourself a roll and you'll see what I mean. :) Here are some of my favorite images created using Portra. Enjoy!   

Cross Country Trip

Three years ago this week I was on a epic road tip across the country. I can't believe it's been that long! So to celebrate I'm sharing some of my photos from the trip. Which I happened to shoot all on film. :) Enjoy!

The Yashica T4 and why I love it.

I decided to write a little blog post about one of my favorite film cameras. The Yashica T4. A lot of versions of this camera were made and I happen to own the Yashica T4 Super model. This little light weight, compact point and shoot film camera is known for it's Carl Zeiss lens that produces incredibly sharp images as well as it's waist-level view finder. The Yashica T4 was discontinued in 2002 and goes for about $350 on eBay. They can still turn up at thrift stores and if you're lucky you can pick one up for only a few dollars. I'm currently on the hunt for the black model. :) These are some of my favorite photos I have captured with this camera. I can't wait to load this little guy up and get out there with it soon. Enjoy! 

Behind The Scenes on Angie Miller's "Simple" Music Video

I was asked by my good friend Brent Campanelli to come down to the YouTube Space LA and take some behind the scenes photos for a music video he was directing. He was directing Angie Miller's first music video and I was delighted at the opportunity to capture all the action. I had a great time on set with Angie and the rest of the crew and the video came out amazing. The video along with the more BTS photos can me seen on her website. 


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Caitlin is a extremely talented actress here in Los Angeles who just happens to be my roommate. One afternoon we decided to head down to west side and hang out by the beach in Venice. I told her I was going to bring my camera but she had no idea I had a ulterior motive and wanted to get some portraits of her. This was one of the most fun little shoots I have ever done and my sides hurt from laughing so much. Sometimes you just need to go by the beach and shoot some photos. Thanks for being a good sport, roomie. Enjoy the photos!

Chris by the LA River

Before my friend Chris, who is an actor, moved back to New York City I made sure we had the opportunity to shoot together. We spent the afternoon by the LA Rive and I'm really happy with the images we got. I wish Chris nothing but the best in his acting career and I hope he comes back to Los Angeles soon. Enjoy! 


My friend Whitney is an actor/ singer and hired me to shoot her newest head shots. We picked Griffith Observatory as the back drop and had the best time shooting around the grounds. Here are some of my favorites from our shoot together. Enjoy!

Angelo and Victoria's Griffith Observatory Proposal

My friend Angelo from back home in Connecticut got in touch with me about photographing his proposal to his girlfriend Victoria while they were in LA. I was unbelievably excited and couldn't wait to capture such a special moment. Angelo found the perfect spot where the sun was setting over the City of Angels and drop to one knee. Vitoria of course said yes and it was a beautiful thing to document. Congratulation guys and thanks for letting me be a part of such an amazing moment! Enjoy the photos!

In the Studio (Jazz)

Over my Christmas vacation while I was home in Connecticut I was hired by my friend Nick Di Maria to photograph is Jazz band while they were recording their latest album. I haven't ben in the studio with musicians in a long while so jumped at the opportunity. I had a blast documenting the process and love the images we got. Enjoy some of my favorites!

Liz's California Birthday

My very good friend Liz had her second birthday in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. We spent the afternoon picking oranges having lunch and making homemade mimosas. I brought my favorite little rangefinder camera, my Contax G1,  along and captured some of the fun on film. Enjoy the images.