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As a photographer, you would assume that we have a million family photos, but actually it is quite the opposite. We rarely get any photos together and when we do it usually it comes together very hastily. Having a daughter full of personality provides ample opportunity for photos, but I am a father first. I walk that fine line of being in the moment and capturing the moment. You can’t do both, at least well. I see so many wedding guests going paparazzi at weddings or I see parents chasing their kids with their cameras smoking. When I shoot I try to be very deliberate about it, I mean what is the point of taking a picture if it never gets shared or in many instances it just stays on the memory card. I would rather enjoy what is going on around me than to take meaningless photos.
My little girl always gives me interesting subject matter and those who follow my personal page know that and might say that I am contridicting myself. I am not. My camera is never far away from when we are playing, but it is never glued to my face either. I take a 1-2 photos of her opposed to 100-200 photos, deliberate. If you want a memory, do something with the photo. Print it, share it, whatever, just don’t leave it or else put the camera away and experience it.
Whenever you don’t do something much, you always find it difficult. No matter how much you plan and prep, it is always a challenge. I don’t do many newborn or maternity sessions, although I am having fun with my wife and her maternity photos. I don’t do many because they are hard, but also because I have a specific vision for how I want them to look. It is important for my families to be on-board with my concept or it could be a complete disaster.
When I do these sessions, I have had the trust of the family with what I am trying to achieve. Although the photos turn out, I still feel I have not yet captured what I see in my mind. I know there will be more misses than hits, but the closer I get the more I want to keep going. I may never fulfil my vision, but I have to keep trying.
So here’s to swinging away!
Anyone who has planned or been involved with planning a wedding, knows it is a lot of work. The goal is for the wedding day to go off on time and without a hitch. There are so many things to coordinate and so many decisions that need to be made that it can be very stressful. The stress usually sits with the bride and groom right up to the point where the bride begins walking down the aisle and everything is set in motion. The irony is that on a day where everyone is suppose to have a good time and be enjying every moment, there is this heavy cloud of uncertainty. Is everything going to go as planned? Have I forgot anything? etc.
In come Jennine and Darrell, they have been together for awhile, but recently got engaged in the fall. Pretty typical story except they planned on getting married that Decemeber. They put together their entire wedding in less than two months. They didn’t sweat the small stuff and knew what they wanted to accomplish: Make sure the people who were important to them were there and having a good time. Pretty simple plan. It also makes it easy to shoot when they say “We are open to whatever you want to do”. Just to top it all off, they also announced they had time to put a bun in the oven.
The moral of the story is no one talks about the colour of the invitations, people talk about the Gangnam style dance party!
In the past, at the beginning of every new year I always struggled to stick with some type of resolution that was suppose to make me a better person, so I decided to do away with them. However, this year I had something to work on.
Over the last year, I went through photography puberty. You know when you start to see people differently, you start to have these weird tingly feelings, you become easily excitable, you get the point. Although I still feel like I am still in that awkward stage of growth, I am really excited about where I think this may all end up. Looking back at my photography life, I can pinpoint some significant moments that has lead me to where I am today. I can honestly say the most important and most influential was around this time last year when I attended a workshop at Applehead Studio. It was a workshop I felt I had no business attending, but I swallowed my pride and signed up. The content alone was enough to change the way I shoot, but it was the friends and networks that I have developed from that workshop, who have continually pushed me to get better. Kind of like the gift that just keeps giving.
That being said, in order to get better I need to be in control of as much as I can. Whether it is switching from TTL to manual flash or making sure I am timely in my emails, every process of my photography has an opportunity to become better. So this year I am taking pride in EVERYTHING I do, not just for my photos. I wanted my website to reflect who I was and how I try to shoot. I was selective with my colour schemes. I was particular with every aspect of my new logo. My situation allows me to stay true to who I am, sink or swim, it’s on me.
So welcome to my new site and hope you tag along for this journey. Here’s to another successful year of photographs.