I've been sitting here with my coffee, watching out my window at Fells Point. The moment produced a thought about the simple life. Not necessarily life, but as a photographer. Sometimes we heavily over think everything we are trying to produce. It's not hard to do as a creator. I actually believe it is a good thing to have such large ambition toward creating a photograph that resonate in your own heart. But there is that fine line between too much, and not enough.
In todays world, we are surrounded by photographers who rely solely on "natural light". Natural light is beautiful, sometimes! There is probably about three to four hours during the entire day when Natural Light Photography is ideal. Typically in the early morning and during the later evening before sunset. Even when we think of those times, and how beautiful they may be, it is still extremely limiting. You can only shape the light so much naturally, the angles are very limited.
As I am writing this, it is National Dance Day. Created by the producer and judge of, So you Think You Can Dance, Nigel Lythgoe to promote and search for the most talented dancers. It made me think about the different dancers that I have photographed over the last year. In the most basic term, 'talent' is what I gravitate toward. To me, people who have tapped into, and practice their talent are the most important group in our society. They are the individuals who will create a future that we can all look back on and be proud of. Telling the stories of those people is the most important aspect of a portrait.
The infamous engagement session that has become very popular for today's couples (as it should). This is the perfect time for you and your photographer to become comfortable both in front of the lens as well as behind. You should always be engaged with your photographer for the duration of your wedding planning process. These are going to be the photographs that express to the world, the love you both share for one another. Whether you are quiet and reserved, or very expressive. However, sometimes the engagement session is highly overthought.
To say that I can be the most random and spontaneously adventurous person is an understatement. The only issue would be finding people to work with, who share the same theories of life and work spontaneity. I just keep on rolling along with my adventures until someone else hops on the 'train' with me. Apparently it wasn't has hard as imagined
I've been contemplating this for some time now. Baltimore has been changing rapidly throughout the last decade. The downtown skyline has remained static. After a small change in the 70's, a dead end in architecture plagued the city. Fast forward to the last decade, developers have arrived, dropping money on the city like an allied airdrop on western France in 1945. With this boom came renovations to old parks and completely newly developed land. You're probably wondering what this has to do with engagement locations; let me explain.
Lately I have been plagued with inquiries from perspective wedding clients. I love speaking with new clients and hearing their stories. However, I'm noticing a major issue lately. Many brides are waiting until 6 months, sometimes even 3 months prior to the wedding to start searching for a photographer. Why? Searching for a photographer 3 months before your wedding is a very bad idea! There is so much that goes into a wedding day, and leaving out one of the most important aspects of your day could lead to devastation. Finding a photographer that isn't already booked within three months could lead to having "Uncle Bob" photograph your wedding. Though we all love "Uncle Bob", he is NOT the person you want photographing your wedding day.
When it comes to photography, there are so many paths to explore. Weddings and portraits are the most socially popular. But photography, itself is a tool to tell a story. How we tell those stories is a personal reflection of style and vision. One such instance is something that has intrigued me for a while. In a world obsessed with UFC fight night, I find myself as a nuance of old school style. What happened to the craze of good old fashion boxing?
There is something to be said about the gentlemens fight. Two men facing off head to head, strategically setting up lightning fast defenses and punches. Throughout the match, it's what surrounds the ring that truly sets the mood. Not just the people, but the actual building, the lights, the smells.
Finishing up a bridal session this weekend, a few things occurred to me. Many brides are skipping out on their bridal sessions. But I have no idea why! I don't bet often, but I'm willing to for this topic. You will regret skipping out on your bridal portrait session! I've had the pleasure of speaking with many 'old timers' who recount memories of their wedding day, over 50 years later. It reinforces the value of my theory.