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Let’s raise the bar up shall we?
I have been trying to buy in, trying to truly believe that this is what my couples want in their photography.
Details, Details, Details.
That’s what you would have to believe if you spend enough time looking at the wedding blogs these days. Don’t get me wrong, I love my details. They help each of my brides express their own story and brings their final touches to their vision. I am right there eager to photograph them to help tell their story, plus they are lots of fun.
I do think however that my job, my real purpose as a photographer, as a storyteller is to dig deeper, to aim higher. Don’t just capture the pretty; capture the real, the raw, the emotion, the connection. To me there is nothing more rewarding (scary) to photograph than real emotions. It’s not for everyone and you can’t get there if you haven’t earned your couple’s trust. I would love to see more of that showcase in publications.
There is nothing sexier then a groom tearing up seeing his bride for the first time. The trust in having me photograph a couple remembering a parent gone too soon. The touch, the look of a grand parent or the spontaneous laughter between friends on a wedding day.
Let’s keep the “pretty” but let’s raise the bar to include more of the real.
What’s so special about an E-Session (engagement photo session)? In my opinion it’s a chance (if it’s well done ) to tell your story, to have a reflection of what you love and who you love in your everyday life. I love finding out the little things about my couples, what makes them laugh, what they do when they have a moment to themselves, what they wish they did more of. This starts shaping my vision of how I can help them claim a moment just for the two of them and find a backdrops that will enhance their story and create a timeless moment.
Here are a few stories…
How does one find inspiration? Sometimes it’s as easy as looking at an image of a place you have been going to ever since you were 3 weeks old.
Crane Beach, Rockport, Mass, 2012
The Feedback from our last “Stuck in Automatic Class” has been fantastic.
The light has been ignited for many and it is such a great feeling to be able to share this passion I have.
I know that all my ladies from our class are paying close attention to their metering system with a guaranteed smile as I so well referred to the metering system in our camera constantly searching for that perfect shade of grey! You guest it, completely opened up the trap for myself to fall right into while making all the ladies in the class turn bright red, myself included.
Never a dull moment in class even while talking about metering system…who knew!
A powerful day!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of teaching a photography class at the Hollyburn Country Club in West Vancouver. The group could not have been more eclectic but all with a common goal: “ Make me fall back in love with my camera.”
Within the first 5 minutes of intro, I could sense we were in for a treat. I never saw people connecting so fast, everyone sharing a common passion that goes beyond words. I could see mini light bulbs going off every minute as I guided them through the journey. By the end of the day, we had moved from snapping pictures to creating fine art. It was empowering.
Stay tune for part 2, I’ll tell you how I got all the girls to blush talking about metering system and exposure (sexy, I know), yes only a french girl could get herself in that embarrassing situation.