I've added several new links to the blog along the left hand column. I also have a photo shoot tomorrow night so check back in a couple days for some new images here.
It's been a solid month (+) since I last updated my website with new pictures so I'm happy to announce that I've added quite a few fresh new pics! Click on the link "my website" to go check them out. This will probably be the last portfolio overhaul I do for a while now since I'll be posting new images here instead. It's really quite challenging for me to update my website... I try to balance it out wiith a good mix of color, vintage, velveteen and B&W images. I also try to ensure that I don't have too many images from the same location etc... Tack onto that the fact that I am seriously attached to all my images and have the hardest time narrowing them down not to mention having to switch them out. It's nearly traumatic for me to have to take one down in order to replace it with a new one. I just can't keep doing that to myself, it breaks my heart!
So, now I have free reign to post a series of my favorites from each shoot here on this forum and I will breathe much easier instead of grappling with only being able to pick one or two from the entire shoot. I'm much happier about this new arrangement! I know it must sound a bit weird to hear me say how emotionally attached I am to my images, but I truly am. There's a variety of reasons for this. For starters I spend a great deal of time editing each and every one of my photographs. I take the time to examine each image and decide what it needs to really make it shine. That effort alone makes me feel invested in the image when I'm done working on it. I personalize each picture with my own vision for it. I create something out of every one, even if it's just a minor "tweak". Secondly, the time I spend with the family/couple/model when I'm doing the shoot is a very personal involvement. That's the biggest difference between a custom on location high end photographer and a mall venue like Sears or something. At the mall, you've got about 10 minutes, you're trapped in a small room and there's so much pressure to just "get it done" in a short amount of time. Everyone feels claustrophobic and rushed. NOT conducive to natural, candid, emotional displays which can then be captured on film. Not so much... Also, that photographer has spent the entire day shuttling one family in after another through the confines of that small studio. There's no personal connection. They simply can't make a connection with someone under those conditions. I only schedule 1 to 3 shoots a week. Never more. Each one means something to me and I fully appreciate the effort and money that my clients are investing in this experience. It means as much to me to GET great pictures of them as it does to them to RECEIVE great pictures! There's a symbiotic relationship. We both want the same end result. We both want ART. I don't just take portraits. Really, anyone with a camera can snap a picture of someone's face, especially in a sterile, standard and controlled lighting environment such as a studio. My goal is to capture the essence of the person, relationship and family I am photographing. It's not just about taking a nice picture of their faces. Sure, the proper lighting, correct exposure, flattering depth of field and attractive natural backdrop all set the scene and contribute to the final image. But the true magic is the comfort, ease and relationship between the models (that's you guys!) and the photographer (that's me!). I'm not just snapping pictures of you. I'm PART OF the experience. When you laugh at something silly I say and I catch that laugh on film, that picture means as much to me as it does to you. It's a memory of a funny moment we shared. When my clients really relax and have fun with the experience, the photos just SHINE. Everyone's true personality comes through and the genuiness of their relationships are showcased within my artwork. It's a pretty incredible thing actually. So THAT's why I get attached to my images. I leave a little part of me in them too! :)
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