I often get asked “why do you love photography so much?” I have to admit, this is my favorite question to answer. My answer is very basic: I love the story. I love the story of a high school senior ready to take on the world, between a mother and her son, between a newly engaged, deeply in love couple, between a bride and groom with their wedding party. I think of my job as a gift of storytelling. I want people to look back on the images I take and feel something. In my opinion, a photograph isn’t worth much if you don’t have an emotional connection to the story it’s telling.
There are a lot of things I do, as a photographer, to ensure that I’m telling the real story. When brainstorming with clients about location and places, I ask questions to get to know them better and suggest ideas that are true to that. When a child cries during a session, I snap candid photos of the mother consoling her child. Why? Because it’s real. In my opinion, anyone can take a photo of a bride and groom smiling into the camera. My goal, is to find the intimate moment where the groom whispers to the bride that she looks gorgeous and capture her true reaction. It’s not easy by any means, but you have to look for it. I try my hardest to not stop looking and trying to find the intimate moments during a session or a wedding day.
The other question I get asked is “how do you do it?” Because I’m passionate. I don’t do anything half hearted. I put a piece of myself into every photo and am proud of the pictures I take.
This post is just a little glimpse into my heart and my job.