It might not surprise you, but I think about photography a lot.
I know, I know, blowing your mind over here.
A photographer is important because they set the tone. You’re interested in my work not only because how I see people, but how I choose to depict love. I tend to forget that as much as my work depicts my subjects, I’m also very clearly showing how I see others. In this sense, all my portraits contain a sense of myself.
They are, at least in part, reflections of me.
Last weekend I offerend to take a few family photos for my friends.
Now there’s nothing inherently wrong with the Kritter Krandids school of photography. I firmly believe that everyone needs a soft-focus backlit photo of themselves back when they were 4-and-chubby. However not every photo needs to be so idealized. I’m more excited about a picture that shows a little personality than an image that’s easy to reproduce with different clients.
When I was making the offer to shoot James & Madelyne’s family I sort of had forgotten that I don’t really do family photos, especially families with young children. So when I met them at my studio I thought “Oh right. I have no idea what I’m doing with a baby.” After coming to that realization, I figured I’d do what I always do and figure it out on the fly. I typically find that the idea that I have coming into a shoot is rarely as interesting as the idea that presents itself to me once I’m there, so showing up empty handed is no big deal.
We all got to catch up and even tried to sell Archer on the merits of photography. I think I might have over sold photography a little, because as soon as Madelyne had him in her lap, he was crawling straight toward my camera.
This resulted in my favorite photo from the day.
Anyway, it was good to catch up and I’m glad I got to try something new.
And because my cousin Paige will be all over this post, here’s one more photo of Archer.
Did you know that I have a Facebook page just for my wedding work? It’s true. Like it here.
Do you want to see more work like this? Tell your friends to hire me.
And thanks for looking.
I’ll admit the heavy clunk of film cameras shutter produces in me a small, but nonetheless euphoric, feeling every time it’s released.
While I’m not one to mindlessly tout the wrongheaded notion of purity in film, I will say that its presence did help me make better images. It’s good, to have to cherish each frame. To have to spend a few days, weeks or even months having to wait to see what I just made.
Here are some photos I took of friends, shot during the month I was living in Provo.