How do you take a good picture? I’ve been trying to figure out that answer for years. Not that I’m bad, mind you. I take pride in my work and believe it speaks for itself. I started out my professional photography career like many other photographers, as an assistant. I worked closely with accomplished photographers who gave me instruction and advice on every variation of photography from fashion to food in order for me to find what I like. After a while, I became addicted to the instant gratification of being able to take a picture and see the emotion and story that the picture told on the viewfinder. I also found it useful to finally learn what all those buttons and knobs on the camera were for.
In time, I became a photographer in my own right with a focus in photojournalism and capturing people in the moment. Now, I team up with an associate photographer to combine our skills to be there on a couple’s special day. We can each manage weddings on our own, but we prefer to both be there to show two distinct and unique views that only we can provide.
But back to my original question: how do you take a good picture? Have you ever taken a picture that was kind of blurry, but you still love it because of how it made you feel when you took it? And you think to yourself, “This would be so much better if it were in focus?” You’re halfway there. My job is to bring both the technical aspect of taking a picture and combine it with the emotion of the moment. I particularly love weddings because everyone gets swept up in the occasion. I admit I still even get the warm fuzzies seeing the first dance of a married couple. No matter what problems people may have, they are all there in one place purely to celebrate the bride and the groom. The day is so busy and a whirlwind of emotion that it’s a blur for them. Seeing the pictures afterwards is best way to bring them back to that one moment where everything is perfect. The added bonus is also seeing all the personal, happy, and funny moments of their friends and family.
Who knew Uncle Bob would have a little too much to drink and do the worm on the dance floor? We did, and we caught every awkward and hilarious undulation. Who knew the bride was going to surprise her new husband with a sports wedding cake because he’s a major baseball fan? We did, and that’s why we were watching him with our cameras to catch his reaction.