Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Why we do what we do

Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph a baby shower. The expecting couple are close friends as well as many of the people in attendance. This was truly a special event as you could literally cut the "love" in the room with a knife. Add some really great home cooking, smooth jazz music and a bunch of games and you have the formula for one magnificent get together.

Capturing "moments" between people is really what photography is all about. Call me "old skool" but I believe what makes a great image is not how sharp your lens is in the corners or how sharp it is at this or that f-stop or how fast it can focus in low light. No. What makes a photograph great is the emotion captured "in the moment" and your ability as a photographer to consistently translate those emotions in your images. I meet so many photographers who are caught-up with the "techno-this-and-techno-that" about their photos and they are missing out on documenting the true treasures of the "moment." And, isn't that why people hire us to begin with?

The next time you have an opportunity to photograph a special event don't worry so much about how technically accurate your images are and instead focus on how much emotional content your images possess. I promise you, if you let yourself "feel" the moments you will begin to translate what you feel into your images. And, your clients will love you for it.

Just a little something to think about. Be blessed and keep shooting!


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