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Utilize What You Got

In the photo below I shot my camera through some tulle. You know the fancy translucent fabric stuff at weddings that shimmers? I liked the effect, and it gave it a dreamy feeling. This effect is not added in photoshop.Moore Sometimes I think photographers (like myself) need to be grounded in simplicity. I don't show up to a wedding with a million of the latest gadgets for taking photos. I tend to stick to my intuition when taking photos and have faith in my technique. It has worked thus far. When you travel light with minimal gear you are more inconspicuous. You get more "candid" natural photos because people don't know you are taking the photo. That's what I live for, when a client gets a photo that they didn't even know exists and it's one of their faves.

When you work with less stuff, if forces you to work with what you got. You find new things, techniques with available light to make your photographs interesting. If I had a million gadgets, I'm more opt to be distracted from my own stuff. In other words my concentration on my stuff would cause a decrease in my observation of what's going on around me. That's what I'm hired to do; to capture what's going on around me at a wedding. It's two philosophies: I need lots of stuff to create images vs. using what's available to tell the story of the wedding. I prefer to focus on what's happening at the wedding.

Of course it is important to have some of the gadgets to make images possible that wouldn't be otherwise. You can use your technology to improve the current situation or to further emphasize points of interest. For example, you might need flash to blast out a part of an image to embrace the less is more philosophy.

The phrase "less is more" has become somewhat cliche, but I tend to think of it as utilize what you got. And if what you got isn't working, use your tools to better your situation. But don't go using tools with no goal or purpose..

This isn't a superior method for a basis of photographic style, it's just what works for me. Some photographers are amazing with all the gadgets they have, producing unbelievable work. I've let go of that philosophy and figured out what works for me.

What do you think about this? I'd love to hear some people's thoughts...

Ashley & Brad | 09.19.2009

Ashley and Brad have style and class. Their attention to detail certainly paid off. Their wedding was beautiful, and you cannot beat this as a work environment. A couple years ago I was behind a desk taking phone calls, and hating my job. Today, I am spending my work days with quality people like Ashley and Brad, while being fortunate to being a part of their day. Their wedding was in Iowa City during a Hawkeyes game! This was certainly a better way to spend they day, in my opinion. Afterwords, I'm sure their guests would agree. I was there all day and didn't miss a moment.

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About Me

Life has taught me many things. My photography professor taught me that what you leave out of the photograph is more important than what you put in it. This has been the biggest influence on my work. I've also learned that the best images are created when moments aren't forced.

The combination of those two things are the basis for my photographic style. My goal is to produce images that are natural, but yet critical when it comes to the elements of photography.

It's the basis of my "photographic eye."

This is fascinating, because every composition photographed exists in the world. It's the job of the photographer to reveal the way that they see the world.

I continue to work on my vision of the world to better share it with my clients. It's rewarding to see the beauty in all of it, capture it, and then share it with everybody.

I look forward to getting to know your story, and hopefully sharing my vision of the beauty in all of it.