Congratulations Ben & Karla
Thank you Ben and Karla for giving me the honor of photographing your wedding. I have to say you are two amazing people; and you compliment each other perfectly as a couple.
Simply put, I create portraits that bring out the inner beauty or character of my subjects. Very often my subjects don’t realize what lies just beneath the surface, how handsome or beautiful they truly are, that is until they see how I captured them. Whether I am doing a simple outdoor portrait session, or capturing a wedding from start to finish, my tools are always the same…my camera obviously and accessories come to mind…these may be essential, but certainly not the most important. The two tools that I feel are most important are light, and shadow. How I (and any photographer, really) manipulate, shape, and work with these tools is the way we express and share our vision. This is what I do.
When something catches my eye, it’s usually the interplay of light and shadow. Sometimes I become mesmerized by how a sliver of light falls upon someone’s face, how shadows mold and accentuate their contours, causing me to stare…which is a source for embarrassment if I’m caught lingering too long.
Capturing someone’s beauty (hidden or otherwise) is just the beginning. Revealing the images I’ve captured to them, well, that’s what I love.
I’ve been wrestling with the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” for quite some time. That is until I stumble upon a quote from Jarod Kintz, who used his special brand of humor and laser like wit to put into words I’ve been trying to for months. I found the quote on Good Reads’ Quotes About Photography. From there, I dug a little deeper to find out a bit more about Jarod since I knew absolutely nothing about him. Below is the quote that grabbed me. It’s funny how some things can arrest your attention, and refuse to let go until you’ve satisfied your curiosity…but I digress…
“Is a picture really worth a thousand words? What thousand words? A thousand words from a lunatic, or a thousand words from Nietzsche? Actually, Nietzsche was a lunatic, but you see my point. What about a thousand words from a rambler vs. 500 words from Mark Twain? He could say the same thing quicker and with more force than almost any other writer. One thousand words from Ginsberg are not even worth one from Wilde. It’s wild to declare the equivalency of any picture with any army of 1,000 words. Words from a writer like Wordsworth make you appreciate what words are worth. ”
Beautiful, isn’t it? So who is Jarod Kintz anyway? Jarod is my new favorite author of pithy quotes, lets see, what else…well, he’s a self published writer. Rather than me telling you his story, head on over to Jarod Kintz’s web page to see more of his work, or go directly to his ‘about’ page for a brief bio.
That should do it for today’s blog post, which will also be a new category entitled ‘Thoughts on Photography’. This will be the new dumping ground for the random thoughts that often pop into my head, that don’t quite fit anywhere else.
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