Lately, I’ve found myself experimenting more with light and my approach to capturing organic moments. I think as an artist, you are constantly seeking ways to refine your process and artistry – constantly trying to uplevel the work you produce and the depth of what you create. At least, that is how it is for me.
While I think a majority of my clients want classic portraits and images of their weddings, there’s a temptation to play it safe on a wedding day and go through the motions: silencing the artistic voice that begs to be heard. Of course, it’s essential to have the classically posed photographs that you’ll want to print and use for a Christmas card, but I believe that the moments which will transcend time and be worthy of being passed on are the scenes where there is no expectation to perform; and when space is given to the clients to feel and be present with those who matter most.
It’s been slow to introduce this new thought to my work. I think a lot of times, trying to describe it can scare clients. But ultimately, I want to create images that are honest – reflective of the actual people who make up a celebration and their essence. It’s not for every client. And that’s something I’m learning to be ok with.
But I feel grateful as I’ve started showing a sliver of this throughout my portfolios that this type of imagery is resonating more and more with those who see it, and I’m hopeful that more wedding days will be reflective of feelings like this – because life is too short to have one of the happiest days of life be overly manipulated and contrived.