In this post, we'll explore the art of capturing moments and creating timeless photographic images. I will share my insights, experiences, and tips acquired over the past 11 years of professional photography. Perhaps you'll be inspired to call me to book a shoot or to elevate your own photography skills and create amazing portraits and fine art pieces.
1. The Power of Portraits:
Portraits have the incredible ability to freeze a moment in time and convey emotions, stories, and personalities. The magic behind portrait photography is capturing souls. And that's a big deal! We can take time to delve into the techniques, lighting, and composition that bring out the best in your subjects, but to be a magician in photography it's all about working with people authentically and establishing a connection with the person with whom you are working, making them feel comfortable and allowing their true essence to shine through your lens.
2. Unleashing Creativity in Fine Art Photography:
Fine art photography offers a unique platform for self-expression and creativity. The various genres within fine art photography include conceptual, surreal, and abstract. It's a world of visual storytelling, and sharing beauty, and I always say, "co-creating with God," a world where imagination knows no bounds. I like to think I have discovered how to infuse my photographs with meaning, symbolism, and personal narratives, creating thought-provoking and visually stunning art pieces.
3. Mastering Light and Composition:
Lighting and composition are the backbone and structure of photographs. I appreciate what it is to flow within the structures and to loosen the spine and move around in creative ways in my craft. Ultimately, it's just a lot of time shooting that has got me to the point where I am comfortable playing and experimenting. Essentially, like all things, it's a learning process, and engagement in craft, exploring and harnessing, putting natural and artificial light to use, and observing life around me, to create captivating portraits and artful scenes to evoke moods and wonder in compositions. I love this photography journey, I love navigating the principles of composition, the rule of thirds, leading lines, and negative space, and to add depth and visual interest to my images.
4. The Pre-Journey, and Post-Processing and Editing:
The journey of my soul-captivating photographs begin well before I click the shutter. Post-processing and editing are an integral part of the co-creation process, of course, of enhancing my photographs and bringing my artistic vision to life. But I know the cognitive and spiritual aspects at play also. The preparation and thought are equally important and start to take shape long before the images are made, oftentimes years in advance. I use editing software, and it's very important, and so are the hundred techniques that I have picked up over the past decade, which help to elevate my images and create my signature style that sets me apart.
5. Finding Inspiration and Developing Your Style:
Every photographer has a unique style that reflects their personality and vision. I find inspiration in everyday life, in people, in the water, in the sky, in the trees, in the wilderness. My first project a decade ago was a year long venture in photographing homeless men and women, and some children, between Orlando, Florida and Miami. How fascinating to experience that world through my lens, to really look deeply into the souls I was working with and sharing their lives. Wow. From the beginning I have been in development as a photographer, as an artist, as a businessman. Throughout I have understood that my photographs are telling a story that is distinctly mine.
Thank you for joining me on this journey into the world of portrait and fine art photography. I hope this blog post has inspired you to call me to book a shoot or to pick up your camera, explore your creativity, and capture moments that will last a lifetime. Remember, photography is not just about the technical aspects; it's about telling stories, evoking emotions, and leaving a lasting impact, about capturing and giving expression to the depth and soul of life. I hope to hear from you!