Weddings photography is a craft that requires displine, preperation and the ability to adapt quickly to changes. Wedding photography is kind of a stressful afair, you're charged with capturing momments that will live in album and on mantels for decades to come. To preform at a high level you have to be sure in your ability to not only get all the shots, but all the great ones. This comes from two things, prepairedness and communication. I've been very fortuinate in my career thus far, the caliber of client has been top shelf and they have been fantastic to work with. Even when things don't stay on course the challenge and weight of photographing a wedding is a blast.
My good friend Friedrich Nietzsche once said "Without music life would be a mistake." I believe life and aesthetics in one form or another are intimately connected. They are not codependent but natural bi-products or extensions of the other. Much how an object placed in the light will cast a shadow. Light is the conditions of existence, we are the object and art is our shadow.
Deep down we are all looking for connections. I believe music is such a pure form of expression it is as close as we can get to subjective communication. Instead of writing a dissertation on that statement I will only say this. Documenting and experiencing the practice of creating music is one of the most vexing ambitions in photography. It is a discipline I will never master but I plan on being its student for as long as I can pull focus and release a shutter.
As someone who lives for the act of production. Still life photography, as organic and personal as it is, has always been as far from my comfort zone as anything can be. Sometimes life just happens, and you need to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right lens to make that connection. If all goes according to plan one out of every few thousand exposures will bridge that gap from snapshot to still life.
My journey into portrait photography was not a planned venture. Early on in my undergraduate studies, like many, I found myself low on my funds for... books and ledgers and the like... I have been blessed over the years to surround myself and befriend many gifted artists. These artists often need documentation. At first I was hesitant, not for lack of confidence, I had been photographing bands for years, how diffrent could it be right? Hesitant because I felt like a hack approaching what I considered then part of dreaded 'commercial photography'. I was sure I could produce technically sound headshots and candids that would suit their needs, but how would I tell stories, how would I leave viewers feeling those feelings we all want to feel? I went in expecting little artistic freedom and not expecting much of an experience. As with most things, I was very wrong. As I mentioned before, I had some very talented people around me. Their ability to emote and take direction was fantastic. I quickly stumbled upon the allure of portrait photography, its the act of working with a subject to capture those fleeting glimpses of transcendence. It became a challenge. Then, as a began to seek out more people to photograph I would run into people who would say things like "Oh, I'm not photogenic." or "I hate photos of myself" which, beyond being just a heartbreaking thing for someone to say, became a new challenge. Though portrait photography is certainly its own kind of monster, I've learned to love the fight.
As a photographer, I spend a lot of time in front of things that don't want their photos taken. People, sunsets, birds, cats, people... did I mention people? So when I get a chance to spent time with someone who actually wants photos taken of them, I'm pumped to say the least. I've been blessed to work with some folks who have been nothing short of a magnificent portrayal of so many emotions and modes of being. Whether it's taking my crazy over the top direction or bringing in ideas of their own, it is always a blast and typically one of the best ways to get some aesthetic angst out in the open. I'm always looking for new people of all skill levels and looks to work with.
Documenting a film is a strange passion of mine but let me make an argument in its favor. The film is a final product. If you have been on a set you know that there is so much work that goes on, just to make that product what it is. I believe that all of the craft that goes into a film wither its running cables or pulling focus is art. Giving those moments that add to the culmination but never get seen are worth showcasing.