To be honest, I never expected to make a career out of photography. But now that I have, it’s hard to imagine my life any other way.
I never went to school for photography. I never learned to light meter subjects with acuity and I never spent hours on end in caustic dark room environs. My teacher was my father, and the curriculum was his 40-year love affair with the camera. While it may not have been an exacting approach on how to be a proper photographer, He taught me how to “see” through a lens. He taught me about composition, framing, why a shot is good, why a shot is bad, and how to make it better.
More than twenty years after my father first put a camera in my hand, after I'd begun picking up professional photo gigs on the side of my “real” job, premiered a photography art show, and replaced my computer so I’d have more power to edit photos, I finally realized I couldn’t keep doing this as just a hobby. So in 2013 I took everything I'd learned and started Danto Photography. As with all good things, it took some time to build, but now I’m constantly busy with weddings, engagements, portraits, and more. So much so that the people on Basic Invite are even taking notice.
The images in this post are from my favorite engagement session of 2014. It's my favorite because the photos demonstrate a range of the techniques I’ve learned—both from my father and along the way—and encapsulates my artistic intent. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it was the perfect location with the perfect couple at the perfect time of day. I’m particularly proud of the photos’ achievement of a natural aesthetic, which lets the true beauty and enchantments of love speak for itself.
During every engagement session I shoot I have one word going through my head – timeless. I want to capture emotion with my work, and I want you to be able to come back to the photos year after year and feel the same undiminished emotion every time you look at them. This ambition pushes me to be more creative, to be better for my clients—they deserve those lasting memories—and reminds me why I take pictures in the first place. We all need our inspiration, it just so happens that mine is your love.