When I think back to high school, it seems like it wasn’t long ago. Last night, I was in the car on the way home from my in-law’s house after a night out with my wife. My kids spent a little time with Pop-Pop and Grandma, two of their favorite people in the world.
The kids were rambling on in the back seat amongst themselves when a familiar song came on the radio. I reached for the volume knob and cranked it as high as I could comfortably have it without hurting the kids’ ears. “Can you please turn the music down” came a plea from the back seat. “Daddy thinks he’s still in high school” my wife replied. I giggled, and thought about turning down the song, but remembered why I turned it on in the first place. I love who I am. I love that I am inspired by music, and things that happen around me. Stories are told through music, and through people’s eyes. Music is what makes me who I am.
I picked up my first camera when I was just 15 years old. For some of you, that maybe wasn’t long ago. My wife often reminds me that the person that I am today, and the person that I was when I was 15 is closer than I realize. I learned the art of photography under the red light of a dark-room, and to this day that experience still consumes me.
I love being a fly on the wall, and capturing things in the moment. When I am hired to capture a wedding, there are what I call scripted moments, and unscripted moments. Gathering the family together for formal portraiture is of course expected, but where I really thrive is in the unscripted moments.
I shot a wedding for Chantel andTanner recently and this wedding will stick with me for a lifetime. Things unfolded unexpectedly as they always do. I was going from one room to the other, back and forth, people wanted me here, they wanted me there. Just as I was asked to go back to the are where the Bride and Groom would be married, the father of the Bride entered the room. Mom and Dad both grabbed the Bride’s hands as they began to pray.
There I was in this most beautiful, spiritual, important moment. If I would have left seconds earlier, I might not have been able to capture this moment that this family will treasure for generations to come. Being a Wedding Photographer I am so in love with what I do. I have a very photojournalistic style approach to photography in general. Capturing moments as they happen, from a perspective that the Bride and Groom aren’t able to see themselves. After all, you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.