This past year has been incredible for my photography business. A year ago I never could have imagined I would be blessed to have so many people trust me to capture special moments in their lives. I have enjoyed every second of it and I have learned so much! As I look toward my second year in business, I have lots of exciting and challenging shoots coming up and I am so thankful to have such amazing clients and supportive family and friends. Lately, I have been working on defining my "philosophy of photography." Basically, I've been asking myself a few questions -
What kinds of pictures do I want to take?
What kinds of clients do I want to attract?
Why should those clients hire ME rather than the thousands of other photographers out there?
As my business grows and evolves, these are important questions for me to answer. The answers I have come up with can be summed up in these three words.
Beautiful - I believe that every single person has something beautiful about them and it is my job as a photographer to capture that beauty. I love to take photos in beautiful locations (my list of future location ideas grows every week!) and I love finding the beauty in everything. People are beautiful because they are unique and I strive to make each of my photo shoots personal in order to bring out that uniqueness.
Natural - As I evolve as a photographer, I am learning the delicate art of keeping it simple. I am working hard to take photos that are great straight out of the camera and won't require extensive editing. And I am learning that just because something can be photoshopped, doesn't mean it should be. While I will use re-touching to help hide minor and temporary blemishes, I just don't believe in changing those things that make people unique - freckles, eye color, or physical body shape. If that is what you are looking for, there are lots of photographers who will happily oblige ... it's just not how I roll. I believe this natural philosophy also applies to the flow of my photo shoots. While I will certainly pose my clients and offer lots of suggestions and encouragement, I also strive to capture those "in between" moments that are natural and un-posed. Often, those end of being my favorite shots.
You - Above all, I want to capture photos of people being themselves. I love taking photos of kids because they don't know how to be anything other than themselves. That honesty is beautiful! Of course I want to help you look your best in your photos - I will be the first to brush a stray hair away or recommend a make up touch up - but, most of all, I want to capture emotions and your personality. Whether I am taking photos of newborns, children, families, expectant parents, seniors, or couples, emotion is what matters.
All of these philosophies and goals are still changing and becoming more well defined, but I feel like this is a good start. Beautiful. Natural. You. If my vision sounds like your vision for your photos, let me know. I'd love to hear from you!