Photography tells many stories. In business, photos are essential elements of books, magazines, marketing, advertising and social media. In personal life photographs are the key to memory.
I’ve been shooting as part of my design work for decades. I find it better and more personal than using stock libraries, though I like stock libraries: I contribute to several. But using your own images of a place of business or product gives more options and control. It’s well worth the extra effort.
A few years ago I expanded my reach from product catalog images into event photography. As an event photographer I’ve shot weddings, birthdays, holiday parties, engagements, and sporting events, including multi-day conferences in Times Square, New York, and the PGA National in Palm Springs, Florida.
My candid, casual street photography style appeals to companies wanting to show guests enjoying themselves rather than in stiff corporate pose. I can do the formals, of course, but so can everyone else. I get hired for my ability to capture the unexpected moments. The unguarded moments.
This requires responsibility. Tact. Discretion. I’ve earned a reputation for never seeing things I shouldn’t see. As the phrase goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Period.
This kind of street photography approach is very versatile for all kinds of events. As well as high end venues I’ve also shot wrestling matches, beach parties, and biker bashes, with equal success.
My favourite way to spend a weekend is driving the back roads and hiking trails of Niagara. With my drone (I’m fully licensed) and camera, I search out the hidden spots and take unique photos that appeal to me.
If I think they are good enough I put them into a gallery on my photo site. From here, canvas wraps and framed images and many other items can be bought. Or just browsed. No pressure. Please check out the Niagara and Art galleries. They are my own favourites, but there is plenty more to see. Explore.
The best way to see an image you really like is on your wall, three feet wide. I’m not just saying that. I have a half dozen of my own prints on the office wall. They are memories and inspirations. And they look great.
Family portraits are not really my thing. Individual portraits and model shoots? They are.
I take the same candid relaxed approach to bring out the very best in my model, in both studio and location settings. Whether we are aiming for a portfolio head shot, a wallet keepsake, or a wall print.
I can’t and won’t share personal images, as a matter of ethics. But I have the permission of my favourite model, Nikki to give an example. This is one of my own favourites.
Memories fade. Photographs don’t.
I want to share my reasons for being so animated about why I think photography is so very important.
I have no album of photos from my youth. Only a few of my parents. One of my grandparents. As the youngest, I missed most of the events my siblings look back on with fondness. I have no photos of them either. There is a disconnect. My only connection to these days long gone are the fading photographs I do have, which I am linked to by fading memories which may be as much wishful thinking as fact.
I promised myself that I won’t let that happen again. I take photos all the time. Each one brings memory flooding back. With one click I remember sights and sounds and tastes. Weather. Conversations.
My mission in life is to do that for others. To document their life events and moments so they can look back with smiles in the years to come. And share them with their parents, children, grandchildren.
With the abundance of cell phones, there is no reason for any event to go unrecorded. I urge everyone to wave your cell phones around as much as you can and get all the video possible. I say this as a wedding photographer who has more than once had to elbow my way through the crowd so I could even see the happy couple through a sea of phones, trying to get a shot of the cake cutting.
Having said that, good as they are, cell phones have limitations. Low light, limited dynamic range, noise.
To get the best image still requires a camera, tripods, light stands, lights, flags, modifiers, and someone that knows how to use all this to good effect. And who will spend as much time afterward, in post processing, to make it shine and bring out the best. Take out the stray hairs and shave a few pounds. Remove the bunny ears your friend made behind you.
If you want to make it truly memorable, a coffee table book, a plaque, or a print on the wall made by a qualified professional that has learned their craft are very hard to beat. So please, consider me.