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, and you avoid the embarrassment of seeing the same stock image on your competitor’s sites. It’s well worth the extra effort and visitors can immediately tell you spent more thought on crafting your site, which builds engagement.
A few years ago I expanded my reach from product catalog images into event photography. I’ve shot weddings, birthdays, holiday parties, engagements, music concerts 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 poses. 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 shot wrestling matches, beach parties, and biker bashes, with equal success.
To relax, my favourite way to spend a weekend is driving the back roads and hiking the 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, they can be purchased as digital downloads, canvas wraps, framed images and many other items. Or just browsed. No pressure. Please check out the Niagara and Art galleries. They are my personal 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, and the images found on my site are optimized for that format. I’m not just saying that. I have a half dozen of my own prints on the office wall. They are memories, and daily 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. And corporate ones can’t be shared as a matter of contract. But I can share the ones taken at public events.
And I can share this one of my wonderful wife, taken during a hike in the worst possible midday sun. This great day out is in my personal memory bank. Which brings me neatly to the most important point.
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 as my dad died when I was seven. Two or three images of my grandparents. As the youngest of a family of five, I missed most of the events my older siblings look back on with fondness. I have no photos of me with them either.
There is a disconnect. My only connection to those days long gone are the few 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 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. Sounds. Tastes. Emotions.
Beyond the corporate world of photo shoots and productions, my mission in life is to bring this gift to others. To document their life events and moments so they can look back with smiles in the years to come. And share with their parents, children, grandchildren.
Take the shot
With the abundance of cell phones today, there is no reason for any event to go unrecorded. I urge everyone to wave your cell phones around as much as you can.
I say this as a photographer who has more than once had to literally use his elbows to get through the crowd to shoot the cake cutting. See image from an actual wedding I shot.
Better that there are too many photos than too few – though please, if you see a wedding photographer, do try to get out of the way. They are there for a reason, let them do their job.
Good as they are, right now cell phones have limitations. Low light, limited dynamic range, noise.
To get the best image at least at this time still requires a camera, and maybe tripods, light stands, lights, flags, backdrops, modifiers. And someone that knows how to use all this equipment to good effect. Someone who will spend time after the event post processing, to make the best images shine. Take out the stray hairs and remove fingers from kids noses. Remove the photobombers and take away the bunny ears your friend was making behind you.
Or just take out the officiant, as I did below. Paint out the wall and the drapes, add a ribbon with linked rings. This image became a poster that still graces their home today.
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. And, of course, they can add a little Photoshop sparkle to your special day.
Those are services I am more than happy to provide. Your call. My cameras.
Let’s make something special.