We’ve had a couple of our couples call us to photograph the new members of their families. I gotta tell ya, these were a couple of fun sessions! Man, these little crawly things are so darn cute! I could have kept shooting them all day. Now I find myself looking at all the babies we pass, thinking how I would light them, how to pose them. Fun. Next thing you know, I’ll be making those silly little goo goo noises at them. I think I’m hooked!!! Anybody need their baby shot?

So many things have changed since I shot commercial and fashion. Today, what goes on in the computer is as much of an art form as photography itself. I really don’t believe the two are the same. A person can be a photographer, and a person can be a Photoshop guru. To me, they’re two entirely different things. Blending the two has become the norm in this industry, and, at times, it can be a lot of fun.

Take this shot of Christy’s from Julie and Tom’s wedding a couple weeks ago. The top image is straight out of the camera. This is where the photographers expertise is apparent. The exposure is right on, everything looks good. You would be amazed (I know I am) how many people are out there claiming to be photographers who have to rely on Photoshop to fix all the mistakes they make while shooting. It’s mind boggling.

Photoshop isn’t meant for fixing mistakes caused by lack of photographic knowledge. We use it to create different interpretations of a shot, to play, to make art. The bottom two images here are a good example of what can be done. It’s a lot of fun. It’s not photography, at least not in my opinion. If anything, it’s a form of computer graphics. It’s not unusual for our couples to receive 3 or 4 variations on some shots just because we get the urge to take things a step further. It’s fun for us, and our couples have fun with the images.

It’s all good.

June 10, 2008

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever,
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one another’s being mingle;–
Why not I with thine?

See! the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven,
If it disdained it’s brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;–
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

Percy Bysshe Shelle

June 6, 2008

Love is a yearning

Of the One

For the One.