The best way for me to explain Shelby and Jonathan to you is to just show you the images! :)
I love it when a guy is cool enough to have his Iphone in his pocket playing music they can dance to. The movement these two gave me was inspiring. When I don't have to pose every single frame I get the chance to allow moments to happen. I like to nudge the couple to have fun and be the "Couple" they are for their engagement session. I know many people aren't comfortable in front of the camera because their expectations of themselves are so high but not sure if they can deliver. I always take the approach of spying on you as if you were on a date or just taking a stroll.
Shelby and Jonathan have that fun delightful spark you like seeing in a happy couple. I think we laughed together more than we tried posing certain ways. A woman smiles and grins a certain way when her man is whispering in her ear, holding her waist or simply looking into her eyes. These are the aspects I like to showcase in my wedding photography, not a pose or a lighting feature...I want my clients to show me the love. The following images are just a few of my favs. I'm working on a video to better showcase how I do...what I do for my You tube channel.
As a pro photographer it's my job to pose the client in the best light possible. I used to always use a flash with a softbox but honestly I like good old fashion sunlight the best. Nothing looks more organic to me than God's light. I love finding a location that has swooping sunlight at the right time of the day. I'll arrive at the location we discussed days before to check out where the light falls across certain areas before I have my client in front of me. Every aspect of your actions will determine the outcome of your session and your professionalism. Nothing feels better then taking your bride's hand and leading her to a spot you found hours or days before and creating something beautiful because you "Found The Light!"
The following image is impressive how the sun is perfectly painting the scene from left to right. Directing my bride to fall into the sunlight gives the viewer's eye a painterly scene to appreciate.
If you are a budding photographer or a seasoned pro, I hope I encouraged you to stop and find the light. Finding your control with your photography will help your inner artist shine! -GK
Throw Back Thursday -
One aspect of working with a wonderful floral artist is getting the opportunity to capture images like these. Diane Mouton is the owner of Fat Cat Flowers and the following images are a great representation of her work. The first image showcases a beautiful floral sash! I captured these images with medium format film and a Mamiya 645 camera. I just love how film gives that beautiful grain and low contrast for keeping the subtle yet colorful subject true to it's natural state.
The above image is a beautiful table design by Diane Mouton. I love the complementary colors and beautiful floral showcasing the long table and it's beautiful subjects at the end. The wonderful light entering the huge room was a true delight to work in! The venue is called Marche' and you have to experience it's beauty for yourself. So many aspects of photography is being put to use in these images. I love deciding on the depth of field for the table image. I wanted the image to be about the lovely couple at the end of the table. The leading colors from left to right is just about pointing to the couple. You notice the beautiful flowers on the table but they are just enough out of focus to make your eyes stay on the couple.
Well after 2 years without a vacation I'm finally here at the beach. I couldn't wait to get here, so I could completely unwind and regroup as a human being. HEHEHEH At least that is my intention. When you blow and go for so long without a break you loose yourself to some degree. Everyday becomes a work day whether you are off or not because work is always stacking up for you to do. The mental state of your brain is sooooooooo important for the creative mind, at least mine!
My one saving grace is how much I love what I do for a living. The life I have with my camera is truly a wonder for how I started with ZERO and fast forward to now. I couldn't wait to go to the beach so I could relax and clear my brain in order to allow new creativity inside. Like all things in life, nothing goes perfectly as planned when you have a really big idea. It takes planning, understanding and know how for making your plans actually come true. I wanted to fly my drone along the beach around sunset or sunrise...left my GoPro at home...I wanted to do some time lapse video through my DJI stabilizer for my phone.....left that at home also!!!!! ARGHHHH My plans quickly went off kilter as soon as I opened my bags. Hmmmmmmm
What is the Universe trying to tell me? Either 1) I'm a forgetful idiot or 2) this break needs more off the cuff creativity rather than the planned things I wanted to do in my head. Obviously I'm here to be on retreat for my eyes and my soul. The one aspect I am holding myself to is capturing as many images of my kids that showcase their wonderful personalities at the ages they are right now.
This painting hanging on the wall truly sums up reality as of now. The beautiful scene has the ominous weather above it reminding you how beautiful all of it is working together. If it was just dry weather all the time the scene would have less green grass and less water in the lakes and rivers. The image reminds me of my state of mind as of this second. Right beyond the dark rain clouds you can see the blue sky peaking through. The blue sky is my creative brain and the rain clouds is what I need for a chance to stop and reset. Well I'm grabbing a beer and going to sit by the pool and not think of a single thing. It just got finished raining outside, so how ironic is this blog post? #TimeToRecharge
I'm a huge fan of listening to your dreams. Your dreams are usually about you whether you think so or not. Translating your dreams will help you adapt to real life scenerios. I believe your subconscious has a fantastic way of getting you to understand some things in your life. My dream last night was weird at first. I was in this dark blue/grey looking room, kinda like a club. The people I was hanging with were all smiling and laughing with me.
I would walk to the other side of the room and they would follow me. Towards the end of the dream when I walked away they all stopped smiling instantly and their faces looked sad. I was confused on what was happening that made them sad. When I turned to the girl behind me and grabbed her hand to follow me, she smiled and so did everyone else. When I let go of her hand, they stopped following me and looked sad again.
I turned around and made them follow me again and the sad faces became happy again. I told you this dream was strange. After waking up this morning I realized what my dream meant. People that follow me want me to LEAD!
I mean WHOA! What a powerful dream. Lately I have been creating my Youtube channel and wondering whether I should continue my Vlogging or just teach photography. Well I think the dream set me straight that it's important for me to lead people in some way. Maybe you are in the same situation when you should step up in the group or at work and you just don't know if you should. YES...you should! The universe needs leaders and I'm proud to be one of them.
Listen to your subconscious, feel it in your heart and STAY FOCUSED!
My photography style has changed a lot over the last two decades. You know back in the film days we had to pose everything because we only have so many shots to take on a single roll of film. Posing everything put a less organic feel to the images since they were so static. These days with the digital revolution we have the opportunity to take a bazillion more images and capture more real moments. The one thing I am always loved about photography is how much of a people person iamb and how it applies to my photography now. My approach to every job now is to direct the person in front of me to casually give me a candid moment. I guess this is easier said than done but for me it is my gifted trait that shows in my photography.
I feel like we are living in the days of copycats and being original is becoming harder and harder. Properly capturing natural light in its purest form will always be the best looking photography images to me. The best thing about shooting in natural light is how quick I can shoot and move around without worrying about my light on the stick flashing that my client. Yeah don't get me wrong I used to love how that flash look gave the nightlife some energy but, During the day that's a light will always be king. A true style in photography is obvious to it's viewer. I see many people confusing technique with the word style. When the photographer chooses to use flash or color gels or certain angles… This is all technique. I find that a style more mimics a mood rather than a usable technique.
FORMS OF NATURAL LIGHT
Natural light is any light source that isn't flash generated. The images below are a great way to see the many different forms of using available light. The street light is a fantastic natural light source illuminating an area setting the romantic mood for this image. We all see light everyday and how if creates the mood of the scene. Movie sets are notorious for taking a constant light source and creating a mood for it's actors. I hope you'll see light in it's many forms after reading this post. My profession has me constantly aware of my surroundings. I guess when they say, "Stop and smell the roses"...this is the awareness they are speaking of. :)
I love having my 3DR Solo in the truck for when I come across locations that are deserving of arial footage. I hope you enjoy this little video of an old church down south. :)
Every day I wake up I say the words "Thank You" before my feet hit the floor. I remember all the years it took me to learn my craft and actually apply it towards creating beautiful imagery. It felt like it took forever to learn so many things. There is no shortcut and understanding light and how to capture it correctly. Whenever I teach photography I am reminded of the hundreds of little things I have learned over the last two decades that are actually applied in my daily workflow every day. Being a pro photographer is a true gift but it is also one that is deserved. I have seen some of the most beautiful and unique things in New Orleans and all around the country because of my job.
For someone who despises Math it's pretty ironic how much Math is used in photography. The difference for me is "Photography Math" is visual. When somebody tells me you have a gift for seeing the shot, I now understand what they mean. My truly greatest gift with being a photographer is how I relate to the human experience. I love being a motivator and a witness to this great thing we call life. Whether it's a happy occasion or sad moment I'm always proud to capture them with the click of my shutter. The camera for me now is just an extension of my conversation with the person in front of me. Where some people see a creative mind as a scattered brain with A.D.D. influences, I see it as a gift because I'm never settled on just one thing. I believe we all have moments of greatness and celebrating those moments more often is what keeps the creative mind going. The photographer within is always bored with the image just taken while becoming super motivated to create an image better than the one before. I strongly believe this is why I, as a business, has thrived for the last 23 years. I'm always looking for the next awesome image that I can share with the world. They always say, "You're only as good as the last photograph you took." No pressure... just keep creating!
My advice to anyone starting to learn their craft should always remember photography is like golf. Just because you had a few in the woods doesn't mean the next T-off won't be a hole-in-one. Always go for the creative hole-in-one!
"Photography is my life!"
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