Sometimes the person, or in this case the photographer, you think you are isn’t who you really are. I am not the photographer that I thought I was. I am not the pure photojournalist that I portray in the about section of my website. I am not the pure photojournalist that so many photographers claim to be — that I claimed to be. I can’t be strictly that kind of photographer. I enjoy interacting with my couples too much to pull all the way back.
I am a photojournalist in the sense that I seek out the candid moments that happen when no one else is watching. The moments in between moments that can only happen — and I can only see — when I step back and let my couples enjoy being in the moment. It is then that I become a photojournalist.
One of the things I love is when I can stop being the photographer and be the friend of my bride and groom. When we share a laugh or more often than not I decide to bust a quick dance move with them. Why do I love that? Not only is it a sign of the relationship we’ve built but it’s a precursor to something real. Because after that moment — no matter how brief — they have forgotten that I am there to take their picture and the real Mr. & Mrs. come out. They are no longer concerned about maintaining appearances. They are no longer worried about what doesn’t look right in the photo. They are who I knew they were all the time.
Sometimes the person you think you are isn’t who you really are.
Till next time….