photography in real life

Last night I journeyed out into the winter-ness and attended a networking meeting for small business owners in my town, and as I introduced myself, I talked a bit about my style of shooting. I ended up talking a bit about my style how my goal is always to capture the spirit and personality of my subject. I talked about how much I dreaded picture day when I was a kid, I hated how they’d hold up that corny stuffed animal and try to trick me into laughing. I felt self-conscious. I felt belittled and shy.

Then today I was working more on editing the B family’s photos from last weekend, and there it was again; sometimes (ok almost always) my favorite shots come when we’re taking a “break.” Here we put the teething Andrew into his jumpey thing to chill out and Michael took a break for some goldfish. And yet. They’re being real. This is their life. These are the moments I’m most excited and honored to capture.


  • January 22, 2010 - 5:58 pm

    Melissa - This is why a “like” button would work. You absolutely do take some of the best pictures when they’re not posed. In the engagement session and again at the wedding you did a terrific job with staying in the shadows and working on real life. It’s such a treat to see how great you make people look without them knowing you’re working. Bravo.

  • January 22, 2010 - 10:46 pm

    Carrie - Don’t you just love capturing moments like that?! Way too sweet!

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