“Be open to what is in the front of you”

March 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"Every picture is made of light, gesture and color"

Almost every artist (photographer, musician, painter, etc.) has one or more artists who influences them in one way or another. Their influence helps get them to this point in their career and plays a big role in creating their own artistic path.

As a photographer, I have always had an admiration for those photographers who tried and succeeded to bring photographs to the level which is considered to be genuine art.  One of these photographers is Jay Maisel.  He is considered to be the best photographer in the world at the current moment.  I have watched and listened to many of his interviews.  The way he speaks about photographs leaves you speechless.  He says "every picture is made of light, gesture and color" and "If the things that you see don't excite you, then why in the world would it excite me?".

"If you stay there and see, things will happen"

A little girl hugging her sister during a photo session in ChicagoWedding at Cafe la Cafe

Every once in a while I open my photography archive which includes photographs I have taken over the years and I find myself drawn towards photos which still stand out above the rest even after all this time. This was taken at a wedding in Chicago, several years ago.  The manner in which I took the photograph reminded me of what Jay Maisel said, "If you stay there and see, things will happen”.  This is an interesting and a very true quote and certainly applies to wedding photography.  Although I am always concentrating on what is happening right in front of me, I am always aware of what is happening around me as well.  While preparing to photograph the family outside I noticed a young girl walking towards the group when all of a sudden her little sister ran towards her and smothered her with a hug.  I was prepared to photograph the group and within a couple of seconds I turned my camera and captured this photograph of the two sisters.  They shared such a genuine and innocent moment and I wouldn't have forgiven myself if I had not captured it. This is one of those moments between moments that I always seek out when I photograph weddings.

Whether or not I have visited the location, I always approach it as if it was the first time. My openness to everything and anything is one of the main things I practice at every wedding I photograph. Because, "If you stay there and see, things will happen."


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