Saturday, August 30, 2008

Photographer's Responsibility - Make Clients Look Good

Photographers walk a fine line between reality and fine art. True artists are able to capture souls with their cameras and create fine art that best represents who their client is.

When I first meet a client, I observe mannerisms. For couples, I watch how they interact and look for special signals - squeezing of a hand, light in eye, etc. When I process photos (and yes even with digital I process photos), I look for the shots that capture the essence of my clients. I look for shots, where I wish I was in the photograph. I hate having my photo taken - this is a common refrain of most photographers that I've met. I got into photography because I wanted to capture what I saw - not the black and white of a scene, but the emotion and the soul of the moment.

I've been incredibly lucky to be able to photograph Livewire Cover Band for over a year. I had taken a break from photography before I began following Livewire. They inspired me to take another look at photography, and push myself outside my comfort zone. Capturing the soul of a person in low light, high energy environments challenges you to step up your game.