My love affair with photography

I'm new to blogging so bear with me but here you will read about my thoughts about photography and my experiences as a photographer. 

Kelly & Marcus....12+ years in the making

 I do!

I do!

 Always and forever....

Always and forever....

This small wedding was one I was truly honored and excited to photograph.  The bride Kelly happens to be one of my oldest friends of 20+ years going back to freshman year of high school. Kelly and Marcus met and fell in love long long ago!  They surprised everyone by finally, yes finally tying the knot!  They've been engaged 12 years and have a beautiful son, Taye.  Many of us weren't sure this day would ever actually happen.  They were just so happy living their lives together the wedding was the last thing on their minds.  I was honored when Kelly asked me to photograph her special day!  Not only did she ask me to do that she asked me to help her out and photograph her for some beautiful canvas portraits to surprise her hubby to be with.  This was major.  Kelly is notoriously camera shy.  We settled on some tastefully sexy photos under the pier in their hometown of Flagler Beach, Fl.  Kelly was shy as I expected but we got some amazing photos that now hang on the wall of the home they share.  They wanted a simple beach wedding.  It was simple and beautiful just like Kelly and Marcus.  One of the most fun times i've had shooting a wedding, i'm sure that was helped by the fact that i've known just about everyone there for decades.  They had a simple ceremony on Daytona Beach.  Their son Taye walked mom down the aisle and Marcus's son Isaiah was by dad's side during the ceremony.  There was nothing but pure joy and love on this day.  A true testament to the old saying "good things come to those who wait".  It couldn't have been a more perfect day!  

 Happily ever after....

Happily ever after....

 Because sometimes you just have to have some fun!

Because sometimes you just have to have some fun!

 Lifelong friends

Lifelong friends

 From our pre-wedding shoot!!!

From our pre-wedding shoot!!!

 There's nothing like a mother and son's bond!

There's nothing like a mother and son's bond!

 Always some time for some fun

Always some time for some fun

Why doesn't anyone print photos anymore.....

Have you noticed over the past 5-10 years that everyone has a camera out 24/7 in the form of a camera phone?  We take pictures of each other, selfies, pictures of the dog, our kids and endless photos of our food.....We take more pictures than ever before.  The fact that having a smartphone nowadays is basically a necessity it has made the endless snapping of photos really easy.  The problem is that everyone snaps away all the time but nobody prints photos anymore.  Those precious memories aren't being preserved.

So your out with your friends and your having a blast and you want to document it.  After you snap that photo what happens to it?  If your like a lot of people you instantly upload it to social media.  You might text it to someone.  After that what happens to the photo? Usually it's forgotten.  Our smartphones hold photo after photo and eventually we forget all about what's in there.  If your like me you rarely look back at them. We might even delete some photos eventually to make room for new ones. Hopefully you remember to back up the photos you have stored in your phone before you loose your phone or upgrade to the newest smartphone on the market.  If you don't those precious memories are lost forever.  

The harsh reality that most don't seem to understand is that those precious memories you've documented with your smartphone might look pretty good and look decent enough online but if you decide to print those photos you'll be disappointed in the quality.  The images are pixelated and blurry.  While smartphones are great for that quick capture on the fly they are not good for documenting those major life moments.  

I highly recommend you invest in a real camera.  You don't have to spend thousands of dollars on a camera. If you invest in a decent point and shoot you'll be able to document those precious moments with clarity. Memories to look back on someday. These types of photos you can actually print and display in your home or put in an album.  As time goes by and your kids grow up and have kids of their own don't you want to be able to sit down one day with them and show them childhood photos of their parents?  Or would you rather show them a bunch of shoddy images on multiple smartphones (if you still have those old phones), CD's, Flash drives or worse tell them they were all lost or deleted somewhere?  Think of all the lost baby pictures, first dances, graduations, weddings, engagements that will be lost forever.  

I originally started in photography with film and in the darkroom.  That's my first love.  I loved that moment you went to pick up the roll of film you dropped off to see what you had there or the moment in the darkroom when your placing your paper in chemicals and waiting for the photo to appear.  While it's nice that we get to see the photos instantly now there's a little of that magic missing at least for me.  Even though i've gone with the times and switched over to digital technology I still pick out my favorite photos and print them.  Some are in an album and some are in frames all over my house.  There's something about having those wonderful past memories surrounding me on a daily basis.  

While I don't suggest you stop taking photos with your smartphone all together, I know I won't but I do hope you maybe think about taking photos of some of those critical life events with an actual camera and invest in tangible photo prints.   

If you don't believe me take a look at these two photos below.  Exact same subject taken one right after the other.  Do you notice the difference in sharpness and detail?  Invest in a camera.  The camera I used for this was nothing fancy.  

Photo taken with a camera 

Photo taken with smartphone