There are certain times when creativity strikes me like a lightening bolt. Right this moment is one of those times. Magically, I am at my computer to capture what is often a very rare “meet cute” when my emotions and my keyboard meet. You readers are luckyyyy.
I was browsing around the internet, and found this amazing St. Louis photographer, Fresh Art Photography. Let me backup by saying I have been trying to hone some photography skills lately. I was asked to take some engagement photos, something I’ve never done, two weekends ago for an in-law’s son and his fiance. I was really nervous about this task. First, I didn’t really know the couple. Second, I’m don’t give myself enough credit for producing something decent. Mainly because of the garbage I see so many “photographers” turn out and I never want to publicly bad at something. I guess you could say I hold myself to an unrealistic standard of producing amazing, original photos that don’t look forced, cheesy, or worse, photoshopped to death and unnatural. I believe photos should come from knowing the camera, using the beauty around you, and to capture the subject as it is in that moment…not something that looks like this:
Anywho, I think the engagement photos I took are pretty decent for never having done a “formal shoot”. Here are some of my faves:
Not tooting my own horn, but they aren’t terrible. The customers were pleased as well. What I like most about these images are how real they look, and the expressions aren’t forced. They’re either feeling snarky or skeptical, but in a very “we’re in love for the long haul and sappy photos just aren’t our style” type of way.
Now, back to the Fresh Art Photography company I came across today. I was enamored with everything about this website: portrait ideas, the focus on family photography, and the “lifestyle” portraiture styling. I don’t know this St. Louis photographer, but I am fascinated with her skill in focusing on the day-to-day (the normal habits and routines) instead of events. That’s the type of photographer I want to be – someone who you can trust to capture the good things in life how they actually occur…like the Spittal Family (total strangers to me but I loved their entire shoot) reading a book, playing chess, or just wrestling around. Even their home makes you want to be a part of their family!
I may be rambling on, but if imitation is indeed a sincere form of flattery, I hope to imitate this photographer’s style. So much so, that I may just take her $185 photography class just to brush up on some skills. I think I can learn a thing or two.