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Monday, November 1, 2010

Not Always Perfect (Utah Family Photography)

After a very fun session with six crazy kids, I was talking to their dad about photography, and some of the concerns I have about the current direction professional photography seems to be heading. We were discussing the recent phenomenon that has hundreds of people becoming hired photographers without any professional training, and very little experience. I related how I've spent the last 12 years getting every educational experience I could, and what a perfectionist I am with my own images - striving eternally for the perfect light, the perfect composition, the perfect expressions, etc. He seemed a little surprised and said, "Yeah, but I've always thought you were a pretty laid-back photographer. You always seem to capture my kids exactly as they are."

I've thought a lot about what he said. I don't consider myself a "life-style" or "photojournalistic" photographer. Most of the images I create are fairly planned and molded. I like to be able to control the variables and end with something timeless and beautiful. His comment made me remember that sometimes the unplanned portrait can be the best one after all. That being said, I will say that I think the image below has some awesome lighting, decent composition, and you can't beat those expressions! Pretty near perfection if you ask me. Thanks B&J. Good luck in your coming adventure.

3 comments:

Mindy said...

I love this image! It captures such fun personalities... and it is spot on with lighting and composition! You are an inspiration all around. :)

Ann Marie said...

I love this shot! I prefer these shots that capture the real life! :)

These kids have grown up so much since we saw them last! Very cute!

Brenda said...

I love this picture, it is so perfect! I can't believe how much the kids have grown and changed, I almost didn't recognize them!