Starting a new series, dedicated to split-second moments captured by my faithful 2nd camera body (Canon 1DMarkIV) with the much raved about Canon 135mm f2.0. The 2nd body stays slung on me throughout shoots so anytime a moment pops out, screaming for a snap, I switch bodies and fire away – almost feels like target practice.
Thankfully, I’ve nailed some bullseyes. Here’s the first from a recent wedding:
This lil’ one looking rather pleased with succeeding in getting grandpa to carry him instead of being within the confines of the pram.
It’s been a blessed journey thus far. 2014 has opened many doors and brought amazing clients who’ve become friends. That said, the greatest joy, and privilege, has to be the process of listening to their journeys, the ups and downs, but more importantly, that deciding moment that ‘put a ring on it’.
I’ve never been much of a writer, despite clocking some time as a young graduate writing press releases and responding to media queries. Images always hit the spot though, be it for that moment or as a recollection of a journey.
So for every couple who comes into the office, I tell them to forget the conventional scenic spots or looks they’ve scoured over Pinterest, Google, Instagram, etc. And just, tell me their story – How and Where they’ve met, What was that defining moment, Best and Worst memories and more.
Here are some of my interpretations of their stories in snaps:
Soccer fanatic meets Ballet Beauty | feat. Melvin & Elizabeth
I recall the days I first picked up the camera and was introduced to the world of lenses – from the cheaper yet impressive third party ones to the trusty, bokeh-licious L lens, from the zoom to prime lenses – options were aplenty.
Thus began the slippery slope of buying and selling, in a quest to find that ‘perfect’ combination of lenses. First, there was the fine line between versatility and image quality. Zoom lenses gave me a hassle-free shoot with a coverage enough to last me for a full day without fumbling to change lens. The shots from the primes however, were drool worthy with their tact sharp results and cinematic-like finish (especially my trusty 135mm f2.0). Next, the cost factor. A zoom lens like the 24-70mm can safely replace the 24mm and 50mm combination i bring for shoots and save me a couple bucks too. Seeking an answer to this dilemma is catastrophic, there are just no single perfect combination and the varying schools of thought in the cyber world will just blow your mind.
My journey took a turn when I decided to get acquainted to my existing range of glass to the point I could picture the frame I would get with the respective focal lengths. This was coupled with training my positioning in the various scenarios and getting into that right position. Ansel Adams nailed it, it really comes down to ‘knowing where to stand’. I can’t say I’ve perfected the art, or ever will, but the shots have been increasingly spot on.
These days, I pretty much run around with a 24mm and a 135mm mounted on a Canon 5D Mark3 and a Canon 6D respectively, dangling off my shoulders from the awesome Black Rapid Double Strap.
(Reference image of the Black Rapid – http://photographysilo.com/product-review/rs-dr-1-double-strap-for-two-cameras/)
My two cents – stop the acquiring and get those feet moving:)
Rex and Charlotte – a bliss I was blessed to celebrate as their journey taught me much. Their reliance on God, partnership in the many stages of their more-than-a-decade long relationship and a humility they exuded as a couple despite being highly talented individuals in their craft.
Celebrations like these remind me of the joys of my trait, where I get to translate these impressions into frames frozen to tell their story. Here’s a glimpse of this couple’s love tale.
Here’s reviving this blog as part of a 2014 resolution and to mark my new journey in photography as a livelihood.
The first question that clients, and friends alike, would ask is “What kind of photography?”. In layman terms, it would pretty much fall in the broad categories of wedding and corporate shoots. But in truth, i find the heart and motivation of my works to be a catalogue of life.
That split second a bride transits from being moved to tears to a hearty laugh. The look of a proud grandma embracing her grand daughter and her new grandson-in-law. It’s instances like these that make it all count and allow my passion to take shape – Capturing moments for lifetime memories.
The last shoot was really special.
The emotions got so intense, tears actually welled up as I snapped. My style has always been that of spontaneity but this album just had that extra edge to it. It was as if every snap was directed in a harmonious sequence – a symphony of emotions.
As a client rightfully put it, “It’s not a business transaction. Let’s share the day together, in celebration” Here’s to more of such shoots.
Your humble snapper
Tried a different shot this wedding, kudos to a pair of Phottix Strato II triggers snugged away in my bag from the previous shoot.
Mounted a flash on the receiver, tossed it into the bridal car & voila – a rather interesting focus on the couple whilst showing the gorgeous ride they’re cruising around in (these triggers are definitely tagging along for future shoots!)
Cos every girl wants a fairytale wedding…