About me? about Studio D Photography? It’s all intertwined and has a lifetime of personal experiences both good and bad, that worked and that didn’t, and it is all sprinkled with seasons of grief. One does not get to where one is in life without living it along the way. I have chosen to live daringly and boldly. For many years I only have worked at hobbies because HOBBIES are fired by passionate pursuit. JOBS on the other hand are often just a means to an end of paying the bills.
I get asked by individuals interviewing me to photograph their wedding how long have I photographed weddings. The easy answer to that is seven years. That would not however give you a correct answer as to how long I have pursued photography. As a child I wanted to be the one to grab the Brownie box camera. Later that was followed by Instamatics and Polaroids. In 1968 I got my first 35mm camera. Frankly film frustrated me a lot of the time. In the mid 90’s I became interested in digital cameras. The first ones yielded disappointing results, but I continued to watch as each generation was introduced.
Weddings were generally shot with 3 to 5 rolls of 24 or 36 exposure film. Today we average 65 to 150 images per hour per photographer with a total of 500 to 1000 or more images. Almost every guest at a wedding has a digital camera of one kind or the other. Prints continue to become cheaper and cheaper to have passable prints produced. With this uncommon amount of images storytelling of the day has become rich and varied in presentation.
The next question I am asked repeatedly is about my style of shooting. It is a simple approach. We shoot candid (no formal posing) most of the day. Portraits are done with guidance as to positions and groupings. No matter how much we get asked about doing a photojouralistic approach to the day there are still portraits to be done. Older generations as a rule prefer color while younger generations want a good mix of black and white with their color images.
So, blogging for me is a lot more than just telling you about Studio D. I have journaled for years and enjoy blogging rather than pushing a pen across the page. If you ever see my handwriting you will understand immediately why I prefer typing. You know your handwriting is bad when you can’t read it yourself.
I am excited about the combining of both the website and the blog into one site.