I think it deserves to be said often and now more than ever before. We can all take good photos. Everyone of us. The technology makes it easier than anytime before. I don’t want to sound like an old fogie, but you used to have to set up things so much more manually and you used to have to know settings and temperatures and how light worked. Now, you can capture things accurately without a lot of knowledge or study, and that is so great. It really lets more people communicate, find their creative spirit, and produce and document infinitely. I mean every kid over 14 has a little piece of magic in their hand every day to produce and communicate-called a cell phone. But I think what makes an image sing for me is if it has soul and feeling and tells you something, even when you don’t want it to say much at all. And I think when it comes to portraiture and weddings is the photographer’s connection to their subject. I have always loved taking images of people–I think there is so much sociology behind making people comfortable and keeping them from being annoyed with you. Being funny but not obnoxious, being kind but keeping people on task, being confident but not big headed or hard to work, with being fast but comfortable. It is all these things mixed up with finding the light and documenting the day that make a wedding or photo session so magic for me. The serendipity– but also the working. with. people. Gosh I love a good shot of the Flint hills when a storm is coming in or when an arial shot of New York City, but what I will be most proud of when I think back on my career will be all the people I hoped I made their day special, not only for the work but for the connection.
Jody and David are such a good couple to segway into (see engagement). I can’t tell you how in the brief times I talked with Jody I immediately fell in love with her. She is open and happy and feels like a sister. David comes from a much loved family that is sort of related by marriage. They, like everyone here, had to downsize their wedding to a small reception in their family’s backyard but wanted to make it happen. And like lots of people during this trying time, they made the best of the situation and I think made it better in its intimacy. They had the sweetest mass at St. Elizabeth’s with a family priest who knew them, and got ready at their homes that was in their beloved Waldo neighborhood, and it’s these connections that make a wedding so very special.
And I can’t wait to meet the new little Ritz bit coming soon,