These wedding photos are a labor of love on both sides of the camera. In front of the camera, Charisse and Tommy could barely contain their happiness for each other. Behind the camera, these emotions they were putting out there into the world were a pleasure to capture. I will let thes photos do more of the talking. Hover over the images to hear more stories about each image.
Before arriving, I knew I would have just a few minutes with Dr. Mona. However, as soon as I shook her hand, I felt a sense of calm. I’m grateful for her time spent taking portraits amidst a day of her clinical obligations. Sometimes, I have a very small window to tell someone’s story. In the little bit of time we had together, these photos were my impression of Dr. Mona.
The time it takes to receive your film scans from the lab is perfect for inducing deja vu. It is almost like they wait to scan the images till this tipping point just beyond a fading memory. I have been traveling with only my film photography gear for the last few trips. Film makes me shoot a lot less and I get better at remembering my environment aside from the camera’s viewfinder. Ask any film photographer and they will tell you about the joy of receiving your scans.
Once in a while, those scans reveal correlations like this one. I couldn’t resist sharing it with you.
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P.S. I am writing this blog post from a coffee shop in Portland, OR. Just as you start forgetting about this post, I will upload photos from my current trip to the Pacific Northwest.
Freedom is selfish – and let me tell you why.
Autonomy and independence allow people to roam; they allow people to wander. Wanderlust is good though, and inspiring, right?
Having freedom, and having too many choices, allows people to miss things. These choices pass by people and just go unnoticed. People quit seeing things when they’re faced with insurmountable decisions every day like billboards and television commercials. This jadedness changes though when people see something new, something remarkable, and sometimes challenges can provide people with just that; something remarkable.
Allowing yourself to have choices is selfish because you don’t get to challenge yourself to produce something ingenious, resourceful, or imaginative that will then inspire others.
Consequently, I’ve decided that I’m not going to be selfish. I want to inspire others, and myself. As a result, I’ve been seeking blues. Blues and angled lines. Restricting myself to such few characteristics has forced me to look at things in a different way. I now seek out structure in an otherwise unstructured world. Interesting, huh?
Some photographers abide by photo challenges. Some photographers restrict their tools. Some photographers shoot specific details. These are all trials which test our abilities to craft something extraordinary. Something that people will notice.
Because of the limitations I’ve begun putting on myself, I’ve found myself in new places; places that even wanderlust couldn’t have lead me to.
Yes, freedom is selfish. It’s selfish because of what you can’t produce when you’re free. Sometimes, placing yourself in a box means having to get creative in order to escape, and creativity is the fiber of a unique and beautiful world; the world that we all live in.