Archive for 2010
How can you create wedding images that are so timeless they arrest the attention of even the couple’s grandchildren? It’s easier said than done. Perhaps the first most-important component is forging a meaningful bond with your clients. What are their values? What is their worldview? Closeness with a client brings you to a place where you can start capturing the stuff that’s going to matter 50 years hence.
Timelessness in wedding photojournalism means simplifying an image into a classic emotional moment that by its very nature transcends the passage of time. As a photographer you have to recognize those moments, little slices of life, where everything at once is happening for an incredible emotional impact.
A timeless image is when you’re truly capturing the moment in a traditional way, making sure that you’re getting what’s there in the first place. With all of the image manipulation tools today, people have become trigger-happy, in terms of overworking their images and overdoing things for special effects. I would hate to see a bride’s wedding rendered ‘fantastic’ with all of these new effects; but, when ten years down the road the novelty of the effects fades, there’s not much left there…
To read the rest of my article, published by WedPix, please click RISING ABOVE CLICHE.
Australian-based Better Photoshop Techniques Magazine is a must-have for tech-geek photographers with a penchant for post-production. One of my longtime favorite publications, I am incredibly excited for my body of Burning Man photography to be featured as their latest cover story! The eight-page spread includes a thoughtful interview and a sumptuous retrospective of my work. I am honored to included in such an educational and inspiring publication!
While it’s always fun to travel, traveling as a photographer tops everything. For the next two weeks, I’m coming at you live from New York City, where commissions, corporate clients, and the PDN PhotoPlus Conference will help me feel like I’m back home…which I am! In New York, I got my start as a professional photographer, and although I returned to my California roots and moved back to San Francisco a few years ago, I divide my time equally between the Big Apple and the Golden State.
Last week, I posed the question: “What the #&%$ does the Novogratz family have to do with Catherine Hall?”
The time has come to share my good news! (I’m talking oh-my-gosh, unbridled excitement.) For 72 hours, I will be staying in the West Village with famed wife-and-husband designers Cortney and Rob Novogratz (along with their seven children, ranging from their youngest infant to their oldest late-adolescent). They live in this apartment, which they created themselves:
The founders of Sixx Design and stars of Bravo’s artsy reality show, 9 by Design, Cortney and Rob have been featured in The New York Times, GQ, Forbes, and more. They’re insanely brilliant interior architects with an enormous brood, and they make their livelihood by moving into decrepit, last-leg homes (kids in tow), transforming them from the ground-up, and selling them for $20 million. It’s this unique concept coupled with their bohemian-luxury style that makes Cortney and Robert so captivating.
Over Halloween weekend, I’m shacking up the Novogratz’, where I will be documenting their lives around-the-clock, along with a few seated portraiture sessions. Creatively, I’m interested in befriending this power-team to learn more about what makes them tick, to spend time in the recently renovated home (I mean, seriously, they’ve included a couch designed by Zaha Hadid–seriously?), and to witness the madness that is a nine-member household. I’m fascinated by the family as a cultural phenomenon and particularly curious about the kids that Cortney and Robert are raising. My photo project is motivated by psychological inquiry, pop history, and a fine-arts sensibility.
Wish me luck in the (so very chic) fray!
Recently, I spent a gorgeous weekend at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, where I was invited to speak at A Day in the Mountains. Hosted by event planners at One Fine Day, the weekend featured fantastic food, sumptuous quarters, and delightful people. It was a real honor to speak alongside the illustrious Scott Corridan, who presented a high-minded lecture, called–um–Boobs and Butts.
Enjoy these snapshots from A Day in the Mountains