Melyssa + Joseph

Big weddings always equate to big fun! That’s the perfect description for Melyssa and Joseph’s wedding. Surrounded by family and friends all day, the joy of their love was shared by everyone around them.

It was a pleasure to celebrate their special day in my favorite city, Buffalo. We got to shoot the wedding party photographs in beautiful Delaware Park, a place I find more visually exciting every time I’m there. A big congratulations to the happy couple!

 
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a place called here

Take a moment to breathe

Pause and

Recollect

 

Grasping at the fortunes 

And future 

Unsettled within

 

Winds howl

No shelter to be found

I’m the eye if my own hurricane

 
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Take a moment to breath

Pause and

Gratitude

 

Sparks of content 

Glimmers of reality 

That now is enough

 

At peace with the ups and the downs 

Mountains and cliffs

Danger in ascent

Descent

 
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Into my conscious

At ease with the thought of you

Stillness

 

There’s nowhere like it

Streaks of rain 

Colored stains

 

Walking in circles

Brought me right back 

Home

 
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A place called here 

 
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Katy + Bobby

The first wedding of the new season is always exhilarating and a little bit challenging. I have to get back in the wedding rhythm after having the winter to focus on other projects. However, the initial delay quickly gives way as muscle memory kicks in.

Katie and Bobby’s wedding was a great way to set the year in motion. The energy of the day was electric from start to finish. Not only was it the first warm spring day, but the wedding party and guests defined the event. From the moment everyone started to get together, it was nonstop chatter and laughter. It was heart-warming to see Katie and Bobby share their special day with so many excited loved ones. It was an honor to be a part of this close-knit family.

With a wedding under my belt and my camera all warmed up, I’m ready for the season! It’s going to be a good one.

 
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Light

I’m going to start off by avoiding my usual poetic language about light (that’s what my instagram is for.) Light matters, it’s true. It informs photography to the core. Images wouldn’t be possible without it. And because of all this, it’s so easily taken for granted. It’s easy to shoot in any light because the technology is so good these days. I can drop highlights all day in Lightroom hiding the fact that the background is completely blown out. But that doesn’t mean I should just let the computers do the work. 

It's so important to take time, finding the right light changes an image for the better. I continue to use light to be more than the exposure. Framing, reflecting, and backlighting amongst other ways to capturing the light as it fills the spaces I place my subjects in. I’ve said this before but being in the city, find myself surrounded by harsh shadows and contrasting lines. I’m constantly chasing the shadows and window of light that fill this urban landscape. It continues to be one of my favorite ways to compose a portrait. Discovering the balance between shadows and light and what distinguishes the figure amongst those elements. 

Here are a few of my favorites from a quick shoot with Ramsel and Jeeyoon a few weekends ago. Thanks for your willingness to go along with the flow and stare into the blinding light.

 
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Environment

Environment, it matters – plain and simple. And even though it’s rarely the focus of the photograph, especially portraits, a poor environment can make an excellent image subpar at best and a distraction at worst. We’ve all seen images with trees unintentionally popping out of people’s heads or selfies from strangers jumping into the frame. 

It definitely took me awhile to embrace the environment of my subjects. Practice early on as a photographer allowed me to make sure that the environment wasn’t a distraction but what if the surrounding could add and impact my subjects for the better? Over time I’ve learned that embracing my surroundings can bring images to the next level and deserves the same kind of care and planning that other aspects of the shoot do. 

And yes that might require walking into some strange places to scout, laying on the dirty ground or getting kicked out of space I wasn’t probably supposed to be in the first place. All the weird angles and odd body contortions I make to get the shot, not to mention the people passing by that will simple stare or worse pull out their phones and take shots of me taking shots of your subject. It’s all worth it to complete the shot, to bring the full vision into reality.

With the sun, mirrors and endless sky, Fabio and I made awesome images. Boston and beyond.

 
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