One of my photography mentors once told me (very early on in my training when trying to teach me the settings on my camera) “watch how the light touches things around you.” At the time I had been learning so much that it went in one ear and out the other. Eventually I learned my camera along with various other things that were all on my plate at once since I decided to dive in rather than step into this business. When it came time for a maternity shoot, I wanted to be prepared and went on location at sunset to practice and it finally dawned on me what he meant. The light in the photos were gorgeous and so a light bulb came on in me. Everywhere I looked, I looked at light. I saw how light can cast a soft kiss to a leaf or a hard boundary on a building. I saw how it can warm a scene or cool it down. I saw how it can clarify a subject or place them in a haze. I saw the beauty in it and photography then became even more amazing to me! Photographers can learn to shoot in any light and do their best to make it work; however finding the best light at the best time can elevate your images to whole other level. The sun brings so much warmth and joy and the moon can bring us depth and secrecy that is easily taken for granted by many in any circumstances. At photographer however learns to cherish the light for all of its beauty cast down upon us and plays with it. I encourage those of you reading this whether you be a photog or not, the next time you see the light, really take a look. Feel it on your skin. Observe it all around you. You will begin to see the beauty is has to offer too.
- “To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt
My Cousin Vinny and Ms Marisa Tomei and her camera! #LOVE
This is a photography quote I love because I just love taking candid shots!
“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.” — Diane Arbus