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What’s Old is New: Return to Weddings

May 28, 2010


My wedding technique in 1999 and again in 2010

I began to shoot weddings for real in 1999. I had recently left my job at Kodak, wanted to return to photography full-time, and at the suggestion of another wedding photographer, had decided to try my hand in this field.

This was before the wedding bubble, before the days of over the top marketing, advertising, websites, blogs, social media, etc. The wedding world, at least in my opinion, was more normal, real and frankly more fun.

I was a novice, and amazed that anyone would want me to shoot their wedding, let alone allow me to do it. I was not the normal wedding photographer.

My practice was to take one camera, one lens and a few rolls of black and white film. That’s it. Nothing else. I never even brought a strobe. It was as streamlined as you can get, completely unlike most “real” wedding photographers, but for me it was completely normal. I’d been doing documentary projects like this for years, so I wasn’t doing anything I wasn’t very comfortable with.

I didn’t have any “packages.” I didn’t have a great website. I didn’t belong to a single wedding anything. I got work through word of mouth, and also by showing work to vendors. I’d visit hotels, planners, etc, and show them documentary work. Nobody else it seems was doing this.

But as the years went by, and the industry began to grow, so did I. The idea of going to a wedding with one camera became lunacy. The thought of not taking a strobe became, “unprofessional,” and before long I too was being sucked in to the modern wedding mentality.

Two years later, armed with Canon 30D’s, I was fully digital and blasting my way through locations from Europe to the Caribbean and all across the United States. People were hiring me because I was “fully digital” or “high tech” and I thought I was a total wedding stud.

I still didn’t fit the modern mold in my vision. The maximum number of weddings I ever did in a year was 10, and I never had one tad of desire to become a factory, or triple the number of jobs I was doing. I never thought of training and hiring anyone else to work with me.

One day I came home after a large wedding shoot and sat down at the computer to begin the great download and post-production marathon that had become part of my life the minute I had gone digital, and I just hit the wall. It was sudden and dramatic.

I looked at my wife and said, “For the first time in my life, I don’t want to look at my own images.” It was a terrible feeling.

I knew why digital photographers hired out their post and design. I knew why some of the top shooters never ever saw their images after the wedding was over. I knew why photographers randomly converted half their images to black and white. It changed everything for me. Again, I never once thought of farming my life out. I felt, and still do, that if I’m farming out my post, I must be shooting the same images over and over, otherwise how could someone else do my edit? Editing was sacred, not something to turn over to an intern.

I realized I needed to return to film. And return to film is what I did. But this time I went to the medium format world, choosing to shoot the bulk of my weddings with a Hasselblad and 80mm lens.

For about four years I did just this, and became known for this style of work. Other photographers thought I was somewhat nuts because using the Blad is slow and provides a puny 12 images per roll of 120. By then the insanity of modern weddings had taken full effect. Suddenly photographers were shooting thousands of images during a wedding, and then selling the concept of quantity to unsuspecting clients. I attended a trade show and listened to a speaker claim to have shot 12,000 images by himself during a wedding, and the audience burst into applause. I was shooting 200 images at a wedding.

Times had really changed.

But about two years ago began to feel as if I had done enough weddings. Like I do every four or five years, I felt the need to change my life once again. So for the past year and a half I really didn’t do any weddings. I spoke with my favorite planners, locations, and said, “You know, I’m done for a while.”

It was just what I needed. During this time I instead focused more on my portraits, and had a great time doing this. Portraits are still a big part of my life, shooting again today actually, and I hope they will continue to be a part of my life in the future.

But a few months ago I began to think about weddings again. I ran into one of my original clients and was able to look at the work I produced for him. Looking at those prints took me right back to that day, those moments. It also reminded me how simple and clean what I did back then really was.

His entire wedding was shot with an Leica M6 and 35mm. There were no proofs, online hosting or book involved. I simply processed the film, by myself at that time, and then went into the darkroom and made 20, 11×14 prints. I then made an envelope, also by hand, added the prints, then sealed it with wax.

That’s it.

The client not only still had it, but said they viewed it on a regular basis. I was stunned.

Suddenly things made sense again. I realized that one of the reasons I needed a break from weddings was that the wedding industry had sucked me in a direction I didn’t want to go. Now, to defend myself a little bit, the wedding industry had exploded to a never before seen level. With the demise of many other photographic genres, the wedding world had become the refuge for many photographers, who a few short years before, would have NEVER stooped to shooting weddings. The industry, due to reality television, editorial explosion, had become a HUGE business. By the time many clients got to me their personal, boutique events had become super structures that were over the top in every way.

The industry was racing upward and I was sucked into the vortex.

But taking a year and a half off allowed me to fall back to Earth, and also allowed me a fresh look at who I had become, and what had become of the industry.

I realized that for me to return to this field, I had to make some changes.

So, the Hasselblad and digital bodies will remain in the locker, and once again, I will return to my original pursuit.

This weekend I will shoot a wedding, and my entire rig is highlighted in the attached photo. That’s it. Two bodies, two lenses, black and white film, and yes, this time around, a strobe. What can I say, I’m splurging.

My entire setup fits in one small bag which I will leave behind once I get to where I’m going. I don’t envision back pain. I don’t envision working with someone else, second shooter, and having to be aware of their needs and content.

Now, I realize something. This return to the past is not for most clients. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this ONLY fits one small niche of client. But that is what I’ve always been. That is what I’ve always looked for.

Weddings are in interesting event. There is so much tradition and history that many people do what they think they are supposed to do, and perhaps not what they actually want to do. I need those folks that say, “You know, we just want a core group of great images and the rest falls where it may.”

Because of this I have to work harder for my jobs. I really do. The way I look at it, if the industry gets to the client before me, I don’t stand a chance. The industry tells the client, digital only, quantity, teams of photographers, high-tech, slideshows, etc. Speaking of that, I was at a location once, staying for fun, and there was a wedding going on. The wedding photographer was times three, and all three were wearing black head to toe and were also wearing headsets. It was really over the top. I ended up talking to the bride who said she felt like she was surrounded by the mafia when the photogs were around, and even the location had to tell the photographers to “tone it down.”

So recently, I visited a location I used to shoot weddings at. When I mentioned to the manager I was thinking of shooting weddings again I really didn’t expect any reaction. This person said, “Oh, that is so great, you really understand this place and now I have someone I can refer that I really believe in.” It was surprising to hear but also made me feel like I was doing something genuine if you will.

My new/old style of working provides a certain type of image, and regardless of whether you like it or not, it stand outs from the modern wedding world. The 70-200mm 2.8 is the lens of choice it seems for modern folks, although it seems that one person finally discovered the fixed lens and now everyone is using fast 50′s and 85′s, but my longest lens will be a 50mm. This work stands out. Again, you might not like it, but it does, and my best selling point over the past few years has been to ask clients, “Can you choose the other photographers work out of a lineup?” Frankly, in most cases, with modern, digital shooters, you can’t. The bulk of the work looks exactly the same.

So, I’m not choosing this old route to be different, not at all. I’m doing it because I love it. It rekindles the relationship I had with my work all those years ago. And a happy photographer, in my book, typically is a good photographer.

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  1. May 28, 2010 4:31 am

    Refreshing!

    • May 28, 2010 4:33 am

      Thanks JB. The wedding was last weekend….it was grand. I worked all day, felt fresh at the end and can’t wait for the images.

  2. May 28, 2010 5:33 am

    Hi Teach, Thanks for those words of wisdom. You always have a way of shaking my tree. Thanks again.

  3. Eric Labastida permalink
    May 28, 2010 5:36 am

    I have literally shot a small handful of weddings . My favorite wedding of all was one I just happened upon at a rainbow gathering. All I had was a Leica M2 and a 50 and a small bag of Tri-x. I see the images of that wedding on my walls everyday. I LOVE them.

    Keeping it simple is the smartest thing to do.

    • May 28, 2010 4:20 pm

      I think simple is the key. We have grown to get sucked into the idea of bigger is better, more is better, but in many cases I think the opposite is true.

  4. May 28, 2010 6:34 am

    This a wonderful post! I don’t know many wedding photographers who could even load some film in a camera, much less shoot a wedding all on film. I wish you the best of luck!

    • May 28, 2010 4:21 pm

      Hey Matt,

      It’s odd, in some ways, it is far easier to shoot film. Much less to think about, much less to dwell on, like image preview etc. I find a tighter bond with my work when I’m using film. Probably just me however!

  5. Jeff Schuster permalink
    May 28, 2010 7:59 am

    I remember seeing a few wedding albums of yours and really admired your ability both in shooting magnificent candids and finding those clients who understood, or at least came to appreciate that their wedding had been captured as art. The other striking thing is how well you articulate your internal story on the page. Though I’ve always considered images as completely stand alone creations, I too am compelled to add the narrative of what goes through my head while just sharing images on Facebook. I share your aversion to those over-the-top mad circus events but I think you’d agree those factory guys are still “documenting” it exactly as posed, sterile and sanitized as it is. I think you and I prefer to widen the frame to see the sandbags securing the props. By the way, have you ever seen Robert Altman’s “The Wedding” ?

    • May 28, 2010 4:22 pm

      Hey Jeff,

      Yes, those factory folks are doing their version of the same thing. Nothing wrong with it, just a different tact. I do find however that factory folks produce a somewhat generic product, but with weddings generic is what is the norm, and in many cases what people expect. It goes back to the “do what you think you are supposed to do, and not what you want to do.”

  6. Tom Kunhardt permalink
    May 28, 2010 9:12 am

    Reminds me of the fun I had in the 90′s. Happy to hear your back to your roots.

    • May 28, 2010 4:23 pm

      The 90′s…aaaahhhh, yes, I remember. Thanks TK
      Saw Ozzie and Becka last week!

  7. suzannerevy permalink
    May 28, 2010 1:49 pm

    I love the idea of your first wedding you describe with film, and producing 20 11×14′s in an envelope sealed with wax! Makes me think, I really could take on a few wedding clients, and keep it all so simple. Bet those pix are awesome!!

    • May 28, 2010 4:26 pm

      Well, you have the goods, image wise to do it. I’m a true believer in doing what you really feel you must do, otherwise, what is the point of being a photographer. Having said that, it ain’t easy, not by a long shot. I constantly struggle with producing my style work over the industry conforming garbage that is so prevalent. With my portraits too, shooting somewhat generic digital stuff that is totally fine with the clients, but makes my heart just ache.
      I fear my days of doing that stuff are over, which means more and more work to sell the idea of being different not for different sake, but simply because that is how I see. I just did a stock shoot with my Blad and Leica with 50-mm. I shot so much less than I would have with the digital but the work just feels so much better.
      A small warning, weddings are often not what they seem. You have to spend much time on education and also not getting pulled in a direction that yanks you right back into the confines of the conforming modern wedding world. You have to just commit. I find it difficult.

  8. May 28, 2010 7:57 pm

    Are you wearing a leotard? You’re my hero.

  9. Robb permalink
    May 28, 2010 9:58 pm

    And this is the exact reason you’re the only photographer I’d want to shoot my wedding. Now to find the girl…

    • May 28, 2010 10:22 pm

      Aaah, yes, that is the truly difficult part. Take your time, you’ll know it very quickly.

  10. May 29, 2010 12:58 am

    Aaaahhhh– I am comforted to share your feelings exactly concerning digital vs. “analog”. I too have dreaded looking at my own take; and the equipment we are forced to use is decidedly homogenic leaving no tangents for creativity–It seems that we spend more time doing post-production in front of a screen than we do behind the camera.
    “Less is more” I like to say, and I have no problem with scanning the 10 or so selects from a shoot than sucking my life out on Lightroom. As you may know, I am a Leica disciple, and I concur with the M6 and 35mm summicron manifestation (this has been my combo of choice for over 20 yrs). Rock on and spread the word that film draws its own breath from the oxygen of quality!

    • May 29, 2010 8:59 pm

      Usher, my fishing friend. Nice to have you check in. Love your work, always have, and have also always heard the underground rumblings of you sticking with film. Nice to hear. I agree with your points, especially the “less is more.”

  11. May 29, 2010 4:58 am

    Very good points and though provoking. Thanks.

  12. Michael permalink
    May 29, 2010 6:54 am

    I needed that reminder. Thanks!!!

  13. May 29, 2010 1:22 pm

    One of the best thought out blog posts I’ve read in a long time, I too come from the film age, and after having a break will be shooting 4 weddings this year. This post unlocks with words what goes on inside my head, thanks for putting it down in black & white.

    • May 29, 2010 9:03 pm

      Hey Neil,

      Just saw your Facebook request, will be getting to that in a moment. Thanks for commenting and checking in. Good luck with those weddings. I’ve got another tomorrow, but it’s a good friend so a little different. But, Leica(x2) and Tri-x is my way of choice.

  14. May 29, 2010 3:45 pm

    I’m not even a wedding photographer and enjoyed this post.

    • May 29, 2010 9:03 pm

      Hey Karen, glad I could provide something of substance. Thanks for reading.

  15. May 29, 2010 4:06 pm

    Fantastic, just fantastic! I’m from the days of film and darkrooms (mostly from my newspaper work), but love my digital gear too. I LOVE the fact you talked about printing photographs. Wow, such a novel concept (no sarcasm, right, haha)! After years of hearing clients say they didn’t print their pictures because either they didn’t have time, couldn’t decide which ones to print, or any other excuse, I now make sure everyone gets a few images. They all still insist on paying the digital file fees, but once they have the photos in their hands, it’s almost like a little child in a huge candy store. It almost seems foreign to them. Oh and you can thank Zarias for posting the link on facebook or I’d never have read this. Have bookmarked you.

    • May 29, 2010 9:06 pm

      THop, (Your rap name)
      Printing scares a lot of young photographers who have grown up with the unlimited camera syndrome, coupled with the “portfolio on laptop” syndrome. Printing makes you think, and actually…….EDIT. I love it. Not to say I don’t make some sucky prints, but I like the discipline it creates. I’m not a digital only guy. I make sure folks get prints, and not only that, I educate them that my work is not about Facebook and email, it is about the wall and the book. Very important I think.

  16. May 29, 2010 4:09 pm

    Dan,

    You are always a great inspiration. The one big take away from your class a few years ago was to be different. The wedding industry has become like hamburger chains when you want steak, you go to the good chef.

    • May 29, 2010 9:07 pm

      What’s up Kathy?? Any time I can be an inspiration I’m shocked but pleased. Glad you found something in there for you. I see you are doing well, not a shock by any stretch. Keep snappin, see you in Santa Fe some day.

  17. May 29, 2010 4:30 pm

    Oh the joyful thoughts of using film again! I blogged of such joyful past 2 weeks ago. I’m encouraged from your post. Id love to open up those left over 400 iso bricks of b&w film from 2006. They have been in my fridge since I was forced into digital switched back in 2006.

    • May 29, 2010 9:08 pm

      As long as they were in the fridge you should be fine. Test roll!!!!! I love making people think about old film, perhaps my greatest gift. Now, have I told you about Leica, Tenba and Blurb books? I’ll learn you amigo!

  18. May 29, 2010 6:56 pm

    Loved this post.
    Will be following your work from now on. Starting out in wedding photography and finding I hate every picture I have taken already. Luckily the couples love them but I wonder how long I can keep up the slogging along.

    • May 29, 2010 9:09 pm

      Hey, your being honest, a really good start. You recognize you are moving in a direction you don’t want to move, so now is the time to change it. I can tell, just from your note, that you are ripe to find your photo-happiness. Just think how cool that will be, not to mention fun. Let me know if I can help.

  19. May 29, 2010 7:55 pm

    Ummm…Actually what you describing is already gaining in popularity. The likes of Jose Villa who shoots Canon 35mm with Fuji and a Contex MF has been a real leader in this movement. I regularly hear of many new photographers for going digital and heading back to the film days with just two camera and a few rolls of film.

    • May 29, 2010 9:13 pm

      Hey David,

      I don’t know Jose, but have referred many folks to him over the years. I like his work. I like wedding photographers who create work I can identify, and there aren’t many who do. He does. Thanks for reading and checking in.

  20. May 29, 2010 8:25 pm

    Love this. Everything about it. I started with digital a few years ago – never shooting film. For years, i was NEVER happy with the digital shots i was producing. So, i decided to try out film. I fell in love quickly. 6 months ago i snagged my first film camera. Yesterday i shipped off one of my digitals and i’m now shooting almost entirely with a mamiya 645. Do i take less shots? For sure. But each and every one of them means something. They are all wonderful and mean sometime. No more blowing out weddings. No more thousands of shots. By next year i hope to be ALL film shooting with 1 camera and possibly one flash. And i could NOT be more happier with where i am going.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Its good to know there are others that feel the same way.

    • May 29, 2010 9:15 pm

      Mike, now you are in real trouble. You have “analog fever.” Get treatment. Another 645 might do it.
      I rent that camera from time to time, love it, and Marty with Mamiya in LA is an old friend. Your description of how you shoot is right on, same with me. Thanks for reading.

  21. May 29, 2010 8:46 pm

    I wish you could start a revolution in the wedding industry. I have not been this inspired and motivated about my own wedding photography in a long, long, long time. Thank you for taking the time to put this out there.

    Cheers,
    Zack

    • May 29, 2010 9:18 pm

      Hey, anytime I can inspire anyone I feel like the sun is shining and things are going to be okay. It’s all about living a creative life amigo, and to do that, I think, you have to find the method to your madness. We all feel the need to conform but that will only get you so far. Time alone is a good way to ponder and figure things out. Thank you for reading and thank you for exposing me to the world. Truly, I’m flattered.

  22. May 29, 2010 9:14 pm

    Great post. I have a new man crush. LOL!

    I am so with you. I have had a love/hate with digital photography and recently decided to take a few steps back from all things photography. I too was growing weary of the industry (wedding photography…) and where it has been headed.

    I have decided what works best for me is to be intentional, shoot less and not pay attention to wedding photography. Keeping in mind that it is about the people and the moments I photograph and nothing to do with me.

    Thank you for sharing!

    DB

    • May 29, 2010 9:20 pm

      Uh oh, man crush. Brace yourself.
      Ah, intentional…a nice use of that baby. That’s it I think, in a nutshell. I see people shooting relentlessly with no real idea of what they are looking for. When you know what you want, and how to get it, you don’t need to full-auto, single shot is just fine. Thanks for reading.

  23. May 29, 2010 11:50 pm

    stumbled on your site from a RT…definitely appreciated this post. i don’t really shoot weddings, but the overriding sentiment seems to be the same…more is better, faster is better, quality is secondary. i just won’t be able to keep it together when everything is speeding up, cheesing up, and ballooning beyond reason.

    i’ll be following your blog now. best of luck in your analog endeavors…

    rpb

    • May 30, 2010 2:25 am

      Hey Ryan,
      I hear ya. Everything keeps going faster, makes you wonder how much fast we can go, and if it really is a benefit. This era ushered in “Good Enough” as a barometer, and that just isn’t good enough.

  24. May 30, 2010 1:09 am

    Wow, Daniel. You put words to some of my very deepest ponderings.

    I’ve shot film for years, Fuji Acros and Velvia for landscapes, but only recently gained the confidence to shoot an actual portrait on film. …Unfortunately, right when my favorite color neg, Agfa Ultra, has run out. Shot my last roll at a wedding a few weekends ago. (While shooting mostly digital, BTW…)

    I inquired with Jose Villa and Tanja Lippert, and they recommended Fuji 400 for color neg and of course I’ll be trying out the classic Tri-X. This T-Max P3200 sounds interesting too.

    I may never shoot 100% film at weddings, but it will always be something I do even if only to satisfy the artist in me. I’ll probably always shoot the critical stuff, the ceremony and the family formals, digitally. A posed formal group shot isn’t very artistic anyway. But for the visionary artistic portraits that I like to make, and for details, misc. candids here and there, …film will never be dead to me.

    Keep up the good writing,
    =Matt=

    • May 30, 2010 2:29 am

      Hey Matt,
      I’m a Kodak but guy myself, but Fuji makes great stuff too. Can’t go wrong with either. If Agfa was your palette could try the Ektar 100. Lots of color there, I’ve used it a few times. Did a post a while back about a less than scientific film test I did with it.
      I love the idea of mixing film and digital. I do it a fair amount or have been. I find myself liking the digi less and less, but that is just me.
      I try not to do formal portraits, but I have to say, when I do them, I tend to like them as a balance to a more out there image. Helps the client digest something outside the bounds of normal wedding images.

  25. May 30, 2010 1:26 pm

    Food for thought, thanks for this!

  26. Gary Kurtz permalink
    May 30, 2010 11:29 pm

    Last weekend I was sitting on my parent’s couch after shooting my Dad’s seminary graduation. I had this little voice in the back of my head say “how awesome would it be to shoot your next wedding with a couple of old rangefinders and some B&W film?!” Then I saw this post, many thanks to Zack Arias, and was floored. You perfectly articulated everything I’ve been thinking over the past 10 days. Thank you for being bold enough not only to take action, but for telling the world about it as well! I hope you post a couple of images from it, I’d really love to see them!

    Thanks,
    Gary

    • May 31, 2010 2:09 pm

      Hey Gary,
      Well, I shot last weekend with two old rangefinders and some black and white film, and last night night I did another wedding the same way. Yesterday was for a good friend, but regardless, it works. Ultimately, you don’t need very much to make the images that are key to the day. I say go for it. Thanks for reading.

  27. May 31, 2010 3:02 am

    Daniel, great post my friend – I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to know there are photographers out there in the world that are staying true to their love in the way that you are…especially in such a “trendy” and competitive area of photography. Your words are an inspiration to me, and I only hope that I can manage the same success.

    Hats off to you!

    PS> I have recently been trying to get my own personal blog going, it has a long way to go but I wrote a short blurb about you: http://www.aepearson.com/blog/2010/05/30/an-inspirational-take-on-wedding-photography/

    • May 31, 2010 2:13 pm

      Hey Drew,
      When you make the decision to make your living with photography it typically comes with the reality that you are going to be making pictures for other people, and in many cases the way THEY want the images to be. Makes sense. But, I think the most valuable work anyone can do is their own work, and that is really the key. Making your work as your commercial work. It isn’t easy.
      I also think you need to know enough about photography, about REAL photography to find your own style. That can take weeks, months, years to find. Today we rush everything, we conform and we throw out our vision in an attempt to maximize profits, gain more followers, etc. It’s all crap. We gotta do what we need to do. Thanks for reading.

  28. Aaron permalink
    June 1, 2010 1:15 am

    Well, here I am a day late and a dollar short. Story of my life.
    Just can’t help but add my voice for the back to the land sentiment of shooting film, keeping it simple and all that is delicious and tactile with film cameras and shooting film. Can I have an Amen?
    Thank you for some inspired writing to accompany delightful visuals and of course for stoking the cult of Leica flame. I mean c’mon we all need a little romance in our lives.
    I’ve only recently borrowed a friends and glimpsed the slowing down, “bullet time” reality of the rangefinder, seeing images come together before my eyes. Not to mention the “cloak of invisibility” the Leica seems to imbue. So good!
    Question. The little soft touch buttons on the cameras…gilding the lily or gateway to the 7th level of Leica consciousness? Inquiring minds want to know.
    Peace.

    • June 2, 2010 5:38 pm

      Aaron,

      Oddly enough, those little quick releases are both great and maddening at the same time. What they do the most, help your grip on these tiny things. But, they also trigger the shutter when you reach over to move shutter speeds. One works better than the other for some reason. Don’t need them really more to test them out. I had a friend ask if I wanted them, one silver, one black, so they were given to me. I’m debating taking them off.
      As for the camera, and slowing down. Yes, yes yes. These things are magical. Gear is important, and can have an impact on what you get and how you get it. I grew up hearing, “it’s not about the gear,” and then came the digi revolution when suddenly it became, “gear is the most important thing.” I think it is somewhere in the middle. I just worked near the border for two days, and walking in with an enormous dslr and zooms lens is exactly what I could NOT have done. Working with the Leica is so important in times like this. IN fact, the people I was photographing were actually asking me about the camera thinking it was “vintage.” Same thing happened at the wedding I did on Sunday. A constant stream of attendees asking me about my “vintage” gear.

  29. June 13, 2010 10:44 pm

    Hi there,

    Like many others have commented already, thank you so much for being so bold to speak about this matter. Simplicity. I strive for it in every aspect of life (until family drama starts up again, oh boy). I studied photography in art school and after not knowing what to do with it (oh, boy) I turned to the modern world of family portraits and weddings. Thankfully I have not fallen prey to The Trap (all that you just spoke about) and it makes me so sad people are treating photography this way. It’s not about film or digi anymore, it’s about whether or not you are being a true photographer. I am so glad I’ve taken the past few months to search for a new day job and put my portrait biz in a bit of hiatus for it has allowed me to think more about who I am as an artist. Needless to say, your blog is hitting all the right chords (or stops?). Thank you thank you.

    Also, can you believe I’ve never used a Leica? I know.

    • June 14, 2010 4:52 pm

      Hey Amy,

      Not sure I was being bold, just writing how I feel. But, not that you mention it, being bold is a good way to go, especially in today’s world. I am actually pondering a day job, not because I have to but rather because I wonder what it would do to my personal work. NOT working as a photographer is an alluring idea to me now. Not sure what will come of it, but I’m curious.

    • June 14, 2010 4:54 pm

      I would guess upwards of 85% of the people I know no longer print their images, or even save their images.
      It normally goes like this.
      Digital point and shoot or phone. Fill up memory card. Made decision, either download to laptop or delete.
      Put images on facebook or slideshow program on laptop.
      laptop either stolen, broken, upgraded, etc.
      Images are never backed up.
      Images are gone.
      I’ve seen it over and over and over the past few years.
      I love this about photographing kids and using film to do it. History slipped through our fingers.

  30. June 16, 2010 5:09 am

    Couldn’t agree more. I have gone back to using a Hasselblad 1000f except I call it vintage and retro photography :P My clients love it!!

    • June 16, 2010 4:35 pm

      Funny how things go full circle. Someday we will laugh at our retro digi cams.

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