From My Perspective

Love the black and white.  Do you also shoot in color?  Love the black and white.

Remarks and questions I get sometimes.  Of course we shoot in color in addition to black and white – the final package will always consist of a balance of the two.  Color photos on a wedding day are gorgeous…the vibrant colors ‘pop’ and everything looks very opulent and full of vibrance.  My affection for black and white is the timeless quality it possesses.  A moment frozen without color can seemingly come from just about any era in time, and 50 years from now it will be more difficult to pinpoint what year the photo was taken – I love that.

The lighting – whether it’s natural or manufactured – seems to have a greater presence and influence in a black and white photo.  Many times I feel like black and whites have a stronger sense of drama…it’s hard to explain.  I’ve mentioned it before, but I also grew up with a grandfather who had a darkroom off of the kitchen.  He shot in (primarily) black and white for more than 50 years, so the myriad of images I have in my head, the hundreds of ‘classics’ I saw numerous times…it’s where I learned lighting, shadows, exposure, contrast…an ‘old school’ education I suppose.  It’s amazing how early influence can affect us in the present, even when technology has had such a profound changing effect on the industry.

Friends, I hope you enjoy these weekly images from present or past which tell a unique story. As rambled about before, I love a photo that can keep your attention for several minutes; something that can provide the description of a moment without words.