I have been wanting to write this blog for quite a while regarding my style - One may ask: Why write about photographic style? Because, photographic style is a lot more than what meets the eye for my clients and for myself and I am an educator at heart!
I guess, you can say I am drawn to a lot of color and texture, that film-like feel in all my work - Let me begin by saying that this was not developed overnight.
Understanding the photographic community. Clearly in the wedding industry is pulled apart by the way the photographer comes across with their work, their editing style, their posing - It takes years to develop not just a style... But, in a niche that you are the best at.
Personally, weddings and portraiture including commercial work have stolen my creative heart!
When clients are looking for a professional photographer while they are planning this very important day, they may engage in the many logistical senses such as finances, services and liking the photographer's style...
I am extremely fortunate and my couples fall in-love with my work - [I love this so much] and make their decision to commission me for their special day/event based on my style, services, and feel while valuing the work I produce. Above all they are seeking structure, experience and passion that will be delivered in their photographs.
Let's dive in on the whys, shall we?
Why am I so obsessed with color + textures?
Having shot film in the past and having been 'exposed' to the different film types and their developing process, the transition process to digital allowed me to discover that one thing... Digital offers: the ability to see an image right away. However, this digital imaging has made photography fast paced, fast delivered and an instantly rewarding process, that film has taken some sorta of a back seat [in a way] - While Film photography is still an art honed by a few... Realistically, dynamics in the business have welcomed higher amount of digital camera users.
Understanding, that with the digital process and the many programs available to edit these images, not only started derating the colors and the textures in many captures taken with natural light and flash. But, also has made the process mindless by many - Yielding to digital camera users to high amount of exposures because perhaps one of them will be the lucky shot.
The one thing film ALWAYS offered was the grain, along with the ability to think thought the process of capturing the image one wanted - In digital the captures are in such depth of detail - Which is fantastic for commercial and product work [ No lie! ] - And, although there is nothing wrong with that detail in photographic process; when it comes to weddings and family portraiture, I personally romanticize colors richness in its natural state, the light and airy feel, the softness and large part of me does not agree with a washed out feel or overly warm photos - For example, imagine a wedding gown with such delicate details in the lace work and design that because of poor process it may look like a white cloth? I know that the reason why brides choose to invest in their gowns, is the romantic texture - Yes! I am the person who wants to capture that... This is a clear example of a very important detail in my workflow... This is why I am obsessed with color and textures.
Why Fuji Color Pro 400H?
In the past precise quality of film the FCP-400H offered superb color reproduction, I have chased the emulation of the FUJICOLOR PRO 400H brand for years and finally found the one company that offered it, and ever since I implemented it in my workflow - When I was thinking of the constant in my work for my clients, my style was re-born.
This emulation offers sensitivity to light, and provides everything from versatility and highly flexible film feel with enhanced color reproduction to a certain sharpness with a smooth, fine grain. Which is why I can reproduce that feel without having to have my clients spend a lot more for film photography. A value to my clients and a beautiful process for my artistic soul.
Why I emulate Film?
Why emulate? By obvious reasons stated such as time, efficiency, value and style!
To demonstrate this better, above is the processing of one of my images - This is straight out of my camera. It is a beautiful image taken at a park in mid-sun daylight in the summer -
The original on the left shows normal shadows, summer greens in grass, all sunny/heat induced warm tones - Is it a good picture? By all means and purposes, yes, it is till a good picture.
However, in my emulation process shown on the right of the same image I have applied the FCP-400H - Nothing more - Nothing less - You will notice a certain softness and pleasing tones.
You can also appreciate clarity in colors of all highlights and the appropriately controlled color-saturation in the shadows to allow rendering of the subject with a feeling of three-dimensional realism.
Here is the beauty of emulation that I bring to my work when you hire me - The process relies on the faithful color reproduction of any given scene under a wide variety of lighting.
When printing images that are emulated with my process it will deliver uniformity and efficiency with gorgeous tonality.
I am so thankful to be able to explain - Being a professional I want to bring understanding in the work I provide. I believe this is very important to my client.