“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
I hate having my photo taken... it feels so good to get that off my chest!
This is the same for most of the people I photograph. Thats why I think we have so much fun. My core philosophy is to enjoy what I'm doing and to bring the subject along for the ride. Taking pictures is not about the camera, its about relationships, its about meeting new people, its about enjoying the experience, its about empathy and most importantly its about the subject whether thats a bride, a family, a steak or a dog. Over the years I have learnt to build lasting relationships quickly and to put even the most nervous subject at ease.
I'm not saying that having pictures taking isn't a daunting experience but picture for a moment a photograph that means so much to you. The one that you will never forget. It captures a moment in time, a smell, a feeling, a memory. Maybe it reminds you of the summer breeze on your face, the soft touch of a loved one, the euphoric weightless you felt the first time you met your baby. Now imagine you never saw that image, that you never experienced that feeling.