Friday, September 9, 2011

The Brilliance of Experience

There are two people in existence that know what this photo means and that is a huge part of why I love it.

My boss and I are constantly working, building upon our past experiences, and continually pushing to be better. This fact is a huge part of why I love working with him. He always has a constructive critique of my performance during a shoot. Our recap meetings usually turn into mini classes: we discuss what we have achieved and what we can work on even more. I take every single suggestion to heart and improve my shooting in the best way I can, therefore constantly improving my technique. We make a perfect team.

I don't want to go into the specifics and dilute the beauty of the mystery, I'll leave that up to him. Maybe, one day, he'll write a book about it or something. All I can tell you is that this guy is brilliant; and, I'm thoroughly amazed at how many things he has to teach. They're really only things you can learn from the 20+ years of experience that he has and shooting with him is a HUGE help to understanding them. Well, I guess that's about it for now...

Here's to another week of 2nd shooter amazing-ness!


Friday, September 2, 2011

Making connections never hurts..

Those of you who have followed me for a while, may have thought I forgot about my Moroccan obsession, but as I will show you today, I certainly have not!  I also have not forgotten about my love for travel, culture, and life outside of the U.S..

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a photographer, one of whom I had never heard. The subject of the message was something like "Scouting Talented Photographer Assistant." So, surprised, I opened the email, and saw that it was sent to my "" email and thought "OK, so he found me on the Columbia site, it's safe," and I read. There were no real details. I googled him - I saw where he had worked  and that his work is commercial... If you know me, you know commercial is not my favorite, but as Yassine said, it's all about experience and connections. So, so somewhat reluctantly, I set up a meeting. At that meeting I found that, not only is he a commercial photographer, he is a wedding photographer as well and oh! how my attitude changed (a complete 180 degrees, you might say)! It may have also helped that he is a total advocate of a "no stress" policy and is super pleasant to be around... just maybe that had something to do with the change of heart... Oh! and possibly the mention of working in a country that has been on my list to visit for quite some time...

In the future, I will share more about him and my work with him, but for now, I will say this: God really does know the desires of our hearts and, as long as those desires are in line with what is right, He will honor them and give them to you.

Now, bringing all of that back to Morocco, I'm not really sure how the two relate, yet, other than travel because hopefully, I shall be doing some of that with weddings here and internationally so....stay tuned.... :)

Until later, here are a few images that are inspiring me to be a better photographer:

All photos found on Pinterest
Henna in Morocco -
Paris - Unsure by whom, though it may be Avedon
Bride In Morocco