Photography is an art! I consider myself an "artist" that uses the lens of a camera as my paint brush. The results of timing, imagination, creativity, spontaneity, lighting, shadow and (in my opinion) the natural beauty God has created all go into creating precious memories which are blended together into a perfect photograph.
Even though it may appear that what I do comes with a certain level of ease to those who are being photographed, it's a lot more to it than meets the eye.
Here's a summary of the whole process:
1.) First, I line up the photo. Making sure all 4 corners of the photo holds something I "want" in the photo. If it doesn't have the potential to make a good memory, I don't shoot it!
2.) After lining up the photo, I check out my subjects and make sure they are properly lit with both light and shadow. Then I make any necessary adjustments in both my lens focus and in my subjects just before pressing the shutter.
This is the easiest part of my job! It comes as second nature... lining up the shot, focusing, adjusting and CLICK!
The real work begins when I upload the photos to my computer and begin the editing process. Taking the raw photo from "before" to "after" takes work and your precious memories are absolutely worth it!
Depending on the number of photos, the editing process can be quite involved. This process is why people patiently wait (at times) weeks for their photos. Editing each photo may involve a number of processes to get the perfect effect and photo for the client. The photo may require such things as cropping, removing shadow, brightening, darkening, and adding certain aesthetic effects which make the photo POP!
Time spent on each photo varies, but in the end it is the time and quality involved in the creative process of editing (after a diligent original photo shoot) that will make all the difference between simply a "good photo" and a "PRECIOUS MEMORY" captured in a photograph!
You can rest assured I put my heart into making sure your precious memories are preserved in each and every one of the photos I process.