Last Sunday, my girlfriend, Maegyn, asked me to take some pictures of her family. They planned to have every all the relatives over for a get together. Half way through the party, they said let’s do the pictures now. I grabbed my camera and started to take some test shots. I changed the shutter speed and ISO to account for the late afternoon sunlight. I chose to put the sun to the back of my subjects since the sun was coming down and provided a soft light. I found the right exposure and proceeded to get everyone together. First, are my girlfriend’s grandmother and her five sisters (one couldn’t make it). This was a challenge since all the sisters like to mess with each other. I finally settled them down and clicked the shutter. Next, I got all the cousins together. After some giggling and playing around, I moved onto the second cousins (my girlfriend and her cousins). That took only a couple of seconds since they know to smile and be down with it. I then noticed Maegyn’s cousin Noelle holding her daughter Gemma. Noelle’s right side was facing and she held Gemma. Gemma was faced towards me but wasn’t look at me at first. I lifted my camera to my eye in the hopes she would look directly at me. I twisted the focus ring until her face became clear. I fired off a couple frames and I didn’t get the shot I wanted. I waited and finally Gemma looked at me and I clicked off two quick shots. I hit the replay button on my camera to review the image. I scanned the image making sure she was looking at me and she was in focus. I smiled and realized, I got it! I got the shot I wanted.
This brings up a style I guess you would say of my photography. I like to shoot real shots and real emotion. When people get their pictures taken, they pose and force a smile or a face. Everything’s manipulated to look like that’s the way the person looks all the time and I don’t think that’s true. I think what makes an amazing photograph is the real emotion. Photography is capturing the moment but it’s about capturing the right moment. That right moment is real and might not be part of the photo session. That brings up another part of photography that photographers need to focus on, keep clicking. You must always be ready for that moment. A photographer needs to keep their fingering on the shutter. If they are not, they miss the shot. That shot maybe the one. That one shot that you look at and just go, wow. I try to capture that wow shot every time I lift the camera up to my eye. That’s why I take photographs. #storyportrait #shotbreakdown.