A Year in Review: 2015
So the year has ended and I thought to share my favourite pics from the sessions I had. I was given the honour of shooting weddings, engagements, maternity sessions (some for couples whose weddings I had shot previously), and shortly after, the grace to meet the baby that grew inside the mother’s womb, family sessions, and portraits. And although some may have fallen under the same category, each session was unique because each client was unique.
What I learned this past year…
Technically-speaking, I had upgraded my gear from a crop sensor to a full-frame sensor dSLR: Canon 6D. What does this mean? For me, it meant having the ability to get the shallow depth-of-field (and buttery bokeh, if you will) that I so earnestly love. Because I wear glasses and everything is always sharp, I appreciate shallow depth-of-field even more. This also meant upgrading my lenses (Sigma Art Lenses: 24–35mm f/2.0 and 50mm f/1.4) and finally knowing what effect I’m getting with each focal length, without having to do the math with a crop sensor. My ultimate favourite lens is the “nifty-fifty” 50mm, especially for portraiture: not only to get that magazine feel but also to be close enough to my subjects and engage in dialogue to get the expressions that only captures their essence. And I promised my wife that 2016 will be a year that I will refrain from buying anything new … famous last words!
Artistically-speaking, I learned to be more attentive to subject matter. Back in high school — in visual arts class — my teacher talked about this term. I hadn’t a clue what he was talking about and I just wanted to draw and make it look “real”. But now, I get it. Taking pictures — to be honest in this day-and-age — anyone can do. What really matters is what message is intended to be expressed with the pictures thereafter (whether compositionally or stylistically). Is it for social media “likes”? Is it just to show that the image is “in style” with the current trends? Will it try to earn recognition in a contest?
To be honest, I struggled with the idea of fame (especially being new on Instagram). But as the year went on, I realized that my client was my sole-purpose. Here I am, being honoured with the opportunity to take a snapshot of their life in a 60th or 4000th of a second, then try to make their life a piece of art — whether compositionally or through colour/b&w — with the intention of having them remember that special moment upon seeing it. If I was given permission to share that moment of their lives, to inspire others going through similar life events, then that was just the icing on the cake.
To all my past clients, you will never hear the end of my gratitude and it was so great to have made a close connection with each one of you. You are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) in the most unique and beautiful way and I am so happy that I got the opportunity to meet you, work with you and befriend you!
To my new clients, I only look forward to enjoying each session with you and capture history-in-the-making.
Finally, I present to you a compilation of my favourite pics (one to two from each client). I hope you like them! Thank you 2015, helloooo 2016!!!
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