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“Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism. He was the master of candid photography. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style that was coined The Decisive Moment.” wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Cartier-Bresson.

As far as I can remember pictures of moments were always my favorite. As a child I would spent hours looking through my father’s film contact sheets from a vacation or trips to the river. Carefully looking through the magnifying loupe for those images that were full of emotion, fun, attitude, gestures or an abstract likeness of something we’ve done.

Henri Cartier-Bresson gave it a name and brought it to light. But I like to think that liking this type of images its an innate part of our human psyche. To be drawn seeing life in action or moments we can remember or relate to abstractly. Maybe that is why we love movies so much. There are no movies of someone smiling at the camera without any sort story of emotion being told.

When it comes to my style of wedding photography and although most of photos I take on a wedding day are fairly traditional or portrait oriented. I am still strongly attracted to those images that capture a moment in time. An emotion, a gesture, a memory being created, an in-between moment. Its takes patience and relentlessness to capture them, which is why if you see me working a wedding you will see me constantly observing with the camera up to my eyes ready to shoot. Although it may take practice and training to see and capture this things I believe at least for me its the way I always seen the world even before I started to capture it with my camera.

Photo journalist style photography needs to be done closely to its subjects. To feel close and intimate you must be close and intimate. People must learn to trust you and to trust that you are capturing something meaningful and allow you to do it. Sometimes I fear that most people want cheesy pictures in front of monuments or smiling at the camera with their usual camera smile and pose. But the more I hear from people who connect with what I do I believe that most people too love this kind of photography. They may not understand why or the technical or aesthetic components behind it but they love what it implies and how it makes them feel.

That is the power of photography. To allow someone to feel something from an image they see. To connect or to envision something about a life that they long for, want, or identify with. Imagine how powerful it is to see those same images of our selves, of the people and the moments of our lives. Imagine seeing them in 5, 10, 20 years from today. This is why I love my job. This is why I love photography and this is why I love capturing the in between moments of life.

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For a long time I had the idea to create a series of interviews that would feature wedding vendors. The wanted to get to know them similarly in the same way I try to get to know my couples. To get to know them for more that just vendors but to learn a little more in depth of who they possible can be as people who just happen to work in the wedding industry, and to hopefully in the process make some new friends.

The plan/process was simple, I would meet with them and do a photo session with them, let them have some fun in front of the camera. Then I would send them a series of questions in interview format. The questions would range from anything business related, personal to completely random (fun) questions. This is just the way I like my conversations with people.

So, I hope you enjoy this very first installment of my interview series. I hope it becomes a common thing on my blog. That is if there are others out there who are interested. hint hint!

For those who do not know here I like to introduce the beautiful and talented Mary Angelini. Mary is a film maker and cinematographer who happens to tell wedding stories.
Mary has been featured on Style Me Pretty and Every Last Detail‘s wedding blogs.
Her website is Key Moments Films
Also follow her on Facebook

Fun Fact; I hire Mary to create a video commercial for my new website. The commercial will be featured on the home page of my site. With the goal in mind to introduce me to anyone new to my site and to let them in a little into my style and approach to my work, my vision and a little of my personality as soon as they enter my site. I am excited to sharing that with you soon.

Well, with out further delay here it goes…

Tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a wife, a mother to two adorable dogs and a Wedding Cinematographer.

What is your least favorite word?

I hate it when people mean to say ‘ask’ but really say ‘axe’.

Something you’re grateful for?

I am so grateful to be alive. I know that may seam cliche, but especially around birthdays, it reminds me of the friends I have lost along the way. How they didn’t get to achieve the milestones that most of us get to accomplish. I remind myself this especially when I get down about turning another year older.

What advice would you give to cinematographers who aspire to make the jump from hobbyists to full-time, professional cinematography?

Shadow or assist a pro. So may people make the mistake of just jumping right in and they do it alone; they have to make mistakes that could have easily been avoided if they just had a mentor.

What are you still looking forward to achieving in your cinematography career? Aside from consistently pushing myself, I would love to be the leader in the industry, sharing what has worked for me to help boost other’s businesses.

Coffee or Chocolate?

Chocolate- no question.

What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?

I’d love to run a bed and breakfast in the Bahamas or a remote adventure destination resort.

Something you’re still learning?

I am focusing on mastering the art of time management, specifically between my personal and professional life. I’d really like to set up my life so that I can have children, without compromising my career.

What turns you off?

Rotting teeth and people who flash their money.

What’s your favorite camera and lens?

The Canon 7D and the 50mm 1.4 is hands down my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This weekend I have will be photographing her wedding to a wonderful boy name Luis. I could not be more excited about this.
So, I am so happy to share these set of images we did last month. I love doing lifestyle sessions and particularly when they are for one of my brides to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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