Have you ever had a song stuck in your head? You know the kind, the song can take you right back to a point in time with the clearest of memory. Like Hootie and The Blowfish's song:
Time, why you punish me?
Like a wave crashing into the shore, you wash away my dreams.
Time, why you walk away?
Like a friend with somewhere to go, you left me cryin'.
I have zero concepts of time. This is particularly true when I am doing something I love, like photography. I literally have alarms going off all day to help me progress to the next task. I can lose hours upon hours editing or studying photography, and most certainly when I'm taking photos. I think it's what happens when we pursue our passions, we immerse ourselves completely into the things we love and in a sense get lost in them. These are all reasons photography is my life.
We always want more time - more time with our kids, our parents, our friends; more time to get the things done that we need to get done. There are times we rush along to get to the next time when you can be together and times when we would prefer to freeze the moment forever. Throughout history, artists have tried to freeze time and capture our feelings and these fleeting moments. Photography is my medium to do just that. But like everything, much of photography revolves around time.
* The Right Time of Day - The very best time of day (as a preferred natural light photographer) is when soft light falls over our day and the sun is on its way down. You will hear photographers refer to this as "the golden hour." This is the period shortly after sunrise or approximately two hours before sundown during which daylight ideal for natural light portraiture.
* The Right Time to Click - While you will often hear me talk about how important light is to photography, I've come to realize the actual time I choose to press that little button has a huge impact on the kinds of images I will be able to capture. Suppose I wait for everyone to be perfectly situated, the distractions cleared, everyone's eyes… Oh wait, the genuine moment of joy, the authentic in-between moment of connection is gone. Those flash in the pan moments are the ones I treasure the most.
* The Right Time to Schedule Your Family Portraits - Certainly finding a time when your family can all be together is key, but maybe you should wait until you can loose those last few pounds or have a better haircut or have those awkward braces come off? The answer here is no. Don't put off preserving memories with your family for a "better looking" time. Time WILL pass and when you look back at life, the things that were most important isn't any of those things at all.
Not only is it important to capture those fleeting moments by documenting them in a photograph, but, it is also important to print those photos and create everlasting tangible memories.
There are many forms of photography and the types of sessions photographers offer, next week I will help you understand the differences between portrait, lifestyle, and photojournalism.