The Art of Photography | Introduction
I vividly remember the first time I really, seriously tried to draw. At the time, I was obsessed with a website that allowed you to raise virtual pets in a giant online world, and I wanted to draw my favorite pet - a blue rabbit with stars painted all over. I remember sitting in front of our Windows '98 desktop, looking back and forth between the screen and the paper in front of me, desperately trying to mimic the curves, lines, and shadows that made up of my favorite cartoon bunny. When I was done, I remember sitting back and being seriously impressed. Like. My drawing actually resembled the original, and I was just so thrilled that I had created such a beautiful masterpiece. That was the day there was a spark in my little soul that would ignite and grow over the years. That was the day I knew that, deep down, I am an artist.
And so, about ten years later, it was only natural to choose graphic design as my college major. I had no idea why or what I would do with my degree when I graduated, yet I checked that box with confidence. I never even considered another path and throughout my four years of college, I never second guessed this choice. It was just right.
Over the course of four years, I learned what it was that makes an image aesthetically pleasing. And although I had always intuitively understood design, I learned that there are several very specific elements that work together to create a beautiful composition. I discovered rules and patterns that allow you to create beautiful work every time, and this knowledge has very much affected the art I create as a wedding photographer. Understanding the art of photography has allowed me to create with intentionality and purpose, and I believe this is the foundation of every image I make.
Although art is very much subjective, there are tools and guidelines you can use to help your work be as visually appealing as possible. Over the next several months, I'm going to share with you some of these systems and how they specifically apply to wedding photography. My hope is that you are able to walk away from this series of posts with a better understanding of what makes a beautiful image and that this knowledge will make you more intentional in the art you create for your clients!
If you have any questions about the art of photography or if there is anything you'd like to see mentioned throughout this series, feel free to leave them in the comments below! I love hearing from you, and I truly believe that each and every one of us are able to learn better when we are surrounded by community!
Have a wonderful Monday and I'll talk to you again soon!