What I think of when I take pictures...

An example of the photos I think of when I’m taking pictures and what I aspire them to be. Whether it be for weddings, families, etc.

Here is my dad holding my sister in Dubovac, Serbia.

I love how his head is chopped at the top, the chickens, the line of trees in the top right of the frame. It’s perfectly imperfect.


The Photo I'm Left Thinking Of : Hannah & Dustin's Wedding

At the end of photographing a wedding I always come away with one photo that sticks out in my memory. It’s always the photo that I presume would be deemed as unpopular by the general public. So, I’m beginning a series as to why that one photo that is burnt in my memory at the end of the day is my favorite one.

A couple of years ago I discovered the photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov; particularly his early work. I completely fell in love. He embraced vibrant colors and the abstract. Then, I decided to look him up on Instagram and saw that he was still shooting these days, but had veered into an even more abstract approach. His photographs focus on indistinguishable subjects. Majority of the time you don’t know what you’re looking at.

There is nothing I love more than something being left to the imagination.

There is nothing I love more than rules being broken.

Something I admire greatly in a photograph are subjects that take on shapes and become devoid of the subject itself. You’re left with a mood, a slight unease, turning thoughts, and your own imagination at work.

That is why this photograph I took of the bride curling her hair was predominantly in my memory at the end of the wedding day.

I used manual focus for parts of the day which allowed for more experimenting. I love how her lips mimic the cap on the bottle in the background, and the black overreaching the corner as if you’re watching it continue to bleed through the whole photograph. And rather than telling you exactly what is happening, it is left up to you to decide.

Ultimately, you can’t tell it’s a photograph from a wedding day. But to the bride, I hope, as she looks at it, it can stir the emotion that she felt when she was curling her hair a few minutes before she walked out for the ceremony.

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The Photo I'm Left Thinking Of : Eric + Charmaine

Miniscule details result in a photo being interesting or uninteresting. Which is why photographing something within a millisecond is so important.

For me, with this particular photograph, it's the girls hand on her shoulder, head laid back and eyes looking over in my direction that made this photo for me. That whole moment was lost one second later and this is what I find interesting.

People have asked me why I post what I post - so there is a short explanation.

Photographed on Ilford Delta 3200 pushed to 6400. It resulted in higher grain and contrast, and allowed me to shoot with a faster shutter.

The Passenger

What my seat usually looks like when I am the passenger... always ready to photograph people in their cars.

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Singin' la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la, la-la

For a while last year I was adjusting my business to marry my personal work (street photography, etc) with my wedding work. They seemed too different and it was really important to me that they merged. I needed to do what I wanted and care less of what others expected because I was sacrificing my own ideas which is soul sucking.

In line with this, came redesigning the packaging I give to couples.

I love delivering something tangible. When we work with families/couples it's really important to me that it isn't just us showing up, taking some photos, and drop-boxing the images to you. Along with hanging out and having a fun shoot, I wanted the whole process to be something eagerly anticipated.

When I buy something online - I eagerly wait for it to arrive in my mailbox. I want the whole experience. Seeing it in my mailbox, sitting on my living room floor and ripping open the envelope, seeing the design of the packaging inside. There is a beauty in tangible. Even more so when it's your keepsake from a wedding, an anniversary shoot, or a family shoot.

We spent months designing. We greatly took into consideration what we like and what we felt best represented the people we work with - not what wedding packaging is supposed to be.

A few things that inspired the box was Shadowplay - Joy Division, Interpol, the manual that came with my film enlarger from the '60s, fibonacci numbers, and architecture.

Devic Fotos | Not Lame Wedding Photography

People have asked us what we do during the day. Well, I don't really know.