Tampa Portrait Photographer
My daughter Mackenzie, my youngest, turns 13 today meaning that I now have two teenage daughters and am officially old.
 
I made her sit for me this morning so I could capture this moment in her life for posterity. As I was sitting at my computer doing the final touches on this image I thought about all my friends and family who don’t live with a professional photographer and how lucky I am to do what I do and to be able to get images like this of my family.
 
Then I realized that anyone can get images like this…. they just have to take the time to schedule a portrait session with a pro and create some timeless art. The rise of cellphones and “fun” pictures has caused so many people to skip the professional portrait, what we often call the “character” portrait and it’s a real shame.
 
Get your family photographed by a pro. I shouldn’t be the only one who has images like this to look at in my golden years.
 
Honest… I didn’t shoot this portrait as an excuse to solicit business. Get some portraits of your family… doesn’t have to be from me.

How Should You Display Your Wedding Pictures?

We live in a digital age. For many people, their phone is the way they view pictures. Any time they want to look at a picture they simply grab their phone and jump to the gallery… scrolling and scrolling until they find what they want. Here’s the problem:

It takes effort.

“Not that much,” you’re thinking. “How hard is it to scroll through my phone?”

That’s not the kind of effort I’m talking about. I’m talking about mental effort and that actually changes the experience. There is a difference between looking for an image to view it and “happening” upon an image. There is a surprise… and unexpected boost of endorphins that occurs when you see an image without “trying” to see it. This is the reason that people have kept family portraits on their desk for years. There’s a benefit to having your eyes fall across a picture of your kids in the middle of a stressful day. That benefit is not the same as if you had to think, “I want to see a picture of my kids,” and go digging in your pocket for your phone.

This is why you should display wedding pictures in your home with an album on a table or prints on the wall. The unexpected joy that they bring in unexpected times cannot be measured. When you’re having a bad day, suddenly seeing a picture from the happiest day of your life can be a huge relief and remind you of all you have that is wonderful.

I have a picture from my wedding next to my bed. My friends have wall art. My house is covered in family portraits and I recently completed seven pieces for a wedding I photographed.

Print your pictures. Enjoy the joy.

Print your wedding pictures

Switching from DSLR to Mirrorless. Do I switch from Canon to Fuji?

I’ve been a Canon photographer for a long time. My first camera was a Pentax ME and like most people my age I used a Pentax K1000 when I was on the yearbook staff in high school. Eventually, I switched to Canon back in the film days and then when I went digital I stayed with the brand. I started my professional career with a Canon 40D eventually moving to the Canon 5D Mark II and now the Canon 5D Mark III.

Then, a couple of years ago I wanted a small travel camera and I couldn’t help but be impressed by all of the people who seem to dearly love the Fuji X100 Series. So, I bought the x100s and quickly became a fanboy just like the rest of them. Last year I upgraded to the latest version, the x100f and I love it even more.
Now, the mirrorless revolution is upon us. There can be no doubt that at some point in the future I am going to have to switch to a completely mirrorless system. The question is, when will I make the switch and will I stay with Canon. For the first time in my career I am seriously considering jumping to another brand and that brand is Fuji.
What are the real reasons for switching? Surprisingly, my reasons have very little to do with the technology and more to do with practical matters of usage and support. As a wedding photographer, weight is a huge factor and mirrorless cameras way less. Also, there’s things that people don’t usually talk about like using an EVF when you wear reading glasses.
in the video below I’ll talk about what’s going through my head when I think I’ll make the switch and whether or not I stay with Canon. Enjoy!