Personal motivation and what drives us to make the decisions that we do, on both a personal and professional level, is a subject that I think everyone can relate to. It is the motivation arising from the desire to be better at something that is important to us. For me it’s photography and it has been ever since I bought my first DSLR camera in 2008.
Personal motivation is something that I feel very strongly about. I am continuously looking to improve my skills and often draw inspiration by looking at other artist’s work. Understanding what influences me when looking at a photograph has helped me to find my own style. I often raise questions such as “What is it I like or don’t like about this image?” or “What would I change about this image?”
I would describe my style as contemporary documentary. I love all things vintage and I am influenced by a number of sources and mediums such as film noir and 1940’s Hollywood glamour shots, which are typically black and white, high contrast portraiture.
This image documented at 20collective is a prime example of this style:
As much as I love black and white photography, I feel that some images really come to life when shot in colour, and this one is a perfect example of that. If this image had been in black and white, I don’t think it would have had nearly as much impact, as you would lose the vibrancy of the scene and the separation of the different aspects in the photograph.
I’m drawn to this image straight away. The colour is so intense and the subject has been compressed beautifully off of the background. This is typical of the type of lenses that I like to use which also have a wide aperture, the 50mm f/1.8 and the 30mm f/1.4.
This image is a detail portrait of the dress and of the hair. Details are very important in wedding photography due to the preparation over many months made by the bridal party, and they are one of my favourite elements that make up the day.
This last image is by one of my favourite wedding photographers, Alan Law.
Admittedly he has a different style to my own (reportage,) but what we do share is the love of capturing ‘moments’ and this is something that he does very well. This is what drives me to want to shoot weddings. It’s about capturing not only those big events such as the kiss after the vows have been taken or the first dance, but all those little ‘in between’ moments that piece everything together. This final image is a great example of that: private, intimate and perfectly captured…
I draw the most inspiration from photographers who can capture ‘moments’ well. These images will be looked at and treasured for years to come. They’re a moment in time that can never be relived and I feel honoured to be part of that. I guess that’s why I love photography so much, memories are important.