Behind The Scenes: Finding Creative Vision - Part 2

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In the last "Behind The Scenes" post (Finding Creative Vision - Part 1) I discussed a few ways that I find vision for storytelling with wedding and engagement photography. 

Ring shots

Since this is a  "Behind The Scenes" post I want to share a couple clear examples of what I mean by finding vision in the ordinary moments.

This first example is from a wedding I shot last year at the Community Life Center located in Indianapolis. My assistant photographer and I were wrapping up some detail shots of the reception and as we were near the guest tables I noticed the candles and glasses on the table. More importantly I saw how the flame danced behind the glass.

The "What if..." thoughts began filling my mind as I held the glass in front of candles and closely examined how the shards refracted the light from candles. At this point I think people began watching me, whispering  about how crazy this wedding photographer is, but that is OK, because there is probably some truth to that. :)

   After metering for the candle light and bringing a very small touch of flash (1/128th power with a small grid and gelled at 1/2 CTS) , I took a few frames.

 

After metering for the candle light and bringing a very small touch of flash (1/128th power with a small grid and gelled at 1/2 CTS) , I took a few frames.

This is an image of what this same scene looks like using an iPhone 5s.

This is an image of what this same scene looks like using an iPhone 5s.

Here are the images side by side. Notice the placement of all of the elements. 

  The candles were used to give color and warmth to the image. To make the image more vibrant I added the red cloth napkin (upper right corner), which shows up very colorful in the final image.

 The candles were used to give color and warmth to the image. To make the image more vibrant I added the red cloth napkin (upper right corner), which shows up very colorful in the final image.

Here is one more ring example from a wedding at the end of the year. Using some small "crystals" from a guest table, a mirror, and Christmas lights in the next room I crafted another vision.

  This is the scene was taken with my iPhone 5s.

 This is the scene was taken with my iPhone 5s.

  Here is a frame using my camera and a home made light.

 Here is a frame using my camera and a home made light.

  Here are the images side by side. 

 Here are the images side by side. 

The most important part

Obviously there is a difference in technology, but the point is an extraordinary world awaits for those who are looking for it. You can learn this and begin practicing it too. A large part of vision is creatively dreaming through the question "what if?" or "what could be".  When I started this wedding photography business in Indianapolis I made promise to never stop dreaming. I always want to think bigger, to push the envelop, and most importantly: to have plenty of fun while doing it!

Here is a list of questions I often go through to help the creative juices to flow:

  • Starting point: What if...? What could be?
  • How can I create something unique that reflects the person and character of this couple and creatively tells their story?
  • How do I go from point "A" to "B"?
  • What elements are needed to make this happen?
  • Is there anything currently available to me that I can use to my advantage? (Light and weather conditions, location, etc)
  • Are there any obstacles in my way from making this a reality?
  • What tools do I have to accomplish this?
  • Can I try something new?
  • Is there anything I am not thinking of?

I believe that this idea of creative vision not only applies in the artistic world, but in everyday life. For example, I want to have the vision to enjoy all of the small mundane moments with my wife and son just as much as the big ones. Can you and I have vision to enjoy and treasure each day by viewing these moment as a special gift that God has given to us? What would happen if we could begin to see the world through new eyes instead of trying to survive a routine?