finding a style

Yesterday I wrote about trying to photograph my morning routine. So, this morning I did just that… sort of. This morning started off smooth, I woke up with plenty of time to shower and get ready. I made some breakfast and relaxed for a little bit too long and ended up rushing to get to work. The morning started off sitting across from Joe and not long after I was sitting in 30 minutes of traffic. Something I love about creating compositions is framing the subject in a very straight forward way. As you can see, this portrait is framed by the leading lines of the ceiling, the table, and is framed by the doorway frame. I love that this just what it is. There’s nothing fancy about it - no set up… nothing. I love the simplicity of photographs like this that really push the viewer to look at the subject rather than what is around the subject. It’s not about objects. My style of photography can really go two different ways. At times, I want to distort a subject matter as much as possible - to the point of where it really makes you stop and think about what is you’re looking at. At other times, it’s more about the simplicity, as I wrote about before. On another note - here’s my two photographs from today. Enjoy!

fresh pastaaaaa

Let me start this post with what I look for when photographing food. I love the look of a messy kitchen- the flour, the knifes, utensils, etc. just all over the table. A truly natural look that would be in just about any kitchen when cooking or baking. I don’t believe those shoots where there isn’t a mess with flour or sugar all over the counter top. Now, earlier this week I put a post up about black and white cookies but those weren’t nearly as nice as the ones that you’ll see below. I think the lighting is better and my compositions are stronger. Again, these are not perfect or anywhere near it, but that’s all part of the process. This blog is used to document and continuously work on my photography. 

Here’s a story of our first time making pasta - enjoy!

embrace the moment to observe

With the winter weather upon us, I’ve been searching for daylight in the mornings so I can go out and shoot. It starts to get dark around 4:30, and while I get out of work around 5 - that doesn’t leave me much light to shoot. So, I’ve embraced the beauty of mixed lighting. I love when the night begins to set in and store lights bring a sort of magic to us. Below are places that I’ve driven or walked by too many times to count. I think a lot of the inspiration of mixed lighting scenes come from the stillness of each composition. Something to the effect of - it does not matter that the sky is dark and the moon is out because these businesses and these people have to keep going. It feels like a privilege to be able to walk by and see people drinking, laughing, and enjoying a candle lit dinner… to be given a moment to observe.

Stieglitz inspired

It's never easy to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. This morning was one of those mornings when you think you have everything together until you realize you never even made your coffee. Now that I'm back to work, it's a bit harder to photograph, since 80% of the day I'm inside. So, that calls for shooting during my drive to work and home - and some spots in between. One of my favorite things in the morning is walking outside and looking up. It’s something that can be so easily ignored because these days everyone is so caught up in their phones that they’re constantly looking down. 

The sky was big and cloudy and full this morning. Something that has always inspired me is the beauty in cloud formations, the colors that weave themselves in and out of the clouds, and the simplicity of it all. One day, I’m going to do an entire series of clouds drawing inspiration from the collection of Alfred Stieglitz, Equivalent. 

…to show that my photographs were not due to subject matter… clouds were there for everyone—no tax as yet on them—free.
— Alfred Stieglitz



sunday drives

A few years ago, I shot a lot of abstract photography. I used neutral density filters and had a lot of movement and blurred objects in my photographs. During my senior year of college, I had grown a lot from that series, which you can see here. I haven't gone back to it in a while, but while we were driving down the highway today I couldn't resist. 

I didn't use any neutral density filters on any of these, I just slowed down the shutter speed to get the movement from the car. You can only plan so much with these photos, so when something interesting comes out, it's exciting. I love the clear split between these two spots - under the overpass and without the overpass. The darkness that fills the negative space between those two columns gives the photograph a mysterious feeling. 

This is my favorite photograph from today. When you take slow shutter speed photographs, there's a lot of ones that just don't work out. There's usually nothing interesting about them, no composition - they just don't work. But this is one of the better ones. I love the break in the green that the white section creates. I love these because this is something that we've all seen driving on the highway, but it isn't something that is typically captured. 


All photographs taken on a Canon Rebel Eos T1i with an 18-55mm lens. Blurred motion is done in camera, basic edits done in CameraRaw.