A definition of “Art Photography” can be elusive, but “when photographers refer to it, they have in mind the photographs seen in magazines such as American Photo, Popular Photography, and Print, and in salons and exhibitions. Art (or artful) photography is salable.”*

fine art photography

Fine art photography is created using the vision of the artist, the photographer. It differs from photojournalism, which is more documentary and captures events as they happen. Fine art photography may represent actual-events but are often not captured as the event-unfolds, but staged at a different time.


Commercial photography, while it can be considered fine art, differs because its main purpose is to advertise products or services.

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Let’s just admire for a minute how stunning this intimate backyard wedding is. Orange, grapefruit and lemon trees full of fruit. Italian blue and white tile surrounding a fountain. Beautifully done hand-made decorations. And of course, the gorgeous couple! Josh and Nikki were so much fun to be around, and super-photogenic, even though they both claimed they didn’t know what to do in front of the camera. I think it’s pretty apparent they are naturals!

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The swoon-worthy scenery looks stunning on film – and so do the Mr. and Mrs! I had a great time capturing their wedding day. They took me in as one of their own, we got along so well it was like we’d known each other forever. Having that level of comfort really made for some stunning photos. Thanks Josh and Nikki for letting me photograph your beautiful, intimate wedding. Congratulations!

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This time last year we visiting Long Beach, California! During the day Tim attended the conference and I got to catch up on some rest and relaxation by the pool. It’s an absolutely gorgeous city! We went for a run along the boardwalk Saturday morning. Had absolutely delicious food at the super popular Schooner or Later, which sits right on the marina. One evening we walked over to 555 East American Steakhouse, which surpassed Tim’s expectations with their ginormous steaks.

Palm trees, ferris wheels, fresh seafood… what’s not to love? If you ever get the chance, I definitely recommend spending a long weekend in Long Beach.

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What I Bring to a Photo Session

I’m willing to bet that if you’ve been to a public park recently then you’ve probably witnessed a photo session in progress. What photographer’s bring with them can vary widely. You may see something as simple as the photographer and their camera – maybe with a flash on top all the way up to full-on lighting-equipment on tripods, reflectors being held by assistants and three or four cameras with various lenses dangling around the photographer’s neck and/or waist.

When you and I have a photo shoot together, this is typically what you’ll see me toting around:

  • one 35mm camera
  • small crossbody bag for film

And that’s it. I go light and easy. I don’t know about you but much more than that and I’m sweating the entire time – no thanks. Now I do have a camera bag that I bring along full of “just in case” items, like another 35mm camera, two extra lenses, two flashes and extra film, but I don’t lug that around during the entire shoot.

Simple and beautiful. That’s my philosophy. And I think you’ll see how that philosophy comes through in my work: lifestyle photos of you being you. Nothing staged, overly complicated or over-edited.

Because that’s life… simple and beautiful.

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Let’s face it. Not everyone likes being in front of the camera, and they worry about how the experience will feel. In this blog post I’d like to explain to you, my lovely clients, how I help you feel natural in front of the camera.

My ideal clients are not actors or models. You’re real people, with real lives and real feelings. You probably don’t have experience in front of the camera. And anytime we, as humans, do something out of the ordinary, we get a little nervous.

As a lifestyle film photographer, I don’t do a lot of staged poses. I will tell you to walk this way, look that way, I’ll help you with your hands (because where do they go?! Am I right?). But for the most part, we’re just capturing your life on film. Act natural, try not to force things. Those photos you love on Pinterest? What do you like about them so much? Probably the authenticity the emotions elicit in you when you look at them. And often times, those genuine feelings aren’t staged or posed.

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If posing is required, I don’t tell you how to pose – I show you. I explain it in a way that makes sense to someone who doesn’t know, and really doesn’t need to know, why they’re being posed that way from a technical standpoint, just that it makes you look your best.

Throughout the session, you’ll repeatedly hear me say “Do what feels comfortable. Relax.” And when we combine natural motions with a little posing-direction, we are guaranteed to capture the beauty of your family or your wedding on film every time!

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