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Am I Good Enough?

20.December.2011

  I’m always asking myself if I’m good enough, as a person, as a photographer, a business owner, as a husband, a son and many other roles that family, society and I strive to define ourselves by.   The answer is never simple, the more experience in life I accumulate I continue to realize the very […]

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I’m always asking myself if I’m good enough, as a person, as a photographer, a business owner, as a husband, a son and many other roles that family, society and I strive to define ourselves by.   The answer is never simple, the more experience in life I accumulate I continue to realize the very morrow of trying to achieve success is a paradox of truth, existing both inside oneself and at the same time outside oneself.   How do you define success, especially as a photographer? How do you know you have done good and your photographs will be accepted?  Is success having a winning image in a contest…getting published in a magazine…getting paid a lot for a certain shoot…recommended by a certain planner…specific feedback from a couple…an image in the likeness of a master…a reaction on Facebook or blog post…is it when you think you’ve captured beauty…

 

I’ve always subscribed to photojournalistic principles of photography, in that the more control I have over the subject and the more direction I give, the less the photograph is about the subject than it is about what I can conceive, hence I take great effort in learning to capture a moment without having undo influence on it.   It’s impossible to remove yourself entirely as you’re apart of the moment and you’re experiencing it…and the more you experience it, the better you can understand and capture it.  There are no tricks to having a good time and being confident in your relationship with a couple, it either works or it doesn’t and a majority of the time you’ve both (the couple and the photographer) figured that out long before the first photograph is taken.

 

I often struggle with the concept of an engagement session.   With a wedding there is a clear celebration to observe and capture.  With an engagement session the event is the process of taking photographs…or is it?    Does an engagement session or any photography session for that matter have to be a photo shoot?

 

With Cara and Jassi, we had a discussion on what was important to them prior to their engagement session.  Before the day it was just like any other, the session was an early morning weekday.  We planned on going to a few locations, Madison Park, where Cara works, a few photographs of their immediate neighborhood in the east 30’s and then Grand Central.    There was a lot to contemplate on my part (how do I break the ice and allow them to feel comfortable, what specific actions or guidance to I give…)  and theirs as well (what do we do, are we going to look great in our pictures…).   With all the planning I had no control over the way the light was streaming through at that angle only available for a few days during the year and I had far less control over the beautiful connection that Cara and Jassi share with each other that is so evidently demonstrated in the photographs.  I did however, have control over the planning of the session as well as the interpersonal interaction on the day.  Ultimately it was planning, preparation, commitment and being in the moment for both myself as well as Cara and Jassi that lead to these photographs.

 

I’ll let you be the judge…am I good enough?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • CARA

    Bobby, The pictures are absolutely stunning! You truly captured our relationship and life in the city through these photos - they came out exactly as we hoped. You are wonderful to work with and we cannot wait for April! Happy Holidays! Cara & Jassi

  • Bobby

    Thank you for your kind comments, can't wait to photograph your and Jassi's wedding in April!!

  • Ariane

    A resounding YES! to your question. You ARE good enough :).

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