Once in a while, any artist needs a break, or a change in their artistic endeavors. Well as for me, I've recently had both a break, and a change. I've never laid down photography at all, just changed course here and there.
Previously well known for my wedding photography primarily, I no longer photograph weddings. For several years though, it was a burning passion in me. I still look back on my work from days gone by, and it can still evoke a tear in the eye. Not so much that I'm wowed over "my work", but I'm taken by the beauty of the moments captured. There were so many moments captured of "my couples" as I affectionately call them internally. I look at all my couples who's weddings I photographed, and it can be nostalgically endearing. I also realize some of them are no longer together, if I only consider the odds. But I don't often wonder such things. I choose to cherish the moments captured, once upon a time.
As a quick aside, or as an explanation as to why I no longer photograph weddings, which once captured my heart, this is why: At first it was burnout. I needed a break from it. But then, I grew older, and my knees began hurting too much, not to mention the blown rotator on my strong right shoulder. At a wedding, chasing a bride around for 10 hours, kneeling, standing, sometimes jockeying for the best shooting location can be exhausting and hard on an older body. Photographing a wedding is very hard work! I will only now photograph small weddings that are extremely simplistic, such as a bride and a groom and 3-4 guests in a private setting. I would welcome that!
Dawn and I have been married for 5 years, and we have photographed many people together, with her as my very valuable and qualified assistant. Her college degrees in fashion and in marketing are both beneficial. We share a love of photography, and of people. Our specialty is in the genre of people. But don't rule out animals, as we love animals.
Here's to looking forward to more years of photographing you wonderful, beautiful people!