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A LIFESTYLE SHOOT WITH THE MEGHANI FAMILY.

TRUTH BE TOLD, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A PERSON OF NON CONVENTION.  I TEND TO REBEL AGAINST THE IDEOLOGY THAT YOU SHOULD DO WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING BECAUSE IT'S WHAT EVERYONE IS DOING.  THIS BRINGS ME TO MY PHOTOGRAPHIC STYLE (IF THERE IS EVEN SUCH A THING).  WHILE I BELIEVE THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THAT "MANTLE" PHOTO AND DON'T ACT LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.......THE PHOTO WHERE EVERYONE IS IN A FIELD WITH MATCHING WHITE SHIRTS, A NICE SOFT SUNSET, IN A GOLDEN FIELD OF HEATHER GRASS AND THE PERFECT, SYNCHRONIZED SMILE.    THERE IS A LEVEL OF NECESSITY TO TAKE A TIMELESS IMAGE, A TIMELESS PORTRAIT.  WITHOUT A DOUBT, FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE THOSE TYPES OF PHOTOS BUT I FIND THEM UNINTERESTING.  THESE ARE THE TYPE OF PHOTOS THAT GET THE 'LIKE' BUTTON ON FACEBOOK.  THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF PHOTOS THAT BLOW UP ON PINTEREST.  IT'S NOT A BAD THING AT ALL, IT JUST ALL FEELS SO PROCESSED, SO TO SPEAK. 

FOR ME, PHOTOGRAPHY HAS BEEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO CAPTURE AND PRESERVE MOMENTS.  I DON'T WALK AROUND IN MATCHING SHIRTS WITH MY FAMILY IN GOLDEN FIELDS OF HEATHER GRASS, SO I DON'T WANT MY PHOTOS TO REFLECT THAT.  MY PHOTOGRAPHIC PASSION STARTED WITH A MINOLTA KIT THAT MY UNCLE SOLD TO MY PARENTS YEARS AGO.  I NEVER REALLY TOOK ANY PHOTOS WITH THAT CAMERA OTHER THAN A COUPLE OF SNAPSHOTS BUT I WAS ALWAYS INTRIGUED.  BACK IN 2000 I FOUND A CANON ELPH FILM CAMERA AND THAT PRETTY MUCH LEAD ME TO WHERE I AM TODAY.  A CAMERA LOVING JUNKY.  

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN AS FAR AS BEING A "BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER" BUT THAT LEADS YOU TO THE QUESTION OF, "WHAT IS A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER".  I SEE COUNTLESS ARTICLES COMMENTING ON LENS SHARPNESS, AUTOFOCUS SPEED, SPECS, ETC.  ASPIRING PROFESSIONALS SOMEHOW BELIEVE THAT THEY NEED A $3000 CAMERA TO BE A "PROFESSIONAL".  WE'VE ALL BEEN THERE AS PEOPLE WHO LOVE SHOOTING.  WE START WITH A CHEAP CAMERA THAT WE THINK IS EXPENSIVE AND CONSTANTLY UPGRADE UNTIL WE HIT A POINT WHERE WE HAVE "THE BEST" GEAR.  RARELY DO YOU SEE PEOPLE ASK FOR ADVICE AS TO WHAT EDUCATION I SHOULD GET TO BECOME A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER.  IT'S SIMPLY, "IS THIS LENS, OR THAT LENS BETTER FOR THIS?"  SERIOUSLY, TO THOSE PEOPLE, GO OUT AND TAKE PICTURES AND QUIT READING REVIEWS. 

 FOR ME IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MOMENT NOT IF YOUR PHOTO IS CLINICALLY SHARP.  IF YOU'RE A COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER THERE IS A NECESSITY TO BE CLINICAL.  DO YOU NEED EDGE TO EDGE SHARPNESS TO SHOOT AN AWESOME LANDSCAPE PHOTO, NO!   AS THIS THING GROWS FOR ME, THE ONLY THING THAT IS IMPORTANT IS IF I CAPTURED THE MOMENT?  THAT'S ALL THE MATTERS IN MY OPINION, IPHONE, FUJI, SONY, CANON, NIKON, WHATEVER,  IT DOESN'T MATTER.

ALL IN ALL, I LOVE THIS PHOTO SHOOT WITH AMEE, ANKUR, AAKASH AND AASHA (HENCE THE TITLE OF THE BLOG POST, A TO THE 4TH!)  I APPRECIATE THEM ALLOWING ME TO TRACK A PORTION OF THEIR DAY AND FROM THE PHOTOS YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH LOVE THAT THEY SHARE FOR EACH OTHER.  

THIS IS MY THING. THIS IS WHY I TAKE PHOTOS.  ENJOY.


shot with Fuji X-T1, Fuji X-Pro 1, Fuji 14mm F2.8, Fuji 23mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F1.4, Fuji 56mm F1.2


play time

wash time

dinner

goodnight




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