Kelsie and Jared | Seattle, Washington
This engagement was incredibly fun because Kelsie, Jared, and I, built it around something that has an important place in their relationship: a shared love of music. Using music as the core concept of the shoot, I scouted different record stores and music related places in Seattle and found Radar Hair and Records, a place that is truly unique and built with passion and a purpose by Johnny and Betsy who both had dreamed of opening a hair salon slash record store in Seattle. Kelsie and Jared were a joy to work with and as soon as we entered the record store they began to play around with all the cool stuff inside. I could shoot real moments AND create some directed portraits and moments. From now on I will require that engagement shoots occur around a shared love of the couple. It just makes it so much more interesting.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I. And I can’t wait to shoot Kelsie and Jared’s wedding later this year!
(Film Geek Info: All film images shot on Hexar RF with Voigltander 35mm f2.5 lens or Zeiss 50mm f2 lens on hand rolled Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600 ISO in developing.)
Kelsie and Jared’s record store engagement is a turning point in how I will be working going into 2014. Until the end of 2013 I focused on perfecting my color photography. I wanted to get it to a level where I felt that I mastered the basics. Looking back, I figure it took me 14 years to get to this point. Being a minimalist in love with simplicity, I have done everything I can to uncomplicate my business and my artistic process. I hardly use any equipment, and I try to focus every photography session around unique elements of a couple’s relationship and finding authentic moments within a shoot.
Now, in 2014, I find myself drawn to true black and white photography: Tri-X and rangefinder cameras. As basic and timeless as you can get in photography with roots going all the way back to Henri-Cartier Bresson and the decisive moment. I love the simplicity of using black and white film and two lenses, 35mm and 50mm, to make photos that are interesting because of content rather than technique. Bokeh is nice if used for a purpose. But if that purpose it to make up for lack of interesting content, then it is a crutch. I prefer to do it the hard way: filling the frame with interesting content and being patient enough to wait for the decisive moment. So expect to see much more of this type of work going forward in addition to my more considered, directed color photography that I have built my style around.