Being a Moments Photographer
There are an endless amount of photographers out there in the world. They take photos of everything from pretty envelopes to NYC at night to bald eagles on the Mississippi river. That isn’t me. I don’t take those photos. My name is Jody, and I’m a Moments Photographer.
I create Moments. Moments of connection, moments of laughter, moments of reflection, moments of grace, moments of wonder, moments of remembering, moments of you. The hour we spend together, you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You’ll remember how you felt, where you were, and that you knew you were the most important thing on my calendar in that moment. You’ll know I was having a blast and together we made magic. We made your Moments.
Crooked CameraMy BIGGEST flaw as a photographer, is not holding my camera straight up and down!!! Gahhhh....you'd think 20 years in and I'd look at the whole picture, instead of just my subjects eyes. But nope, eyes only.
I may be behind the camera but I’m right there with you. During a session we talk and get to know each other. No doubt you’ll hear about my 6 kids. And I’ll for sure find out what your favorite food is...if it’s sushi or dark chocolate…you’re gonna get a solid fist-bump with my non-trigger hand. We'll be having a conversation while my camera takes 3 pictures per second. I’ll be watching for your actual smile, not camera-ready smile. I’ll even call you out on that crap when I sense you faking it or trying too hard to please me, because it’s not about me. I want you slowing down enough to have the chance to see you, like the world actually sees you. When we look at the back of my camera, I want you to be so dang impressed with yourself. That’s YOU!!! That’s what you actually look like, and it’s amazing!!! And until we get that…we haven’t made Moments. But honestly, usually, it takes about 12 minutes. 12 minutes into a session and you’re going to start believing what the rest of us know is true. You’re a handsome, beautiful person. Gifted, funny, witty, shy, sweet, intense...you. It will show in the photos because that’s who you are.
Twenty years ago when I was chasing my toddler nieces and nephews around, I didn’t realize that I wasn’t just trying to take a good picture, I was trying to make a Moment. For me it’s not about the technical finesse or the perfect light or the creative composition…though I really enjoy those things. I could have all of them and be bored if you're sitting there unengaged. If the smile isn’t genuine, don’t freakin’ smile! But I’m going to create a Moment in which you’ll smile. It won’t be fake. It won’t be forced. It will be actual connection because YOU matter to me. This is your life. These are your Moments.
I’m Jody, your Moments Photographer.
We're having fun, or I quit.I crack myself up. Trust me, you don't have to make me happy. I'll laugh enough for both of us.
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