I have really been wanting to do this post for a while, but in the middle of setting up my custom blog, and my revamped website, this post got put on the back burner. But if you are reading this, you can see that my blog is finally up and running!
So what does it mean to be a “lifestyle photojournalist?” I am sure depending on who you ask, you will get a huge variety of answers. I can’t speak for anybody else but I surely can speak for myself. And this is how I break it down;
Lifestyle = anything and everything that happens in life. Birth of a child, lazy Sunday afternoon just chilling on the couch, or just a simple stroll down the sidewalk.
Photojournalism = an image that’s more than just a well exposed, in focus picture; it tells a full story.
When I compose a shot, I look for the so called “real” moments. Everything happens in real time, and I document the event as it unfolds in front of me. I believe this is the most honest way of telling a story. Obviously with the advancement of SLR cameras, it makes it easier to get the shot. But good equipment does not replace a photographer’s eye. It will still take a set of trained eyes to get the moment on film.
So now to demonstrate what I just said, let me setup the following image;
The four of us had dinner and we just got done cleaning up. My 2 year old was her usual self, making a HUGE mess in the high chair and all over her hands. Since she is a big girl now, she insists on washing her own hands after she eats. So she went and grabbed her stool, put it in front of the kitchen sink, and tried to stand as tall as she can so she can reach the faucet. My 4 year old was her usual self as well. Playful, rumbuncious, rides around in her Tigger & Pooh push cart. My wife is checking her email at the kitchen table, and I am taking pictures, because I saw a “moment” worth capturing. Yep, this about sums it up