Friday, January 17, 2014

Preserve Your life - chronicle families, groups, businesses

When I started in photojournalism we were passionate about the new fast lens and faster film, we no longer needed to use flash to get a good photo. We wanted to capture the truth, be the fly on the wall and show what was happening. It was unethical to pose a picture. Using black & white film we didn't have to worry about skin tone and or white walls looking green. We wanted good composition, great expressions and tell the story.

Girls love horses when they are in grade school - JGDomke 

Rick Smolan was taken with LIFE magazine's idea to get photos taken withing 24 hours in America for the Bicentennial celebration, showing how Americans looked in 1976. He thought picking one day held all the images together, he finally got a chance in Australia. Publishing A Day in the Life of Australia in 1981. A 100 photographers who were only got compensation for expenses took photos on Friday, March 8th, 1981. 

Opening photo taken at sunrise, 5:45 a.m. by a pro from Japan! It's of a couple posing standing in their wheat field (dark, have to trust the caption) as the morning lights up the sky behind them and a flash lights them up.

Smolan took the idea on to great a business that specialized in executing global projects, from Day in the Life of California, Spain, China, Soviet Union, and more. By sticking to one day he recorded the place and time the photos were taken and it told a story.

Taken in one evening for California Living magazine of the DeBolt family.
My old colleague, Paul Glines at the San Francisco Examiner was asked by the publisher to take his wedding pictures. Glines knew they had been living together and had finally decided to get married. He didn't want to photograph the wedding, he made a wedding album that covered the entire day.
We've spent a lot of money hiring photographers to cover a special day like weddings. It is an important moment worth preserving. One of the few times the entire family is together and all dressed up looking their best. It offers a chance to get photos of all the parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nieces, nephews, grooms and bridesmaids. But everyone is dressed for the party and usually captured posing in a group. They don't look real.

What in college we critiqued newspapers as running photos that looked like "dead people in a vertical position."

I got this idea!

Why not pick a day and have a photographer follow you around and capture events, people, and places you go during a typical day. Capture the memoirs of an average day or weekend. NOT A SPECIAL EVENT. Get photos of kids dressing for school, driving to school, walking the dog, off at work, school activities, sports, taking a break, working with colleagues, reading at home, putting the kids to bed, etc. Today we can quickly change the exposure to capture the moments, really be a "fly on the wall."

The digital camera can take still/motion and record sound. It all comes together as a movie. Really showing what a day in the life was like when all the kids were little, or what a weekend was like going to games and visiting grandparents, or the day of an entrepreneur getting to work and meeting with various employees, going to conferences, checking on products, etc. 

I'm a photojournalist and rather than be a wedding photographer I want to document your day.

This is my specialty and have a variety of rates. That give you photos for display at home or office, a scrapbook, use in company brochures, and create a video with sound showing how you were on that day. 

Capture the kids when they are young and have something to share when everyone is older. I remember doing things when I was ten years old, but mostly of me, what about the rest of the family. The house, my toys, the dog? 

This is also a good idea for a business, capture a day at work! Show all the employees working, the products, and events during a day. Images with sound and words show the business for both employees and customers.

Capture the memory.