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Guest Blogger: Elle Stallings from Brumbys Photography

December 5, 2017

 

I have fallen in love with capturing the essence of a moment. I love to create images that are authentic, artistic, and that capture emotion. I believe love is the center of everything beautiful. Whenever I’m photographing a session, I like to watch and listen to my surroundings. Observing human nature and interaction is where I capture perfectly imperfect moments. I think I’ve always had a gift to see raw beauty within someone. That’s what I want to capture. I love the fun, quirky, nose scrunching, playful moments. I also want to capture the intimate ones. Some of my favorite images I have fallen in love with are the ones that move me. When I sit down to edit a session, I’m drawn to images that make me pause and stir something in my heart. My approach to any session or wedding day is to capture the true essence of who you are together and make sure that it is documented for those who come after you to see and feel it too. 

I fell in love with photography when I was 16 years old, I choose it as a subject in High School in Melbourne, Australia where I’m from. I used an old Pentax camera and Kodak Gold film to start my new found hobby and that’s how I learnt. I found a passion for telling an entire story with one frame. At the time my favorite photographer was Annie Leibovitz. I found her images so forgiving. They spoke to me. I was fortunate enough to visit one of her exhibitions at a museum. I knew right then I wanted to keep doing it for the rest of my life. My biggest inspiration is photographing the mood. I ask myself, what do I want to remember about this moment in time? I love shooting in natural light, I will always follow the light. Some of my favorite images are just of my kids doing everyday ordinary things, which I believe is special. 

Starting out can be a little daunting, but I think what gear you are using doesn’t matter too much, so don’t go out and buy an expensive camera. As they say, a skilled photographer can produce great photos with a crappy camera but a newbie photographer won’t get much good out of professional-grade equipment.  It comes down to: light, exposure, composition, angles, perspective, with however much post-processing you want to use. If you can master all of those things, you’ll be able to take great shots with anything, even a smartphone.

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