In this series of blog posts we are introducing people who are speaking at and attending Inspire 2013. We are delighted to introduce David Murray, owner of DAVID MURRAY WEDDINGS in Atlanta, Georgia and Boston. David will be teaching a workshop that can really have an effect on how we shoot and then edit a wedding called Intensive Critique I (Mark) have personally seen David do a critique on Foundation Workshop Forum and it really helped me evolve as a photographer.
By David Murray
I have been a photographer for three decades: The first two as a photojournalist working for a daily newspaper, a wire service, as well as many national publications. My last decade has been spent focusing on becoming a being the best wedding photographer that I can be. Of the many things that I have learned in these thirty years of shooting, one nugget is that it is one thing to take a photograph, and another to recognize THE photograph out of the thousands taken in a day. It is the less publicized, non-sexy sister to shooting. But there are great photographers who know that they would not be where they are without the editors with those focused skills that exist behind the loupe or monitor. A good journalism editor, worth his/her salt, chooses those images that help define who we are as part of the family of man. They know the difference between eye candy and an honest moment. I have worked as a picture editor for the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution and have been my own editor for information outlets such as Agence France-Presse, Time Magazine, and the New York Times. Discovering the framed gems that become part of a greater days narrative gives me as much excitement as taking the photo.
For my presentation, I want to take a wedding that has be recently shot by a local photographer that most will know, and dissect it into some of the parts that will culminate into a storyline that the clients can recognize as their day. I will run through my methods of choosing the building blocks and impact images that will create a dynamic story that any bride & groom would hope to have. I will give thought as to why one image is picked over another, what was involved in making that image, and thinking about what can be done to make an image better executed the next time we are out in the field, on assignment. It will be a great exercise on how not only think for the purposes of exceeding your client’s expectations, but will also give insight as to how to prepare yourself for future clients who respect your vision and point of view. With this information, you can not only improve not only what you give your clients, but what you think is worth of your websites and your blogs.