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Lets Talk About: Moments!

Can you stage a moment?
Now that's a question a lot of people have different opinions about.
For me, personally, I would say yes. What if you never got that first kiss at the wedding, putting on the ring or the cutting of the cake. Well, you can re-shoot it. Stage it, do it again. As long as the end-result shows the story, you can get away with it. Because at the end of the day its the shot that the client wants that matters. And, the upside of staging a moment is that you can pose them so they'll look even better. If you put the subjects in a location where that pretty perfect light is coming down on them.

 Could you tell that this photo was staged if I told you it was? Or would you have believed that this all happened perfectly on its own?

Could you tell that this photo was staged if I told you it was? Or would you have believed that this all happened perfectly on its own?

Now would you call that a candid moment?
No, of course not.
All you did was positioning them in the ideal spot for you to shoot them in.
You've just put them there and nothing special is happening. Now you'll have to give them some direction. For example tell them to talk about their day, tell them to ask each other what they're excited about or what they're gonna do after all of this is over. And the staging have suddenly become the real moment depending on what direction you gave them.

This post have been more about creating wedding moments but its all applicable in other areas of photography as well, you just have to give the appropriate directions or guidelines to your subjects.

How do you create moments, do you even do it? Or do you think its wrong to do it?
Would love to know what you think!

//Elias

Lets Talk About: Creativity!

This is my take on creativity and how I see it.
Creativity is something everyone would like to be more or less, what many people don't understand is that creativity is something that you, personally, will have to practice your self.
Its not a gift that you all the sudden have. Nor is it a something that one day will just be there. It takes practice as in every craft or line of work to become good at it. You can begin by looking at other peoples work to get a sens of "I would like to do something like that".
But remember, like Steve Jobs said "Good artist copy, great artist steal" so steal an idea and make it your own twist on it, just don't copy other people, that's not cool or even better, contact that person you've gotten inspiration from and ask how they got their idea and see if their "creative process" can help you with finding a way to come up with your own ideas.
A creative project can be anything, as long as it fires up the "I'm creating something part of your brain" and you feel good about doing it and when you got that going for you, you'll never want to quit!

How I just started practice to be more creative is to make some smal projects and then have an end goal, and then I'm not talking about the projects like taking care of the dishes and you just postpone it because its so boring. I'm talking about creating a project that has a meaning for you. Because if it hasn't gotten any personal meaning to you, you can just give up, just like those dishes you have waiting for you this evening. (I'm still postponing my dishes...)

So what are you doing to practice your creativity?
Leave a comment or send me a message would love to have a chat about it!

This is also my first blog entry and I hope you'll like it, it will mostly contain stuff like this, my thoughts on different subjects within creativity and photography and if you don't, well... then its not for you!
//Elias

Here's also a sneak peak at my project that I will have an vernissage of in the near future. (Thats my end goal at least)