The Black and White Sunday blog hop used to be my favorite posting of the week, but I wanted to put my own spin on it by bringing the focus back on the art and skill of taking a black and white photograph. I've decided to evolve the series into my own version as "Sundays in Black and White" to put the emphasis on the beauty of simplifying a subject down to it's purest emotion, and to let the details speak for themselves.
I'm going to kick off this "new" series with Gabe the Newfoundland! I've known Gabe since he was an energetic, lively puppy and I'm so pleased to see that he has now matured into a gorgeous, intelligent, sweet adult! He is such a versatile Newfoundland, and true to his breed, he really is an amazing working dog! I have photographed him at water tests, draft tests, conformation in the ring, and finally I was able to get him out for his own photo shoot to get him to "work it" in a different way! Ha! He is incredibly handsome and so well behaved that it made this session unbelievably easy- as long as that tongue wasn't hanging down to his feet! Oh, that tongue, we laugh about the length of his tongue!
This photo session was particularly educational for me for me for two reasons. One, we were in a cemetery which has certain connotations in and of itself, but it was so beautiful that I wanted to do a full session there to see how many different angles I could get that wouldn't necessarily reveal where we were. Second, it made me really listen to my clients and utilize their unique perspective of what they were seeing at the site as well; I kept telling them if I'm not seeing something they are, or if they want a particular look to let me know.
We were ready to call it a day and head back to the car when Gabe's mom said "what about this pathway?" It was a narrow pathway that lead down towards the street (fenced of course) and at first glance it didn't seem particularly interesting, but once I got low enough the perspective of the walls offered so many possibilities that we spent another 15 minutes just within a 4' wide area! These were two of my favorites and I loved them so much I actually printed them out for myself! See, what happens when you are open to suggestions and ask your clients for their point of view too? Amazing photographs!
So, Sundays in Black and White is now in full swing so stay tuned for next week's post!