My first semester in college, I wrote a paper entitled “Can Anyone be an Artist?” I argued that anyone who knew how to hold a camera could capture an image, and therefore, anyone could be an artist. How naive I was!
I have since learned so much about photography and about art in general. Being a good artist takes so much more than knowledge. You need creativity and skill. You need an ability to recognize the beauty in the world around you. Knowledge is important, but just knowing how to do push a button on a camera doesn’t cut it. We wouldn’t need professional artists and photographers if that were the case. You need the type of knowledge that only experience can give. The type of experience you get from working with a camera, or a paintbrush day in and day out. You need to know all aspects of your artistic media.
Since marrying Will over three years ago, my eyes have been opened. When taking a picture, there are so many elements that go into each photograph. When Will takes a picture, he gauges the personality of his clients, and responds accordingly. As he photographs he considers lighting, clarity, color, attention to detail, the personality of his clients and so much more. He also has a passion for what he does. Nothing gets him more excited than finding another gadget that will help him make better photographs, or taking a beautiful picture.
So remember, a photographer is a highly skilled artist, just like a painter. Growing up, as I would draw, I heard so many people say “I could never draw that.” Well, could you ever make such a stunning and beautiful photograph as a professional photographer? Think about that the next time you talk to a photographer. There is no feeling worse to a photographer than being under-appreciated as an artist. There is no feeling worse to an artist than your work being undervalued by someone who has no idea. Photography means so much to a dedicated photographer, and each photo represents hours of work.