DSmithImages: Birmingham, Alabama Wedding Photographer
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Official Blog of DSmithImages

The official blog for DSmithImages Wedding Photography, Portraits, and Events in the Birmingham, Alabama area.


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Birmingham Alabama wedding photography

I'm sure you all have noticed the new and cleaner look of the website. Where as I changed things, initially, back in December of 2015, I was never completely happy with the design.

I thought it would best to have all the bells and whistles and all these different features other sites showcased. That thought was wrong. It just never felt comfortable or presentable to me. It just never felt like what I wanted my site to represent so I knew a change was needed.

The change didn't just come from a new to update the accessibility of my website, though. The change came after a careful look into the artistic style and approach I wanted to showcase in regards to DSmithImages.

The style and look of DSmithImages is rather important to me, and that shouldn't be surprising since I'm talking about a photography company. Honestly, though, it's something I didn't give a lot of thought and analysis to in the past, especially when I first started out years and years ago. It's a mistake I'm hoping to correct.

At the beginning of DSmithImages, I just kind of rushed into things, and my end results reflected that. Sure, I was getting clients, but there wasn't traction. There wasn't traction because I didn't take the time to care and craft my style. I was just turning and burning. It's not something I'm proud of in retrospect, but it's something that I wanted to address to keep it from happening again.

I could go on in some detail about all the wrong things I did when I first started this venture, but that might be best saved for another time. There were a lot of things that I did wrong, but I have been able to learn from them.

I look at that work now and see a hodgepodge of looks that have no cohesion. The clients were happy with what they got, or so they told me, but there really wasn't a personal connection to the work I was doing. I was throwing things at a wall and trying to see what stuck. Then there was the fact copying what I saw everyone else was doing and hoping I could leech off of it. I saw other people in my work, but I didn't see myself. It was the wrong way to grow as a photographer.

Over the past couple of years, my thoughts on style have come together, and I think they are reflected in the work that I'm producing now. I'm more comfortable in what I'm putting out, and, most importantly, I'm more comfortable in showing off that work as a representation of myself and my approach to photography. It's more personal and more a reflection of who I am.

If you're asking what this approach is, at least in a descriptive sense, I'd have to say it's based in candid and minimalist reality. I want to capture a moment for a client, whether it's a wedding, portrait, or event, as close to how it looked in reality as possible. While a lot of stuff I do has to be posed and staged because it's the nature of the game, I am still drawn to those candid "in the moment" shots that show off a true reality.

During a session with a client, I'll often tell them to ignore me and be themselves. Let things happen naturally. I want their actual personalities to come out and be represented with the photographs. This goes for any session I do, whether it's a wedding, portrait, or event shoot. I'd much rather work with them than them trying to be other people.

An example of this is how I handle wedding formals. I tell my brides, grooms, and wedding party members that I'll do two shots for each situation. One is a straight forward pose, the type that everyone has to get as it's the baseline pose. The other pose, though, is something the participants decide upon. I don't have any real input on it. I'm there to capture what they decide on. I'm there to capture the real moment they choose. I've found it makes for far better images than me going through a list of corny and cheese poses that might not reflective of the personalities present.

I edit photos, but I also try to do some mimicking of film to achieve an artistic twist on these concepts. I want to show off what really happened. I want to highlight and showcase why that's beautiful and what that's important. I want to display how my great clients look and how great the sessions were to document.

I edit photos, but I also try to do some mimicking of film to achieve an artistic twist on those concepts. I want to show off what's real and what happened. I want to highlight and showcase why that's beautiful and why that's important. I want to display how great my clients really look and how great the sessions really were to document.

Take the time to look around at what I have to offer. If you don't like what you see, great. It's not for everyone. If you do, though, I'd love to talk with you more. I'd love to talk with you about arranging a shoot of your own.

I want to thank you for taking the time to read this as it's been something I've wanted to discuss for a while. I'd love to hear your thoughts and comments as well.