Racking Focus // Cranberries and Tea Photography

July 29, 2017

 

When I was a kid, I took a lot of naps.

 

Not just your average fall asleep in the car (which I rarely did) or the putting down of the seven year old at 6pm (which I also rarely did) but more so 13-16, come home from school and fall asleep on the couch instead of hanging out with friends. I didn't sleep well at night, so sleeping mid-afternoon seemed like a good way to combat that (or so my poor logic thought). I'd throw my glasses on the table, slam my cheek down on a pillow, and blissfully waste away a couple episodes of Mythbusters that I was never really conscious through (which I still do, but now it's more like Grey's Anatomy and Jane the Virgin).

 

I'm nearsighted, so about everything within 4 feet is perfectly clear and then there's an immediate fall off in clarity. I learned from my time smooshed into pillows that I could adjust my field of focus, and I'd play with that. Up and down the pillow, I'd adjust my eyes much like the way I do a camera now (this was probably realistically where my secret love of video started - but remember, that's a secret). I learned later on that practice is called "focus racking" and I utilize it quite often these days.

 

Even now, my vision is somewhat of a toy to me. I find that removing my glasses makes me more creative, intuitive, and fearless when it comes to photographing people. It's so easy to go for perfectly clear - it's what belongs to the "norm", it's what's expected of us as professional photographers. But what happens when we stop practicing the norm, and start using our own perspective? What happens when we're fearless

 

 

 

 

This does. 

 

 

Even more so, when I remove my glasses in conversation it's not an attempt to no longer have to look at you - it drops the clarity off from everything beyond you. I go into my world where I'm thinking, studying, looking to understand more about you in order to photograph how you feel, not just how you exist. I'm introverted at heart, so this is where the magic happens. Where things are no longer about my duty as your wedding photographer, but how I'll jump out of the box to make your experience honestly different and unforgettable. 

 

My whole goal revolves around making you reminisce about how you felt, not how you looked. Together we're not capturing emotions (like every trite photographer's slogan), instead we're setting them free

 

If I take my glasses off, we've really got a good thing going. 

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