To me, lifestyle photography is a kind of photography that mainly aims to capture real-life events, milestones, and the art of the everyday in an artistic manner.
Lifestyle photography looks much more like documentary photography for me rather than an arranged lifestyle scene. A documentary photographer will have a “fly on the wall” approach, catching life as it is without trying to interfere with what is going on. I want to tell the story of real life, as it happens, while trying to be as transparent as possible. My interest in documentary type photography comes from a desire to witness and better understand the world around me.
I love live music photography. Photographing musicians combines technique and emotion, the decisive moment and luck. For me, there's no other type of photography that stirs the same emotional energy, especially jazz photography in black & white.
I came to jazz later in life. I can still remember my first live jazz gig. The whole vibe of the thing just blew me away. Here, the musicians were in charge, making it up as they went along. Later, I understood that this was improvisation: the great collective aesthetic of jazz that creates order on the move. I hope you will spend some time viewing my music gallery.
“To me, a portrait is a creative collaboration between an artist and a sitter, and it’s unique in that sense, as an art form.” - Sarah Saunders.
The intent of the portrait is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. I shoot portraits regularly, but I do have to remind myself to slow down and take a portrait, not a picture. I don’t always succeed. I don’t think it’s possible to succeed every time because it does take two (or more) to be really really present. If I’m not present, really present, or my subject isn’t really present, we’ll end up with a picture. And that would be a bummer. Don’t you think?