Rethinking wedding photography

The following is an extract from Michael Howard's blog on Musea, and it touches my heart. Take the time to read it, and you'll get a glimpse of my passion...

'Wedding photography has decreased in value because most wedding images are about stuff, material possessions. Wedding images are about styled shoots and models and fancy invitations and paper lanterns. Most wedding photography today actually sells the other wedding vendors better than the photographer.

'We act as though the most important thing to photograph at a wedding is the decor and style of it all, but you know what is the most important thing to photograph? Do you know what the most important thing in life is? It’s people.

'Photographers tend to be obsessed with photography, but if you look back over the history of the medium, the most successful artists were more obsessed with life, with humanity. Photography was a means to self-discovery for the masters, not the end. The masters often photographed because they felt it ultimately made them better people and that they would understand the world more intimately.

'What I’d like to see in the wedding and portrait industry, is to have maybe 20% of the industry creating more mature work. I want to see less images about how clever the photographer was and more about how the bride keeps forgetting her dance steps, about how the groom shows his love by caressing his wife’s shoulder to calm her nerves or about how the bride’s family laughs louder and longer than most people. I want to see photographs about the people, about family, about real life, not about off-camera lighting or about VSCO action sets.

'Styled shoots are easy, but capturing the human spirit…now that’s a real goal worth working towards.

'The more we emphasise the surface of life, the less people will value photography, because anyone can learn to capture the surface of things. That’s the easy part. True artists dig deeper, they see the minute moments we all miss.

'When I look at most wedding photography today, I don’t know the couple any better than I would a fashion model on the cover of a magazine. The soul is missing and it’s time we get it back, because this track of personality, coolness and style is quite uninteresting in the grand scheme of life. Don’t we want future generations to know something about the interpersonal relationships of the families we are shooting rather than the fact the bride dropped an insane amount of money on blue Jimmy Choo’s?'

 ~Michael Howard
Founder and CEO of Musea


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Ruby Eaves

Born in western NSW, then moving to Orange to complete her schooling, Ruby Eaves developed a great love for nature and the beauty of the Australian landscape at a very early age. She travelled extensively throughout Europe and Britain in 2009 which has also greatly influenced her art and appreciation for the antiquity of earlier civilizations. The rustic buildings and villages as well as the countryside have challenged Ruby to depict this in her work.

Ruby studied art in her senior years at school then later at Bathurst Teachers’ College (now Charles Sturt University). Since then she has studied art with a number of leading artists developing her skills in all mediums with her special love being watercolours. After moving to Brisbane in 1986 she furthered her professional career in art and became a member of the Watercolour Society of QLD as well as the Royal Queensland Art Society. She has been a tutor in watercolours at these societies on many occasions.