After seeing a fellow photographer offer her opinion on a local photography blog- and then get torn to shreds by the others, I had a look into what she was talking about. Beloved. She said it was a way to capture the absolute inner beauty of a couple and getting down to their innter most connections with each other.
What is Beloved?
Beloved is descirbed as an emerging photographic genre centered on the creation of meaning-rich portraits that express the individual, beautiful personality each person is born with, creating an opportunity to celebrate the relationships that fill our lives with joy and purpose. The Photogenic Technique of Beloved gives photographers a clear and simple way to move past the “camera smile”‘ to easily capture the authentic, photogenic expressions and the naturally beautiful sides of our personality we share with our loved ones. Beloved is an emerging style of photography that brings together the worlds of art and relationship in a remarkable way. Blending the visual aesthetic of portrait photography with the authenticity of photojournalism, the Photogenic Technique of Beloved gives photographers a simple way to create meaning-rich, fulfilling and valuable experiences and imagery for those they photograph and themselves.
At first I was intreged but felt I already strived pretty hard to achieve this. However, after spending sometime learning Beloved and finding the true connection between my couples, I realised just how much I was missing in my images.
A big change for me was that the other photographers that I admired are not so exciting anymore. I just look at their pictures- they are still beautiful but aren’t warm to me, all I see now is the disconnect. I notice the presence of the photographer more. With a beloved shoot it’s all about the couple. You don’t see the photographer at all. You see the true connection between the people. I’m amazed that already my eye is changing so much and editing my image has become harder due to the fact there are SO many I love now.
There is a story to each image and a true, real and honest reaction. I know it may not work for everyone but I truly adore this movement and cannot wait to fully encorporate it into everything I do. From my perspective- I want to now create images that my clients ADORE. I have shot three sessions so far and all three have sent me a message or given me a call to rave about how much they LOVE their images. I want them to have these moments captured for a long time to come. Which is why when I first started my business name was ‘Capturing Essence Photography- Capturing the Essence of a moment and preserving it for years to come’ Ther’s a lot of truth to that. I still have a way to go as I build to become accredited, however in the meantime I will cherish ALL the magical moments I will get to share with my couples.