“Manufactured” or staged photography does not concern me. And if I make a judgement it can only be on a psychological or sociological level. There are those that take photographs arranged beforehand and those who go out to discover the image and seize it. For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of mind, and a sense of geometry.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
The late, great Cartier-Bresson said it best. The aim is to capture the true spirit and emotion of the moment by documenting its unique essence. It is all about telling your story and not me portraying mine.
The key principle behind my way of working is to be as unobtrusive as possible. My goal when photographing any event is to let the individual personality shine through. As such, I tend to favour nature lighting and a hands-off approach to the day’s events instead of focusing on staging elaborate and cheesy poses.
I like people and am genuinely interested in finding out what makes them tick. As a photographer, it is important for me to take a messy canvas of the moment; subtract and focus on the essence of human connection of emotion, love, intimacy and humor. This can only be achieved if we all feel comfortable around each other; therefore I strive on developing good working relationships and open discussions of your expectations and desires prior to the event.
The end result is that I get to work closer with you without being noticed, which in turn means I can shoot the defining moments of the day as they unfold without people suddenly stop what they are doing and stare straight into to the camera. The dynamic of the event is left as uncompromised as possible, which leads to more powerful and emotionally authentic images for you to look back on.
Thank you for stopping by and the honour of being your consideration inspires me to strive for perfection.
DAVID TAM | Creative Director
VANCOUVER WEDDING + EVENT PHOTGRAPHER
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