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Spaghetti & Sensory

Child Psychologists suggest that sensory play is a crucial component in early childhood development. As adults we are well aware of the senses of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing but can we actually recall at what age we discovered that soap is completely different than a candy bar. The answer in most cases is, No. Children need sensory activities to facilitate and encourage them to use scientific processes while they explore this world. Allowing children to participate in sensory activities enables them to stimulate their senses and develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively. Thus it is crucial that every child experience sensory integration activities early.
On this day, it was Baby Mason’s first sensory experience with spaghetti. As he began to slowly take his chances on the taste of spaghetti, it was obvious that one of two options were looming, the complete dissatisfaction and the abandonment of spaghetti forever or the absolute spaghetti onslaught. I was quite compelled to see what the future for this bowl of spaghetti would be. He soon dug his baby hands into the bowl and indulged. Noodle-by-noodle he slurped his way through the bowl allowing for quite some memorable photo’s to be captured from this sensory experience. To say the least, Mason’s senses were stimulated as his experience with Spaghetti & Sensory came to a filling end.

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It’s the little things, the “why” that counts

Far too often are photographers asked questions regarding how the photo was taken, what camera or lens was used, and so forth. What I have come to notice is that although the camera and lens play a large role in how the photo looks, it is in essence the “why?” factor we disregard or fail to ask. What I mean by the “why?” factor is the question, “Why was the image taken this way?”, “Why did we want to evoke a certain emotion?”, “Why, oh why?” The key to truly discovering the art behind a photo is asking a photographer “why?” Many will say, it’s because of the vision they were trying to portray or due to the availability of resources they had. Whatever the case may be, the answer is never “Because the client wanted it that way.” If it is, then all the photographer has provided is his/her photo taking capabilities and the clients requests to take some photos on a scheduled day, end of story. This rarely happens in the industry when employing a photographer with experience and a natural talent for producing impeccable photos. A client hires a photographer due to the appeal of the photographers past photo’s and artistry. A photographers duty to the client is to put the same love, care, and commitment into producing an image that sets it apart from those that preceded it. “Why” enables us to understand the what, how, where, and when a photo was taken, as it answers the fundamental reasoning behind the photos inception. All-in-all, whether the photo is of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich or the Acropolis, it’s usually the little things, the “why” that counts.

 

My Very First Photo Blog

As my very first photo blog, I find it appropriate to discuss how my curiosity in photography developed into a hobby and how my hobby developed into a business. I was always amused at what my father was looking at when he looked through the lens of his now vintage Nikon. Soon, I was old enough to have some hands on experience. Needless to say I thought to myself that what he was looking at was nothing extraordinary. It was simply what was on the other side of the lens. It was only until my late teens that I understood how a simple image that is captured through the lens can be manipulated to inspire sentiments. This led me to further my knowledge in photography and videography and develop a hobby, or as many refer to it, a passion for film and photography. After many shoots, travels, and Instagram postings it was fitting that I start a production company that would tell a different story, one that is vastly different from when I first looked inside the lens of my father’s Nikon.