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Chasing Moments is owned by the wonderfully talented Suzie Jay who began her journey into photography thanks to the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson.  For those who don’t know, he is considered to be the father of modern day photojournalism: the ‘big cheese’ of documentary style photography and you can see this influence all through Suzie’s photos.

Cartier-Bresson described his Leica camera as an extension of his eye and he reached international recognition after his coverage of Ghandi’s funeral in 1948.  He liked to keep his photography simple and took the kind of photo that made you stop and look further into the picture and this is what I see in Suzie’s photography.

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Suzie says:

My photography style was born from a love of Street photography. Photographers such as Alex Webb, Garry Winogrand and Henri Cartier-Bresson really captured my imagination when started out. I fell in love with those images that combine compositional harmony with a quiet sense of timelessness. When shooting a wedding, I’m working in the background, capturing the day as it unfolds. Finding the light source first is paramount to to what I do given that I work almost exclusively with natural/ambient light. Once I have a clear idea of what the light is doing I seek out the compositional elements and then wait for that decisive moment, the moment to press the shutter. Thinking about these factors in advance, affords me time to find those storytelling images.

I work with short lenses which are great for storytelling and keep me mixed in with all the action. Just the way I like it. I love watching people….they fascinate me. Calm, controlled body language enables me to get the sort of emotive shots reflective of someone who has forgotten they are being photographed. One of the biggest compliments I receive from couples is that they hardly notice me photographing their wedding.

There is an element of mystery that I’ve always loved about black and white photography, in fact, black and white art, whenever I used to draw it was always in pencil {I still have my old drawing set}. And I adore black and white photography.

Suzie’s got an amazing eye for composition and is super talented at the documentary/reportage style. Take time over a cuppa to enjoy perusing her wedding photography on her website, the first few pictures alone are spectacular.  If your looking for someone who becomes a friend, blends in with your guests and takes beautiful photos on your wedding day then give Suzie a bell: she’s always a pleasure to chat to!

I’ll leave you with you a wonderful and important quote from Henry Cartier-Besson, “Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again”.

Enjoy your Tuesday folks!

Zarn

I’ve never followed trends as I disliked being just one of the crowd so my love for things that are different, unusual, beautiful and stylistic that I’d had all my life transformed into Alice in Weddingland.
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