images of the year: people in love

2010 marks a landmark year of challenges and rewards for me. I shot 18 awesome weddings. Along the way, I have met wonderful people who have shared incredible memories. I laughed and cried. I learned how frail the human heart can be. I am reminded of the blessings which allowed me to photograph people in love, from documenting nuances of Jewish wedding traditions to colorful festivities of a wedding at Burning Man.

I thank my family, friends, and clients for their encouragement and humor. For that, I look back at 2010 with one word: “Epic.”

Visually as I stand back, I am reminded of my contradictory quirks:

+ As much as I relish black, I thrive on bold color.

+ As much as I dig posing, my instinct hunts to capture real moments.

+ For every image shot at f/1.4 handheld, I’ve shot an image at f/16 with a tripod.

+ For every image I’ve shot during “the golden hour,” I’ve shot an image in pitch black.

+ I play with film, but still can’t do without digital.

+ As much as I stick with the rules, I still love to run (metaphorically) with scissors.

The process of selecting my favorite images of the year reminds me of the importance of timeless romanticism. Above all, I want my clients to feel and look beautiful. Here’s to 2010 (in no particular order):
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8 Responses to “images of the year: people in love”

  1. Lori Huskins — December 30, 2010 @ 8:13 am (#)

    R.J.,

    You’re the best EVER!!! Can’t wait for September!!!

  2. Scott Stebner — December 30, 2010 @ 8:52 am (#)

    Good work as always RJ!!!!

  3. Tahvory Bunting — December 30, 2010 @ 9:08 am (#)

    I didn’t want them to end. Amazing!!!

  4. Stacy — December 30, 2010 @ 10:08 am (#)

    YAY!! We made the list. lol. Awesome. You RJ rock as always 🙂

  5. Sean Kern — January 5, 2011 @ 9:57 am (#)

    You know which one is my favorite! It amazes me how you just have that eye for creativity and originality.

  6. Mary Kanowitz — January 18, 2011 @ 2:59 pm (#)

    As usual, your art never ceases to amaze me. Beautiful work!!!

  7. Sandy Kanowitz — January 18, 2011 @ 6:14 pm (#)

    RJ, You are truly gifted with creativity and an appreciation of life. Your work is outstanding and I am so happy we learned of you before two of our children were married. We have gorgeous photos to remember the occasions! I love your swirling light embellishments in the photos. Keep having fun as you capture life in an art form.

  8. Aaron Kanowitz — January 18, 2011 @ 8:04 pm (#)

    Well, I will continue my families sentiments…. RJ, you are blessed. To capture life’s fleeting moments in such clarity, with such creativity, color and form, is truly magical. You are a true artist and I am truly jealous!

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