What is my M? My M is…FINDING THE LIGHT. As the Photography Director for M Agency, my work is all about using light as a tool to bring forth the story of my subject in that present moment. Let’s break down the meaning of the word photography. Photo means light and graph means to write, so essentially photography means writing with light. Photography is essentially a visual language. How cool is that?
Through photography, we can preserve time – a child’s first steps, a bustling Tacoma Farmers Market, or a couple sitting quietly at a park bench, enjoying each other’s company. It’s all about light. I go about my day noticing how light interacts with the world around me, how it changes as the sun rises and sets or is filtered through a window.
What does Finding the Light mean to me?
Finding the Light means two things. First, it means using my experience and knowledge about lighting for photos. As a photographer, I must look for the light coming through the window or see how the sun is reflected in someone’s eyes to create the best picture possible. Secondly, it means learning what makes each business special. I want to highlight what is the best about the person or business and translate that into a great photograph.
Why is having professional photography important for a business?
It’s interesting to think about how much has changed over the years in how businesses get their information out to customers or clients. When I was younger, we had to look everything up in the phone book and usually there was only a name and number, maybe an illustration or photo. Nowadays, businesses share their information on a variety of platforms such as websites and social media, which are enhanced tremendously by having professional photography.
One of my all-time favorite photo shoots for M Agency was for Galvin Flying. I got to take photos of a student during one of her flying lessons. I wasn’t nervous to fly in a little airplane but I was nervous that I was going to get motion sickness and throw up, but thankfully I didn’t! The views were amazing. We flew towards Mt. Rainier then over Seattle’s neighboring islands. As the sun was setting, all the city lights in downtown turned on. It was pretty magical.
Another favorite photo shoot is meeting the family behind Blair & Son Floor Company. I immediately connected with them and taking their business portraits felt more like family photos. Each family member had their own style, which was really fun to photograph. Grandpa Jim Blair was sporting a cowboy hat and an impressive mustache. The owner and son Johnny Blair had an equally impressive beard and was representing the Pacific Northwest by wearing plaid. Then of course, the grandson was adorable with his blonde hair and sweet smile.
Meeting and working with business owners is the best part of my job. You get to hear stories about the history of their business as well as what makes each business unique. Getting to know them helps me capture images that are both meaningful and impactful. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you and your business find the light.