Last night I got to listen to Joe Buissink speak for a local group of photographers and once again he inspired me. I met Joe many years ago at a class he was teaching. I’m sure you know how sometimes you can meet a stranger and there is just an instant bond? That is how I felt with Joe. He just puts you at ease and when he smiles it’s the kind that comes from deep in his soul. I only get to see him once in a while but when I do he always picks me up. I shoot a lot like Joe and when I first met him and he said he was shooting film and the same films I shot with I was thrilled! Everyone even back then was saying why would you when digital is so much better? Well, it has its ups and also its downs but this is not a conversation about that. This is about doing what you are passionate about, giving back to the world and being true to yourself.
Photography is how I make a living to be sure but when I photograph a couple at a wedding, a newborn baby, a huge family reunion or your dog it’s about connecting with these people (or pets) and making a memory for them that I love most. Making someone happy and sharing what I do with a captured smile, the simple essence of a child’s laugh or the look of admiration and adoration is really what my photography is all about. I can go through my stacks of albums and remember my grandma’s touch and smile, my mom’s soft glance and smell and the story around the belly laugh of a good friend. This is what photography brings to the world and what it should feel like in your soul.
Love you Joe!