I am a San Diego native, born and raised in "America's finest city". My introduction to film and photographic images started when I was in the 5th grade. My class had a darkroom and after school I would take pictures with an old Argus C3 film camera that my dad had let me use. I just recently came across a folder of old enlargements from that era. There were actually some cool pictures I had taken of model cars I had made and of plastic toy soldiers and even a few of the household pets. I guess you could say that was the foundation of what would eventually become Fritz Harmon Photography. Since then I have photographed over 500 weddings as a full time photographer for more than 12 years.
My Approach To Photographing Weddings
My photographic skills have improved over the years, and my dedication and love for photography has only grown. The cameras, lenses, and lighting gear that we use today have improved by leaps and bounds since I started taking pictures as a kid in elementary school. While this opens up new possibilities in technique and improved quality of the final images the basic tenants of photography have remained the same. For me that means create images that say something or make the viewer feel something when they are being viewed. If you need to explain what the image is about then maybe it has missed its mark. How this translates to the pictures taken on your wedding day has a lot to do with how I approach photographing a wedding. I feel like a story teller when I am at a wedding. Of course I am always sure to document the events that unfold and take posed, professional portraits of your family, wedding party, and you the newlyweds, but more importantly I want to tell the story of your wedding day from start to end through my eye and my camera lens. By that I mean create a collection of images that if viewed by someone who was not at your wedding will lead them through the day as if they had been. A person viewing those images for the first time should be able to feel the same emotions that guests who attended the wedding felt. As a wedding photographer that is my biggest challenge as well as my biggest reward. I task myself with telling the unique story of your day by capturing moments: candid monents, posed moments, funny moments, and even sad moments. There are different ways of capturing these moments. I have found the way that works best for me is to make sure that I remain really present or in the moment, shoot intentionally and with heart, and shoot as if looking through the eyes of a loved one. Because when the wedding is over that is who will be looking at these pictures: you and your loved ones.