Back in August of last year my very first post here was part of a blog circle with a group of amazing and talented wedding photographers. Also busy, amazing, and talented wedding photographers. See, the plan was to have a theme each month which was fine in September but then it just sort of fell off the radar I think. And then of course the holidays came and ain't nobody got time for dat. But thanks to some industrious and organized people we have a list of themes for the new year so that we can work on each month at our own pace.

I'm excited about this because seriously, there is some amazing eye candy and story telling by this group of people. And they are pretty nice to those of us who are maybe not in the same skill level. It's kind of like the great ball players who are really nice to the water boy :-)

This month's theme is black and white. When I first started shooting it was with film and I shot differently when using black and white film. I'd visualize differently because I was thinking in terms of monotones and blacks, whites and grays. When I started this theme I realized how much less I've done that since I've gone to digital. And, honestly, I'm not really happy about that. Sure you can click a button and move some sliders around in post processing to convert any image to black and white but there is something different I think about an image that has been conceived in the often dramatic and mysterious world of black and white, nurtured and created with that purpose. Not that some images aren't converted from color to b/w with success...they are. I just realized how much I had actually limited myself by having the option to do it later rather than in camera. Of course it's possible that this is just my weird perception too.

I'm actually going to show a mix of black and white images...some current and taken just for this theme and a few from back in the day. Hope you enjoy them!

One of the great things about black and white images is the way it can remove distracting elements and really allow you to see more of the story.



In portraits it can really focus all the attention on your subject.


Revealing vulnerability.




Or the soft newness and innocence of newborns and toddlers.




It can add a sense of timelessness to the ordinary. 



And be dramatic and moody.



Adding a touch of mystery to the commonplace.


My Mother doesn't care for black and white photography. When I was shooting film she would always ask me if I had run out of the color kind. She likes bold color and that's fine and good. Color has it's place obviously. But this themed project has reminded me that I need to focus on black and white more as an art form itself rather than just a conversion option for some images.

For more about black and whites...and to see some beautiful examples...I invite you to visit photographer Lauren Kinde for some really interesting black and whites.


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  1. I love shooting black and white and have one setting on my camera set up so I can do that with a quick flick. Some of my favorite pictures were taken that way.

    I also like how converting to black and white has saved a few not-so-great photos and made them much more interesting. :)

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    1. I should probably do my settings exactly as I like it too. Thanks for the idea, Meg!

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  2. ...and you do so well with black & white! I must like black & white photos too as that is what I have for pictures hanging on the walls around the house! :)

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    1. Color, black and white...I have to keep it in check or we'd drown in pictures :-)

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