Today marks the 40th picture of the week for Wazipic™. From inception, Wazipic™ has been an electrifying journey filled with enlightenment, perseverance, self-discovery and unexpected friendships. Speaking of unexpected friendships. A new photographer friend of mine, Dale Krebbs, shared moments of his illustrious photography and marketing career with me over some delicious hummus & pita at Cafe Bel Ami in Wichita, Kansas — their hummus will blow your mind! 🙂
Mr. Krebbs shared a thought with me that will remain in my mind for decades. He said, "Anthony, photography has given me an opportunity to meet interesting people, people I would have never met without photography." Mr. Krebbs is 100% correct! In fact, our friendship is a direct result of photography, and my interaction with the many new faces landing on Wazipic™ is also a direct result of photography.
Photography is not always about monetary gain or impressing people with your creative shots. The more exciting and rewarding aspect of photography is meeting new people and forging new friendships. A significant amount of passion behind the Wazipic™ Community Spotlight is fueled by the opportunity to engage with people in Wichita, Kansas and surrounding communities. I would never dream of this type of social interaction just two years ago. Stepping behind my DLSR camera simulates the confidence I would experience if I were to step behind an enormous impenetrable shield. Peeking around its protective barrier allowed me to ease my way into social surroundings that have terrified me for years. Call me crazy, but I challenge you to step behind a DSLR camera and tell me you do not feel a slight wave of empowerment rushing over you.
The couple featured in this week's Wazipic™ of the week is another fine example of photography grabbing me by the hand and leading me to the edge of my comfort zone. The couple, Sarah and Brock Hampton, are expecting their first child and asked me to capture maternity memories they will cherish for a lifetime. As many of you know, my wife and I are also expecting our third child, and let me tell you, there is no better icebreaker than two couples with babies due roughly two months apart. Sharing maternity stories quickly eliminated that dreadful awkward silence often present when couples meet for the first time. My wife and I instantly connected with the Hampton's, and their pleasant personalities made the photo shoot more fun than it was work.
Another fantastic connection that may not have transpired without photography. If you consider yourself shy, timid or introverted, but there is an inner urge imploring you to make a connection with the undiscovered. Step out of your comfort zone, grab your shield — your camera — and start photographing life. You will be surprised the confidence photography awards you and the rewards are well worth the risk. The world is filled with fascinating, kind and entertaining individuals, so do not let fear and ambiguity prevent you from meeting these people.
About the Shot
The night before the photo shoot, I was begging Mother Nature for a blanket of overcast. For those new to photography, overcast provides beautifully diffused light which is better than light produced on bright sunny days. You can absolutely capture great shots on sunny days, however, you must find shade or shoot with the sun low and to the back of your subject. Otherwise, the subjects in your photographs will be covered in harsh light and deep shadows.
Unfortunately, overcast was not on the menu the day of the photo shoot. The Hampton's were very flexible with their schedule and we were able to start the photo shoot early in the morning. This allowed me to control the light by positioning the Hampton's with their backs to the rising sun. Actually, the unexpected high winds was the biggest inconvenience during the photo shoot — causing many hair adjustments throughout the morning.
In the end, the Hampton's worked through the high winds like a boss! Their patience and carefree attitude allowed me to capture some fantastic shots of the lovely couple.
I hope you enjoy the photograph and the story behind it. Have fabulous day!
All my best,
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
― C.S. Lewis
Camera Settings and Edits
- Photograph name: Unexpected Friendships
- Camera Model: Canon EOS Rebel T5i
- Shutter Speed: 1/250
- Aperture: f/5.6
- ISO: 100
- Lens: 28-105mm L
- Focal Length: 67 mm
- Image Quality: RAW
- White Balance: Auto