This was my very first wedding. After already accepting my love for photography, this moment here did two things for me, first, it taught me that wedding photography was where I belonged, and second, it taught me to understand the value of the print. I still possess this photo. No matter how many phones I breaks, laptops my son spills water on, or hard drives crash, I can still physically hold this photo and feel the paper type. That's what photography is about, the print.
I fell in love with the camera as early as 5th grade. The Kodak disposables were always my favorite for school field trips. However, in the fall of 2000 I purchased my first SLR, a Nikon N70. One click of the shutter and I was hooked. I knew the camera would change me!
Action, action, and action. My style of photography is about being raw, organic, fearless, and spontaneous. I don't look for my "money shot" in the posed photos or bank on fixing it in photoshop. My money shot is when you're surrounded by people jumping around having a good time and I squeeze and squirm through them, to lift my camera and grab that natural, organic, laughter, and joy on your face, while almost getting kicked, and someone spilling a Vodka tonic down my back.
photo by Flikk Thornton for Michelle Wodzinski Photography & Film