I fell in love with the camera as early as 5th grade. The Kodak disposables were always my favorite for school field trips. However, it wasn't until Fall of 2000 that I purchased my first SLR, a Nikon N70. One click of the shutter and I was hooked. I knew the camera would change me!
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.
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 with the sunset and beautiful clouds, or banking on "fix 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