the bodaf conference - barcelona

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It was January or February of 2012 when I was disembarking my flight from Seattle into Madrid. I didn’t know it then but that trip was about to change my professional career forever. Spain captivated me —the people, the food, and the culture. It all felt so right. I felt like I was exactly where I was supposed to be in that moment. I was there to speak at Bodaf, a large European wedding photography conference. I met people at this event that are still some of my best friends today, and I was introduced to more photographers that have helped guide me and my career. The experience was truly invaluable to me.

But there is another reason why Spain feels so special to Melanie and I. We had just begun our relationship when I was about to take that trip in 2012 - It was still very new and we were just getting to know one another. We spent that week I was away on FaceTime and it was during this time that our relationship grew into something more serious. So-much-so that Spain felt like the place we needed to marry. We returned to Madrid a year later to elope on a rooftop with our incredible friends we had met though Bodaf. We have since made many trips back to Spain to connect with those friends we made back in 2012; those friends who we now call family.

We are so excited to be returning to speak at this conference that is so special to us. Join us in Barcelona? We can't wait to meet you.

Join us there.

BodaF

Barcelona, Spain

Monday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m

With Love,

AFFOB

why we love black and white photos the most

Black and white photography has always held a special place in our hearts. We think it’s the most pure version of photography. Stripped down to its essence - light and tone. Right now in the digital age post processing color and tone will go in and out of style, but a black and white is timeless. Our intention is to let the clothing, hairstyles, and surroundings give a sense of an era, not the processing trend of the week. And there is no easier way to accomplish that than with a beautiful BW conversion.

01: Color is easy

Black and white is a challenge. But pursuing strong black and white photos has made us better photographers. Here is a challenge for you. If you shoot raw you can have your images display BW in your camera. When you import them onto your computer to process you’ll see them in color. When you shoot in BW you are seeing shadows, composition, and tone without any distraction of color. This exercise has helped us shoot more dynamically.

02: Your photos will age with grace

Look, we’ve been victims to post production trends. Sometimes we want to go back and reprocess older color photos because they just don’t hold up as we continue to hone our craft. But our BW’s continue to age beautifully.

03: Black and white photos have heart

We love film photography, it’s how we started. BW feels filmic, it just does. There is a sense of nostalgia, heart, and romanticism that goes along with BW photos. It makes us feel something. And we think it makes others feel too. We’ve spent years working on our BW’s because it’s so important to us.

Here is an example of BW working effectively to evoke a sense of timelessness. The video looks like it could have been shoot 50 years ago, but we actually shot it last month. With BW, light is king and when we get down to it as photographers, the better we see the light, the better we are.

With Love,

AFFOB