The Eye for Detail

This is part of my Forever Grateful project.
As I was selling my home and placing my business on hiatus for a period of time, I took portraits of about 30 people who influenced my career over the past 12 years. This was my way of saying “Thanks” and letting everyone know that I couldn’t have done it without their support.

Matt,

Who know that when you came to me for advice on how to take great photos on your trip to Thailand, that we’d end up shooting weddings together soon after that? I lent you my backup camera, gave you a quick run down on the differences between shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and then told you the same thing tell anyone who wants to learn how to become better at taking photos, “Only shoot in manual mode.” You picked up on things quickly and came back from your trip with a lot of great photos. Your eye for detail was outstanding and your composition was solid.

Not too long after that, you asked if you could use my backup camera to take pictures at our friends’ wedding that I was photographing. Up until then, I had only shot weddings by myself. because I wasn’t really pursuing wedding photography; it was just something I was doing for friends and fun on the side.

It was your first wedding and you got some really stellar shots. A few were on my list of favorites from the day. You showed me the benefit of having another eye at a wedding. You captured moments of the bride and groom from the side when I was talking to them. They looked so happy and natural and they seemed less posed for the camera as they did in my shots.

After that, I started hiring you for weddings and you never let me down. Your eye for detail and unique perspective got better each time. Here is just a small sampling of the shots of yours that stood out to me.

Photos by Matt Laroux
Photos by Matt Laroux
Photos by Matt Laroux
Photos by Matt Laroux
Photos by Matt Laroux
Photos by Matt Laroux
Photo by Matt Laroux
Photo by Matt Laroux
Photos by Matt Laroux
Photos by Matt Laroux
Photo by Matt Laroux
Photo by Matt Laroux

Now, when I’m photographing weddings, I often step back and think to myself “How would Laroux shoot this?” Thank you for assisting me in my wedding business and for inspiring me with your work throughout the years.

Forever grateful,

Blake

The Story Behind the Shot:

Matt’s detail shots were always his best work. I don’t know what goes through his mind when he looks through a camera, but this is how he looks from the other side.

Matt Laroux - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Matt Laroux – photo by Blake Gardner Photography

When Matt and I were 17 years old, we spent many evenings sitting in our cars for hours, talking about improv and life… and often into the morning. 20 years later, I wanted to revisit the way our friendship formed… inside of a car.

Blake Gardner & Matt Laroux - photo by Blake Gardner Photography
Blake Gardner & Matt Laroux – photo by Blake Gardner Photography

You can read more from my Forever Grateful project HERE.

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