The Life Formula

Photographers working for Life magazine in the early years--when the photo essay was a developing art form-- worked to capture a variety of images that would tell the story of the event they were covering. Those images fit together to give narrative structure and variety to their story. Included in their shot list were: 1) an introductory shot to set the scene; 2) a portrait to provide characterization; 3) an interaction shot to create drama; 4) a signature shot to capture the essence of the story (this would often serve as the opening or cover photo); 5) a detail shot to highlight a story-telling element that would otherwise go unnoticed; 6) and a clincher to bring the story to a close.

Because I spent so many years working as a photojournalist and teaching photojournalism, this method of story-telling with a camera is ingrained in my DNA. When I photograph a wedding, I am constantly thinking of how I can provide the narrative structure for a meaningful story about the particular event I am covering. Every wedding is different. The story that develops from each wedding is different. My goal is to create images that reflect that uniqueness.

Here's a photo of groom Mica Maddry from a wedding I photographed in November of 2007 that was created to move the photo story about the Maddry-Pease wedding along through characterization.

Mica Waits

www.cbrownphoto.com

Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.