Sarah :: Spontaneous Portraits :: Des Moines, Iowa Photographers

I’m not a very articulate person. When I get asked a question, I usually struggle to find the right words. So I’ll be really simple with this post.

I love Sarah. She’s my wife and my best friend. Cliche’, I know. When we married in 2001 I was in love with everything about her. When we were dating I remember pulling into her parent’s driveway dropping her off from a concert and saying out loud, “Gosh, she is so darn cute.” Nine years and four children later nothing has changed. I still get those same feelings. She is beautiful. She is strong. She is loving. She is slow to anger. She is patient. She is tolerant of all my silly hobbies. She is my wife and I thank God for her every day.

I’ve been wanting to do some simple portraits of her for quite some time. Sarah and I are always challenged with making sure there is a connection between us and our subject. Zack Arias had said, “When you photograph someone and there isn’t a good connection being made, then the person viewing the end result [photograph] will have no connection either. The photograph may come across as meaningless.” That wasn’t quoted verbatim and I might have completely butchered exactly what he said but I believe the intent is there.

To take a technically “good” photograph isn’t difficult at all. Exposure and all the variables involved in creating a photograph can be conceived as a difficult task. But I believe the greatest task is to capture meaning and emotion. I got a few frames in here that I’m proud of. But I believe this pursuit of excellence in content rather than technique is going to be a continuous journey and a work in progress. As always, thanks again for taking the time to check us out!

Joyce BabbittJuly 25, 2010 - 6:38 pm

Chris…you shortchange yourself when it comes to your opinion of your verbal skills. I’ve read many of your entries and they are simply beautiful…heartwarming…emotionally poignant. These pictures are “so Sarah…so beautiful mother…so beautiful woman”. They reflect the Sarah we all know and love too!! Delicious!!

lauraJuly 25, 2010 - 7:08 pm

ba! you kids are so stinking cute 🙂

love the 7th image for suuure – sooo sarah
and love the first one of her with claire

so glad you lovers are taking pictures of us lovers 🙂

Mary Beth BeacomJuly 26, 2010 - 8:29 am

LOVE laughing with her eyes closed!

Every shot has a story-and you are right, the subject is so beautiful, that it would be hard to find a “bad” shot.

Also loved tender kiss on baby’s head.

Thanks for sharing these!

Mary Beth

Ruth AnnJuly 26, 2010 - 1:46 pm

so beautiful! I love the first one of her with Claire also!

KathleenJuly 27, 2010 - 11:47 pm

You are so beautiful sarah!

gramma janeJuly 29, 2010 - 8:40 am

you captured the Sarah we all know and Love. talent and love shows in your pic’s. keep up the good work.

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