During my recent trip to Toronto for fashion week, I had the pleasure of meeting Emily Curd of Emily Jean Photography. She connected with me at my hotel for a photo shoot. Right away when I met her, I noticed how sweet, enthusiastic and confident she was. Her whole disposition made me feel comfortable right away and she was so gracious with me the whole time (as I was feeling pretty sick and had nearly no voice!). As someone who works both behind and in front of the camera, I know how important it is to trust your photographer, something I felt instantly with her.
Emily is a creative photographer from Mulmur, Ontario who shoots weddings, couples, family, maternity and more. She is currently studying Photography at Ryerson University in Toronto, however she has been photographing for many years.
When did you start getting into photography?
I got into photography when I was around 13. I was fascinated by cameras and their capabilities to capture such beautiful images.
Can you explain what a natural light photographer is?
A natural light photographer is a photographer who shoots primarily using natural light as opposed to artificial light. I choose to create images in the light that is natural and organic.
What do you think makes a memorable picture?
I believe that the most memorable images are the ones that are caught in a moment of pure emotion. Cameras have the capabilities to capture 1/4000th of a second. There are so many emotions and incredible moments that happen so fast, and sometimes you get lucky to capture one of those very quick seconds.
Do you have a preference for black & white vs colour? How do the two come to play in your work?
This is a very difficult question! I feel as though it really depends on the photo shoot. Some images that have a lot of raw emotion seem to go hand in hand with black and white images. There is something so beautiful about a lovely black and white image. I think it unifies the entire image together. I also feel that colour is very important to capture moments as well. I think it’s very special when clients are able to applaud themselves at their beautifully coordinated clothing colour palette! (I take pride in my very fashionable clients!!)
Have you been influenced by photographers? Do you have any favourite photographers?
I think every day I find a new photographer who inspires me! I am inspired by different styles and different art forms. I love documentary photographers like Vivian Maier and Walker Evans. I think as a photographer even though you may have a specific style, it is very important to open yourself up to looking at different photographer’s styles’. It is an overall appreciation for the art.
Do you shoot mostly by instinct or is there an element of planning that happens before hand?
Every session I do I have an idea of what kind of session it will be. A majority of the photo shoots I do focus on the love between individuals. I do scout locations and have to plan my day accordingly due to when the light is at it’s best. I recently did have a family session and the father actually proposed to the mother without me knowing! I was just as surprised as she was! It was a beautiful moment and I could not have been more excited. It is little moments like those that make me appreciate and love my job that much more!
What advice would you give to a photographer who is just starting out?
For any photographer who is just starting out, don’t ever give up! Follow your passion and know that you have so many resources to go to. Good things take time! Continue to be inspired by whatever inspires you, whether it is reading, cooking, running, and singing, dancing! Do whatever creatively stimulates you to get your ideas flowing!
What do you love most about photography?
I love being able to capture intimate and beautiful moments between individuals. I am truly blessed to be able to be let into other people’s lives and to capture moments between them. I love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Thank you Emily for giving us a look into your process, along with wonderful words of encouragement for budding photographers.