the photographer


I started taking photographs when I was still young with an old Kodak disc camera. While friends were making snapshots of friends I was getting photos of buildings and scenics.

Later on I moved up to my parent's point-and-shoot and continued to concentrate on trying to make beautiful photos. There were even a few times I got in trouble for taking too many photos (having two rolls of the same subject while trying to capture just the right moment may have been hard for my parents to understand).

Eventually I was able to o purchase a used SLR during my freshman year of college. From then on I was always saving up for the next lens or flash, and spent one summer eating nothing but PBJ sandwiches in order to afford a quality telephoto lens.

In college I excelled in every photography class offered and even branched out into painting. Many late hours were spent in the darkroom fine tuning projects, and even now certain elements of traditional darkroom training can be seen in my photos.

My appreciation of form and line comes down to the influence of classical art photography and instruction. My goals for capturing fleeting moments are largely due to the influence of the work of photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith.

Since my first wedding in 1999 I have worked hard to provide the best quality work that I am able. In my wedding coverage I have sought to combine elements of artistic photography and style with traditional wedding portraiture.

J. David Tate

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favorite quotes:

No photographer is as good as the simplest camera.

- Edward Steichen

The prejudice many photographers have against colour photography comes from not thinking of colour as form. You can say things with colour that can’t be said in black and white… Those who say that colour will eventually replace black and white are talking nonsense. The two do not compete with each other. They are different means to different ends.

- Edward Weston

If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.

- Robert Capa


My background