My degree is in photography, but I started art school as a drawing major. I spent years painting and drawing and I carry this training with me as I photograph. I can't agree more when people say photography is painting with light. I apply the same principals in Photoshop post production as I do in my drawings and paintings. Many of my photographic portraits are strongly influenced by some of my favorite painters.
I like to balance out a wedding portfolio with a variety of formal and informal images. And when I take formal portraits I am consciously making decisions that are directly informed by paintings by some of my favorite painters such as John Singer Sargent, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, and Jules Breton. I love their use of rich color, texture and luminous light. Here are a few of my favorite paintings along-side some of my photographs. It's easy to see how they've influenced me.