Image copyright Scott Stockton. All rights reserved.
by Skip Cohen
The pandemic has had an impact on everybody, especially wedding artists. As event photographers, it's tough to do your "job" when events are on hold. But that hasn't slowed down any Tamron Chef from maintaining a continued presence with their target audience. With each Chef over the last few months, there's a common denominator - nothing stops their passion for the craft.
When Chamira and I started this series, we could never have anticipated each interview's intensity and the wisdom each artist would share about their journey. Over the last few months, each Chef has talked about how they've stayed focused on their craft, clients, and skill sets.
Scott Stockton joins us in the Tamron Kitchen this month with a specialty that's more than just wedding photography. He's a storyteller with love for capturing romance.
With each episode of Tamron Recipes, I always go off in search of a suitable quote that fits the guest chef. I didn't know Scott before our first phone call, but it wasn't hard to sense his love for his clients and dedication to serving their "world" and telling their story. Finding a suitable quote was an easy task because of Scott's commitment to the trust each client puts in his skill set.
There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work,
than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you...
Sir Richard Branson
About "Chef" Scott: One look through the images on Scott Stockton's website and it's obvious where his heart lies. It's with each client.
His website opens with the perfect tagline: I believe that the best love stories are told by someone obsessed with love.
And closes with: You are my best adventure.
Now, see the world through the eyes of the bride as she and the groom search for a photographer to capture and tell their story. Relationship building as a wedding photographer is all about establishing trust early on. And Chef Scott makes it clear right from the beginning his priorities are about capturing love.
I'm a self-proclaimed Hallmark movie junkie who is obsessed with being around love. There's no better feeling in the world than being surrounded by the butterflies of two people madly in love. The feelings I get watching everything unfold on a wedding day is a high second to none. I will probably be the only one who cries more than you at your wedding. Please allow me to tell your story!
Take the time to visit Chef Scott's website. Pay attention to the unique way he tells his story and immediately develops a confident direct call to action to allow him to tell the client's story.
About the Image: Scott used Tamron's SP 35mm F/1.4 Di USD lens to capture what's become one of his favorite shots, shown above.
This is a sparkler exit I did at Board & Batten events in Charlotte NC. I'm using a 2 light setup here. I have on flash behind the couple back-lighting them with a Magmod sphere on it, and then I had my assistant holding a flash on a monopod with a grid on it aimed at just the couple. As they walked, he walked to light them. This is probably my favorite setup for sparkler exits.
Click on Scott's image to enlarge and view in the SCU Lightbox. Then visit his website. The pandemic has slowed down his business, but nothing will change his love for the craft, romance or respect for his clients.
Tamron never slows down in continuing to manufacture some of the finest glass in the world. The quality of their optics has become legendary. They're one of the industry's most favorite suppliers, and whether online these days in virtual workshops or live at their booth at any convention, they're always busy.
Tamron's website is loaded with outstanding content, as well as their YouTube channel. And their tech team is regularly teaching online with workshops supported by Tamron retailers all over the country.
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This is a great time to expand your gear, and take full advantage of the downtime getting to know a new lens, and boost your skill set.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.