Love Comes in at the Eye: Lessons From a Veteran Wedding Photographer
The B&H Event Space (420 9th Ave., Manhattan)

Mel DiGiacomo has a unique approach to wedding photography. He says: Some notable weddings I’ve shot are, former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador George Mitchell, tennis champion and broadcaster Pam Shriver, and director Ron Howard’s daughter’s wedding. I differ from “wedding photographers” in that I do not apply any formula to my assignment. There are no formulas in life. Life is ephemeral so I keep my approach loose and reasonably unplanned. My training is that of a journalist. While working for Newsweek, Time, and Sports Illustrated we were sent into situations that were mostly unstructured. The challenge of working things out is something I readily accept. Former Newsweek cover designer, Ron Meyerson, complimented me by saying, “I get phone calls at all hours of the day and middle of the night from photographers who ask me for direction. You are the only one who didn’t call. You always worked things out.”

In the arts, there is no single ‘correct approach’. Esthetics education is a lot messier. Esthetics education keeps asking, ‘what if?’ and ‘why not?’. Esthetics Education says there isn’t one right answer. Don’t be discouraged. Your mistakes are teaching tools. Take this seminar and I’ll do my best to encourage you and offer you courage.

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