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C Brown Photo Captures Real Moments With Your Friends and Family

By S. Mathur

Cindy Brown belongs to the blend-in-the-background school of photography. "All my education and experience has been about capturing real moments," she says, "Because I allow a couple's day to unfold naturally, I am able to capture action, interaction and emotions on their own terms, The result is photographs that are unique to each couple, to each wedding."

The photographs are far from the typical formal, staged wedding photographs, capturing instead the laughter and tears of the day. Being able to show emotions on film might be a skill learned during her career as a photojournalist. Brown explains that "I began my career in photography as a staff photographer for several daily newspapers, including the St. Petersburg Times, a paper known for it's photojournalism. After completing a master's in journalism at Indiana University, I was a picture editor for the Indianapolis Star."

She taught journalism for several years, moving from assistant to associate professor of journalism: "C Brown Photo began as a part-time wedding photojournalism business while I was still teaching. It gave me the opportunity to practice my skills as a photojournalist while creating memorable images for a wedding couple. Once I realized how much I loved photographing weddings and how much I hated grading, I built C Brown Photo into a full-time business."

What are the things she loves about being a photographer? First, "Meeting new people and getting to know them at one of the most exciting times of their lives." Next, "Being given the permission to document the love between family and friends on their wedding day." And finally, "The challenge of creating delightfully surprising storytelling photographs from the beginning to the end of their wedding day."

Rather than directing the events of the day to get the pictures, Brown follows the happenings to catch the essential moments as they unfold. This method produces not cookie-cutter photographs but real people with real emotions: "A documentary approach to wedding photography is best for couples who are more concerned about what their photographs make them feel like than how their photographs make them look."

This works best for those who think outside the box. Brown's pictures celebrate family and friends. She photographs bar mitzvahs, quincinieras and corporate events as well. Her portrait photography captures the personality of the subject, whether the picture is an engagement portrait, a corporate headshot or a pet portrait. Her unique day-in-the-life pictures of kids follows them around to document their lives, producing a lifestyle portrait.

From the clients' point of view, Brown achieves all that they could wish for to preserve the memories of that special day. As Customer Erica Cordes-Vacare wrote: "Cindy was everything we were hoping for in a wedding photographer. Her skill of capturing emotion in candid photographs of specific moments was nothing short of amazing. She didn't just photograph the ceremony and reception, she captured the story of our special day. We were worried that our photographs wouldn't have been as amazing as the photojournalism style in her portfolio, but we were delighted to discover that she doesn't just get lucky catching those moments - that's just what she does!"

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