Richard Hydren, Photographer

Enjoying a wonderful sunset on the water at the end of a long summer day, I was watching, not the sunset, but the warm glow it cast onto the faces of my two brothers and their wives. They were enjoying the sunset. I was enjoying the golden-hour light on the faces of my “subjects.” Out came my cellphone, and after a few posing instructions I first captured one couple and as I set the second couple their son, who creates amazingly good images with his “cell,” stood by my side with his phone at the ready. As I raised mine into position, he gently held his just touching the top edge of mine and waited. As my finger triggered, he tripped his. Side-by-side we compared the two images and astonished at the difference he asked, why is yours still better than mine?

And indeed it was. Why? Because in his mind he was waiting for me to fire my camera. In my mind I was waiting for the background, the warm golden light, the body language in the pose and the love in their eyes to all match with the vision I had formed in my mind ten minutes before my cellphone came out of its hiding place in my pocket.

The art and magic of photography is the ability to capture what cannot be seen.

My purpose is to use this talent and skill to create images that reflect the beauty, love and grace in all my subjects.

My dream is to only create portraits of those who are most important in the lives of my clients.

Their children. Families. Those who they love most. And to use my skills to create art people will enjoy tirelessly for decades. 

The ability to capture what cannot be seen is not unique to me. I would argue it is this skill that separates all “photographers”  from all the want-a-bees. From all the people with cameras in their cellphones. From all the “Uncle Bobs” with their Canon Rebels. And all the part-time photographers who join camera clubs and BNI and think I will be a “real photographer” as soon as I can afford to buy that new what-ever.

This is what Ansel Adams meant when he said the most important equipment a photographer has is the 12 inches behind the camera. It’s not the equipment. The ability to capture what cannot be seen is something we achieve after years of practice and hundreds of hours with many mentors. It’s the 10,000 repetitions theory together with good coaches who encourage you to stay on track until that “photographer muscle” is strong enough.

This ability to capture what cannot be seen is why 10 awesome photographers can shoot the exact same subject, in the same time period, and their images will look amazingly different. I once saw a slideshow of a beautiful iceberg photographed by 8 world class photographers. They were all standing on the same boat, leaning against the same railing, shooting at the same time. Each photographer’s work was recognizable by their individual styles. No two photographer’s work looked anything like another’s. It was astounding how different that iceberg looked in each of the collections.

The art and magic of photography is the ability to capture what cannot be seen. To see me, just pick up your cellphone and call 508-954-1298.