2024 will be about maximizing joy and authenticity for me, and for my clients. I will definitely not be embracing the current trend of taking 10000 photos at a wedding with a global shutter camera, to send them to AI to cull, edit and process with the same canned preset. I can't help but notice that the look of wedding photography has recently become more standardized than ever, looking more and more like spooky AI generated stock fashion imagery. I call this the 'collectivist' wedding look, something totalitarian and almost brutalist about it, vacant or forced facial expressions of materialistic perfection drenched in social media influencer culture of pretending. I believe wedding photography should be about the human spirit and the human heart. I value freedom of speech over political correctness. I never cared for plastic nor GMO/nutrient deprived food, and I certainly will never value art made by software…

What gets me is how photographers can be proud about removing human artistic decisions from their process to ‘save time and effort’ …not sure where my industry is going with this current trend of bragging about basically swindling clients. Would a gourmet restaurant brag about now outsourcing their menu to a fake industrial food factory run by robots in the name of ‘progress’ and 'better business model'? How does getting jipped in the name of modernity make you feel?