About Photographer Wayne Ferrara
IN MY OWN WORDS
I tend to be a very ‘laid back’ kind of person in general, but I take my work very seriously. No matter what the assignment or job is, I usually get extremely focused on my work to the point of it dominating my thoughts. Sometimes, I forget to eat! It’s kind of funny, I’ve actually had people say I look angry about something….but I’m not; I guess my expression looks that way when I’m overly absorbed in concentration. When I’m not working, I’m actually a very humorous guy who loves to have fun.
My first experience with photography began when I bought my first Kodak Brownie film camera. Oh, man! That was special. I would take pictures of something, anything, anyone and couldn't wait for my prints to come back from the lab. I would look at them and think to myself, "This-is-so-cool".
I remember working weekends doing odd jobs at the grocery store to pay for it.....bagging potatoes and okra, (I hated bagging okra, lots of itchy stickers) sweeping the floor, whatever. As I recall, the camera costed something like, I don’t remember exactly, but it was cheap by today’s standards, something like $12 or $15, brand new. In those days, I had to bag a lot of potatoes and do a lot of sweeping to afford that. It was a Kodak Brownie “Starflex”, 1964 model…..one of those cameras you held in front of you about waist-high and looked down into to see the frame composition. It used 127 roll film; I can still remember going inside the clothes closet to load the film into the camera. If I did that, I would always get an extra photo on the roll. You could get Verichrome for B&W prints or Kodacolor for color prints.
I was only ten or eleven years old but I knew there was something special about photography. In retrospect, I realized it was an area of creativity I wanted to explore and learn more about. Of course, back then I didn't really think of it in those terms; to me,....photography was just a cool thing to do. I could take a picture of a big rock or a chain link fence, and it was cool. The only drawback was, it had a fixed focal length and you had to be at least five or six feet from a subject.
I remember trying out an old film trick I had read about; I had one of my friends near the camera holding his hand out flat and to his side. Then, I had my other friend stand off in the distance until I lined up the palm of the guy up front with the other guy off in the distance. The results looked like a miniature version of one friend was standing on the hand of the other. Like I said, I thought all this was very cool stuff.
I would often take pictures of unusual subjects too, sometimes from an almost abstract perspective and my parents would ask me, "Why did you take a picture of THAT? You're wasting film! WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU?" º_º
Well, needless to say, there was usually something unique about the subject, something that stood out to me. Something that was, well.....special, special to me anyway; a perspective other people just didn't see or even care about. What can I say, I think seeing things differently from time to time is part of the process……maybe in life too.
Believe it or not, I still have that little camera. I like to hang on to some things. I suppose that's why I like photography so much....pictures give us a chance to hang on to a little piece of history that will often be gone in an instant.
The cameras I use today would have been considered science-fiction back when I had my little Kodak, not to mention the professional computers and post-processing software I work with. To me though, it's ALL still "very cool". Even though most of my work is a fairly straightforward business-to-business, I still like photographs of the unusual. Best thing about digital? I don't have to worry about getting yelled at for "wasting film" anymore.
However, as much as I enjoy the artistic, creative side of photography, I take every assignment very seriously. This is, after all, my business. So when we get a chance to talk........if I go into way more detail than you expected or thought you needed; you know why. That being said, I apologize in advance for being a little long-winded.
Throughout my time as a photographer in New Orleans and elsewhere, it has been an incredible pleasure to work with so many unique, interesting people and fascinating subjects. As much as I love the comfort and lighting control I have working in my little studio, New Orleans is truly a photographer's candy store of goodies when it comes to pictures! Pick a subject, pick a background…it’s all there.
My most important objective in the photography business is to clearly understand the client's needs and to provide professional results to everyone I have the pleasure of working with.
I hope to work with you soon.
~ Wayne Ferrara ~
LGBTQ Friendly Photographer in New Orleans
Located at 4437 Danneel St., New Orleans, LA 70115
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