About Photographer Wayne Ferrara
A Moment From Behind the Lens
It may sound cliché, but photography has always been an important part of who I am. No matter what the assignment or job is, I usually get extremely focused on my work to the point of it dominating my thoughts.
My love of photography began when I bought my first Kodak Brownie film camera. 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-cool". Believe it or not, I still have that little camera. I remember working weekends doing odd jobs at the grocery store to pay for it.....bagging potatoes and okra, sweeping the floor. I was only twelve years old but even then, I knew photography was an area of creativity I wanted to explore and develop. Of course, back then I didn't really think of it in those terms, not exactly, to me,....it was just cool. I could take a picture of a rock, and it was cool.
I would often take pictures of unusual subjects, 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?"
Well, needless to say, there was usually something about the subject that stood out as......well, special to me, anyway; something 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.
Even though the world of photography has changed dramatically since then, including the professional digital equipment and post-processing software I work with today....my dedication to the craft has not. Even though most of my work is a fairly straightforward business, I still like photographs of the unusual. Thank goodness I don't have to worry about "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.
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. New Orleans is truly a photographer's candy store of goodies!
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.
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