Blurry & Beautiful: Why I absolutely will deliver blurry photos

Something that I always try to tell my clients as well as other photographer friends is that there is no need to scrap a blurry or soft focus image. In photography, there isn’t a rule book that says everything needs to be tack sharp; in fact, the super sharpness of digital photography can sometimes be too jarring and can come off looking manipulated. My intentions in every scenario that I’m trusted to capture is to keep everything feeling and looking REAL.

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Photographs are powerful sources of memories that we can constantly look back on and the beauty of a moving image, or a blurry one, is that it feels like the moment is still happening; like we can drop right back in to where that photo left off. Personally I love a soft focus or motion blur in black and white imagery. They feel like the photos that I look at when my grandparents dump out their big box of old photos for us to go through. They’re timeless, even if they’ve only just been made.


Now even though I’m an advocate for blurry and soft images, that doesn’t mean every image can go that way. I’m really drawn to movement as a storyteller, such as a couple walking together in a park, your guests all dancing at the end of the night, or the goodbye wave from the bride as she drives off in a dope red mustang. The moments that are meant to remain in motion sort of make themselves, versus me having to make them.

So don’t be afraid if something doesn’t come out super sharp! If you can still FEEL something when looking at the photo, that’s all you need.

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