Guilty pleasure: black and white processing.

It's time I admit something:  I am a sucker for black and white photos.  There I said, it's out there.  Judge what you may.  

I tried to pretend for a long time that I wasn't.  I tried to pretend that processing in black and white was just something I did "here and there" or "when I felt like it." No more, folks, no more.  I started shooting in black and white when I was 14, when film was still the only way to go.  I loved the crispness of the photos, the clarity I could get from experimenting in the darkroom and with the f-stop.  When I went fully to digital around 2006 (I was a late bloomer, don't hate), I tried to force myself to embrace color.  Color photography is sort of the way to be these days for wedding photographers, and don't get me wrong, I love me a wonderfully toned color print just as much as the rest of you, but at the end of the day, my absolutely favorite shots from weddings tend to be those I process in black and white.  Maybe it's the classic aspect of the shades, maybe it's the details that come through a bit more in monochrome, maybe it's the throwback to my childhood photography days, who knows.  But I am no longer going to feel guilty when I process photos in black and white or apologize to my clients that they are getting 25%-40% of their shots in black and white.  I'm a black and white lover and I'm proud of it.

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