Becerra Photography is a Corvallis-based photography studio specializing in weddings, maternity, and newborn photos. Photographer Chris Becerra is passionate about capturing true emotion and creative light in each of his photos. He taught photography at Oregon State University for several years and now volunteers with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep. Chris also strives to run an eco-friendly business. Becerra Photography won the Oregon Bride Magazine Best of 2010 award and has been named by Expertise.com as one of the best photographers in Eugene and Salem Oregon.
A note from Chris Becerra:
Sometimes I’ll run into an old friend and they’ll ask “Are you still taking pictures?” I can’t help but let a huge smile consume my face as I begin to tell them about my job.
I get to be a witness to the most important moments in people’s lives. I’m there hiding behind a tree during a surprise engagement proposal. I’m there when a groom’s eyes well with tears as his bride nervously walks down the aisle. I’m there when a mother reaches for her newborn baby for the first time and the father cuts the umbilical cord. I’m also present for sad moments, as I volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an organization that provides photos for couples who have lost a newborn or stillborn child.
A few years ago I had a moment contemplating what I’m truly passionate about as a photographer. What sets me apart? I spent days going through hundreds of weddings and thousands of photoshoots and distilled them all down to two phrases: True Emotion and Inspired Light.
On True Emotion:
On a wedding there is so much happening and so much to take pictures of, but my favorite parts are simple moments between two people that might go unnoticed by others. A nervous smile between mother and daughter as they are getting ready, a warm hug between a groom and the best man who he’s known since they were three, that moment at the reception when your roommate from college happens to sit next to your 2nd grade teacher and they both crack up laughing from sharing stories about you.
These are the kind of images that I’m passionate about. A great example is this photo of Ty at Corrie and Ty’s wedding.
See, Ty’s not hugging his parents in this photo, he’s hugging his new in-law’s. It was obvious in the moment that Corrie’s parents viewed Ty as their new son and that Ty loved them back just as much. You won’t see this kind of picture in a wedding magazine, it won’t win any awards, it probably won’t even make it to my portfolio site, but it is the kind of picture that I’m passionate about, the kind of picture that I’m always looking for, the kind of picture that makes me just as excited to shoot the next wedding as I was 11 years ago when I shot my first.
That’s True Emotion.
On Inspired Light
Another, perhaps more technical aspect of wedding photography that I’m passionate about is coming up with beautiful, creative light no matter what the situation. It could be an indoor or outdoor wedding. The wedding could take place in the pouring rain or the blazing sun, but I love rising to the challenge of a difficult lighting situation and creating something unexpected and spectacular. That might mean that I use some soft window light, it might mean that I lay down in the mud to get just the right angle, it could mean that I bring a huge soft box and battery pack out into a wheat field or stand in the pouring rain to backlight the couple and freeze each droplet as comes crashing down. Whatever it takes, I come to every wedding with the right equipment and mindset to create some Inspired Light.
Lastly, a big part of my job has nothing to do with my camera or taking pictures; I just love interacting with new people. In order for people to be comfortable enough to show emotion in front of me, in order for them to trust me enough to set up lights and lay in the mud, I have to be able to see and understand many different types of people instantly. Many times I’ll meet a couple for the first time on their wedding day. Think about that. I’m going to spend the next 10 hours with someone on the most important day of their life, often directing them and shaping how their wedding day will unfold. And I’ve never met them. One thing I pride myself on is being able to read people, to understand when to hold back and capture a moment from a distance, or when to step in and help a bride put her veil on because the hairdresser left and all her bridesmaids have never been married. After 200+ weddings I’ve seen it all and done it all, but each new wedding offers the chance to connect with a new person and to tell their story in a new and interesting way.
As I explain my job to my friends, I realize that for many brides and grooms, even the ones who I have not yet met, I’m showing up as an old friend, an old friend who is tuned in enough to capture your true emotion and who happens to know enough about taking pictures to inspire you with light.
If you’d like to know more about me and my other passions you can check out my blog, where I share my most recent work, I talk about my personal adventures, my quest for creating a 100% eco friendly business and my cute kids.
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