It was a blessing to have my brother, Jason Tey, in Sydney for a week to shoot this wedding. It was an extra special event for me since it was also the first wedding I have ever performed. So providing his family a car to use, accomodation, food and a baby nephew they had yet to meet, was just enough incentive to twist his arm to make the trip across the country, with his wife and daughter, for this special occasion.
Jason normally lives and operates in Perth, Western Australia but makes the odd trip now and then to Sydney to visit family. I have a few relatives that live in Sydney so we’re quite evenly spread between the two sides of the country.
With photography, just like any speciality, there’s always more to it than meets the eye. You may not be able to put your finger on it but when you look at a photo you can somehow innately tell the difference between a nice looking photo and a great photo. There is actually a method and philosophy behind taking great photos but this doesn’t mean it’s easy.
Anyone can buy a nice camera and take decent looking photos. But when you start getting into real elite photography skillz, it’s more than just taking photos of people and things. It’s about capturing moments. The problem is, when a moment happens it’s generally too late to take a photo of it. And that’s why when you look at a good photo and don’t even know why it’s that good it’s because it has captured a moment and that moment brings you back to the event and the emotion that filled the hearts of the people when it happened.
So with experience, hard work and a passion to get that great shot, good photographers attempt to anticipate these moments before they happen, then get into a position to capture it when it does. This is something my brother is very passionate about and why he excels at what he does. It’s also why when you compare his photos to your average family relative who has an expensive camera, they just don’t come close in comparison.
Passion (or zeal) can be a powerful driving force that makes us do above what we would ordinarily want to do. And it all starts with love. If we love something enough, we’ll strive to always do our best, which means investing the time, effort and study to keep moving forward and improving.
This ought to be how we live our Christianity and this is how God wants us to live our faith, with passion and zeal. It too starts with love. The sad thing is, we often have much love for the things that do little for us, and little love for The One who has done so much for us.
1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
These aren’t all the photos he took of the wedding, just a preview set he sent me to share on our church website with Gershon and Christine’s permission.
You can view more of Jason’s photography at www.jasontey.com