Why Another Photographer?

Here's the thing. Right now, this is just a side project for me. I have a full-time job that I love, and even if I didn't, I wouldn't know the first thing about how to get a photography business off the ground and make it sustainable to the point that it pays the bills. Plus I have a wife, two kids, three dogs, I lead a small group at my church... I'm busy, is what I'm saying.

That being said, I have always wanted to try my hand at photography. It intuitively felt like something I would enjoy, and maybe even be good at. But I always told myself I was too broke (read: too scared) to really go for it. Not to mention I got a D in my college photography class. I don't know what changed, or when exactly. But I had an opportunity recently to buy a decent camera, so I scratched some extra money together and snapped it up before I could talk myself out of it. And then I just started shooting.

If you spend any reasonable length of time on Instagram, you'll notice that the world is full of great photographers. Even beyond the Ansel Adamses and the Annie Liebovitzes of the world, there are just loads and loads of regular people, living their lives, and taking beautiful photos while they do it. Earth is not hurting for photographers. So why one more?

As I started experimenting with the camera, someone described my style as "up close and personal." I like that. I think it's an apt estimation not only of my style, but my philosophy about photography. The name of this little photography... business, I guess, if you want to call it that... is "Del Alma Photography." "Del Alma" is Spanish for "Of the Soul," and that's what I want my photography to be about. It's a cliché that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but it's a cliché because it's been true a lot. Something happens when you see a photo in which a man's eyes, or a woman's eyes, or a child's eyes, are framed up just right. You feel like you know them, in this intimate, indescribable, ineffable way.

So maybe I'm filling a void. Maybe a void in photography. Maybe just a void in me. I don't know. I don't really care. The truth is that I think souls are beautiful, and this is as close as I can get to photographing them and sharing them with other people. I want to share the beauty of souls.

I hope to have the chance to share the beauty of yours. It would be my honor.

Paul Morales