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As an artist in both photography and painting, as well as a catechist, I hope to share on these pages all things beautiful that inspire.
For the Love of Beauty is inspired by St. Augustine's reference to God as 'Beauty' in his Confessions (X, 27) when he writes, "Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty, so ancient and so new."
His name for God is both poetic and revealing. Beauty has been defined, since ancient times, as that which is perfectly ordered or that which is as it should be. Both definitions reflect a profound truth about God: that He is perfection, and His perfection is beautiful.
It is for the love of God, and for the restoration of all His creation to His own beautiful perfection, that I pursue my mission: To create images and share the Catholic Faith using only techniques and content that reflect His Truth, Goodness and Beauty.
I currently work for myself as a Catholic wedding, portrait and event photographer in the DC/MD/VA areas. My intention is to use this blog to not only share some of my photography and photo tips, but to also share other images and ideas from the broader world of art that inspire me and help shape my work. I love using art to teach from and pray with, so I’ll look forward to sharing from time to time some of my favorite paintings that are rich in contemplative beauty.
An overview of my professional background:
• Photographer: Weddings, Portraits, Events, Fine Art
• Artist: Exhibit and Work on Commission
• International Speaker and Catechist Trainer at Schools, Parish and Diocesan venues, Conferences and on EWTN's Life on the Rock
• Consultant: Art, Catechetics and Conference Planning
• High School Teacher of Religion
• Director of Religious Education
• Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
• Youth Ministry
• Write and Evaluate Religious Education Materials
• M.A. Theology and Christian Ministry with a Specialization and Certification in Catechetics, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1997. Ohio, USA.
• Dip. Ed. Sec. (Graduate Diploma in Education, Secondary: Grades 7-12), Australian Catholic University, 1992. Melbourne, Australia.
• B.A. Fine Arts (Photography), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, 1991. Melbourne, Australia.
• Additional Studies in Art, Washington Studio School, DC (1998); Instituto Michelangelo (2000) and Angel Academy of Art (2002), both in Florence, Italy.
• Additional Studies in Theology, Catholic Theological College, (1993-94). Melbourne, Australia
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-Renata Grzan Wieczorek
Weddings & Portraits
Love your new blog!
A few ideas to start off with (and I’m sure I’ll think of more)…
1) how to choose a camera and lenses when you’re a beginner
2) how to photograph food
3) how to photograph great photos in low lighting
4) how to take shots of action and people in motion
5) what makes for a photographer’s unique style or artistry?
Thanks Zoe! and fantastic topics! -Do keep them coming.
We had a photographer (a student) come to our program to take photos during an event. Her photos are just so excellent, I don’t know where to begin. Is there any way to develop an “eye” for taking good photos? Perhaps some exercises or just a way of looking at things or thinking about them? Maybe some way of anticipating how people are going to move that would make a good shot?
I know this is rather vague, but I don’t know how better to express what I’m asking for.
Yes John, there definitely are exercises to help develop the creative eye and yes, some have it naturally as well. Those that have a natural ability tend to have an easier time to develop it further of course. It is teachable to varying degrees depending on the desire of the student. I will most certainly get into topics of composition, style and ways of seeing a little later in the series. Thank you for your question!
[Btw, don’t be afraid to give me your email when filling in the comments section so I know you’re a real person and can communicate with you better, like getting my replies sent to your email. I don’t actually know who you are as your clever dummy email suggests 🙂 and don’t worry your email doesn’t get posted online. I actually get spam via these comments boxes believe it or not and delete things that don’t have real names and emails.]