Last Friday I had the opportunity to assist Zack Arias on the first of his experimental weddings.We spent 11 hours documenting the wedding and talking about photography.
I got to learn a lot about Zack during that time. Part of his personality is that he’s very open and real, which you don’t see very often, and even less with people that are so often in the spotlight. This guy has so much knowledge to offer both beginners and professionals, and what’s more, he wants to impart that knowledge. He genuinely wants people to succeed and make great photographs.
What I respect most about Zack is his love and reverence for the craft of photography. In a sea of tasteless imagemaking and “spray and pray” mentality that’s flooding the industry, Zack is a photographer that generates “more signal, less noise” as he would say. Things like photographing with a purpose, knowing about composition, color, and how to correctly use a camera instead of shooting a zillion images and hoping you got one.
That experience was crucial for me at this stage in my career. There were so many simple truths that Zack mentioned which I hadn’t really considered before. A lot of my anxiety directed towards my career just sort of melted away. Things made sense.
Part of the reason why Zack is such a great teacher is because he’s a real person, and he has no problem saying that. He has his own fears, anxiety, and insecurities about his work just like everyone else. That allows people to empathize with him and realize, “if freaking Zack Arias gets nervous before a shoot, then I guess I’m not so weird”.
Obviously getting to hang out and watch Zack work was a treat, and I can’t wait to do it all over again.
If you’re not familiar with Zack’s work, do yourself a favor.
And if you want to be a better photographer, head over to his Q&A Tumblr.