Chris, his landscapes & the photos he creates…

Chris Gagne– DMPJ’s Senior Photographer: how does he do it?

Many couples often ask what other types of photography I’m involved in.   My first love in photography is documentary style.  Working as a photojournalist at Boston Now and attending Glen Cooper’s Reportage field trips in Guatemala have helped craft me into the photographer I am today.
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There is however another type of photography that inspires me and has had an impact on how I look at wedding photography.  Its landscapes.   Landscape image making has always been a passion of mine.
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From road trips cross country to California to flying high above shooting stunt planes over a incredible view of Rhode Island.  Landscape photography is the work I love to hang in my home.  I love to be reminded of all the wonderful places I’ve traveled.
Most of my work is representational, but some photos are starting to move slightly into the impressionistic.   Urban, rural, city-scapes, industrial, environmental,  it’s all wonderful to capture.
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The wedding work I see myself producing has a certain kinship with the landscape photographer’s eye.   Example, I love to shoot at the 24 mm focal length. The lens itself shoots wider then almost all point and shoot cameras giving you a real feel for the environment.  This is a focal length popular with landscape photographers and photojournalist alike.  Also, there is a big relationship between the landscape photo and the environmental portrait.
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Some of my favorite portrait (engagement or wedding) sessions have been here on the beautiful Massachusetts beaches.   The goal for me, is find the perfect light, compose a compelling background, and shoot at a wide angle to give the couple a sense of presence.




My next self assignment is to venture into America’s National Parks to document and take away the most amazing natural landscapes ever.   Ken Burns six part PBS series The National Parks: America’s Best Idea has been the catalyst. Stay tuned.
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Chris Gagne is a graduate of New England School of Photography and has been a Boston Wedding Photographer for DMPJ for over two years. He blends photojournalism & artistic photography to tell stories. We are proud to have him as part of our team!