Iza and I have taken on the challenge and the privilege of working together. She is our makeup artist as well as the brains behind so many of the photos you see on this website. Most importantly, she is my wife of 13 years. If you're smart, you'll go follow her right now on Instagram @wilmoremakeup.
At this point, I'm just grateful for life. 6 years ago, just as I was starting my photography journey, I was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, it was in an early stage and was quickly taken care of. Without getting into a long dramatic story, everything is fine now! Combined with the passing of my father, life had a way of lighting a fire under my ass. I became more focused than ever and the result - Wilmore Photo!!
My photography is very reflective of who I am as a person. I desire deep connections and honest interactions with other people. I want nothing less and it's seldom that I dare compromise that. Not always by choice, but just as a means of organic momentum. My photography tends to mirror that and I believe it's the basis for why shoot as many nude images as I do and why I'm drawn to weddings.
When shooting nudes you get the real person, nothing is hidden. It's all out there. You know exactly what you're getting physically, and the person mentally and spiritually has to be 100% invested as well. I've never shot a nude project and the model was completely carefree or aloof. Not to say that they're not completely comfortable, because they are. I mean they aren't carefree in the sense that their full attention is always there when they're nude. Sometimes our souls can get lost in clothing, and I end up photographing a style more than the human being. There's nothing wrong with style and fashion; I love that too. It's a matter of taste, timing, and mood. My primary interest however, has always been people and knowing who the person I'm shooting is underneath of the surface more than getting acquainted with the layers that we put on top of ourselves. The same dynamic exists for me in a wedding day. The couple, especially grooms are unusually vulnerable on that day. Emotions are at their peek and it shows. I take it as a privilege and make it a priority to take care, value the space that these beautiful humans trust me with. I like to believe that they know they are safe.
I see life as a duty. I feel assigned to live my life doing what I have been gifted with. Photography has been a gift that has allowed me to try to help others find and pursue what it is that they are passionate about. I've found joy and hopefully some of that rubs off on some of the people in my life as well.
There's so much more to this story, but you didn't come here to read a novel. So if you are not already following us on social media, please do so @wilmorephoto and @wilmoremakeup. Feel free to reach us through email as well. We love traveling, meeting new people, and making new relationships. So do not hesitate to reach out and talk to us!
We hope to hear from you soon and create something great together!