Welcome to David Aaron Troy Pictures

The style is unkempt, it's real




It's not easy to expose yourself to others and reveal your innermost thoughts, feelings, aspirations, and even your failures and fears. It's an intentional interaction with uncertainty, and I like it—I always have. Those special photographic moments are on the edge of the conversations. It all ties in. Although location and composition are important, the basis of for the pictures I take of people is not about those but rather a need for connection. This builds trust and creates a sense of belonging. In many ways the moment is recorded as though I was never there, or if I was present, I was engaged with that person like a longtime friend. My interest in people helped cultivate my style of work, and my quirky ways, combined with the fervor of excitement and watchful eye, always benefit in bringing the picture home. My consciousness of my surroundings, and my efforts to be mindful shape my personal creativity.


beautifully unrehearsed

I didn't ask her to sit that way; she already was.  I didn't ask her to turn her head and look back; she just did.

Mennonite Girl Cutting Wildflowers For Her Grandmother's Weekly Market


Observing things that others might overlook is deeply rooted. I don't believe sensitivity to be a weakness, as it is often portrayed. Observe carefully. It's the foundation upon which you experience the world.

Cheerleaders Gathering Before The Start Of Practice


While working, I look for form, as in this picture. It's not only about the moment that was transpiring but also about the elements: color, dimension, and shape. For me, it's the way she curves toward her friends.


Iwas in the passenger seat when we pulled up to the red light.


there was this boy standing on the curb, and i lifted my camera to take the picture. It lasted all of five seconds, and the picture was made; then i was gone.

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the human experience

Everyone has a purpose-we're born to it. Connection is the secret ingredient, and with that, it adds value to our lives.

Anne, Inside The RV

Self awareness

I love intorspective work. It's valuable to me because it's personal.

Ted, Farmers Market


Our efforts to become all possess a striking familiarity. When do we stop standing in our own way and let life unfold?

Megan, Sailing Lake Michigan


And why not? Experiences of pleasure or excitement and intense feelings of well-being and happiness always make us shine.


the family is the project of the other.


interpersonal relationships

Mother & Daughter, Point Reyes National Seashore

Teamwork, Camps Airy & Louise

Pals, Camps Airy & Louise

Generations, Hatteras, North Carolina