Hey, are you there? It’s been a while, I know. If you are still here, thank you. I look forward to sharing with you what I have been up to. For now, though, I want to kick things off with a session I did earlier this year, but, first, an introduction…
Lately, I have been focusing on authenticity in my sessions. I think, too often, we throw this word around in family photography. Most of the time, it ends up looking like an on-location shoot with everyone smiling. Don’t get me wrong, smiling is beautiful, joy looks good, and it is a really important part of our story to capture. That’s just it, though, it is only part of the story. Other parts include grief wonder, contemplation, silliness, intimacy, grace, chaos, and quietude, just to name a few. While I know it would be, quite frankly, impossible to capture all of it, my goal is to at least capture enough of the real story, mine and those who trust me to capture theirs, so that we can see this life we are living, perhaps as never before, and yet to also instantly recognize it.
This is my hope.
Patricia is a friend I have known for many, many years, and she has supported my photography from the beginning. Her family has appeared here before, and I was really honoured and thrilled when she asked me to capture her family again, shortly after the arrival of her and Dan’s second son, Marcus.
Now, if you know me personally, you will know that I get very nervous before any session. After all, it’s not so easy to walk into a stranger’s home, try to make them feel comfortable while directing them, and to simultaneously make yourself invisible. Suffice to say, this session was easy, and calm, and filled with fun. Basically, they made it really, really easy for me. They were comfortable, I was comfortable, and so, without really planning ahead, I tried to run this session with as little direction as possible. It was different than any other session I have ever done before. It was a turning point for me. To me, this session feels really natural, and a good excerpt of their lives.
Whenever I get down to processing photos that I will ultimately deliver to a client, I ask myself questions, like, “In 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 years, what will these photos mean?”,“ What story will they tell?” and finally, “Would I want a photo like this of my family?”. Questions like these are my barometer for evaluating whether I have done my job, accomplished my ultimate mission: to immortalize authentically who you are right now.
I really want to thank Patricia and her family for their trust, for providing me with the ideal situation to accomplish this, allowing me to lean in to the role of visual documentarian.