Documentary Family Portrait
I’ve been booking fall sessions and my mind has been wrapped around photographing outside. Then the thought came to me that once the weather turns, I will not photograph people as much.
Yesterday I began organizing my annual photo book and found a group of images, similar in that they were all taken inside the house… in the mornings… with snugly, drowsy kids. I’ve shared many of these here in different posts, but thought I’d bring them together into one story. As they should be seen.
I’d love to do this for you. You game? Contact me and we’ll choose a nice, cold day for you to snuggle and me to photograph.
Either way, take a look at the morning story I put together. Having these mixed with the rest of our annual story will be so cool.
Friends, fun and home. That is my absolute favorite thing to photograph. I had the chance to visit my beautiful friend Ann Madden this last weekend. She is probably one of the funniest people I have ever met. Not only did I spend time with her, but my other two friends, Katy Tuttle and Kim Turner Smith, joined in on the fun. We all went down to visit Ann and explore Bay Saint Louis and enjoy her gallery, Smith and Lens. We each had a couple pieces in her show, Wonderland. Really I wanted to see this place for myself. It did not disappoint.
I have often day dreamed about visiting friends who live in far away places. Jet setting to visit a new local and enjoy the company of my good friends. My “Those I Love” personal project was born from these dreams.
I have been lucky enough to reconnect with several friends lately, one of which I didn’t photograph! We met after the sun went down, that is my excuse… and really, I get shy about asking for a photo. I am keenly aware that people aren’t super happy to be in front of the camera… especially when the idea is sprung on them. So I leave my camera in its bag, and kick myself later that I didn’t get even one photo of my friend (who lives in Mexico City).
But a few months ago I reached out to our good friends in the Bay Area who had mentioned wanting photographs in their Eichler home. A day in the life. Their son is about to leave the nest so we made it happen.
While there I felt like I was photographing my own family. Being a bit intrusive, but no one seemed to mind. It helps that I’ve been photographing them since we met 8 years ago. Being able to focus on their family and their dynamic the entire weekend was such a blessing and so much fun. I really feel like I created an important body of work… if only for them. Here is a link to their whole session, if you care to see.
It has been raining for what seems like forever. We have had a few hours reprieve between downpours the last couple of days and I am hoping for no rain tonight. Zach and I are heading to Red Rocks for the Decemberist, Spoon and Courtney Barnett show. We don’t want to be wet.