Take some time to catch the moments. The littles in your life will change faster than you can imagine and the history of your family will depend on how often you train a camera and a mindful eye on your day to day life. Yes, there is always another load of laundry to do and I’m sure the dog needs a bath but that will be ongoing… your children will be differently little every day. There are some dear friends on Facebook who are on it. They post charming snippets of their kids and will no doubt have photographs to share with them later in their lives. Get your pictures off of your devices and put them in a safe place… you don’t get a Do-Over. That is incredibly important.
If you can, you should hire a pro every now and then to cover your family in a way that you can’t. I love it when my phone rings for a family session. It could be a walkabout in the Pearl District with an ice cream cone or it could be an hour or two spent hanging out at your home… the goal is to put real people in front of my camera and catch what happens. Let me sit on the floor and get to know the kids well enough that they are just themselves when the camera is out… the less direction from me or from you, the better.
I was lucky to have parents who took lots of pictures. The photographs from my childhood were rarely posed. Instead, I can look back through them and remember the houses we lived in, the cats and dog who were part of our tribe and even some pictures of my parents when they were young and beautiful, before time wore into them. That was a gift to me. ;0)
If you’d like to see more pictures of people, young and old, this will take you to my Studio portfolio. Let’s make some history! ;0)
We live in the age of the Photo Booth and I, for one, think they are a gas!
I find myself circling the reception, looking for moments my clients will enjoy, like always, but if there is a Photo Booth, I tend to stalk it a little. Especially towards the later part of the party when people have loosened up.
The best Photo Booths are the set-ups against an open wall. The closed booths work just fine but the space limits the amount of goofiness possible.
This particular crowd is most of a great wedding party… just a super solid crowd of friends who helped run a fine party. The photos will be a true and special part of the memories from that day.
I love my job!!
The grace moments happen without fanfare… you can’t really stage something like this without making it look dorky. It’s not something you can suggest to a couple, it has to be an organic thing. It has to come from them.
Jessica and Phil had a crowded wedding day. Many people and a tight timeline made for sort of a frazzled tone to the early parts. It was most noticeable when we took 15 minutes after dinner to sneak out for some pictures of just the two of them. I watched them exhale and they began to breathe a little easier. Shy of the camera to start with, I asked them if they had honeymoon plans. That was all it took as they started to talk about Cabo San Lucas and the relaxing they’d be able to do there… like a great shiny reward hanging just ahead.
Trust your photographer to find and catch the grace moments… you’ll want to have them for later.
We all know what a pain it can be to spend an otherwise lovely afternoon in the company of your dweeb cousins. She got the plum assignment of flower girl and was very excited until she realized that she had to work alongside her cousin… it just went downhill from there. This moment was one of several where she had to hang with him and keep her dress clean, waiting for the ceremony to start.
These are the little moments I live for… anything that can tug at your inner child and send you rocketing back to the scratchy dress and the patent leather shoes and all of the other injustices in a young life. Weddings are full of moments… some are grand and some are small but they all count.
I am lucky in my job!