People ask me all the time what "kind" of photographers we are. They want to know- do we do weddings? editorial/commercial? Portraits? Landscape?
It's a hard question to answer. I usually just say, "We do it all." But if you've read this blog for very long, you've probably noticed that we photograph a LOT of families. Families I suppose are our specialty- weddings, too. Okay, senior portraits and babies.... LIKE I SAID.... it's hard to narrow it down!
Photographing families is so different than any other type of portrait. There are so many things going on at once, everyone has needs, and there is really a small window of time with small children in which they are willing to cooperate. Combine that with a parent's stress, their wanting perfect pictures, wanting everything to turn out just right... and you have yourself a very tricky event. It would almost be a miracle to pull it off.
So how does a photographer do it?
I think the key is to keep your eyes on the goal- a parent wants a picture that speaks to their soul. A picture that sums up everything about that family since it began. Something that shows clearly what the family is all about- their love for one another- the way they interact with one another.
Getting to that goal can be tough. The default is to put everyone where you want them, to try to make the picture perfect in your way. I've had to learn to watch things unfold- but that doesn't mean I don't take charge. Not a family I've met with would say I don't take charge!
I dunno- I can't really express it. But seeing even simple pictures like the ones below just make my heart skip a beat. We didn't tell them exactly what to do and you can probably see that. Some photographers might pick the picture apart or see flaws. To me, seeing families show love through tiny expressions, or body language, or with eye contact... it's the mark of a beauitful picture. It's what makes the job worth it and it's what keeps my passion going.
I love these two pictures so much. Yes- they are so similar, you might question why I post them both? I just wanted to show that a picture can really say so much- and how two different pictures can speak the same message.
A picture can show you how your shy girls find comfort in holding their bodies close to each other.
It can show devotion between a mother and her baby within a single hand hold.
It can speak volumes about a father and son's relationship.
It can show the intricate details of family love.
And I do believe that's a miracle.
Pictures of these lovelies were taken in Seattle at Pike Place. *sigh*
BLUE LILY | Lifestyle Photographer | Salt Lake City, Utah