I have an important job in my family. I document what is most important, I’m the Timekeeper. I’m the maker and keeper of memories. I document the growth of our family from year to year. I love my job! I love capturing families! I believe in any event that brings a family together for the purpose of documenting their existence. I believe that your typical Holiday card picture with everyone looking at the camera is necessary and important at least once a year. It’s something tangible that can be held and admired year after year. It is amazing to look at these photos and see your children growing. My mother in law makes sure to take a picture of all of the grandkids every year at the holidays. This tradition dates back twenty-eight years-that is a lot of family photos!
In my own family photos, it’s really difficult to get six kids all smiling and cooperating at the same time. After a lot of aggravation and frustration and tears, I’ve given up on the “perfect” picture. Now, if I can get all of my kids in the same space at the same time-I’m happy! I want the real! I don’t mind my kids making faces, this is their legacy!
I love a beautiful picture of my little girl in a pretty dress running though a field of wild flowers. But this isn’t our everyday. I want to remember my daughter’s funny five-year old quirks! I want to remember how my six-year-old had a favorite shirt that he wore everyday for a whole summer. I want to remember all the quirks of my kids. Kids do some really funny things! Documenting them everyday is one way that I accomplish this. I use my big fancy camera, but I also just use my iPhone because documenting their days is important.
When I photograph a family, I’m looking for unique moments and how the family connects with one another. I want to photograph the love and the moments that bind them together. I want to make meaningful photographs that will be treasured in years to come. Documenting families as they are right now, in this moment, is everything to me!