Close your eyes.
Now think of someone you love. What do you see and feel?
A touch, a smile, a gesture, a glance – you promise yourself that you’ll never forget … but the reality is, you probably will.
The beauty is in the details – your newborn’s tiny hands, those scrummy sausage legs, her ripe-red-tomato cheeks, his gorgeous long lashes.
All of a sudden they’re speaking in sentences and heading off to school and you wonder: when did that happen? Life gets busy and you didn’t notice the changes because they were incremental.
Photography holds the mirror to what your eye sees and your heart feels. This is why it’s the first thing most people say they would save if their house was on fire.
The initial inspiration for family photography came from periodically capturing the evolution of my sister’s growing family. Children and babies don’t know how to pose, so a documentary approach was required. In 2006 I started travelling and since 2008 I’ve worked with families in 4 continents capturing their unique stories in documentary style.
People often say they are not photogenic and dread being photographed because they expect the experience to be awkward and posey.
At the same time they see a beautiful reality in their day to day family life that becomes lost to fuzzy memory.
I invite my families to imagine I’m just one of the them, and that words like ‘photographer’ and ‘camera’ don’t exist. They focus on having a fun family time because that’s when real smiles happen. I wait for their real life connections to appear and only click when I see something genuine.
There’s no formula to capturing the personality of a family because no two families are the same.
I work with families to create images that reflect their specific moment in time, current era or a milestone event. From a body of raw images I create an entirely bespoke and refined collection that ticks the boxes for magic, authenticity and artistic merit.
It’s called Your Family Story.
It’s considered priceless because those natural and fleeting connections that would otherwise be lost are kept alive forever.
Life has a funny way of creeping up on us and we promise ourselves we’ll never forget.
When you come to the end of your life, I believe it’s the laughs, the glances, the gestures that we’ll try hard to remember.
When I photograph your family, I’m thinking which are the important moments today that you’ll want to see again and again, years and years from now?
I document family stories in lasting images that are so special that ultimately people feel incredibly proud of what’s most important to them: their family.
Where to next
- find out what others say
- follow the journey of Adam and Tina
- choose between keeping alive your current momento or milestone
- prepare adequately with the 7 Biggest Mistakes download
- let’s have a phone call first and take it from there