I know I know, I’ve aleady put up a post on this shoot – but today I’m revisiting it because I’ve been thinking about the Family Stories concept I’m developing, and how to best illustrate the value of it. I photographed this family in 2006, then I revisted them (in fact almost three years later) and we had another shoot just before Christmas.
I hope these pictures illustrate what I’m trying to do and the on-going fascination I have with the subject. One minute you’re Daddy’s little girl and the next you’re saying things like ‘geez Dad you’re like, so embarrassing’. The subtle changes in J are apparent, as are the dynamics between her and her parents. I picked a serious image here of J&M in 2008 (actually it was one of the rare moments that J wasn’t smiling) but this image is one of my favourites from the shoot. Visually, I love the composition, the colour, the lighting, and the trees as the backdrop. Conceptually I find the posturing and facial expressions ambiguous, we see that J is starting to develop her own identity. In the one with her Dad in 2008, there’s a sense of her awkwardness in being so close with him, it’s not overt but it is there, and what we expect of a 12 year old. When I photograph people I aim to preserve their emotional energy, and it seems that has been achieved that on both occasions.
Well, you be the judge.
I feel strongly about the importance of documenting ourselves regularly. It’s not something that people first think they’d like to invest in, and yet, when their house is burning what’s the first thing they grab? The photos. I had a client whose wedding I photographed, and then their house subsequently burned down in the January 2003 Canberra firestorm. For obvious reasons I hoped I would not hear from them, yet first thing on the following Monday morning I had a phone call from the bride’s mother.
My Light. Sweet. Crude. client/inspirational-writer-friend who writes a blog regularly had this to say about the third shoot I did with her family recently. She articulates the parental experience of my photography perfectly. Quite chuffed, I was.
If you’re in Canberra, Australia and would like to have your portrait taken before my May departure, then please click here to learn more. The light is just starting to change now that Autumn’s approaching, so I do hope to hear from you as it’s a gorgeous time of year to be shooting.
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