The official family photo is a necessary evil. Everybody wants one, but nobody wants to actually do it. Here's the thing, a family photo session doesn't have to be awful. It doesn't need to last for 2 hours and you don't have to hold the same pose for 15 minutes. The kids may get crazy, and I may make fart noises, but we'll have a good time together.
Everybody wants that pic - the "this is us" photo that captures you as a group and as individuals. I try really hard to make family pictures about the people and not the poses. I'm always on the lookout for those moments when people forget I'm there, so along with the 5X7 that you're gonna send to Grandma in a frame, I shoot a ton of candid shots. Honestly, candid shots will always be my true love.
You know what I like about working with kids? They'll do anything for a piece of candy. Smarties are like gold bullion. But round. And colorful. And tasty.
But I digress. Seriously, kids show up in costumes and with jelly on their face and in all kinds of moods, but they're always game for mixing it up. They don't hold back or feel self-concious with my camera in their face. I always take individual shots of all the children in a family because we want to see those eyes! (And we want to remember them before they got big messed up teeth :) The thing about kids is that along with the whimsy and goofing off, I'm always intrigued by the serious nature of childhood. The quiet, reflective moments say just as much about who they are and what they think.
oh and ps - CANDY
I love babies. Babies are my favorite. For real. Whether it's a lifestyle session in the nursery or greeting the world at the hospital, I am dying to be the photographer.
20 years ago, after enduring another round of looking at my Granny's life photos of water, mountains, and dams, I promised myself I would never take a picture that did not have a person in it. Was there anything more boring than landscapes? And I held on to that for many years. People and portraits will always be more fascinating to me, but this last year I decided to take photos to remind me of our brief residency in the Pacific Northwest. And you know what? It's growing on me.
Details. Can't get enough of them. One of my first photography instructors kept telling me to "try to see the bigger picture." That took me a while, because so much of life and love is in the details. Those moments of connection and the sentiments make me glad to be human. Also, as people, we just really like our stuff. Am I right?
Portraits, portraits, portraits. Make more of 'em. Faces are endlessly fascinating.
It's no secret I love food. I've got major food issues, and frankly, I really don't trust anyone that doesn't. Since I'm always baking anyway, I started taking pictures of my favorite recipes. Which means I take photos of almost all of my food at this point. It's kind of ridiculous how much time I will spend shooting a pile of donuts, but hey, everybody has different hobbies.
I'm not gonna lie, my iPhone is my favorite camera. (Which is why there are too many images in this gallery.) It's always with me, it's so easy to use and with my fave app, VSCOcam, I feel like I can document most anything with great results. I seriously used to laugh at people that took their camera phone seriously, and now, I'm totally one of those people. I don't use any extra gear or lenses - I'm a purist (mostly I'm just lazy). But seriously, when you can make an awesome image with just your phone? Come on, that's the shit. #sorrymom
black & white
It's like clockwork - every 2 months I consider making only black and white images. The emotional impact of monochrome always makes me think I might actually be harboring an inner starving artist. (Though clearly, if you follow me on IG, you know I am well fed.) It feels gritty and edgy, and well, I kinda like those things. But I always talk myself out of it, because I am a momtog with a dslr and not a tortured 20 something in the throes of artistic and political expression. And really, I've got my hair for that.