With my families, I try to walk the line between unobtrusively catching them interacting with each other and making concessions to photography, the fact that it’s not a natural situation and it’s hard to interact wholly and without reserve. Most parents want a photograph where everyone is looking at the camera. And I’ll do it. It’s just not what I love, not what makes me swoon, not what’s going to leave an imprint.
And on most of the holiday cards I receive, everyone’s dressed up in their skirts and their boots, and their hair is done and they’re taken to locations where they’re photographed, and the Photoshop actions are run and their skin is warmed to yellow, and it’s all very pretty. And I hang all these cards up because I love them and I love to see my friends. Except it doesn’t really look like them. It doesn’t capture who they are and what I love about them.
I’d prefer not to see your boys in matching polo shirts, or see you in a dress you bought specifically for this occasion from Anthropology.
That’s the thing: it’s not an occasion – it’s your life. And it’s what I love to see.
I’m so glad I had all of my family sessions but one before the wind storm. We were lucky to have these trees glowing gold and yellow in the late afternoon sun when we took these, and the bushes still ripe with blossoms. The trees are barren now and stripped of their leaves.
This last one reminds me of Grey Gardens. There is something decadent and overblown about these large blossoms. They look almost seedy.
I like to meet families where they are comfortable, and this family is at home in nature. We decided to meet at their house and walk through the neighborhood, across the road, down the hill, through the riverbed and into the trees. These were taken right before the windstorm, so there were still some leaves on the trees and splashes of color.