The family portrait. It’s something we are all familiar with, and most do not look forward to. Visions of kids running and crying, refusing to cooperate, and lots of time spent standing around waiting for it to be over. As a photographer you don’t want this to be the common reaction (obviously). I do take pride in my ability to rock out large family groups at weddings in no time and keep everyone happy. It took lots of weddings and many different routines to figure out the magic trick to families.
This has been a very busy year for me! I booked more weddings than ever, we are building a house, getting married, and opening two new businesses. I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about where I want my work to go and whats important to me, our family, and how I want to spend my time. Significance has always been a priority and something I am constantly striving for. I want to take images that matter! The closer I get to creating my own family the more I realize how important time is and how precious each moment is with your loved ones. Getting back to my roots, I love images with a film grain. I started out in a darkroom and spent time working with each image-by hand in the dark. The time consuming (and expensive) process was challenging, fun, and contributed to a lot of creativity in my work. I’m blessed that my clients are willing to take a chance and give me the freedom to create. “I trust you” is my absolute favorite thing to hear – its the creativity green light. Documenting moments is an intimate process that doesn’t come easy to everyone. It can be nerve racking, intimidating, and seem uncomfortable, which is why I recommend letting go and letting your photographer take the reigns to tell your story.
I was so happy to meet Molly and Max before their big day to catch a few photos and meet baby Jane. Their wedding at The Monastery was beautiful and ended with a bash on the dance floor. I will post sneaks soon!