What would it mean to you to have photos that showed what your family’s life was like generations ago? We can’t live without smartphones and the Internet now, but somehow, our grandparents did. What did family life look like in those days? What did granddad look like when he was a rambunctious toddler?
Family photojournalism is about capturing the wonderful candid interactions that occur during the course of everyday family life. These fleeting, special moments are priceless today and become more so over time. What will that photo of you bouncing your grandbaby on your knee be worth to your family when that baby is your age and bouncing their grandbaby on their knee?
Smartphones allow us to document our lives to an extent that has never before been possible. But smartphone photos are no substitute for what a skilled professional storyteller with a trained eye will create. Understanding lighting and composition and how to anticipate where something interesting is going to happen are just a few examples of what you get when you hire me that make all the difference in the world in the quality of the images. And you can’t be in candid photos if you’re the one holding the camera.
The most important difference, however, between do-it-yourself photography and hiring a professional is the storytelling. I am a professional storyteller. A great family photo story is not just a bunch of photographs, it’s a narrative with all the necessary elements to tell the complete story of the family. The cast iron skillet that bears this year’s dessert and has been feeding the family for generations is an example of one of the many elements that might have a role in telling your family's story. Or a series of photos of the family gathered around family photo albums from decades ago. Imagine a large wall print of your family gathered around one of the elders narrating a walk through your family’s history using old family photo albums as a guide. Smartphones and Facebook cannot capture those kinds of memories for you. I can.
This kind of family legacy is a story best told in wall art. A walk through your home should be a walk through the generations. Facebook may not be around in twenty years, so Facebook is no place to store your family photos. Family wall art, however, is something you own and something you treasure and something that your family will pass down for generations to come.
We often invest in expensive home improvements, artwork, and decor to make our homes look nice. Investing in priceless family memories that will be handed down for generations comes at a fraction of those costs. Don't buy art, BE art! Adorn your walls with engaging, dynamic, true-to-life photos of your family that tell the story of your love for one another.
There's no need to dress everyone the same and make a grand, complicated, studio production out of taking family photos. Those kinds of photos don't reflect what your family really looks like. My photojournalistic style of family photography is perfect for normal family gatherings or special occasions like the holiday season when your college scholars are home on break and the whole family is together. You don’t have to find time to schedule it because I come to you when your family is already going to be together.
I would love to help you capture your family’s story to share with generations to come. Those little people won’t be little forever, so set aside a few minutes for us to talk about those family photos you’ve been meaning to have done. There are lots of great photos in your everyday life that you don't see, but I will. You may not have been able to find time to do traditional studio portraits, but you definitely have time for a family photojournalism session.
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