Why photographs should make you feel something.
I always say that I am not your standard photographer. I shoot differently than many togs. Art like mine may not be the same as the sessions you see plastered all over pinterest with lots of props and families looking perfectly posed and smiling straight into the camera. Posed may be great for other photographers and I personally know quite a few that do it so well. But it's just not enough for me. Don't get me wrong I love those kind of images but even though they may be pretty they never make you FEEL the moment. That's what I strive for in my art....Feeling, emotion, connection. You know the good stuff, the real stuff.
I want you to see my images and know exactly what each moment feels like. Like when brand new fingers gently graze across your skin during your routine feeding and bonding time. Or that moment when you catch big sister in awe of her new little brother. Those tiny moments that fill up every inch of your day but that you don't always have time to slow down and savor because life moves so fast and moments come and go too quickly.
For me, when I look back on these fleeting days I have with my little boys it is not the perfection I want to remember. I don't need the perfectly posed all smiles kind of moments because what truly tells our story as a family are the honest, real, and often perfectly imperfect moments. I want to look at our pictures and hear that wonderful belly laugh that my oldest son has because it truly is one of my favorite sounds in the whole world. I want to see the dimples on the chubby hands of my littlest monkey long after he is grown out of them. I want to savor each of those tiny moments forever.
For so long I really tried to be the perfectly posed style of photographer. But what I found was the more I tried the less I liked my images. I felt like I was just giving families the exact same picture that they could get at a mall photo studio or from the photographer next door. Over and over again I tried and then I realized that my heart just wasn't in that style. My differences as an artist are what make me unique. My heart follows the real stuff, the perfectly imperfect and what I have seen is the incredible response from the families that I photograph. I cannot tell you how often I hear "I love how your images because they make me feel something." Even this morning I received this message from a new family "The work you have done which catches families in relaxed, spontaneous moments are my favorites. I look at some you have taken and have tears in my eyes every time." This , right here, why I am proud to say I am not your standard photographer.
I cannot promise you perfection from our time together (and I wouldn't want to even if I could) but what I can promise you is that you will have images that you will cherish for a lifetime. Images full of little details, lots of laughter, and endless feelings. Because in the end it was those thing that mattered. The feelings, the laughter, and the details that fill our days.