The more I get in to photography the more things I factor in to making pictures I'm proud of. The list of criteria just keeps getting longer. I suppose that's the problem with anything creative... You never really get to where you want to go, because just as you get there you want to say more, do more, mean more...
When I first switched my camera from Auto to Manual it just became about getting an correctly exposed image. Then it was about focus and depth of field. The came white balance. Then came posing. Then came Photoshop. Then came backlight. Then came studio set ups... The list goes on and on and in-between each one of these is a million other things I can't think to mention right now.
Now my focus is connection. I'm in a place where I can take a good photo of whatever's infront of me but if there isn't something great happening infront of me, then I can't take a great picture right? So I need to set up great things. And great things to a family photographer are all about to connection. You have a pretty backdrop, a beautiful prop, willing models and incredible light. But if unless some kind of dialogue is happening then the picture will just miss that life it needs. That life is connection. Connection to the camera, connection to each other, connection to me and connection to environment. And where can that connection happen better than anywhere else...? At home.
Because home is our base for connection. Home is where we make our memories. Home is where we learn to live with and around our family. Home is where we come back to when everything else is going fantastically or horribly or too fast or too slow. So of course home is where the best moments happen for capture. Those looks, those jokes, those smiles... They so so rarely happen elsewhere.
So here I go! Taking my shoots along with new lights, new posing training and a ton of ideas in to the places where families connect the best... Home. Looking for connection and hoping to report back asap with examples!
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And here's a little at home connection from way back when my littlest was really little... :)