You’ve probably noticed that there are more photographers out there that shoot anything and everything than there are photographers who specialize in only one or two things. When I first started out, I took everything that came my way. I quickly realized that my heart wasn’t in everything. I loved newborn photography, photographing children, and families. But one day, something happened that forever changed my photography style and my outlook.
There was a family in our church with a little girl who had a failing heart. We offered to do a family session for them at no cost. With circumstances like this, we wanted to bless them with something special.
Then, one night this little girl passed away, very unexpectedly.
In this moment, as I was looking back through that family session we had, something hit me. What if we had never made this family session happen? It was here that I realized, this is why I do what I do. This is why I am a photographer. But not just a photographer- a family photographer.
Family photography is the most important there is, to me. Capturing these precious moments we have with our little ones is something that has more value than I realized. Not only do I want to photograph families, but I want to photograph them in a way that shows who they are, what they love, and HOW they love.
It was in this moment that I realized I had to make some changes; not only in what I photograph, but in the way that I photograph them. Since then, I have made it a point to do less posing and have more fun. To let kids be who they are and not worry about looking picture perfect in every single shot.
Like Mary Marantz says
“Life moves on in a very forward movement; moments are gone too quickly. Photography has the power to say ‘but not this moment.'”