The Importance of Family Photography
And the honour of documenting a family over the years
When I first started as a photographer, I didn’t intend to do family portraiture. I preferred weddings, and editorial style photography. But as the years went on, and the couples I photographed began to have families, I started, on a casual basis, taking family portraits. It was always a pleasure to be able to meet up with my wedding clients again; you create such a strong connection by being with someone so closely on their wedding day. I realised as well though, that family photography is just as important, if not more, in terms of recording a personal history and preserving memories of a time that passes so fleetingly.
I’m sure you can recall the first time your mum took out baby pictures of you to show your new partner. Or reminiscing over an old family album with a sibling recalling certain instances of mischief or hilarity. Perhaps a time with your partner or a close loved one and recall a touching moment. The power of a photograph is to act as a conduit to these memories. And a good picture makes you feel that time in your life even more intensely.
As a family photographer, I want to capture the essence of a personality and a split second in time which will make you remember a feeling or moment. I try to photograph a family in a way that will evoke memories of that time in your life and provide images that will connect you to memories of that time. To create images that show life as it is, relationships forming and strengthening, and the connections you have with your loved ones.
I have had the great honour of photographing a particular couple, starting in 2012, to now as a growing family, over the years. The first first portraits I took of them were their engagement photographs, followed by their wedding, and now I have been able to capture their growing family, as well as extended family, over several year. To watch them grow and change feels so personal. I cannot thank them enough for letting me into their world, and trusting me to make images of their family to treasure.
"From when we first properly met you at our engagement shoot we instantly felt at ease, and as a result you’ve always been able to capture the ‘real us’. You’ve documented such important parts of our lives, from our engagement to our wedding, and now you’re capturing our growing family. We love how you have the ability to capture such natural moments. These images are ones we will treasure forever." Christine
Christine and Rob were great fun on their engagement shoot. I knew that their wedding was going to reflect them as a couple and be a relaxed and family focused affair.
After Christine and Rob's wedding in 2012, they came back to see me in my recently set up studio in 2014... with a new addition.
And at the end of that year, I had the pleasure of photographing Christine and her son along with her sister and her children.
And the following year I got to meet even more of the family. Christine had given her brother and sister-in-law a voucher for a family portrait session.
Then and Now
Christine on her wedding day, and on the most recent family shoot just this June - always beautiful x
Family photographs from the wedding day, and from the several family portrait sessions I have done to-date.
The most recent family photo shoot took place this June at Haldon Forrest in Devon and involved all of Christine's family. They try to all meet up every few months and on this occasion asked me to come along and get some photographs of them all and their relationships to each other. One of the largest groups I've done (excluding weddings of course!) but it was a fun challenge to capture siblings, cousins, parents, and extended family in various combinations.