It’s the most wonderful time of the year – are you ready to capture it all, the joy, the wonder, the excitement and even the boredom?! Here are some of my favourite tips to help you move beyond the snapshot and document this year’s Christmas – from preparations to opening the presents!
As you well know, my specialty are unposed, documentary photoshoots, be it 2 hours or the whole day, breakfast to bedtime. While with a Day in the Life photoshoot it’s basically a no-brainer: you get on with your normal day and I document it, a shorter photoshoot stumps some of my clients for ideas on what to do.
So, I’ve put together a list of things you could do together as a family for your documentary photography session in the Spring – whatever the weather. Choose one that speaks to you as a family – either something you do together on a regular basis, or something you’ve always wanted to do and know will enjoy.
I felt like I hadn’t really picked up the camera much over the past few weeks during the lockdown as I’ve retreated into my own bubble — but looking back and the thousands of files in my hard drive I clearly have. A while back I’ve heard Pete Souza, Barack Obama’s White House photographer, say that often the true meaning or significance of an image doesn’t reveal itself until some time has passed, and I’m embracing that.
One of my favourite things to do as a photographer is to document the average, sometimes pretty boring, family days. See, I don’t think they are boring. I look at your life and see the wonder, and beauty, and humour, and something worth remembering, in every moment, however insignificant.
How would it feel if, many years from now, you could look back and remember exactly how it was today? Exactly how it was, in every little detail.
Not just how you all looked, but how it FELT.