It was about 6 years ago when I first met this family. We went to a very traditional setting in Memphis, took some beautiful family portraits, then caught the most perfect shot of the two kids flat out on the ground giggling and smiling together. Mom was spot on with deciding on enlarging that photograph to take up a very large and prominent spot on a wall in her home.
Just a few weeks ago she called me up with a last minute request to see if we could get together for more family portraits with grandparents and cousins. It sounded lovely, but a lot has changed in my style since the last time I photographed her family. I explained that to her, even gave her some suggestions on who else to contact. I absolutely love when past friends come back requesting more great shots, but in staying true to my passion for real-life, natural photography, I tried to point her in the right direction. After we chatted more and more, it seems she came to the same conclusion. That while family portraits are beautiful and meaningful, it was time to document it in a different way. A way that showed the connection between each family member. Not glorifying perfection, but catching the waves of emotion that can show when everyone is allowed to concentrate on each other and not so much on the camera. And that’s exactly what happened. Grandparents and cousins took center stage as they reunited from different corners of the country. It was simply beautiful.