A strange thing happened to me a few weeks ago. Although I have been taking photos since my early teens and always loved documenting the world around me, it occurred to me that I don’t own one photo of my family. As in one photo of my mum, brother and myself together, well lit, all looking at the camera, dressed up (or at the very least well) and without crappy backgrounds. I was kind of shocked. And then I felt quite sad.
My whole life has been all about travelling, making memories and collecting experiences to both share and treasure. And now I spend a lot of time photographing other peoples' lives and families and yet here I am without just one nice photo of my own. I forgot. Living on the other side of the globe, thousands of miles away from my family doesn’t make it any easier but I travel home and still nothing. I even photographed my cousin and her family and then her brother too. It makes me sad because all I have is a low-resolution phone image that my sister-in-law sent to me via Facebook messenger – of my mum and brother in a café in Copenhagen. And my brothers’ eyes are closed.
I beg you, if not for yourself then for your kids. Take the time and invest in some images where all your family is together, with your eyes open, dressed well and well lit. I know what you are thinking, “but I have thousands of photos on my phone!!” How many are you in? How many are you all looking your best and connected? How many of them do you like of yourself if you are in them?? And better yet, how many have you printed?? (I will be writing about that in another blog!)
I have none. Zero. Nil.
I have ONE goal for my next trip back to Denmark and that is to get some beautiful family photos of EVERYONE done with a professional photographer. I have no budget. I am doing this for my future kids and myself. There is no dollar value that will match the emotional value on those images. They will be beautiful, they will be treasured and they will live on in my family for generations to come.
Now I just need to buy a plane ticket…..
- Family Session below with Rebecca, Rod, Kye and baby Rory at their home in 2015