As we turned the page on 2016 and rolled into a new year, I knew that I needed a change. But for those of you keeping score who might be followers of my work and my writing, you might be thinking, “Change? In the last two years you’ve moved 2000 miles away from home, had a baby, are living in house number two and your kids are both in school full-time! How much more change do you need?!” I know, I know….and you’re right. I should probably just relax a bit.
But that’s the problem with having a creative brain. Maybe we’re just never satisfied and need to do something different to keep the creative juices flowing. I had been a wedding photographer since 2009 and then started adding a very relaxed style of family portraits into the mix in 2012. But life is different now. I am not shooting weddings here in Texas and, to be honest, I was getting a little bored of “lifestyle” shoots in this area. I no longer felt that what I did what unique because everyone was now doing it. It was a crowded market and getting very hard to stand out. Also, the constraints on my time with having two children are now tighter than ever. I don’t want my entire day or my weekend to be gone because I had to travel to do these family sessions.
And then it hit me one day. Do portraits in your house. You have a studio space! When I studied photography for the first time sixteen years ago in the darkroom, my very first pieces were portraits, up close and personal photographs that captured true personality in people’s faces. So when I thought about the subject that I wanted to focus on, it was a no-brainer when I look at the people that have had the most impact on my recent life; it’s my kids. My children have very bold personalities. They have these adorably distinct looks and I know that every parent feels the same way about their kids. There is such a huge focus in the photography world on newborns and tiny babies and motherhood (#motherhood). This a HUGE genre that has sprung up recently to capture a certain stylized, almost fairytale, vision of motherhood (yeah, insert snarky undertone). It’s just not my thing. We focus so much energy on that first year and then we forget our kids, until we day we wake up and go, “Holy crap! You’re a teenager!” This isn’t just in photography. We do this in parenting too. There’s no “What To Expect” books for your six year old! And man, there really should be.
I believe that these are the forgotten years. And I have made it my mission to give these years the respect they deserve, not only with my own kids but for other families too. So here we are, the direction of my new (old) business. Classic portraits of your child that are deserving of a prominent place on the walls of your home.
I am looking for some fantastic families to fill some slots in the studio this winter. So if you want to snag yours then contact me today! I can’t wait to meet your amazing kid.