I don’t often share my personal work or award photographs but recently I presented a class at The Portrait Masters in Palm Springs about finding my inspiration and bringing it to life. It was the first time I have presented on this topic and I absolutely loved it so thought I would share my opening video here.
Some of these images are very personal and have great meaning behind them. They will give you feelings of joy, sadness, confusion and uncomfortableness. For me my creativity has grown out of every day experiences, challenges, limitations and loss. I truly believe we need to embrace these for our creativity to flourish.
When you ask people what they would rescue from their burning house, the most common answer is “family photographs”. When people panic, they would rather grab photos than valuable jewellery or technology. This is a powerful force which tells us more about the role of family photography in our lives. We have a constant desire to distil our most precious moments into images.
Photography is a huge part of our history. For the past 200 years it has captured the history of the world and of families. It has given us a glimpse of the past, whilst preserving our family and cultural histories. People or events that photographed now will perhaps never be the same again, so taking advantage of any opportunities to take photos allows for the remembrance of things as they once were.
These photographs outlive us, they last for generations. They matter because they freeze moments of our lives which pass unremarkably and which seem to have little importance to us at the time. The significance, however, may be for others who search for the person we once were or the places we once knew. Like jigsaw pieces that complete the larger picture of our lives, these photographs are what tell our stories long after we are gone.
Photographs can grab our attention and speak directly to our emotions. Our images can express joy and sorrow, wonder and sympathy. Every human emotion can find a place in photography. As a portrait photographer, this art form has given me a voice to express feelings when I cannot find words. It has allowed me to develop a visual language for some of the most difficult life situations and emotions.
Photography allows us to preserve these memories for the days we may not remember, or when we can no longer remember.
11 Years in the Making
The couple in the video below were last photographed together 11 years ago, on their wedding day. Their children will cherish these images for many years to come. Photographs manifest emotions that words cannot. These are so important to your loved ones, and especially when those moments are no longer fresh in our minds.
And, especially for portraits, these visual documents of a moment in time become ever more valuable as time goes by.
When was the last time you were photographed with your family? I am truly enjoying capturing the love of a family. I would love to hear from you if you are interested in having your family captured, just as the family below did. You can find out more about a portrait photography session on my website.