A baby, a 3 year-old, 2 parents, a dog and a portrait

October 13, 2014  •  1 Comment

Hmmmm... A baby, a 3 year-old, a dog and 2 parents- aren't they so cooperative??

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Notice how everyone is looking at the camera, no closed eyes, no goofy faces?

Trust me, that wasn't always the case, as you can plainly see.                                                                                                 

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Jaiden was my challenge. I could always get Ava's attention by showing her my camera lens. So now Jaiden is smiling and Ava is looking the other way... 

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All in all it was a good day- mission accomplished. :)


Comments

Raymond Timms
The importance of family photos...

These awesome pictures brings on an interesting question to me; if a person’s house catches fire, what are the things people will risk life and limb to save?  Aside from the obvious answers of people and pets, the most coveted item to be saved from the blaze are photo albums.  Family photo albums are some of the most important objects to us, and yet we take them for granted.
We frequently don’t realize the importance of family pictures until it is too late.  Too often we find ourselves seeking out pictures of memories with a person after he or she is no longer around. Naturally, we look to our photographs to help us remember the good times.  These photos are the ones that will put smiles on our faces and help us cope with the change of a person no longer being nearby.
As a kid, I was the typical brat who hated being forced to sit still for a family photo.  Whether it was professional or family-taken, I always lamented it.  I never wanted to be in them, and I had to be forced into not making a silly face (I was always called the family “comedian”) and “being nice.”  It was not until I was about 20 years old that I realized the mistakes I had made as a child.  When I tried to find a good family photo that included my father or mother, I had nothing.  It was upsetting to say the least. The best photograph I now have is not a group shot of our family, but a series of pictures put together in a frame showing us all individually, still without mom or dad.  My family’s memory, held together by wood and glass.
Why am I dwelling on all this negativity?  Why do I present to you such a personal and sobering message?  Because I want my reader to realize the importance of family photos in away perhaps not considered and that you matter to somebody, no matter what you may think.  Just as the people around you mean the most to you.
On a different note, I wounder if others truly understand photographers? Many people don’t understand why some one else would spend a large amount of money on cameras, lenses, sensors, film, sharpness, lighting, etc. for the sole purpose of photographing. They can take the most amazing pictures of grandiose landscapes, strangers on the street, birds in flight, and insects in their miniature domains, and yes, family photos. It's obvious it is their passion to, not only preserve precious memories, but to use their skills to save and share memories for you and me.
If you want to pay a professional to photograph you all wearing the same cheesy white sweaters in front of a muslin background, by all means don't hesitate to do it. Because as time moves on so mercilessly, it is the memories of loved ones we will cherish documenting the most.

Thanks, Essence Visual Arts, for putting a smile on my face this morning while I enjoy my coffee.
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