I don’t usually shoot family portraits. It’s like a special order. Challenging and scary but exciting at the same time. Again every family is different, unique and special. So the direction, needs and style varies. Intimate, fun, quirky… the list goes on. Below are some photos of families that I have the privilege to photograph.
When Tommy approach me for a family portrait session; he mention it’s a total of 10
people for his family shoot. Tommy; his wife, 4 children and 4 god-children. His children’s age ranges from 15 to 23 years old. I was apprehensive about this project. After giving some thought and I pitch my idea to him. As a photographer, I don’t want it to be another family photo. Instead of having everyone in the shot; I propose this family photo session to be shot individually. I am glad Tommy brought the idea. He is a cool dude.
As much as family photos should be shot as a unit; I propose it should document
a moment of their lives; individually. Instead of having a group photo hung on the
wall, now he needs to have 10 individual photos framed and group it on the wall.
Each member of the family will need to have some props to help in the making of their shot. Each should tell a story in moment of their lives, now. This gathering of ideas took Tommy and myself about two to three weeks to firm up. This theme will mean nothing to me but it a moment in time to them. Like a milestone. Sharing their passion, dreams, reality, negativity, love, desire, selflessness through a frame in time.
Below are the 10 individual photos. Shot with GFX50S + GF110mm.