I LOVE photographing families – especially when the backdrop is in Kimberley, BC. This is my idea of a perfect session – a loving family, amazing kids, golden sunlight, and the larch trees are glowing. I think the reason that I enjoy family photography in particular – it’s the response from the mom. In this case, the Armstrong family had not had a professional family photo taken before – and when Jackie first saw the photos – she was brought to tears and hasn’t stopped thanking me since. That my friends is why I do what I do – that’s the good stuff :-)
It’s been a hard week, and I’ve had a lot on my mind. There is something I want to share with you through my blog. The devastating news of losing Tom Podivinsky in a skiing accident hit hard last Monday. I have been a part of a community reeling from the news, in shock, and heartbroken for MB and the kids.
I received a phone call a few days ago from a friend. He was requesting that I go through my catalog of photos and search for any photos of our fallen friend. I was overcome with a feeling of desperation, frantically combing through the photos, hoping I would find enough. Each photo I found, I cried, remembering the moment. Something as simple as a snapshot of a few friends, suddenly turned into a priceless treasure. A simple profile picture capturing Tom’s unmistakable smile, becomes the face we look to as we remember him.
It got me thinking about the power of a photograph. How often people duck away from the camera lens. How often people tell me they will book a family photo shoot as soon as they lose 10 lbs, or that they are too self conscious about a receding hair line. How mothers all to often stay behind the lens. The thing is, while you may see your flaws, your loved ones don’t. They love you for who you are. Your family, your children, and your friends want photos of you – because they love you.
This is not a plea to book a photo shoot with me. I’m asking you to think about the importance of photographs, and how they are appreciated by people who love you for generations to come. Make sure you have a photograph with your mom, with your father, with your children, with your friends. Make sure you have a family photograph.
I was fortunate enough to photograph a few events where Tom’s smile was easily captured. May we all live more like Tom – let’s appreciate the outdoors, think with optimism, and live each day as though it may be our last.
I photograph the Heid family every year – but this one was special. Over the last year I have been there for Don as he battled, suffered and conquered his way through cancer. A journey filled with hope, despair, anger and joy – a journey where I feel humbled by his strength and determination. In his 2012 photo shoot, I struggled with tears pouring down my face behind the lens while I photographed him and his daughter the day before his major surgery – unsure of what lie ahead. This time though, we laughed, we smiled, and we celebrated. It’s photo shoots like these that mean more to me than any of them – when I’m asked to simply document the love between a father and a daughter.
They don’t get any cuter than this! Baby Ethan stole my heart with his flawless skin and incredible head of hair! It is amazing to witness new parents and their love of their brand new babe – I will never get tired of this.