I just met this family for the first time when we met to photograph, which in many ways is very exciting. I went into it thinking about how special it was that I was meeting a family that has a history, a story, highs and lows, ups and downs, inside jokes, traditions and a life together. I didn’t know anything about them, but I knew that they were special.
I have been doing this online class with The Parsons and it has got me thinking about a lot of things photographically, and even about life. I have been pondering and stewing on why it is that I do what I do. I feel it is because I love connection, and I love people. I want to connect with people, and I want to help them connect to each other and themselves. And I think the best way for me to facilitate this in my work is to try to just let people be themselves. To not try put them into my poses and my view of their life, but to try to help them be themselves, to give them the space and the ability to do so.
This shoot was one of the first shoots after a few weeks of pondering and learning. I tried to open my eyes to their world. A world of 4 girls and a sweet little boy. A world of running around and hiding under Mom’s legs. A world of an older sister seems to have protecting, caring bond with her little siblings, and is also on the brink of her own journey, a world of baby kisses, and tea party giggles. It was a lovely evening. And I truly am thankful for the opportunity to step into their world, even for just an hour.