Every morning at 5 am my Father-in-law wakes up and prepares himself for his morning drive. This is not just any leisurely morning drive, it’s his bus route to pick up his 11 grand-kids and take them to school. And he blogs about it as you can see HERE. Next year there will be 2 more grand-kids on the route!
Words cannot express how grateful I am that he not only drives my children and their cousins, but that he documents it for us to be able to read and share for years to come. I decided to hang out with “DUDE” (that’s what we call him) … also known to the kids as Gran-dude… for a few mornings and document the happenings on the dude bus route.
My photo tip to you:
When photographing a documentary story, your goal is to have a clear beginning, middle and an end. Also, do not forget the small details, not all images have to be focused on just people. Those small details can help round out and complete the story. If you feel that the story is not complete and you can shoot it again, then don’t be afraid to shoot it again.
Here’s what I got from shooting this story:
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I help client documentary photographers fine-tune their workflow + marketing game, so their work is filled with sessions that represent their voice + client values while earning a living. I shoot undirected, off-beat stories that aren’t preserved often enough (like the story of couples before starting a fam or becoming empty-nesters – a dream project of mine), so my clients’ old box of photos is a meaningful, visual diary of their life + legacy to leave behind.