Family Photos Today – No More Regrets

Jennifer Roberts of Aunt Spray Photography shared her full blog post with me and I was immediately jealous. You see, my Grandparents – both sides – passed away already. One set when I was 10 and the other set when I was 22 (this set was married nearly 60 years and passed within 8 weeks of each other!). Taking family photos today is too often forgotten with the convenience of technology. Even though these photos are of Jennifer’s family, I couldn’t help but recognize my own memories within them. These photos represent everything our message is about: photograph history in the making. Even if not today, you will be so happy you did…. and the people in the photos, the ones that gave you eye-rolls, will one day pick up the series of photos and think how lucky they are to have them.

My absolute most favorite thing that caught my eye in Jennifer’s blog post is that she added a series of Q & A’s to her girls about their Grandma Rain and then included them in the blog post (link below). Imagine doing this for a client and including the Q & A’s in their photo book!

 

Here’s what Jennifer had to say about her photos:

When it comes to personal experiences, it seems there is always a reason for me to leave the camera at home. It’s one more bulky bag to pack, it could get dropped, I’ll just use my phone, blah blah blah. But something happened exactly two years ago that woke me up and changed my perspective. My grandmother on my dad’s side got sick. While she was in the hospital, I received an email from my aunt asking for photos of my grandma with my girls for a DVD she was putting together. I had nothing but a couple of shots buried in my phone’s camera roll. She passed away a few months later and all I’m left with are those couple of photos on my phone. I’ve accumulated thousands of images of complete strangers yet I have so few of my own family. So when the last-minute plans to spend the night at my grandparent’s house unfolded, the camera bag was the first thing in the car. (I should note that I purchased a smaller, purse-sized camera bag and a 40mm pancake lens. This makes the camera gear so much more portable and eliminates a lot of the excuses I used to have.)

I actually didn’t announce that I was going to do this. I just did it. I knew I wanted to capture the morning…the blankets, the coffee, the breakfast chatter. So that was an easy few shots. After breakfast the three of them went to the basement to play and I took a quick inventory of the light upstairs. That’s when I settled on their bedroom. The dolls were already there (one of which was mine from childhood) so it was simply a matter of me telling them to climb up so I could grab a few shots. Of course I was met with eye rolls and a few “when is this overs”, so telling them to play with the dolls and ignore me was the ticket to genuine smiles and interactions. I didn’t worry much about composition or what would happen in post. I simply exposed for the light in the room and clicked away. Sure, I had to shoot at 1600 ISO and sure, the photos have some grain because of it, but it doesn’t matter because the images tell the story exactly how it happened. And I now have this story forever. No more regrets.

 

See the Aunt Spray Photography’s full blogged session here: http://www.auntsprayphoto.com/blog/2015/1/over-the-river-and-through-the-woods

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Author: MarieMasse
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.

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