The Real Story Behind This Simple, Environmental Portrait of a Man

Intentional Documentary Photography
You probably see a stranger, grilling some food, but this isn’t actually about grilling or about the man (my love).⠀

Story Time:

We’re not “hurting” per se, but we’re not “loaded” either. We’re aware of our spending and it feels like we say “no” more than we say “yes” to fun spending.

#joyofsaving #cautious ⠀

So, one luxury area of spending we consistently break the bank on is our food. ⠀

We eat GOOD ’round here. Ask anyone; they love eating at our home. We’re always grilling or smoking meats + veggies that add up too fast. $$$$ ⠀

Point being: in the moment before this picture, I thought of THAT. I thought, “How blessed am I?”⠀

I saw this scene and thought: No matter how much a pain in the ass life was this week, we come together – CONSISTENTLY – for a great meal (usually made in a partnership, not solo) and occasionally shared with other great people too.

It’s one thing I can count on. For that, I’m thankful.

This picture is THAT. It’s for ME; no one else. If I hired a photographer, I’d be over the moon if they connected that nugget in MY head and put THAT in a picture for me. It’s not about my husband or the grilled Tuna or shrimp that you see.

It’s about this small story that makes up a VALUE in my heart. The photograph is merely EVIDENCE of acknowledgement.

This picture has less meaning than the moment I decided to MAKE that picture, because in that moment, I connected to something that REALLY matters. ⠀

This is #intentionaldocumentary.

#photographfreely #yourlensyourway

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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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