Back when we first started turning this photography hobby into a business, I decided to do family pictures with one of my favorite photographers in my hometown– Blue Frame Photography. They’re a husband & wife team that I met in college & they ended up buying a house right down the road from us shortly thereafter. We’ve kept up on Facebook through the years and I trusted them to wrangle my family into the same general area long enough to get a photo.
The last official family picture had been roughly a decade earlier, so no one was really sure how it would turn out. I, for one, was super impressed that everyone followed my requests for the dress code: blue, white, khaki. Any combination. Yes, daddy, that means you can wear a blue & white Hawaiian shirt. Yes, everyone can wear blue jeans if they want. I mean, seriously– with 15 people I had to keep it simple.
When we got the photos back, of course we were excited & loved them all. But one image struck me more than all the others:
My grandparents. Laughing. I have no idea what they’re laughing at, and they had no idea the picture had been taken. But there it is, full of emotion and love.
This photo was a game changer for me. I realized photography isn’t just about getting a picture, perfect lighting, and the perfect smile. It is about emotion, love, real moments.
There are times for all kinds of pictures, but I’m always waiting for that moment during a session where I can give the family a picture to treasure like this one.