I’ve taken so many images, and have so many different favorites for so many various reasons. Social media, internet, and web-based portfolios are all great; but this online world we live in sometimes leads things to be a bit less personal. I believe that every image has a story to tell, and that’s what I love doing for my clients so much! I don’t always get a chance to tell the story behind every image though–what I love about it, what makes it special to me. So, I thought I would start a weekly blog post that featured one of my favorite images…deconstructed. The story behind it, the reasons I love it (whether they are technical reasons of lighting/composition/etc., or emotional ones about what and why the image makes me feel). So check back every week–some of these shares will be personal ones, and others will come from clients’ sessions past and present…one of your images might be featured here!
Life is Messy…and oh so much fun! Isn’t it the truth though? And it’s all about the attitude with which you approach it. I love the essence of this image, the volumes that it speaks–about children, what they mean to us, and how we get reminded of what’s important…through all the mess. This little girl’s hands are covered in paint from decorating her mother’s bald head in a session meant entirely to inspire and celebrate life. Her mother had just finished treatment for breast cancer, and her hair had not yet returned, so as a part of this inspirational session we decided to finger paint her head :). The kids loved it, and Mom was such a great sport (not at all surprising considering her amazing attitude throughout her treatment!). I look at this image and remember to be strong for my children no matter what I’m dealing with inside, to keep it simple, and to not worry too much about the mess–whatever it might be!
As a little side note, I just recently had an Information Meeting with a new client. She told me she saw this cancer patient out in the community one day a long time ago (when she was still bald), and started saying prayers for her on a daily basis (she still does to this day). When this new client started looking for a portrait photographer for her own family, she saw images of the stranger that she had been praying for all that time. It never ceases to amaze me how small the world really is, and how interconnected people are even when they don’t know it. It gave me chills to hear her story, and I’m so excited to be working with her wonderful family soon too!