Gentle family portraits – why I love them!

A couple of months ago, a client and friend let me know that one of the photos I had taken of her and her daughter had gained a ‘highly commended’ in the Carers UK photography competition.  I don’t enter many competitions because I’m not good with the idea of ‘better versus worse’ in photography, but I’d agreed to this one because it’s such a good cause and my friend is so passionate about showing people that caring for her 25 year old daughter is not what they might at first think.

The news that we were highly commended was of course very welcome and I’m really glad that they felt my images communicated the tenderness and the sense of fun that I looked to show. However, it got me to thinking about why I love this kind of image so much.  To be honest they often don’t sell to clients who prefer a more standard ‘everyone smile’ shot.   But the clients that do enjoy them, REALLY love them.

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For me, and for these people (whom I love dearly for their enjoyment of these images) it’s about more that what you see; it’s about the feeling.  It’s about a photograph that captures a relationship, a shared moment, or the simple everyday interactions.  It’s about remembering the emotion of the moment; what was said between two people, what they were looking at; about a physical or emotional connection.  That is why I love these gentle photographs and why after every shoot, these are the ones I find myself looking at again and again.

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Visit me at www.siantphoto.com for more of my family photography work

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