Connecticut Photographer Saving Memories
One of my main goals as a photographer in Connecticut is to save memories. The reason I'm doing Real Day sessions is because I want to help families remember the little moments of their lives together. I remember a few months after my daughter was born I realized that I didn't have distinct picture memories of our postpartum time in the hospital. I had a wonderful feeling memory, I loved our time in the hospital with her. It was our first child, I felt so well taken care of, and it was just magic to finally be with her. But I just couldn't picture her, I couldn't remember the timeline, I didn't have specific memories. That was pretty upsetting to me. So I started looking through our pictures. Guess what I found, no pictures of her and I. I was heartbroken. (That's not entirely true, I made sure that my husband made a picture the minute when was on my chest, but after that, nothing). I was behind the camera, I was taking care of a new baby, and we didn't think to make any pictures of her and I together in the hospital. Looking back, I still feel sad about this. But I also remember something I read from a more seasoned photographer. This photographer generally delays for many weeks the delivery of any pictures, in particular wedding or birth pictures. This way the family can form their own memories and not base their memories off of the pictures, which, while important to have, represents what the photographer saw that day, and not what was experienced. In fact, I remember the most important part, how I felt, which was a sense of peace, being complete, and joy.
Photographing Real Days - Get Mom in the Frame
This experience was pivotal for me as a photographer. I started my path towards a different kind of photography. I no longer wanted to make portraits in a scenic setting of a family looking at the camera in beautiful light. I wanted to make pictures that would help them remember. Both the very important times like welcoming a new child, and the mundane times that we hold so dear but that can be so easy to forget because they happen every day. Real Day sessions give you something tangible that you can look back on and remember.
365 Project - Taking Real Day Family Pictures to the Next Level
This year I'm taking my family photography to the next level with my 365. The pictures in this post represent week 5 of my project. I started haphazardly with one great picture made on January 1st and I just kept going (you can find the beginning here). Recently I read a great piece by a photographer who started a 365 years ago and just never stopped. (Here is her post). I could completely relate to the experience of looking through your 365 album and having that spark memories of those little events in your life. It is kind of like what they tell you in school about learning, if you hear it you learn it ok, if you hear it and see it, that's better, if you hear it and see it and write that helps you learn it even more. I'm guessing living it, making a picture of it, and then editing the picture really helps to make a memories last, plus you have the picture to remind you. I'm so looking forward to having albums that spark my memories of this time in my family's life.