In 2009, I married my wonderful wife, and she told me that I was not allowed to photograph our wedding. (Part me believes it’s because she doesn’t think I’m a good photographer, but that’s besides the point. :)) But after 3 wonderful years of marriage and a new addition in our family, I’ve slowly gained her trust to the point that she has allowed me to take our first set of family portraits! I will admit that its not the easiest thing to do to pose, compose, focus, adjust settings, etc. all at the same time, but I love the challenge. These pictures were taken a couple months back when Eden was 6 months old, and were used on our “real/analog” Christmas card (the one my wife had say into what the image was and the one that got mailed out).
In all seriously, I think there are 3 groups of people who don’t get quality family portraits taken regularly-
(1) Those who can’t afford it.
(2) Those who don’t value it.
As much as we value images, photographers are always behind the camera capturing that we rarely jump in front, outside of handing our phone to a passerby to take a quick snap on vacation. And as much as I love creating beautiful images, I don’t want my daughter to look back on her childhood and wish there were some good pictures of the whole family. The tough thing for me is finding the ‘right’ photographer, but 2013 will be the year I get connected with another photographer to take our portraits. Good times ahead!