Lazy Gourmet is celebrating 40 years in business and needed a few staff headshots updated for their new website. I shoot a lot of events and often see these folks taking care of the the delicious catering. I was hoping for leftovers during this shoot on location at their business, but alas, I only managed to ‘borrow’ a bottle of water.
When you walk into this families home you see something that is becoming a rarity these days. Printed and framed family portraits adorn almost all the walls. It is obvious that this family values having printed memories of their loved ones around them.
One of these Moms is acutely aware of the importance of capturing family moments. “My Mum passed away two days before our son's 1st birthday, so it was important to us to have as many pictures of our family as possible."
We met at Deer Lake Park for the family session to celebrate their son’s 1st birthday.
She wore her Mother’s pearls and her partner wore her Father’s ring.
I've been photographing this family since their eldest was 3 months old and her parents wanted similar portraits of their little guy on his 3 month birthday.
Big sister greeted me at the front door with a smile and a warm hug that totally melted my heart.
She has a wicked iTunes dance mix that we listened and danced to while creating these portraits together.
The beautiful soft north facing window light was perfect for these intimate family portraits in my clients new home.
I envision this printed 20x30" on canvas and loved for decades as a family heirloom. :)
I have been photographing this fun family since their eldest was a baby.
I am sad they are leaving Vancouver to move to Ontario. I'm so happy for them though, as they will finally own their own home. Owning a home is becoming an unrealized dream for a lot of Vancouver families and folks are leaving the city to follow their dream.
I wish this sweet family a wonderful new life and adventure and I hope we see each other again.
Sweet baby Adele's family chose a hand-bound Storybook album of their favorite images from her session.
When I delivered the album her 2-year-old sister asked her Mama to read 'the story' over and over again, squealing with delight each time she saw a photo of herself in the album.
I imagine them all sitting together again snuggled up on their couch when Adele is old enough to enjoy her portraits too.
I would like to tell you a sad story.
A story about why I believe it is important that we print our memories.
In 2011 I attended my cousins wedding and during the reception I made portraits of all my family members.
In the spring of 2012 my uncle died suddenly.
It was a devastating loss for my family. He was all our favorite.
My way of coping with the grief was to lay on my bedroom floor and surround myself with photo albums from my childhood.
Within those album pages I could hear his delightful giggle and experience memories again of him. In my search for images for his memorial I found those portraits from 2011 stored away on an eternal drive I no longer used. I printed and framed that portrait as a gift to my Aunt. You can imagine the emotional reaction it received. Even though I had emailed her a digital copy years ago, she had never gotten around to making prints of it. That framed portrait was displayed lovingly on his memorial table.
There is concern in the scientific community that this generation will be a black hole as we rely so heavily on digital documentation. I am grateful that I grew up in the analog generation and that I have these printed memories of my childhood and albums filled with friends and adventures from my 20's and 30's.
DVDs are becoming a thing of the past as technology advances. Jpeg files are corruptible and 22% of hard drives fail after 4 years. It isn’t a question of if; it’s a question of WHEN. It happened to my brother and we will never get those first photos of my nephew back. It has happened to me many times. Thankfully, I have numerous backups of all my images. Even still, I have been working on a massive project the past year printing and filling albums with my favorite images since I started shooting digital in 2006.
I feel that I am doing my clients a disservice by only delivering digital images to them because I know that it is possible that they will never be viewed again and could potentially vanish. That is why I offer my Fine Art for Families. I want their memories to last and their children's children to enjoy them.
People need to know where they came from. They need a sense of lineage.
Please print your memories. Get those images off your phone before you delete them to make more room.
Print them. Make albums. Start today.