The Importance of Family Photography
Lastly, of course is kind of wrapping up our course the importance of family photography that ties in so much the importance of family every single thing you can think about that you find significant about the work you do is tying right back into why all of this is so important you can't really separate yourself when I hear people refer to the families they photographed as their subjects as if it's over here I wonder what impact it's having on their work? Yes, we want to keep some distance so we can study and make sure the lighting's working and the technical settings air there and this and that but the closer you bring them to you in terms of how you perceive them and the way that you feel how they feel about each other and the way you respond accordingly the better your images are the more you feel that instant affinity towards them and you build on that connection, the more powerful the images are that you showcase them and that link is so interchangeable it really can't be somethin...
g that you take for granted to sail camera roll it get do my three clock doing five o'clock two by seven o'clock your image is going to turn around like your three year I've got your seven you've got to work really hard to build that connection one of the reasons that I restructured my business to shoot less and to pay a lot more attention to the clients I was photographing was because I really felt the miss of that every single one of the families we photograph this this last few days I was like I was just starting to know them and it's over that feeling just translate so well to being able to deliver something that really matches that I'm showing the belonging you're hearing that a lot from me but it's because I think it's one of the most powerful things we experience as human beings is the ability to connect to each other and to not feel alone a cz much as we discussed self consciousness and the difference between that and self awareness part of self consciousness where that stemming from the reason we feel uncomfortable or or awkward is because we tend to naturally feel most alone in this world around other people that were not captain to it's a lot easier to feel lonely in a crowded room than it is by yourself just staring out the window with a cup of tea right? You're alone in the one but you're significantly more lonely in the other scenario and the idea of having people that you can count on and connect to is that important for that reason we told you guys were going back to ethiopia to do this project we were told you were going back to visit gabriel thiss the little boy that we're adopting and one of the biggest reasons we were really hesitant to go back is because of already thinking about the end part you know shared pretty candidly leaving last time was just and saying just saying goodbye and just hearing him scream as we finally were like they're probably the ushering us out like you have to go just go and we went in we got in this van and we were like just all a puddle on where we're driving back and it was the weirdest scene we're driving back in a dese I'm trying to hold my kids you know to calm them down and ah lisa our youngest is like we can't just leave him here she's like screaming it over and over again and I'm like I can't take him and as we're passing it's the weirdest thing like an ambulance came up and there was a crazy wreck right there and I turned to stephen like is the whole world pope in town like what is happening is this whole crazy crash of negative awful energy but that that kind of we almost didn't go back to visit this time because I'm already picturing the end and and I and I also know that's not the way to do it the way is to be where you are and appreciate you have and look for all the positives and just keep staying there but the saddest thing for me is leaving and thinking about how. Not only is the family once and leaving him alone, but that you know, as adoption goes, it may never come through on. Did they stay that way? That's also an inspiration to me because I know to better appreciate every single person I meet in terms of how they connect with each other and look for what that is and find it and shoot it. So I would strongly encourage all of you, teo kind of set whatever it is for you heard very clearly what is for me, the ability to connect other field belong to not begin. This world alone is such a powerful thing for me. And if I look for that when it's, the other people I'm going to find, it would encourage you to look for what it is to you that moves you that you really feel it. When you think about that, and how can you find in the people you photograph and make a big difference with your photography? Thank you very much. Appreciate it.