As a wedding and family photographer, I document moments for my clients, who most of the time become friends. Photography is intimate. I'll follow a couple for 12 hours during their wedding day, I've held the hand of a new mom breathing her way through contractions, and I've photographed the little boy sobbing while he's in time-out. I'm invited into homes for full day-in-the-life sessions and invited back for Thanksgiving dinner. It's not just about the images after the session, it's about the connections and relationships with my clients turned friends. But it's not just clients, it's other photographers, too. Networking with other professionals builds your "circle" and I was fortunate to meet Michele. She's assisted me on a few weddings, answered my frenzied texts about Mac computers, communicates in memes, and has even photographed me a few times. Michele is a kick-ass head shot photographer (recently dubbed "The Photographer's Photographer"), an awesome friend, and obviously knows how important imagery can be.
Michele's "Grams" recently fell ill. To be honest, she's still not doing so great. Michele scheduled some studio time and got her family together for some portraits and asked if I'd document the behind the scenes stuff. As you can imagine, having to plan your own family's photo session in a studio can be a heavy task, but I know her family will cherish those images for years to come.
To see Michele's finished portraits of her family, click here.
Feel free to leave some nice thoughts for Grams - she could use them.