Visited my Nina and her family back a while ago. It really was quite a while ago. When I took these photos Naël wasn’t born yet, and Louis was only a few weeks old, and Alfie became the protagonist of one of my most favourite images I’ve ever taken. This first one, yes.
I love the moment, the blurred movement, the composition, the grain, the smiles. I love absolutely everything about this photo.
Family sessions are great. They are challenging, they get messy, and noisy, and usually don’t go exactly as planned. But they are wonderful in their own unique way. In my humble opinion family photos, family portraits should be full of life. Whether that’s laughter, tears, blurry movements – reflecting back what life is all about.
My additional comment:
“Family can consist of two people, quiet, intimate, deep, fiery, happy or even very serious in the very best way – sometimes you’re your own family and that’s a whole new level of beautiful – or it can consist of a great tribe, loud, noisy, messy, joyful. And sometimes it’s a combination of all, sometimes you have more than one family. There are traditional families, and modern families, bonus families, and there are families where being genetically and biologically related isn’t even part of the equation at all.
One of the things that I love about humanity evolving is how families come in all shapes and forms.”
Ps: Introducing Naël in the last few images. Naël was born in 2020. His portraits with his Mum were taken through the screen during lockdown.
One of the few FaceTime sessions from Lockdown I. 2020.