Marcia is probably the most laid back wife a guy could ever ask for. Seriously.
When Lola was born she insisted on one thing. She wanted, whenever possible, to sit down at the table as a family for dinner (supper if you’re from Cape Breton). She did it with her family and I did it with mine when we were growing up…and I guess you don’t realize how important that can be until you’re the actual ‘owner’ of that family.
So, for the last 2+ years we’ve been having supper at the table. Ruby’s only been here for about a week and she’s already been to 4 or 5.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, I would certainly not call myself a family photographer. I don’t think I can shoot a typical family in the park better than anyone else can and its just not where my mind goes when I think about creating family photos. My idea of a family photo is something drawn from the reality of what a family really is. When I’m 75, and if I can still remember things, I’ll probably remember supper time with my girls so many years ago.
So I came up with the idea for Table Sessions.
I love the complete and utter chaos of meal time. The awkward 2 year old hand trying to hold a fork and get rice from the plate to the mouth, that same plate of rice flying through the air, the repeated attempts to get a Lola to ‘take one more bite’. That 30 minutes every day provides enough inspiration for a lifetime of ‘family photos’. I love it.
I’m pretty comfortable telling you that I’m just not a fan of trying to bring in a family and get everyone to look at the camera at the same time and smile. It’s stressful for the parents, the kids have no idea whats up and in the past, I’ve just stood there saying, “Lauren, look here. Laurennnnn, hey Lauren, Lauren LOOK, look at this Lauren”…while Lauren screams bloody murder. Like I said, I’m just not meant to be a typical family photographer.
So, if you’re interested in a Table Session, just email me for details. We’re going to shoot 8 sessions from January to February and every shoot includes a gigantic 30×40 canvas prints.