This December tradition of compiling all of the family sessions from through the year has become a favorite task of mine.
There’s no time like the holiday season to reflect on what it means to be a family. In the midst of the day-to-day work of editing and delivering photographs I appreciate the moments I’m looking at, yes, but there’s something about digging them out and looking at them all again that makes me see them differently, and my favorites from each session are often different by the end of the year. I understand the need for that knockout family photo with everyone smiling, but the photographs that stick with me are the in-between frames: the mother soothing her frustrated daughter, the walk from one portrait spot to another, the stillness in the frame as the subject waits for the photo shoot to begin, two brothers hugging and then pushing and then fighting and then hugging again. It’s these in-between moments, actually, that make a family.