Take One and Pass it Around
So this lady right here is always the one behind the camera, right? I get to control the settings, my snap happy finger, and the final result. Clients, family and friends just have to go with the flow. But there are times, yes many, that I wish to be involved in situations. I seem to miss out on pictures because I am the one behind the lens. Don't get me wrong, I love it! But on the other hand, I want to be amidst the scene, with the people I love.
Take New Year's Eve. Our best friends were coming over for an old fashioned night of board games and munchies. It's a yearly tradition, this year we have a pregnant momma. (Cue the awwwwwws) So the drinking was to a minimum, but the laughs were at their max. I decided to bring out the ol tripod and my wireless remote. It was time I was gonna be in the pictures with these people I am crazy about. BUT, I also decided that we were gonna pass the remote around. I wanted to capture a sense of spontaneity, a candid moment of chaos and confusion and silliness. I live for moments, REAL moments. This allowed the four of us to partake in what I get to do all the time. Each of us were able to capture raw, genuine emotion. Smiles, funny faces, awkward faces. But this also came with a price. We each had to give up control that we would be caught looking ridiculous or maybe looking less than perfect. In allowing this to be a totally candid night, we ended up with the best pictures. A series of pictures that tell a story.
As a photographer, I simply can't get enough of lifestyle photography. It presents such a realistic picture and you end up with photos that you look back and smile on. You laugh and even maybe cry. I participated in such a crazy awesome experience. I can't wait for next year to carry on our new tradition.
As this new year begins, ask yourself. Would you rather have posed pictures where everyone looks their best and smiles at the camera? Or would you rather of random pictures of real moments of actual living and loving? What will you most cherish?
So, here we are. All four of us (well, five actually). Laughing. Being silly. Playing a game.
Keywords: connecticut family photographer, connecticut photographer, lifestyle, love, naturallightphotographer
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