We don’t shoot photographs. We preserve history.
I am keenly aware of this as I visit my family and photograph brothers and sisters, parents and children over the holidays. We really are the family documentary photographers.
As a photojournalist, capturing the story of a family in the everyday moments, whether shooting a formal dinner, playing in the yard or just watching football on TV, it’s all part of the story of who we are as a family right now.
In 2015. And as it was in 1999. And how it will be in 2027.
We are documenting much more than family snapshots, which is why I like to shoot more than just posed photos of people looking at the camera. I like to capture each of my family members engaged in something they like to do.
As important as it is to shoot photographs for publications, there really is no more important work than when we are capturing our family.
We are historians with cameras. Our work will live on for generations to come.
In fact, some of the viewers of our work haven’t even been born yet. We are creating future galleries. And the people we are photographing, that holiday photo we’re taking this year, will be the only way they know their ancestor. They’re grandpa or uncle.
We are doing amazing work. Let’s make sure we print our photos, too, so that they will last 100+ years despite technology’s evolution
It is seriously important work!