I’ve had a hard time with family shoots in the past. Some people find a lot of security and work really well within the boundaries of redundancy, but I have a really hard time doing anything the same way twice. I’ve turned down more and more family shoots lately – mostly because I’ve been so busy with weddings – but also because I just didn’t feel like I thrived at them. I’ve decided to change to only shooting lifestyle, environment-based family shoots revolving around home life or some other shared family interest. It’s renewed my inspiration and interest in shooting families again. I want to capture the right now and not just the ideal.
There’s something so sacred about spending time in a family’s space – the good and the bad. The Stilsons are really good at adopting those of us up here who don’t have family around and making sure we’re never spending any holidays alone. I shot their family two summers ago when I was interning up here, and as soon as I moved back, Nicole and I brainstormed my ideas to photograph families in their natural environments. I spent last Friday following munchkins around and observing one of the most lively and loving families in their natural environment. And here’s what we got.