Tacoma Washington Family StoryTelling Photography | When I initially paid the tuition for the Telling Stories With Lifestyle Photography Workshop, by Colie James Photography, I simply wanted inspiration and motivation to take pictures of my own family. As a photographer, I spend a good amount of time behind the camera. However, the lens is mostly pointed at other families rather than my own.
After spending an entire afternoon finalizing a newborn session for a client, I realized that I never spent that kind of time on pictures of my own family. And, that made me sad! I decided that I wanted to provide my family what I was providing other families…but, I knew that unless our hair was done perfectly and we were wearing the perfect outfits, I would never use my “Big” camera to document my own family. And prior to taking the workshop with Colie James, I couldn’t see my day to day life as something that I would want to take photographs of at all. In the middle of smushed goldfish and sticky grape jelly hands, I was hardly finding inspiration, let alone an ounce of motivation.
Once the workshop started, I noticed an immediate transformation in what I saw. Instead of seeing just a regular old boring day, I saw life. And I saw us living a life. I noticed the details that I would have dismissed as a mess or something that was out of place. I noticed the intimacy of our family in our daily routines. I noticed how delicate my husband bathed and dressed my youngest daughter. And, my heart was exploding, every time I uploaded another card memory card, full of our day to day life.
Throughout the workshop Colie provided excellent feedback and made me push myself and my ideals of photography. She gave me that motivation that I was in seek of, but she also helped transform and regain my passion for photography. I am not lying when I say that I fell in love with photography again…and I did!
Now I want to tell MY story, OUR story. I want to tell the story of my family. The boring day to day that we live, yet we cherish years, if not only a few short days afterwards. I want to remember what it was like when it was just myself, my youngest daughter and my 3 year old, are home alone, while my older two daughters were at school and my husband was at work. I want to remember our days of dancing in our pajamas to Yo Gabba Gabba without a worry in the world! I want to remember our naps as we snuggle in together, still in our pajamas from the previous night, with jelly stained cheeks and hearts as full as they could be. I want to remember that. Not only as a memory, but I want those moments to be documented for not only me, but for my babies. There will come a day when I won’t be able to tell them what our days were like… and I want them to have something to look back on and not only see it, but feel it.
I have since documented so many “boring days”, and those are my most cherished images. While I believe there is a time and place for posed, studio or not, portrait photography, my heart and vision and my passion, has completely shifted to REAL LIFE. As an artist and as a photographer, I want to document life, instead of pose it.