Having been a professional photographer for over a dozen years, I have a camera in my hand multiple times a week, but always with the goal of creating something sellable for other people. It’s my source of income. My job. Not that I resent it; I still love what I do, but when it comes to capturing my own family I’ll grab my Iphone like every other “instant gratification do what’s easiest” person out there.
But a worldwide pandemic does change things, doesn’t it?
A week after shutting down our business indefinitely I felt itchy. As you all probably know very well, the need to create is a deep instinct. It’s not something you turn off. Don’t get me wrong, I can channel that creativity into other things as well. During this slow time our family has put in a garden, worked on home renovations, baked and painted and taken online classes to learn everything from magic to make-up. However, I long for my camera like an extension of myself, so picking it up to document our family during this quarantine felt like the perfect thing to do.
I believe you should do it too.
Here are my best tips for telling the full story in a beautiful way.