Friends and family
20 Jun 2021 10:45AM
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As we all or almost all start to get out and about a bit more, at least for the moment, it would be possible to separate family events (in my case, a small family party to celebrate Fathers Day 48 hours early) from picture taking. Were doing both more, but are we mixing them?
Mrs D suggested blogging about the gathering, and I thought about some pictures I posted on Christmas Day 2012. And when I turned my computer on, the background image was a shot of Mrs Ds Dad, who died in 2009.
The picture of my father-in-law was a very characteristic one, and theres been a lot of family interest in prints, because thats one of the ways that people remember him. A good portrait can happen when posed, but very often its unposed images that capture what people want to remember about someone.
When I posted THIS in 2012, there was something that I (and all my friends in the pictures) knew, but that I didnt write. One of the group was terminally ill, and we had got together specifically because it was likely to be the last time we could do so. Because of that, I made a special effort to take pictures. Not a lot of them, with a DSLR, but enough: we were relaxed and it was easy to get images that seem to me to show people as I know them.
Most of the time, though, we dont get notice of forthcoming death So theres no sharp, immediate incentive to take pictures for posterity and remembrance. I didnt know, when I did a remote shoot with Stephanie Dubois in May, that I would be one of the last few photographers she worked with.
Sorry this is gloomy, but theres a point. And that point is that as you gather with friends and family, it will be a really good thing if you take some pictures. Dont make everyone line up (though if someone else suggests it, it should definitely be done!), and dont hold everything up for half an hour while you fiddle with settings. But get some shots, and let someone else take pictures of you (Dave, please note! I know you think youre allergic to cameras, but youre not really.)
If the very worst happens, there will be a treasure beyond price (and make sure that prints are done ) Otherwise, there will be something that everyone can enjoy while the subject is still around to appreciate the love and happiness. And if you have to use a new camera or lens or filter as an excuse (as I did for the shot of my daughter opening a card with a popup giraffe), so be it. Just make sure that you have mastered the controls before you point the camera at the family