As we drove home in the glow fom the setting sun Saturday night, we sat in silence.
Not an uncomfortable silence, or an irritated silence(we’ve had those, yes),…No, we simply sat in a quiet state of joy and gratitude.
I mean, how can it be…that we can fall so unabashedly in fondness with the people we photograph?
And what does that even mean, “we photograph people“? You could say “we capture moments” or that we “tell a story”….but those summaries fall short, and frankly, they’re getting old.
What we do, (and I’m talking about WE here, not just me, not just him, but the WE that we become together) is SO much more than that. Our intention, and our duty, is to connect with people, to see them, really SEE them and then show the rest of the world, and even the subject themselves, especially them, what we learned.
With Jordan and Luke, we thought we already knew them. I shot their wedding almost 6 years ago, shot Luke’s sister’s weddings and then newborn pictures of little Shane almost 2 years ago. For this session, I asked questions. Being inquisitve is not my strong suit, for some odd reason I’ve always felt invasive asking people questions, even impersonal ones. But this time, I asked questions. Personal ones. And I was moved by the answers. I think you will be too.