Photographers: Don’t Forget To Document Your Big Life Moments
It’s been almost 17 years since I first picked up any kind of camera and it feels like all of that time spent behind the lens has been training for the day of my son’s birth. As a professional portrait and wedding photographer, newborn photography isn’t my comfort zone. I, like many, am someone who is paid to document the lives of others and their families, not my own (although if anyone is willing to pay me to take photos of my own family, I’m listening). That being said, I’m here to remind photographers of something that can slip our minds: Just because we capture the lives of others, doesn’t mean that we should skip out photographing our own.
Almost a year and a half ago, my wife and I got incredible news: We were becoming parents for the very first time! While we both read the Mayo Clinic’s “Guide to Your Baby’s First Year” and prepared our lives (and home) for a new addition, I started thinking about how, as a father and photographer, I would document the first moments in our son’s life. In Julia Kelleher’s CreativeLive course, Family Photography: Capturing Connection, she said something that really stuck with me and helped me find inspiration for the look and feel of what I wanted these images to convey. “It’s connection. I made this image to connect with you. I spilled my heart about love, motherly love and to think about my experience with motherhood.” Granted, I’m a father, not a mother, but the sentiment is still readily applicable; make it a personal journey.
On October 17th I woke up my mother-in-law touching my shoulder and saying, “Casey, it’s happening.” My reaction wasn’t exactly deer-in-the-headlights as much as it was the feeling of breaking out of a coffin with a huge inhalation of air, eyes blinking rapidly trying to gain an idea of what the hell was happening. Oh. Right. My wife must be in labor. MY WIFE IS IN LABOR?!
This is not the moment I grabbed (for more on this article click here)