"Mrs. Redmond, you may want to have your son tested. We think he may have a learning disability." These were the words passed along to my mother from my kindergarten teacher. They couldn't seem to understand why I wasn't joining the other kids during playtime. Instead, you could find me on the side of the room just observing everyone else. What may seem odd at the time, actually makes perfect sense now. We all have one thing that makes us unique: That one thing that makes our heart sing in perfect pitch. And some may be blessed to have more than one thing that makes them unique. The challenge we all face is finding that voice. For me, it's always been the gift of observation.
Whether it was sitting on the side of the room while observing my classmates play or knowing what feels right with the composition of an image, I'm always observing the world around me. And I love it! So, wouldn't it make sense that I also have found my voice in photography. I was able to see this more clearly when viewing the work of Kirsten Lewis (kirstenlewisphoto.com). One thing she is known for is her "Day in the Life" sessions. This is where she will spend a day in the life of a family. Most of the images are photojournalistic in nature. They are images that tell a story, and are far from posed. Her images capture personality, a moment in time, a connection, an emotion, an event. And although many may not know it, these are the type of images that they too treasure most. Sometimes tradition doesn't let us explore other options. If all we know is the annual trip to Walmart for a family portrait, we may not know any better. Thinking outside of the box, we could instead have images from the time the kids made breakfast on Mother's day, the first day of school, a family vacation, Christmas morning, prom. The events are endless. Taking prom as an example, imagine more than just the formal pictures of your child and their date. Instead, you might have shopping for the dress, getting ready, the look on your face as you see your child looking so beautiful/handsome. Instead of worrying about capturing the images yourself, you are able to enjoy the moment while someone else captures it for you. How cool would that be! Besides, you too would be included in the images. A blessing not only for you, but also for your child. They want to be able to look back at images and be able to see mom or dad in the pictures.
Although this style of photography may not speak to everyone, I'm glad to realize that it sings to me. And for that, I'm truly excited!
Thank you for letting me share my story with you.