I don’t accept many extended family sessions but when my client inquired and shared a little of their story it grabbed my heart…and my camera will always follow that lead.
Their story isn’t mine to share, but I can say that they’re clinging to every moment with the grandfather they love. As we discussed what eventually evolved to become a family film, I loved how my sweet client expressed her reason for contacting me. She wanted to give these grandparents the best Christmas gift she could imagine. She also wanted to give her children the gift of seeing themselves interact with their grandparents long after they’re gone…for me to capture their special bond. Yes, please.
You see that’s at the heart of every family film.
It’s a MOVING portrait…both literally and emotionally.
We live life in motion so we relate to images when they’re in motion too. When was the last time you were overcome with emotion looking at a photo? Compare that to those Extra gum commercials they ran a few years ago. RIGHT?! I was a wreck every time. It’s no secret that I love photography and static images are to be treasured but a moving portrait encapsulates a person, a connection, a time/place better than an entire gallery of photos ever could. Video transports you in a way static, two-dimensional photos simply can’t.
I pray this family enjoys these dear, dear grandparents for many years to come. These people captured my heart in our short time together (hang on to the end for a tender bonus I was fighting back tears as I filmed). I considered it such an honor and privilege to create this portrait and pray that when the grandkids watch it years from now, their grandparents will feel as present with them as they truly always will be.