Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Inbetween Moments

by Leigh

Thanksgiving, holiday open houses, gingerbread house parties, tree decorating get togethers, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc.. Just imagine all the photo opportunities!  It's that time of year to get together with friends and family to carry on time honored traditions or perhaps create some new ones. Whatever the occasion I know that cameras will be out and ready to shoot at a moments notice! 

Instead of the usual family photos, you know what I'm talking about….arranging everyone….making sure all faces are in focus and all eyes are open….how about trying something different for a change.  Look for the in-between moments.  Those precious times when your kids aren't cringing…"not another photo mom!" and grandma isn't repeatedly saying "say cheese everyone". Those times when dad isn't yelling "hold your sister's hand NOW and smile!".  Family photos don't have to be stressful.  They can be fun and unexpected and creative.

Those in-between moments are the realest of real.  The glimpses into the true relationships of people.  Whether it be two sisters expressing their funky style with donut socks and colorful converse or a grandmother swinging her grandsons on the backyard hammock or maybe a friend whose smile and Hello necklace are her trademark. Those are the photos that make my heart skip a beat.  

We are photographers and that means we don't just capture the big events, but we tell the story.  
Sometimes the little stories...the ones that might seem insignificant are the ones that are most easily forgotten. Those are the times to capture so this holiday season be the story teller in your family.


Carol said...

Leigh, I am so glad you said this. And glad you said it BEFORE the holidays so we are reminded. I try to do this where ever I am, and it makes such a difference. Catching people being themselves instead of what other people think they should be. makes every picture more interesting!
These shots are adorable! 8 especially love the hammock one!

AFishGirl said...

So true, so true, so true. I remember a few years ago photographing my granddaughter while she was getting a haircut and the hair dresser telling her to smile and I said, "No, no. I tell her she does not have to smile while I am taking photos." I'll try to find that one and put it in the FOL page. Great post, Leigh, great post.

terriporter said...

Oh, yes, the unposed capture of people just being themselves -- those are the best photos! When I go back and look through my albums, those are my favorites. You have shown some perfect examples to remind us of this. I know I'm going to be lurking around this holiday season trying to capture this type of shots of my family. Great and timely post, Leigh!

Dotti said...

This post ties in perfectly with our upcoming December Focus ... Coming next week!

Anonymous said...

Leigh, you hit on a topic that Im so passionate about! The "pose" images are great, but I love the unexpected captures! They are so unique and you can really see the person(s) in a natural state which makes a more interesting capture! Thanks for sharing...and I love the first photo!

heyjudephotography said...

I need to capture more of these moments this holiday season - your photos are always so inspiring.

Liz said...

I love this post! May we all focus more on those in between moments and place more importance on those. A very relevant post and along similar lines to mine.

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