We are Family

Posted on October 29, 2013

 

 

 

Last week, I saw a man at the gas station. 60’s-ish, neat and pressed, kind face,  classically confident walk. He was adding air to his tires, and the hose kept retracting as he pulled it around the vehicle. Not wanting to lose the hose or have it rub against his nice SUV, he was doing this stop/start, twisty, yanky, crab shimmy to get correctly positioned. He then took an exaggerated side step, the kind preschoolers take when pretending they’re a toy soldier or the Jolly Green Giant, and stepped on one end of the hose to keep it stationary.

I wished so badly that I had my camera to document him, and an invitation to do so.

I love to watch people. The funny, sweet, preciously awkward things. The bonds, reactions and traditions. That’s why I love photographing families.

Don’t get me wrong. I have a family. I *know* what was involved in preparing for your photo shoot, and it’s not all hugs and coordinating colors and smiles. Someone was running late, a shoe went missing, hair frizzed at the last minute, kids fought in the car on the way over. And a 30% chance of rain. It’s *messy*.

But despite all that nonsense, it’s the deliberateness of the gesture. The showing up to say “this is us, and we are worthy of documenting and preserving, today, together, just as we are, so have at it” is what pulls us through every time.

 

I intended to do one blog post and include an image from all the Charleston family portraits I did this year. But I couldn’t pull it off. They each have their own wonderful stories to tell. So I’m going to try to blog one family a day for the next few weeks until I’ve caught up.

 

Today, the Fedders clan!

 

Family cuddling on Folly Beach

 

 

cute blond blue eyed boy smirk

 

 

casual family portraits in Charleston sister hugging brother

 

Fun family photo grandmother and grandchildren

 

Three blond siblings family portrait posing

 

 

Walking down the beach path Folly Beach

 

 

Family beach portrait children in white

 

 

Folly Beach family portrait on beach wearing whites and blues

 

 

This was in honor of the late patriarch of the family, who had a collection of crazy Cosby sweaters he would wear to parties. I love that they chose to honor him this way, and lugged a tub full of sweaters along on summer vacation. Awesome.

 

 

 

Ice cream and cookie rewards back at the house after a wonderful photo session:

Face in bowl of ice cream

 

 

 

 



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