Emily- 3 months

June 4, 2007

I’m finding out that one of the cool things about little babies is that they can’t really go anywhere, and they’re really curious.  Which in a photo session means that they’re always looking at the camera with an expression like “What is that, and why are they pointing it at me?”  We photographed Emily’s mom’s wedding just a few short years ago, and now here they are with a family!

The Best Weekend Ever!

April 2, 2007

What an insane great weekend!  Meridith, Will and I were in Wilmington for several portrait sessions and it was amazing.  The weather, the flowers, the energy.  Everything was good.  We began Friday afternoon with a beach session with the Benton girls.  A lively trio who gave us great energy for some great portraits.  Then on Saturday we bought Will his first real bike which he has onlt fallen off of three times so far.  Then a surreal bridal session in Airlie Gardens (which unfortunately I can’t show you until after she’s married).  There were tens of thousands of Tulips in full bloom, and the light was perfect.
The rest of the weekend was spent with our families, cooking, eating, playing at the parks.  It was fun, but I was ready to be back in the office today to get these sessions edited.

Coming Soon

March 30, 2007

We thought we give you the smallest little taste of the next big thing here at Walters & Walters. In the next week or so we will be launching a brand new website dedicated to kids and families. We have had so many requests from past clients to photograph their new families that we decided to jump in head first and put our spin on the modern child and family portrait.

This will be separate from our wedding site so come back soon for the latest updates!

We didn’t want to just start making portraits of kids. It was important to us to have a clear purpose and direction for our work. The samples below are just teasers really (sorry) to get the whole story come back soon.

Will’s Valentine

February 6, 2007

For some reason I was inspired this morning to create a fun card for Will to share with Friends and family for Valentine’s day.  Right after breakfast we went into the studio and shot several head shots.  I had the dark/light theme in mind and his expressions were great!  This is the front of the card.  I like it.

Will’s first hair cut

January 17, 2007

As a photographer I sometimes take for granted the impact that a photograph or series of photographs can have on a person or a family.  The following photo shoot took place some time ago, but it wasn’t until recently that these images went from being part of a few thousand others of our son to priceless treasures.  The past few months have changed the way I look at photographing families and children.

A few months ago I was talking with a photographer who specializes in family portraiture.  He believes that a family portrait displayed in the home reinforces to children that they are in a secure and loving home.  I have to admit that I thought that was the sappiest thing I had heard in a while and thought what an interesting marketing angle.  (call me cynical)  Since that time, my tune has changed.

When it was time to take our son for his first hair cut I planned for it to be an event.  It was going to be a guys only thing and Meridith was nervous that he would come back with less hair than she would like, and my Grandmother was distraught that we would cut any hair on his head, and wanted every strand delivered to her in a bag.  I wanted my Grandfather to take Will to his barber shop.  The one he had gone to for years and I wanted to photograph the whole thing.

Will did great and I could tell that my Grandfather had a great deal of pride in showing him off to the old guys at the barber shop, and being part of his first hair cut.  I was really happy with the photos we got and didn’t think much more about them at that point.  This past October 21st, Will celebrated his third birthday and my Grandfather passed away the next day.  It was truly sad, but not unexpected.  It was a blessing that most all of the family was near at that time.

I’m not sure how much Will is going to remember from this time in his life.  I still struggle to remember family members who I knew when I was very young.  Looking through all the photographs I had taken over the last three years it became very apparent that when he looks at these photos in ten, twenty or more years, he will know that he was loved very much by the people close to him and for that, these photographs are now priceless pieces of history.

So often I see photos of kids and families and everyone is well dressed and looking at the camera and of course smiling.  While those are nice and sometimes necessary photographs, to me nice is all they have to offer.  While those photos have their place, it seems to be the photographs of people interacting in ordinary situations that to me provides meaningful insight to who those people are and tells a more compelling story.  Sometimes however, you don’t realize that until later in life.