I’m not even sure how to start this post. My emotions are all over the place and it probably doesn’t help that I’m completely exhausted! In two days, Eric and I have met some pretty incredible families. I definitely felt challenged and stretched as a photographer to deliver something amazing for each and every one of them. When you’re working in the same locations because that’s where the light is best, it can be tough to create something different for each family. Somehow we managed to make it happen. One mom even commented that it was amazing that no two canvases looked alike.
I also don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard. Usually when we photograph families, we take our time. Sessions last anywhere from 45 mins to just over an hour. Normally, I don’t even pick up my camera until I’ve managed to make a bit of a connection with the kids. This is what makes our portraits natural. Then a few days later, I set up a time for us to come back and show the images to the parents and help them make decisions on which one is their favourite.
Just by the nature of camp schedules, we had a 1/2 hour time slot with each of the families. In that time, Eric and I thought we could photograph the family, decide on a favourite, print a canvas, stretch it, download some images to a keychain and deliver to the families before they moved on to their next activity. This was incredibly tight! It usually meant I had about 10 minutes to actually photograph each family, eek! For the most part, we managed to do it. On day 2, we got a little behind, but every single one of the families that attended this week, went home with a favourite image on canvas and a keychain. In all, we photographed 10 families on day 1 and 9 families on day 2, plus about 600 candid images of the other activities that went on during our time there. For those of you who aren’t photographers – this is a LOT!
One of my best moments was when one of the mom’s stopped me on day 2 to thank me again for the image I captured of her family. Her words stick with me and make me smile. “Thank you so much for what you did. It’s so beautiful and I just can’t stop staring at it.” All I can say is, you’re most welcome and it was our pleasure!
I left camp feeling honoured to have shared this time with the families. Humbled by their kindness and strength. Touched by the beautiful spirit of these children. Fortunate to have our health. It was a pleasure to serve these families and while I can’t share their images with you, I can share a few of the other moments we captured.
Welcome to Camp!
A little reminder about what this camp is all about.
Our little workspace.
One of the many activities families and kids could participate in.
Who wouldn’t want to go kayaking on such a beautiful lake?
Tough locations to photograph in 😉 Now try to imagine families sitting in these locations…amazing!
Eric said I had to put this one in…even though I didn’t want to!
Family, what camp is all about!
We’ll be back to our tips tomorrow 🙂 Happy Tuesday!