Photography: Family: Jay and Shannon

Originally Posted: November 15, 2008

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Jay has been friends with my husband Greg for many years and I met both Jay and Shannon when Greg and I started dating.  The entire family can be summed up in two words: Great People!  The day of their shoot was abnormally warm for November, so we took advantage of the weather and took some shots around their farm.  As you can see, they are a fairly photogenic group, so it was easy to get good pics of them.

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As you can see, the pictures aren’t perfect from a photographic point of view.  The subjects aren’t positioned or posed perfectly and the choice of background isn’t what many other photographers would choose when shooting.  However, even though I understand the need for rules in photography, I often feel the need to break them.  Life isn’t about perfection. It’s noisy and crazy and full of distractions and imperfections.  This is what I want my photography to reflect.

I would like people to look at my work and say, “Wow!  That is just so lifeish.”  Yes, I know that lifeish isn’t a real word, but I want to create a sense of every day life with my pictures.  Posing subjects (except in circumstances where it is absolutely necessary) doesn’t portray a realistic sense of being. Shooting without an agenda or without posing subjects is called the photojournalistic style, but I am going to strive to be somewhere in the middle between an old-school portrait photographer and a new-school photojournalistic photographer.  Jay and Shannon’s photo shoot helped me to realize this because I did some posing for their family shots, but also let them play around and be themselves.  What we ended up with was a nice mix of fun and formal and lifeish shots!

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Thanks guys! Shooting your family was fun and educational. Both Greg and I thoroughly enjoy your company and look forward to many more years of good times and crazy photo shoots!  xoxo

2 thoughts on “Photography: Family: Jay and Shannon

  1. Thanks Jo Jo!! We had a great time, and the photos are better than I could have ever expected… You are a GREAT photographer!! (As you can tell its really hard to get Kyra to pose… But seriously, the best photos ever, and great company. Doesn’t get better than that!!

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