INSPIRATION: Family portrait

Do you enjoy flipping through personal photo albums? Do you like to observe people in pictures? Are you intrigued by these moments captured by the photographer?  Are you sometimes struck by a portrait of a person you don't even know?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you might understand, in part, why I love photographing people so much.

As a photography lover, I often go through photography books and one type of portrait caught my attention: photographers pointing their lenses at their loved ones. I would like to share here a portrait that particularly moved me. It’s a portrait by Annie Leibovitz of her mother Marylin Leibovitz. In my opinion this portrait has it all: tenderness, love, profoundness, two people sharing a very special moment.

Marylin Leibovitz by her daugther, Annie Leibovitz.

This picture really made me want to photograph my Mother in that special way. I have planned to photograph her next week and I hope I'll get some very personal pictures — not just that beautiful Hollywood smile! If you know her, you’ll know what I’m talking about. (;

Another thing I particularly love about Annie Leibovitz's picture is the way her mother looks right through the camera, at the viewer. That is a feeling I love to experience while taking a portrait and then looking at the picture. However, I must admit it only happens once in a while. From my experience, the subjects have to be willing to give you a part of themselves. Last time I captured such a look was when I photographed a person from South Korea for my Project Geneva.


Although quite different and more frisky, here is a portrait of my Grandfather I particularly love. In the portrait below, I believe I succeeded in capturing a trait of his unique and lovable personality. As I will be seeing him again this summer (he lives in the US) I will definitely take more photos of him.

My Hero

So in conclusion, I guess all I want to say is that I can’t encourage you enough to photograph your family and friends because 10, 20 or 30 years down the line, when you’ll have forgotten these pictures, you’ll be so happy to find them. As Anka’s father told us when we gave him prints of the photo session I did back in April with him and Anka, he will cherish those pictures every day. How does that ad go already? Oh yeah, that’s right: PRICELESS!

For those interested, I do portraiture work, primarily on location, and take the time to get to know the people I am about to photograph to capture special moments. Feel free to contact me.

Have a memorable weekend!