Gone are the days when family photo sessions were posed and contrived and dreaded by all. We are so used to all different shapes and forms of cameras constantly around us, recording every detail of our lives, that we no longer feel the pressure to perform, stand perfectly and smile perfectly for that once a year event. Now it’s more about capturing our real days and family connections.
Years ago it was my grandfather who took on the “serious” roll of family portrait taker. Instructing us to stand in a straight line, tallest at the back, always with us looking into the sun. As the photography rule then was the photographer must have the sun behind him. So of course as you can imagine, we are squinting in all our pictures. Now that job has moved onto my Aunt, who doesn’t take it so seriously in a technical sense but she is very serious about family events being recorded and printed. She really isn’t fussed if the photo is artistically perfect, just as long as everyone is in it. I love all these collections of prints from my grandfathers to my Aunts as they tell my family story. (and my horrific hairstyles over the years)
The Brionne family try to have a family holiday photo session regularly or as regularly as time and general life pressures will allow. The feeling of the afternoon was more about the emotion and love of family than the perfectly balanced pose. And so, we strolled along the beach with the kids stopping every now and then to pick up a shell or two. Nothing planned or too controlled, just a lazy summer afternoon.