I could share just the pretty of the photos I take but lately I am being pulled to share the stories behind the images I capture of my family and those of my clients.
To share a new and fresh perspective around the deeper feelings that exist when looking at photographs.
I've pondered a while on how to communicate this new way I'll be sharing content here. The closest I've come to defining it is what you see VS what your child sees. Over the last few years, I've been observing and asking my own children just how they see things. My visual skills are fine tuned so I thought but it seems that the things I see are a bit different than what my children have brought light to. And since my goal as a photographer has always been to capture moments that reflect the people in the photos, I was keen on learning more of the difference that they shared with me. As a result, my visuals have evolved and the connections in my photographs have as well.
You see photographs are memory keepers of a time that once was. Of a time we didn't always appreciate the little things or the mundane everyday details but when we reflect back, these details are consistently always the BIG things that have shaped us and defined us. Its hard to put into words ... I thought I just start with an everyday moment example.
You see ...
photo of child sitting, random objects beside her, gazed look, mis-matched clothes (why did you let her dress herself again!) Was this a time out photo?! Nothing here to share with anyone, too everydayish.
What she sees ...
her favourite toy bag she fills with goodies every morning (Elsa and Anna, hair-braids she always asks for but has no hair for!), love for animals and rocking her favourite sweater yet again, the adventure spot right by the door means packed and ready to go! She's imitated mommy yet again and it just means she is growing up.
Dear friend, I would love to hear from you. What do you see?
Irina Fortey is an Ottawa and Toronto Documentary Photographer.
Capturing your everyday in the most beautiful way, candidly and unscripted.