Mom and Dad Stay in the Picture | Medford, MA

Mom and Dad Stay in the Picture | Medford, MA

This year, 2020, the year that many are saying they wish they could forget between the pandemic and unrest and economic woes?  For this family, 2020 has brought a lot of joy — it brought them their youngest daughter (five daughters — and what amazing girls and young women they are growing up to be!).  These two amazing humans are stellar parents, and like many parents, their children are their main focus most of the time.  But the night I met up with them we had a different goal — yes, we were going to get a couple of shots of the whole family, the girls, and especially the newest addition, but this was time to focus on mom and dad — to give them a chance to center each other, even if it was just for 45 minutes.

“We are always SO awkward.  We’re really awkward people.  Especially in front of a camera” I was warned.  Frankly, I didn’t believe it.  Or, rather, I did (since this has clearly been their lived experience!) but I didn’t think it had to be their destiny.  Previously, when they were photographed together, it was of the school of thought of “Stand like this, look at the camera, SMILE!” which, frankly, makes MOST people both look at feel awkward.

Instead, we took more of a lifestyle /prompted /emotive approach to their portraits.  They still wanted at least one shot of both of them smiling and looking at the camera (a totally reasonable goal!  There’s a reason that shot is a classic!), but instead of starting out with that, we started off with some prompts.  They were ridiculous, silly prompts.  And when they had relaxed a little, the “ok, now at me” prompt came as just a minor tweak to what they were already doing and comfortable with.  Around that, we got so many genuine expressions of love, shared laughter, and a true sense of who they are as a couple, which is just as important to document — especially in the middle of a pandemic where it can be a little hard to remember where it all began.

Here are a few of my favorites from our time together:

Mom and Dad Stay in the Picture | Medford, MA

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