To be honest, I never saw myself as a family photographer originally.
That’s not to say I don’t love doing them. I come from a family of nine kids, so being around children comes naturally to me. You might have also seen me over christmas taking santa photos at the mall. That was a little intense for my tastes. I like to take my time, get to know everyone.
The reason I never saw myself as a family photographer is my style. It can be darker, and a little moody sometimes. It was beyond my comprehension that someone would want my signature look framed and above their mantle. But despite that, I got a call or two. An interesting thing happens when I’m photographing a family. Sure, my dynamic gets involved, but their dynamic does too. It’s a mixture of both of us. This is what I find interesting, how every family shoot can be so different and exciting.
These days I shoot about 2-3 families a week, and I just love it. I do my best to involve props like sparklers and guitars, and always end up with something incredible. If you’d like to know a little more about schedule a family session, click here.
Family sessions can happen anywhere – if there are enough scheduled, I will even travel overseas for a week. Some of the better areas are Okanagan Landing, Outback Resort, Ellison Park, Kal Provincial Park, Polson Park, and Coldstream Park. There’s a few places as well that are private – only I have access to them. These are mostly small areas of land, like a dock on Okanagan Landing Road.
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass’; ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’
~ Harmon Killebrew