SCHULTZ FAMILY | TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN

About a year ago I had the opportunity to photograph The Schultzes. With Boone in all of his blue-eyed glory being tickled into sheer joy by his dad...and Cheyenne expecting a baby girl...I just didn't think it could get much better than that. But a year later, Boone manages to be even cuter than his former self and Crew -- with her wonderous blue eyes and sweet smile. But even in all their cuteness, something bigger leaves an impression on me. I want to bottle up a little bit of what these guys have and do extensive research on it. There is just a true sense of freedom and joy welling up inside these four. It can't be contained. Boone is living this incredible little life where his uniqueness is encouraged and Crew is loved more than her little self can even comprehend. And, yet, there is a sense of balance. Of intentional parenting. And just a sweetness that you can smell from a mile away. Such a joy to witness these guys in action. I'm beyond blessed by their friendship.

Cheyenne and Geoff are incredible artists and they run their business with so much heart. It makes the world a better place. Truly an honor to document these guys loving their adorable offspring. 

THE SCHULTZES

Such an honor to photograph these guys. There are worn pages in my notebook that are covered with words of wisdom shared by Cheyenne years ago. She is a dreamer with a practical mind. The best kind. She has been a perpetual encouragement...filling my head with positive words, inspiring me, and kindly just believing. She is one of a kind. Truly humble and an incredible artist. She and her husband are The Schultzes. Here they are with one in their arms and one on the way.

 

IT'S LIFE THAT INTERESTS ME

I'm a fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson. It's no secret if you frequent my blog. I read anything by him (or about him) that I can get my hands on. His photogprahs inspired me long before his philosophy did, but now it all makes sense. His photographs inspire me because of what his philosophy is. His work is so pure. And so are his words. In some of my recent reading I consumed this tiny quote by Henri:

"Photography is nothing--it's life that interests me. "

I loved it and I hated it. A lot of Henri's writing eludes to this uncomfortbale truth that it isn't a great camera or even a great photogpraher that makes great photographs, but it is the willingness to insert yourself into life -- this collection of moments -- and capture the simplicity that exists then and there. That uncomplicated principle somehow managed to complicate my view of "portrait photography." That theory was more easily implemented into the art of wedding photography than it was into the ever-changing art of portraits. Capturing pure and raw emotion is almost involuntary when the emotion occurs natually, but it's a challenge when the constraints of "portraiture" enter...time-limits and newness and expectations. This is a challenge that I have come to adore. It stretches me and it irritates me; and sometimes I have victories and sometimes I don't. But for some reason I keep running towards it.

"There are those who take photographs arranged beforehand and those who go out to discover the image and seize it. For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which - in visual terms - questions and decides simultaneously. In order to "give a meaning" to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what he frames through the viewfinder." 

Thanks for the perpetual inspiration, Henri.

This week I am going to post some photos from recent journeys in portraiture. Today it is the wonderful Stafford family.

NASMYTH FAMILY

These are the Nasmyth's. I like them so much. You will too.

Ibrahim (the man in the purple shirt winning the coolest dad award) contacted me months ago about setting up a shoot for his family. He wanted to give his wife the shoot for mother's day and he mentioned that their family had never taken professional photos because they aren't so posey (he might not have used that lame word)...but what he meant was that they didn't want to cheese at the camera for a couple hours in front of a 1980's laser backdrop. That made me happy. So we set the shoot up. Later I found out that I live a couple streets away from the Nasmyth's so we figured it would only be right to shoot in our hood. This is Plaza Midwood. 

The Nasmyth's are happy and playful and so kind to each other. I am honored to have documented them being fun together.