A Note about Family Portraits

Few things are as precious as the family portrait. In fact, most people say that if they had only a few minutes to gather belongings from their homes before a disaster, they would grab their family photos. Why? These are precious moments of our lives saved forever on a piece of photo paper – a glimpse of who we were and how we became who we are.

Let me be blunt for a moment. I am not a fan of the department store portrait. You know the kind. The ones where we put on our Sunday best and our fake smiles, and someone with the same training as the person who might sell you a tie in another department snaps a photo in front of a mottled blue background. No, these are the kinds of family photos I don’t like. While they are an accurate account of what we looked like in that year, these photos tell us nothing about the people in them. They show no interaction, and they never show the real us.

What makes a family is the interaction between family members in a setting that is comfortable to them. How a toddler takes his mother’s hand. How a daughter snuggles into her Daddy’s neck when she’s feeling shy. That’s who we are, and that’s exactly what I want to capture when I shoot family portraits: Your family the way it really is.

To see examples of my work with families, please click here. Family Gallery


Andy Armstrong

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