A Real Family Portrait
I may have mentioned a time or two that I’m a city girl. Love the city! Grew up in one and spent most of my adult life living in cities. We now live in the country. It’s beautiful, the big skies and fresh air. The rolling hills and the farm land. I’ve spent the last 3 years befriending and getting to know many of our local farmers. What amazing people. What an amazing life. It’s still so new and fascinating for me the commitment to their lifestyle. And they love it! It’s their passion and hobby and would have it no other way. I have huge admiration for our farming families.
Every minute of their day is precious. Every minute accounted for. Getting dressed up and taking time out to have a photo taken is not often high on the list of priorities for a lot of the farming community (well…to be honest I’m speaking of the male variety here. Most Mothers would love updated photos of the family every year).
I had always loved the idea of ‘Day in the life’ photo sessions. Where you spend the day with a family catching the ‘real’ stuff. Not the polished, everyone dressed nice and smiling stuff (note: I do love those sessions as well). But something about the rawness of a family appealed to me. I mean I’ve spent the last 10 years capturing my kids like that. Those are my favourite photos of them. The goofy, early morning, messy hair ones. So why wasn’t I doing it for others? I was just unsure how to get the idea out there.
A local lady contacted me to organise a photoshoot. Her Dad was turning 70 and they thought it would be a good time to document the kids with their Grandad. She did say straight away that her Mum and Dad were not camera people but they agreed on the photoshoot. As we chatted she talked about the farm where she grew up and could we do the photos there. I thought ‘here is my chance’. I put forward to her my idea. Could I come spend the day with everyone at the farm? Everyone can dress as they like, coveralls and welly boots? Yes, please! I’ll come and be a fly on the wall with Grandad and the grandkids. Show me a day on the farm. She agreed and thought it was a great idea. Her Dad would be more relaxed and I could capture the kids doing what they do when they visit Granny and Grandad! I loved it. It was a great day. The kids loved showing off what they do. The animals, the 4 wheelers. Grandad was in his element with his tractors and his Land Rovers. You could see the pride in his eyes as the kids did their chores and tended to the beasts. It was a great day and I can’t thank the people of Lost Farm and Home Farm enough for welcoming me into their home during lambing season! It’s a busy time of year!
The album is complete now and they forever have a book of their family and their farms as they are now. In this time. It’s a real look at their lives. A real family portrait.