My trip to Edinburgh was so great!!! I got to sleep till 9:30 every morning and look at castles and eat delicious meal after meal after meal. Seriously everything I laid my eyes on was beautiful. And no photograph I took could do it justice. I would see an amazing ancient building or castle or mountain and take a picture, then look at the LCD screen on my camera and immediately be disappointed. My pictures did not capture even close to a 10th of the majesty of the place!!!! So frustrating. Yet, there was one thing that was even more frustrating…
The colored sunsets and the starry heavens, the beautiful mountains and the shining seas, the fragrant woods and painted flowers, are not half so beautiful as a soul that is serving Jesus out of love, in the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life. –Faber
The only thing more frustrating than trying to communicate the beauty of a PLACE is trying to communicate the beauty of a PERSON. Oh, that is the cry of my heart as a family photographer! When entering a family’s home, I experience the same frustration I had when photographing Edinburgh Castle. How do you capture in 1/100th of a second, the complex beauty of family life? How do you communicate the things that can’t be SEEN? Well, I suppose I haven’t figured it out yet, but I do find the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life so very beautiful. I love the challenge of trying to reflect what I see -taking moments that seem small at the time and magnifying the meaning in them.
So meet Richard and Carole-Ann Scott! Carole-Ann did a photography mentorship with me last year, and we had a chance to Skype several times. I was immediately smitten with her Scottish accent and vibrant personality. She’s smart and funny and I could go on and on but I will try to show some restraint! Richard and Carole-Ann are both from Scotland, but have spent the last 7 years in Dubai and have recently relocated to Nairobi. When they are back in Scotland, they stay with Carole-Ann’s parents (the house in the pictures below). And I was SO happy to be in Scotland while they were home for a visit. I wondered if it would be weird to have an in-home family session at a place that isn’t even their house. But for Carole-Ann and Richard the word “home” has taken on new meaning. Home is Dubai. Home is Nairobi. Home is Scotland. Home is scattered literally all over the world. Home is wherever they find themselves. On the surface, there is nothing momentous about this afternoon with Richard and Carole-Ann and their baby Munro, but the simple bites of buttered toast, the diaper changes, and sunny afternoon walks are more beautiful and meaningful to me than any historical landmark or scenic view!