Wow…such a magical time
…there’s nothing like new life to give you a new perspective. Baby Xavier is one month old. His eyes are big and trying to get a grip on his surroundings. He eats, poops, sleeps, throws up occasionally, and is busy getting to know his new home. Louise is such a beautiful mother. I mean, you can really see the care. She was saying how a switch has flicked, that when you have a child, nothing else is quite as important as caring for your own. Xavier’s needs are immediate, and sleep for Giorgio and Louise comes second. She’ll be up in the nights feeding and Giorgio is working hard to support his family. He’s so tired all the time that he dozed off during the photo session! (It didn’t worry me in the slightest, it added to their story). But you know that’s what it’s like, it’s the perfect photograph to explain new parenthood…it’s exhausting… but of course, totally rewarding.
Xavier is a lucky little man (and let’s face it, super cute). His parents are completely devoted to him and his well being. Every touch, every glance, you can see it in these photographs. What a magical time for them. The other really cool thing is that this little chap will grow up bi-lingual. He’ll be speaking Spanish (Giorgio is from Peru) and English. The session was so lovely, with little Spanish utterings offered:
Pedito…fart (a very commonly used word)
Chanchito…burp (also very common)
…and Lou’s favourite…
Chiquitin.. a very cute word meaning little boy which seems to have become a bit of a nickname.
…and finally Quires leche…do you want milk?
Thank you Lou and Giorgio, and baby Xavier for sharing your afternoon with me and your Glebe apartment. I hope these photographs become treasures to you in the years to come.
I really want
this beautiful concept and product to be a distinctly unique BJP thing, so when people think of me, they think of the personal care and skill that is put to crafting their personal family story result.
From start to finish
I take my time getting to know people, to see and feel them and get all around them, then I can start to record something that I think they will treasure in the future. Shooting it is half the process, there is still post production to do afterwards. Family life is very intimate. When I have the camera with me, I feel really previlaged to be a part of family life, however it unfolds. I imagine that I’ve travelled back in time from 50 years in the future. Which chosen moments should go in the time capsule? I feel if I’m not taking that time, and crafting the way that I’m seeing, that the subtle details where the meaning lies will be lost.
What drives me on
is having successes like these. Every so often another little sign comes from someone somewhere that says something like this:
Had a look through all your work the other day, couldn’t just stop at a single post haha.. Really beautiful photographs… its great to see photography in a very traditional context of recording memories but in a really contemporary wayI just love how you market yourself and what you’re achieving!
… thank you David Robertson, you made my day!!
My vision for BJP
is that when people learn of the opportunity to be photographed by me, that they leap at the chance. They stop what they’re doing for a couple of hours, and make time for this, or perhaps incorporate me into their busy 2 hours of dancing lessons or whatever. If their house was burning, the family photographs is what they’d hope to save…in fact the next family I photograph lost their home in the 2003 Canberra bushfires, so they know all about it. I photographed their wedding, and I thought to myself, I hope I don’t hear from Carla and Duncan…well sure enough I heard from Carla’s mother first thing on the Monday morning.
I don’t have this kind of photography from my own childhood. I have no idea how I was as a child. I have no idea how my folks related to me when I was really little. I get a few sound bites from time to time, and can dig out a few square, fuzzy and faded pictures from the 70’s showing me in a bassinet. But really, there’s not much there at all. That time is gone, done, and we can’t get it back. It’s a memory that dies with my parents.
If you’d like me to capture your family story, then I’m just a phone call or an email away from getting started.
I’ll show you a little glimpse of what I saw in Newcastle next…and then more on the family stories from my awesome road trip…
Coffs Harbour tomorrow, then Byron Bay on Monday. The weather is beautiful in these parts, by the way.
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