I’m so ready to get back to my camera. It’s been long, too long, since I knocked on a family’s door, butterflies, ready to learn a new love story.
We left Jakarta in May, and I sent off my last batch of Jakarta images just before our moving van pulled away. Now, it's almost three months later, and I’m through the creative fallows.
This time without working has been important to my family. It allowed me to devote my energy inward. My creativity, my time, has been conserved for my family. I’ve spent these months settling my kids, soothing fears, calming tantrums, searching out friends, and just being together. I’ve directed my focus to learning important life skills like where to buy kale at a reasonable price, and who has the best cheeses, and how to cross the street without being hit by a bus, and how to stay calm when your kids are losing their minds, and how to open a bank account, and how to pay my phone bill (to be honest that one is still somewhat of an enigma.) This time away from my computer has allowed me to be more present and more creative with my own family at a time when the little ones really needed that.
And now, after a predictable three month period of unrest, we’re reaching equilibrium again. And I’m longing to get back to shooting. This weekend kick things off. I have two sessions lined up, both generous families who are contributing to the UNHCR with the Shoot for Charity initiative.
I can’t think of a better way to begin again. Its always an honour to make pictures for a family, to see each family, their ways of living and loving each other, their tenderness, their idiosyncrasies, the little bits of tension that make the softness that much sweeter. But it’s an even bigger honour to be invited to photograph a family who is giving to a cause that makes my chest swell with goodness and hope.
I still have about one or possibly two slots open for this campaign. If you’re interested to know more send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you.