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I knew we wanted something special this time around. I have a lot of posed pictures of our family and I’ve taken a lot of random, candid photos of the kids that are just OK. What you did was capture more than a moment, you captured the very heart of what makes our family tick. My son’s wild and silly nature, my daughter’s quiet and sweet demeanor and the love my husband and I share for it all. Lots of photographers can capture special moments, you also captured the essence of who we are.. and that is such a gift.
A lot of people don’t like looking at pictures of themselves for different reasons. When I look at the images you captured, I am able to see beyond the silly surface stuff, straight to the heart of the people in them.
If I were to give advice to someone who’s thinking about hiring you I’d tell them to think about their every day life. Think about all the seemingly little things that become so familiar and routine that you’d never think to stop and capture them. Your child eating out of a favorite cereal bowl, your spouse’s shoes that you always trip on when you walk through the front door. The normal, everyday (imperfect) stuff – that’s the good stuff! Don’t wait until it’s too late to capture these real life moments and memories.
Pam’s personality is a lot like her photography. She keeps it real. What you see is what you get with her. She is warm, down to earth and melded into our family the minute she walked in the door. – A
Flying Pam over to my house to do a different kind of pre-deployment family session was one of the best decisions I made last year. In military life, we have to do our best to not take what little family time we have for granted. Those seemingly “boring” everyday moments between my husband and our children – horsing around on the living room floor, hugging the baby close when he cried, putting each kid to bed at night with their individually quirky routines, making & eating homemade waffles on a Saturday morning – become mere echoes once he leaves, yet resonate so strongly because we are unable to simply recreate them when we want to. We have to wait. And the length of time we have to wait has nothing to do with our schedule dying down, or getting through some busy sports season. That wait is beyond our control. And after following Pam’s work for years and seeing her consistent attention to detail and accurate storytelling, that’s exactly why I chose her.
Pam intuitively documented our day in a way that I, a former professional photographer, could not even accomplish. She saw moments I couldn’t see due to those moments being so “normal” for me. She anticipated surprises. She stealthily followed us around so as to not impose or influence the event that was organically unfolding. And when she delivered my gallery to me, I cried. I felt like I was right there, reliving my day. The power of a photograph to bring you back to a tender or joyous moment is unreal, and it often reminded me and the kids of happier days, and bridged that gap during the absence by helping us look forward to even more happy times upon my husband’s return.
I would not trade these photos for the world, for the people inside these animated images ARE my world. And Pam showed these precious people to me with new eyes. -S.R.