This is Agata and Maja.
I shot this image as part of a “day in the life” photo shoot a couple of months back when Maja was eight months old. You can see the Photofilm of the Day in the Life shoot that I posted yesterday.
Regular readers of this blog may remember that I also photographed Maja’s birth last June and I was delighted when Agata asked me to shoot some family documentary photography.
I’ve selected this image from the set as one of my particular favourites and I really adore this image.
Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures. – Don McCullin
That quote by Don McCullin is something that I always remember when I’m shooting. Whether it’s my documentary wedding photography, or regular reportage stories (some of which you can see over on The Kage Collective site by the way).
When I look at this image of Agata and Maja I can get a real sense of bonding. A sense of emotional attachment that will never be broken.
Agata is a wonderful mum, and Maja is a gorgeous little girl. As she grows, she will change of course, but images like this, hopefully, will be ones she will look back at with her own children and their children.
I can’t ever underestimate the power of photography like this for me.
This image (and none of the images in the series) are staged. These are real moments that occurred naturally with no direction from me. This is important.
My role is the observer and the recorder of these memories – not the maker of the memories.
I shot this image using the Fujifilm X100T which rarely leaves my sides. I shoot lots at weddings with it and I shoot almost all my non-commercial photography with it too.
For me, having this tiny little camera, that is 100% silent allows me to be in a better position to shoot these delicate moments.
I hope you love this picture as much as I do.