I watched a documentary of photographer Dorothea Lange the other day Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightening. Her words have been soaking into me. She says, "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." She also says, "Beauty appears when one feels deeply, and art is an act of total attention." Her words cut into me deeply.
I tell my families that I want these photos to remind them of how beautiful their lives are. Just as it is. I want families to look and see the light within themselves and the light within the life they are building with the people they love. I want these photos to yell, "Hey! This is us. This is now. This is life. And it is absolutely, wonderfully worth it.
I feel a turning of a corner as I continue to document the lives of families. I am on a search for truly seeing, a journey that I don't think will ever end. I want to learn more and more of how to see deeper into the heart of families so that my images become more alive and more honest and in turn more meaningful to the people within them.
I know that these photos are important, because the story of family is important. In all its challenges, imperfections, pain, healing, growth, and beauty, the place from which we all come and the community from which we grow is incredibly important.
With all of that said, here are the Burbachs, a family of true thoughtfulness. MK and David are people of strong backs and soft hearts. The way they are connected with their children feels like art to me. I loved listening to the way they talked with their kids - with patience and thoughtfulness. MK, David, Gideon, and Winter Grace you four are living such a beautiful, rich life together, and I am so honored to have captured a sliver of your wild, wonderous world.