This is my workspace. I love how it welcomes me. I love how it changes. I love that there is always something different to observe.
Being invited into a house to photograph life at home is a gift, not just for you but for me too. I have a natural propulsion to find out about you and your stuff. The artworks hanging on the walls, the types of shoes at the front door, what’s inside the fridge door, what is tucked away on your bookshelf. These are little things that tell me about you. Watching how you move around the house. The placement of things. The different varieties of tea sitting by the kettle. These are the things that create the flow of your daily life and the comforts that bring out the best in you and your family.
Last time I walked into this workspace with my camera in hand I was photographing Rach with her youngest babe who was only several months old. They sat down on the same lounge, dappled in the same sunshine as I shot away as she cooed baby talk and played with her youngest, Neltje. Last week I arrived at their home, wiping my sandals at the door before I slipped them off to be welcomed by Neltje who walked over holding a Peppa Pig DVD and sporting a big cheeky smile. Her older sister was sitting on an armchair opposite the fireplace, excitedly asking me about my camera. This is my workspace. I smiled.
Rachel gave me a big hug, as best as she could with her impending bump between us. We engaged in a brief and excited catch-up before I started shooting. Somehow the events of the last few months efficiently become balled up into short conversations before we talk about what she is going to wear. There are a couple of options, we can’t decide and it’s a hot day so we decide to play it by ear and go with the flow of the heat and the children. What starts a shoot in this situation? I guess it’s that feeling of quietness as you begin to get on with your day, talking with your kids, making snacks, pouring drinks and putting things away. I linger back into the walls and observe through my lens, clicking away at the nothings and the everyday. Sometimes I make suggestions, a group photograph on the lounge or a portrait by the chair. This is my workspace.
This is my workspace.
If you would like to make a booking to invite me into your home to document your daily life, please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org