What do you look for when you look at old family pictures? Connection? Emotion? Some semblance of how it felt to be two or ten or awkward early teens?
What do your children look for when they look back at pictures of themselves?
Increasingly, I find my kids asking me for the story. Why were we laughing? Why were we squished in that tiny bathtub? Look at Charlie’s face because Will has his toy! Look how little I was mum, I was only at your hip bone, do you remember me that small? What song were we dancing to? Did I call you mum then?
Long gone are the days of sitting still and looking directly into the camera lens. At RinkaDink we find ourselves ever more drawn to documenting connection, emotion and the story of a family unit. We want your children to look back on the images we took for you and know how loved they were in your arms. How happy and crazy and unique they were. How they played with their sisters and brothers. Your family dynamic.
How happy they made you.
Obviously our softly lit studio is our favourite place to put these stories together but over the summer we found ourselves at the North Coast at the same time as one of our favourite families and we decided to step outside our comfort zone and battle the natural elements of the Northern Irish seaside. Thankfully it was a beautiful morning and aside from one minor wasp attack (on me!), I think we did OK.
Hopefully in years to come Alfie, Harriet and Stanley can see how much fun their young parents were. How loved they were in their arms. How they all cared for each other (note the entire family gathering around wee Stanley when his beloved blue ball was swept out to sea, Wilson-style). Arms casually slung around one another, running and chasing and splashing. Hugs, kisses, sandcastle wars and smiling till your cheeks hurt. That’s their story.