Two of my favourite photographs from our family collection, first image (±1931) of my grandfather as a toddler all dressed up, second photograph taken in Kenya in the mid 1930’s and probably setup by my great-grandfather Carl Frederick Phöl, a hobbyist photographer (4th from the left with a cigarette in his mouth, my grandmother is in the middle with her back towards the camera, her mother and brother to her left), it shows a moment where everyone is having a good time together as family and friends.
Photographs are stories; they tell us about our history, they portray our loved ones’ liking and they remind us of moments shared with others. A moment can be forgotten in an instant, but once you have seen that moment in a photograph, you can easily recall the moment and the way it made you feel, for the rest of your life.
To say that I am a photographer feels silly, we are all photographers. I, am a storyteller. I connect with my clients to tell the story of their life, it can be an engagement session, a celebration, a pregnancy session or the whole big family altogether. The story and the bond of the people is what gets me excited. It is about being able to document a family for 13 years and hopefully continuing to do so for many more years.
2019 marks my 14th year as a wedding and portrait photographer, I still love seeing my clients through the viewfinder and capturing something in them that can take them back in time and pass on to their children and grandchildren.