Other than a few minutes at each wedding, I don’t get many opportunities to shoot adult family portraits. It seems like for a lot of families, interest in getting portraits done tends to drop off when the children turn about 5, and I’m not sure why that is. It’s interesting to me to see the way grown families interact and relate; how the years and shared experiences creates different kinds of relationships. On the other hand, doing family portraits is something that a lot of photographers give up as they develop portfolios built on couples, and that’s too bad. For me, obviously I do love photographing couples, but I think photographing familial love is just as important as romantic love.
So, needless to say, when Jen emailed me with her idea of having family portrait done while I was in Toronto, I was all for it. We met for an hour at historic Queenston Heights, and I had a great time. Here’s the Walker family in all its different incarnations: sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and partners. And Dundee the dog, too. Enjoy!