Sarah Black Photography

Going deep

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I’ve got about a half a dozen things half started over here: poems and writings than may never see the light of day, books part-read and theories half drafted and endless lists of ideas and thoughts that are important to me, ones that I’d like to sit with and explore and doodle about and just generally research and ruminate on for a few hundred hours. Trouble is, I still don’t actually have hundreds of hours

But of all my to-dos and should-dos and want-to-dos, this is what more often than not floats to the top, these photographs that I make for people. Simple, heartfelt family photographs that with the greatest ease and gentlest voice persistently remind that deep doesn’t have to mean anything other than deeply felt. It doesn’t have to be dark, or complicated or intense, or overtly artsy or be otherwise signposted as deep in the ways we have come to expect depth sometimes to present itself.

These photos have taught me, and continue to teach, so much.

Going deep is paying attention, it’s taking the eye we reserve for high art and letting it fall on the scene right in front of us. It’s the little pile of bricks you have witnessed magic in, it’s the ever-expanding space between their small warm bodies and yours, it’s the little tears you mop up because life is confusing and unfair and tricky sometimes, here as anywhere.

If we do one thing well, let it be this, and then if we also find time for the higher things, the literature and podcasts and works in oil, let them be informed by all the things we already learned at home.


//Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family and newborn baby photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date.//

Just bring you

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I sometimes hear from clients who are interested in having family photographs in their home, but are also worried that their home might not be ‘magazine worthy’ or require some monumental tidying and cleaning effort for which many busy parents can’t summon the energy.

i can (and do) tell families that it doesn’t matter how tidy or perfect their home is, that they don’t need to deck out their homes with an Instagrammable selection of indoor plants or order a new fancy sofa in order to be somehow more eligible to have an at-home photography session; they just need to bring themselves and the love that they have for each other and let me worry about the rest.

These images are from a session earlier this year where I photographed a family of four during a teaching workshop, not in a home at all. I made these photographs for the totally gorgeous family of Ashlee, including two active young boys, in a single conference room, using a single window and one chair, and afterwards we moved to an ordinary small Melbourne park directly across the road. I thought that rather than talk about how much it doesn’t matter ‘where’ you are photographed, or explain how I can show as little or as much of a setting as need be depending on lighting and mood and personality, I thought it might also be helpful to showcase the session of this beautiful family and how much love they were able to fit into the corner of one room, and, as it rather randomly turned out on the day, a shopping trolley we found abandoned in the park (how Melbourne is that?).

And not only did we capture some truly precious moments, we had a ton of fun doing it (as you can probably tell from the photos). No stress whatsoever, family memories: done.

xSarah


//Sarah Black is one of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula's most sought after family lifestyle, and newborn baby, photographers. If you are interested in finding out more about commissioning a natural, soulful photography session to capture this time in the life of your family, children or a newborn baby, either in your own home or on location anywhere in Melbourne, please get in touch here. Weekends book out around 6 weeks in advance (weekday times are more readily available), so if you are considering booking a session then please get in touch asap to reserve your date, as Spring 2018 sessions are booking up fast.//