Do you remember the way you hold hands, the way your other half looked at you right before they proposed, that smile that always makes you feel like you have the whole world in front on you, that look that makes you realise you are the only one in the room, that smirk that tells you, you will dance the night away?
Do you remember the first time you hear your favourite song live, the anticipation, that moment the opening bars of your favourite song started, that feeling when you got completely lost in that moment, how every time you hear that song, you are taken back to that moment?
Do you remember looking back through a family album, mesmerised by the photos, asking your parents about the photos in front you, memories flooding back to life?
They aren’t the big moments in persons life, they are probably not the moments you will tell your kids about, they are not the stories you will tell when you hang out with your friends. They are the little things that make a person who they are, the moments that make two people a couple, they are the little moments that make up life’s big events.
When I first picked up a camera, I didn’t know expect, I didn’t know if I could take a good picture, use the camera in front of me to capture a moment. I spent a lot of time in the classroom, learning, taking studio portraits, gaining confidence. Then I turned my camera on my friends and rather than taking pictures just for my homework, I started taking photos for me. Soon, my camera came with me everywhere and I started to document life, capture the moments happening around me. I started to see the little things about a person, the way they smiled, or held their coffee mug, the way a couple would hold hands, the way a little boy would hold onto his Grandad’s shirt.
When I rummage through my box of photos, those little moments I captured transport me to another time and place. Those photographs flood me with memories of laughter and friendships, late nights, early morning, trips to new places. That’s what I hope I capture for every person I photograph.
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
Lisa from Lisa Jane Photography is a London based alternative wedding photographer. She regularly teaches with us, including the Boot Camp at Farm Week.