In a global pandemic, a lot of the event photography I do wasn’t possible. No corporate events, fundraisers, non-profit galas, conferences, or award ceremonies. (Indeed, it’s hard to even imagine being in a convention center literally rubbing elbows with strangers while eating passed appetizers.) But there was one kind of photography that didn’t change at all: family portraits! For years, I have shot family portraits outside, in open spaces, with lots of social distance and a long, telephoto lens. I like the style and the appearance of these photos. During the early spring days of the quarantine, I began photographing families on their front steps from a safe social distance. Once the lockdowns were lifted later in the summer, family portraiture continued as it always does – in the golden hour of the evening in parks and backyards around Boston, encouraging families to laugh and play and be themselves.
I have lots of favorite photos from throughout this year, but I narrowed it down to a few to share with you here. I always get so much joy of watching families interact, and in the shadow of the pandemic and our ongoing quarantine I loved it even more. I can’t wait for the spring weather to come this year, when we can pick up where we left off!
In the meantime, a few favorite family photos from 2020.