I went to high school with two of the Crawley daughters. It was an honor to photograph the whole family on the event of their parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.
In 25 years of professional photography, I have never had the opportunity to photograph a 5 generational portrait before. This was quite an event, not only for myself, but for the family as well.
I traveled out to the house of one of the grandchildren near Maysville, we moved everything out of the dining room, so I could set up my background and lights and I stood in the kitchen. Tight quarters, but we made it work.
After I was set up, we brought in eldest two members of the family and set them in the chairs for the portraits. Grandma instinctively reached over and held grandpa’s hand. I was touched. Both over 90 years of age and married for over 70 years, they still held hands. And they held hands during the whole session.
Gone are the days when the family would come into the downtown studio for a family portrait and purchase a print to hang on their wall. Families today are looking for something different – something more contemporary, something more modern.
This creative composite of the Wayland family will hang as a gallery wrap in their home. Gallery wraps – for those who may not be familiar with the term – are printed on canvas and then stretched on a canvas stretcher frame with part of the image wrapping around the side of the stretcher frame. It doesn’t need a frame and is ready to hang on the wall. It’s contemporary and looks great in about every living room.
The creative composite allows multiple images to combine into a single composite, removing the need for multiple frames of individual family members. It’s a wonderful way to have the family all together in one place.