I have felt like I needed to share something meaningful with our readers lately and when I think of heartwarming in regards to photography, I think of how the amazing DeAnna McCasland Photography captures her own world. She has also made this her new business endeavor with her clients and I am loving watching her make this transition. It must feel so amazing to truly do something you love and completely warms your heart.
Here is what DeAnna had to say about her journey into the lifestyle photography world…
“There simply aren’t any grand moments in life, and we surely don’t live in those moments. No, we live in the utterly mundane. We exist in the bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways of life. This is where the character of our life is set. This is where we live the life of faith.” -Paul David Tripp
When I first decided I wanted to be a professional photographer, I thought I needed to shoot everything. I did extravagant set ups, I took pictures of food, I took pictures of kids dressed up in their Sunday best, about 50 little girls in a tutu and draped in pearls, countless newborns posed and all done up in $30 custom made beanies. Please don’t misunderstand me – there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of what I just mentioned. There are many photographers who can take those families, and girls in tutus, and create amazing, stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks images. And, don’t get me started on the talent that is going on over in the newborn photography world! Some of those women can make amazing art that I would want to hang in my home and it’s not even my baby!
BUT, I’m not one of those people who can make that kind of art. I was bored, uninspired, and I started hating photography. It started to be a “job” more than something I loved. That’s when I knew I had to do something different. I’m a strong believer that you have to genuinely fall in love with your work if you want to produce good work! If your heart isn’t it, then it’s going to to be obvious in your images. That’s unfair to both your client AND you! After LOTS of stress, tears, going back and forth in my head on what to do to change my art I decided to go full force with what I really love – lifestyle photography.
I was already taking daily photos of my children in their everyday environments, and something about those images would just lit a fire in me I never knew existed before. I didn’t get that feeling when I was doing the set ups, spending 4 hours editing one session because a babies skin wasn’t flawless, or when I was forcing these fake smiles out of these families. So, I made the leap to sell off all of my props and go head on with lifestyle photography with my clients. The everyday images I take of my children mean SO much to me. I want to be able to show them in 20 years what it was like on a typical Tuesday morning at our home when they were 4 & 2 years old. I want to remember the messy hair, the grilled cheeses, how they need to stand on a stool because they aren’t quite tall enough (yet) to wash their hands in the sink. I want to remember the boo boos, the cries, the smiles and real laughs. I want to remember all of the in-between moments as much as I want to remember the love our home holds, the hugs, & the kisses.
If I can give these memories to my clients – tangible moments to hold on to and treasure, to keep their children’s childhood close by – then I have done my job. And, it will be a job I will be proud of, a job I will love and pour my whole heart into, as each client deserves.