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The connection in the story

For me, this is what it’s all about.  This is why I picked up a camera to begin with, this is what I look for in photographs, and this is what I love to capture most – the connection.  It started with groups of middle school friends, arm-in-arm at recess and it has evolved to photos of my kids and family.

I want to freeze it in time, never forget that high that is felt from a hug or a look or a dance.

It’s why we are here, what keeps us surviving when we want to give up, what feeds our souls when life gives us challenges.

Even those old photos where I didn’t really know what I was doing, the connection just pulls me in.  These are both framed in my home and I won’t replace them ever.

gma and lily kiss-Recovered


I have to document the beauty of these relationships.  I feel like this is why photography exists.


It’s that look,


that ease,


that bonding activity.  I want to document those so I never forget how special this family is.


My days are filled mostly with documenting the interaction between my kids.  I have never witnessed two people more concerned with one another’s feelings.  When I witness this connection, I am overwhelmed with the need to capture it.


They support one another.


The are free with one another.


They make each other laugh.


When one of them leaves, the other one anxiously awaits for his or her return.


And sometimes, there is just that look that captures the connection between me and them, like I can see right into their souls.  That is the connection I have to capture.



In The Art of Storytelling Facebook group this month, I am asking the group to share their connection photos.  I can’t wait to see the emotion in these submissions!




February 11, 2016 - 4:25 pm

Lauren Frost Jensen - These are fabulous Mel! I need to strive for more connection in my photos. You are absolutely right, connection is the essence of photography. Your kids are so cute, they remind me of mine, and we love that Tickle Monster book!

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