Maybe, because I am addicted to taking photos of my two year old, lately I have noticed that the same old same old family portraits are making way for a new breed of fun, modern family photos.
Gone are the awkward family photos of an entire family dressed in blue jeans and white shirts posing in a park casually laying all over each other with fake smiles plastered on their faces. Because, you know, that’s what you normally do at the park, get around in matchy-matchy outfits, and then get as close as you can to each other in the vast hectares of space around you.
The photo suggesting a harmonious loving family, yet the underbelly of truth was more likely to be that Mum screamed at everyone to hurry up and get ready while angrily trying to rub a vegemite stain out of the youngest’s crisp white shirt. Dad, picking up on the meltdown to come, desperately ushering the kids into the car trying to keep Mum as calm as possible as sweat patches appear under his armpits which infuriates Mum further, and the kids? Well they are bickering over who called shotgun first, or who should sit closest to Dad/Mum/the Dog during the photo while whining that they are hungry even though lunch was 5 seconds ago.
Or was that just my family?
Anyhow, the good thing is, those posed, stiff, and naff portraits have been kicked to the curb as parents more accurately document family reality, and I am a massive fan.
Photographer Dave Engledow made this funny and bizarre series of portraits of himself and his little daughter Alice Bee.
“I was inspired to purchase my first DSLR in 2010, upon learning that my wife was pregnant with our first child. Since the birth of our daughter Alice Bee in December 2010, the majority of my inspiration has stemmed from creatively documenting the first moments of her life in our family.”
From wearing a gas mask while changing a nappy, to his daughter putting his phone and glasses in the loo while he is in the shower, you can’t help but nod along to the truth in his photos and the accuracy of his depiction of parenting.
Then there is Aussie mum Kate Oliver whose creativity with her sleeping children has the world talking with her website Rock That Nap.
Her sons Finn, Pascal and Harper are heavy sleepers and whilst in their child-like comas she dresses them up and snaps away, simultaneously putting smiles on her followers faces.
Sadly Kate has encountered a bit of back lash for her actions, some not happy about her exploiting her innocent kids.
However I think the controversy in all of this is not that the subject matter is being exploited but that her children actually sleep!
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY.
That there is the controversy – sleep like that does not happen in my house EVER. And really, it’s sheer brilliance dressing her kids while asleep, because trying to dress a child while it is awake is like dressing an angry octopus. Good on her I say.
The photos are sublime, enjoy and next time you plan a family photo, burn the white shirt uniform and speak your family truth.
Do you have funny family photos? Tell us about your favourite happy snap!