My family photographs are my most treasured possessions
they can make me laugh out loud,
they can make me cry
In my own life, getting married, and becoming a parent has changed both how, and why, I take photographs. When I set up Yvonne Chakraborty Photography and decided to specialise in family and wedding photography it felt like a very natural evolution in my work. I still remember the amazing feeling of our wedding day, being surrounded by so many people we cared about, wishing us joy and good fortune – those memories make me smile as much now, as they did they day after we married! Similarly, I still feel a sense of wonder when I see how tiny my babies were when they were first born; I am still amazed when I see how much they change after a month, six months, a year… And as they have grown older, I love the photographs that give a sense of the relationships between us all and the subtleties in the pictures that reveal each child’s individual personality. My family photographs really are my most treasured possessions; they can make me laugh out loud, they can make me cry. Image by Marcella Colaneri
I am honoured that my clients hire me to capture their images at key life moments as well as steps along the journey. I really try to reflect people as individuals and to this end I rarely photograph in a studio environment, preferring to photograph people in their homes or favourite locations for a much more organic experience. I love black and white photographs – the visual impact of a crisp image, stripped of distractions has a wonderful power and strength. I also love colour in it’s many forms – the punchy joyfulness of bright children’s clothes that instantly tells you about their personality, the soft glow of evening light which can bring you back to that moment in time with a sense of instant gentle nostalgia…
In 100 years from now I do wonder if our children’s children will be able to access our digital files that we keep on our laptops and USB keys at all… So I love handing over a finished piece of art for your wall or album and I like to think of you enjoying those images in the years ahead as life takes you on it’s journey.