Short stories: Three dads

This is one of my favourite photographs of all time, taken last summer at my niece Zoe’s 3rd birthday party.

Three mates, three dads, with their kids. You don’t need to know any of their names to see the friendship and love in this photograph, and that’s why I like it so much.

While I love taking photos of food and from my travels, it’s the photographs I take of family and friends that hold the greatest significance for me personally. I’m documenting some of the milestone events of our lives and capturing emotional, candid moments like this.

It’s not about taking photos of ‘everything’, although it may seem that way as I’ll have my camera up and aimed, taking another a shot more often than not. It’s about really seeing what’s around me, the beauty in ordinary moments – the experiences that we live but rarely stop to observe or think about. In every batch of images, I hope I’ve captured emotions and interactions you’ll be noticing for the first time, even though you were there too.

This shot was taken before I got my Nikon DSLR. I used my Panasonic DMC-G2 camera, Lumix 20mm (pancake) lens, 20mm focal length, ISO 100, 1/400 second at f/1.7, no flash.

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  • Great shot!

  • LeahPeterson

    i love it!!

  • Dea

    love this photo, TFP. i have a great group of girlfriends whom i’ve been hanging out with since we were in university. i like to think that in maybe 10 years’ time, we’d be celebrating our kids’ birthdays like this, too. :)

    • Thanks, Dea.
      That’s one of my regrets – don’t really have long-time friends from many years ago. Just the way it worked out over the years. Another reason why I like to capture the relationships of others.

      • flower

        Like you I don’t really have long-time girlfriends here in Australia but was lucky enough to have some (not many) from back home. It’s hard to have a get together coz everyone is bz so FB is the way to do it. This year I’m lucky enough to have my friend since we’re 12 come and visit me next November.

        • flower, how lovely your childhood friend is coming to visit. Although I no longer have those childhood friends, I have really good mates right now.