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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