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1/52 (Project 365) || Beaumont Lifestyle Photographer

In my last post, I talked a little bit about the direction that my photography is moving in.  I’ve considered myself a lifestyle photographer for a couple of years now, and its finally gaining speed in our area.  While right at first, I got a lot of “thanks, but no thanks.” replies to inquiries because I wasn’t a traditional portrait artist, now I’m seeing more and more people seeking me out, saying “I love your style!”  And you know what?  I really do too.  I love looking back at personal photos I’ve taken and being able to remember the moment so clearly.  I remember the weather, what we did that day, how we played, how many times one of us dug our heels in and we fought like cats and dogs.  I love being able to see and feel all of that from one image.  It’s the same for client photos.  I remember the day and the session so clearly.  I remember the connections and that’s really what is going through my mind when I cull and edit a session.  Not only which smile is the best or which one is someone not blinking, but I really love the emotional ones that reach out and grab you, even as an outsider.  The ones that tell a story.

That’s the road that led me to create my Storyteller sessions.  But I truly believe than an artist is never “done” learning, especially in an industry that changes as much as this one does.  I’m a part of several photographer communities, and recently I joined a new one that reached out and grabbed a hold of me the way I want my images to do to other people.  365 Projects aren’t anything new.  They’ve been around a while, and I’ve even started a few but never finished them.  For those unfamiliar, a 365 Project is where you commit to take photos every single day.  Sometimes there is a theme involved, sometimes there isn’t.  But it’s mainly just getting your camera out and shooting.  Not for clients or money or exposure or any of that.  Just for you, as an artist.  A way to let yourself create without the boundaries of other people’s expectations or opinions.

The 365 Project group I just joined is specifically for Documentary Photographers.  The community has been so amazing and supportive so far, and we are only barely into our second week.  Incidentally, this is the longest I’ve ever stuck with a Project 365, and I don’t think the two are unrelated.  The other members are so encouraging, even with their constructive criticism.  It’s a really positive space and for me, that does a lot to foster a creative atmosphere.  The question was brought up – what do we intend to do with these photos?  It’s true that it’s for practice and continuing education, but when it’s your life that is the subject, it’s also personal.  Some said albums, some said they would post on their business or personal Facebook pages, some said they would blog.  I will probably be doing a little of everything, to be honest!  I would love to have these put together in an album at the end of the project… and then possibly start all over again.

For the sake of not cluttering up my blog, I decided to group the images together weekly, making it more of a Project 52 vs a Project 365.  Semantics.  Some of these may be familiar to you – when the project kicked off, we still did not have an Internet connection at our new house, so I recycled a few of my older images just for the sake of not falling behind.  Another huge reason I’m still sticking with it, ha.

Anyway, enjoy!

Beaumont Lifestyle Photographer1/365: Liberté.  Egalité,  Blanky

Beaumont Lifestyle Photographer2/365: My little professor.  (Toes!)

Beaumont Lifestyle Photographer3/365: The first time he was brave enough to go in the water all alone.  One of his favorite days.

Beaumont Lifestyle Photographer4/365: My waterbug doesn’t really care if its the ocean, the pool, or the bathtub.  If there’s water, he’s a fan.

Beaumont Lifestyle Photographer5/365: The face of a little train-obsessed boy on his first train ride.  My mom is on the right, and my aunt is behind her holding my niece, and their expressions make this image just as much as his does.

Beaumont Lifestyle Photographer6/365: Chugga chugga choo choo!  {iPhone}

Beaumont Lifestyle Photographer7/365: When you realize suddenly that it’s too quiet…. and when you locate them, you realize that they have located a sticker book.

See you next week!

Interested in your own family Documentary or Lifestyle session?  Check out my Storyteller sessions or shoot me an email!

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Jo Truncali is a family photographer specializing in lifestyle and documentary imagery, located in Beaumont, Texas.  Serving all of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, including but not limited to Lumberton, Nederland, Port Neches, China, Sour Lake, Lake Charles, and Liberty.  Available for travel worldwide.

  • September 2, 2015 - 12:57 am

    Susan - Love these!! I live in Beaumont and think we might have to do a lifestyle session for our family this year. You are an amazing photographer!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 5:09 am

    Khrystal - Absolutely BREATH TAKING work! I would love lifestyle photos like these of my familyReplyCancel

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