However, with a little scheduling finesse and good timing on both our parts, myself and old college-buddy-turned-illustrator Austin Light, managed to put into motion a plan for a very special family photo shoot.
I'm not much for traditional portraits of any type (family, engagement, senior, etc), so when Austin and I came up with this idea years ago, it was with the understanding that there'd be no posing, no fancy skin-smoothing filters and no photoshopping of scratches, snot bubbles or the like. A pure photojournalistic approach was my aim, so when he flew me out to Charlotte to stay with his family, I became a sort of massive unapologetic fly on the wall with a camera at the ready to capture every moment, good and bad.
What resulted was by far some of the most authentic series of family photos I've ever shot. (The documentation of my sister's brain surgery and recovery will always take the cake in that arena.)
Below is a sampling (that has taken me weeks to pair down to) of photos from that weekend. (All in all, I ended up with a total of 625 edited photos from the original 2347 taken.)