Why I love my family portraits

December 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Black and white photograph of brothers walking together in a field by Drew McWilliams Photography, Co DownBoys in FieldWalking in a field I make family portraits for many people. Today, I thought I'd share family portraits I have made for ME.

The images all hang in my living room.
I see them every single day.
I admire my boys every single day.
I'm proud of my children every single day.

The first photograph (30x20") was taken in the field just outside our front door to celebrate their 21st birthdays. And almost every single person who has seen it has commented on it. I love people talking about my boys.

This image reminds me of the times we walked the dog round those fields together. It makes me smile as I remember how I used to take them 'up the fields' when they were potty training - without the nappies - without anything on the bottom half!

Black and white head and shoulders photograph of a male youth by Drew McWilliams Photography, Belfast, Northern IrelandYouthPortrait of a young man by Drew McWilliams Photography The portraits (20x16") hang together, opposite where I tend to sit. I gaze at them often Both boys are living and working away from home but these canvas prints make it seem like they're in the room with me - albeit the room is quieter and tidier than when they're both home!

When I've been sitting out on the decking and could only see one portrait from where I was sitting, I would pull my chair round so that both were in view.

Black and white head and shoulders photograph of a young manYoung manPortrait of a young man Black and white photograph of two youths lounging at homeBrothers at homeYou and me

Another piece of framed wall art is our family Sofa Set. It's 4 feet long (48") and it's really impressive. I have to thank my good friend and fellow photographer Sarah Fyffe for spending a day with us back in 2009 and producing so many memorable images.

This Christmas will be the first we spend as grandparents and we'll make another family portrait to bless our home and help tell the little fellow the story of his family.

So there you have it - why I love my family portraits.
My family is "in the frame", so to speak.

Let me put your family in MY frame…because family is the most important thing in the world.

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.