Drew McWilliams | Photographer | A moment in time

A moment in time

August 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Black and white photograph of a mother and father looking at their two young boys with love and affection by Drew McWilliams Photography, London and BelfastFamily timeFather and mother gaze at their young children

“One day your life will flash before your eyes.
Make sure it's worth watching” 

― Gerard Way

A photograph is a moment in time - captured and recorded for all to see, for all time.

I think I would extend Way's quote to say that there are many days when, for one reason or another, our lives flash before our eyes. A piece of music, an aroma, a particular place....a photograph....can lead us through our "mind's eye" to reflect on our past.

The image above will help the father remember how he would look upon, smile and love his young sons, often for many hours at a time.

If the little boys ever doubt that they were loved, then they only have to look again at the image I made of them. The older of the two brothers in particular may remember the white walls of the studio, my camera, the insecurity he felt, the little toy tractor he held throughout the session....and the comfort of his dad's arms.

My image has captured a moment in their lives at 200th of a second - an extremely small unit of time - and yet that same image retains for posterity this moment of family love and devotion.

Black and white photograph of a mother and her two young sons by Drew McWilliams Photography, Northern IrelandMother and sonsMother with her two sons

A tractor in the hand and the comfort of a parent

Diane Arbus said, “If you scrutinize reality closely enough, if in some way you really, really get to it, it becomes fantastic.” 

Isn't it fantastic how often it's the simple things about our childhood and our parenthood which stand out for us?

I've often said that your family is the sum of your life's work and achievement...“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching” 



If you've found your way to this post or even my blog through Facebook, then I have some important news for you.

I intend to stop posting on Facebook - probably at the beginning of November. This may end up being a mistake and my business suffer.

Maybe I'll change my mind in 6 months, 6 weeks or 6 days - but at the moment, I'm just fed up with the static Facebook creates in my daily life. I hate the intrusion of the little 'notifications' - as if each is indicating something I must see. I'm dismayed by the unimaginative droll I'm forced to scroll through before finding rare gems of information that will uplift my spirit and add to my life. I regret the minutes and hours I've spent with family and friends but away from them at the same time because it'll only take a wee minute to check....

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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'.