My name is Jay and I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I enjoy people-watching. I delight in discovering and capturing what others might miss in our busy world: the toddler’s enchanted smile as he watches birds take flight, the groom’s proud smile as his bride walks down the aisle, or the shared gaze of soul mates married for 50 years as they walk arm in arm. There are so many moments that overflow with words unsaid and gestures unseen. So many stories, untold and forgotten. That is why I became a photographer. Through pictures, I capture precious moments in people’s lives – their love and their joy, in its purest form, untouched by our other senses – so we can relive and retell those stories again and again.
Here’s my story. I met my soul mate, Peggy, in college. We married in 2006 and began building a life together, which includes two energetic, unstoppable, and precocious daughters. During the photography sessions, we direct the shots, posing the family, and capturing the attention of the kids. At the same time, we look for the natural, candid interactions between family members. Our clients always ask why we are so good at interacting and capturing their children. Well, let’s just say we’ve had A LOT of practice photographing our kids and their friends and ALL their hilarious antics.
As we browse through the pictures we’ve taken of our kids as babies and now elementary-aged kids, I begin to reminisce about the smell of baby powder, curling baby toes, and folds upon folds of baby neck fat. That’s why I love photography. It allows me to stop time, just for a little bit, and remember those precious moments. It lets me tell our story to our kids. As your photographer, my goal would be to capture your family’s unique story with its many personalities, bonds, and love languages.
Photo: Frank Amodo Photography