For Father’s Day: Photographing the People You Love

by | Jun 20, 2021

Today’s Post by Mary Farace

In a previous post, Joe wrote about documenting a changing world but I urge photographers to not only photograph the places that they love but also the people they love as well. That way we can use our talent and imaging tools to change the world one person at a time or as Joe likes to say “one pixel at a time.”

I strongly believe that photographers should use all of their technical and aesthetic skills to make portraits of their older friends and family. They should also take the time and effort to display and preserve these images in an album, prints, social media or website so others as well as future generations will know what these people looked like in contemporary surroundings, not just in old, restored photographs.

I’m always surprised when people spend time and money restoring old photographs of their parents, grand-parents and great-grand-parents after they’ve passed away but little time making portraits of them while they’re still with us. We’re photographers; we should photograph!

How I Made This Shot: I made this photograph of my parents on the occasion of my (now late) mother’s 90’th birthday using my Nikon V1 and Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens (at 30mm) with an exposure of 1/250 sec at f/7.1 and ISO 1600. My father is now 95 years old and this portrait, I think, captures the love that these two people had for one another.

The most precious gift anybody can give to someone is photographs of the people they love. Please make the time to photograph your kids; make portraits of your mom, dad, or grandparents so these images can be shared with future generations. And don’t forget yourself. Have your own portrait made, framed and give it to a loved one; I promise you that they will cherish it.

And never, never forget that photography is the universal language and use it to make friends for all humankind.


The cover of Joe’s book Studio Lighting Anywhere. features a portrait of a model that I shot! The book is available from with new copies selling for $32.05 and used copies starting around seven bucks as I write this. Kindle copies are $19.99 for people who want a digital version.