PHOTO ESSAY: BEHIND THE SCENES OF A MOM PHOTOGRAPHER

Sometime I have to bring one or both of my children to work with me. I sure hope they are learning something.

 

Last Spring I asked my friend Art if I could come over and take photos of him preparing eulachon for the smoke house. Of course, my youngest son tagged along and eventually got in there to help hang some fish, with Art's guidance.

Last Spring, I asked my friend Art if I could come over and take photos of him preparing eulachon for the smoke house. Of course, my youngest son tagged along and Art taught us how to hang the fish for smoking in his families smokehouse.

 

I was hired by an organization to take photos of Pewi Alfred. Because of timing and busy schedules, I had to bring Luc with me. In this photo, Pewi and her niece Nora are dancing and Luc is sitting on the bench watching with his arms and legs stretched out.

I was hired by an organization to take photos of Pewi Alfred. Because of timing and busy schedules, I had to bring Luc with me. In this photo, Pewi and her niece Nora are dancing and Luc is sitting on the bench watching with his arms and legs stretched out, making himself comfortable.

 

I've been asked to document the preparation of the Memorial PA'SA for Dorothy Rachelle Nolie. Both of my children have been tagging along with me to photograph all the work leading up to the potlatch. Here Luc was invited to help with soften the cedar bark.

I’ve been asked to document the preparation of the Memorial PA’SA for Dorothy Rachelle Nolie. Both of my children have been tagging along with me to photograph all of the work leading up to the potlatch. Here Luc was invited to help with softening the cedar bark.

 

Alexis is hanging the salmon which are carefully balanced on the chair and the large container. A few seconds later, my boys knock over one the sticks on to the ground.

Alexis is hanging  salmon which were carefully balanced on the chair and the large container. My boys are seen in the left corner. Moments later, my boys knocked over one of the sticks of salmon on to the ground. Yep.

 

I was busy taking photos of the family preparing fish for the smokehouse and the boys decided to take a break outside of the Nolie smokehouse. This smokehouse has been smoking fish for over 30 years.

I was busy taking photos of Trish’s family preparing fish for the smokehouse and the boys decided to take a break (Lus has told me that is his castle chair) outside of the Nolie’s smokehouse. This smokehouse has been smoking fish for over 30 years. 

 

Pewi is part of a photo series that I've been working on. She is a culture and language teacher at the T’lisalagilakw School. Elijah, who is in grade 1, loves to joke around with Pewi so it took me quite awhile to get him out of the photos I was trying to take of her at the beach.

Pewi is part of a photo series that I’ve been working on. She is a culture and kwakwala language teacher at the T’lisalagilakw School. Elijah, who is in grade 1, loves to joke around with Pewi so it took me quite awhile to get him out of the photos. Way too much fun goofing around with those two.

 

Kyra's mom asked me to photograph her 7th birthday party. Both Kyra and Elijah are born on the same day. I like to joke around and call them twindians. In this photo, both of my kids are on the right side, Elijah has a lollipop in his mouth and Luc's hand is pointing a water gun at Kyra.

Kyra’s mom asked me to photograph her 7th birthday party. Both Kyra and Elijah are born on the same day. I like to joke around and call them twindians. In this photo, both of my kids are on the right side, Elijah has a lollipop in his mouth and Luc’s hand is pointing a water gun at Kyra. The boys really do love Kyra’s company.

 

My kids after Jeremy and Sarah's wedding ceremony. Luc saw this photo today and asked if we could go back to that wedding.

My kids after Jeremy and Sarah’s wedding ceremony. While I was writing this blog post, Luc saw this photo and asked if we could go back to that wedding.

 

The boys are busy eating sweets and drinking angel pee with their friend Bex. I was hired to photograph Suri and Simon's wedding here in Alert Bay, last summer.

I was hired to photograph Suri and Simon’s wedding here in Alert Bay. The boys had to come. Here they are busy eating sweets and drinking angel pee (raspberry ginger-ale) with their friend Bex.

 

-Amanda Laliberte

 

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