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People Pictures: 30 Exercises for Creating Authentic Photographs by Chris Orwig

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15. The Fabric of Family

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The physical closeness, bright smiles, and intimate connectedness of this photo warm my heart. Plus, it’s a picture of people who mean the world to me—my sister and her family.

Canon 5DMii, 50mm lens, f/2.8

ASK PEOPLE WHAT MATTERS most, and family almost always comes near the top. Family is the most universally valued group that we belong to. And our experience of family, both frustrating and fun, is unquestionably complex.

We are strong as individuals yet we belong in a bunch. Like distinct fibers that are woven together, family forms a fabric in our lives that cannot easily be undone.

The task of the photographer is ...

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