Family Visual Historian

Alice Pecoraro’s 80th Birthday
Alice Pecoraro, Chelle Leary, Cliffy Collins, Dorie Griggs, Joseph Earl, Kayla Pennington, Lillie Pennington, Natalie Earl, Robin Collins, & Sue Earl. [Nikon D750, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/60]
I am my families visual historian. I take photos and give them away to my family all the time. Thanks to social media there is a really good chance these may be seen and enjoyed many times more than when I shot film and and they went into a family photo album.

Peter Teubner at Alice Pecoraro’s 80th Birthday party. [Nikon D750, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4, ISO 180, ƒ/4, 1/100]
While I am not working on an assigned story, I am still capturing our families story in moments. The cool thing with social media is our ability to match words with those pictures.

I still make those formal photos of our families, but it is the living life photos that capture the personalities of each person in my opinion so much more.

Leary family Family Photo
at Ocean Isle Beach, NC. [Nikon D5, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4, ISO 100, ƒ/8, 1/250, (2) Alienbee B1600s triggered with Pocketwizards]
This role often means you are just observing, but I believe long into the future when I am no longer here my family will be cherishing these and learning about their ancestors.

Christmas in Morganton, NC

My mother’s dad was always documenting his family as well as my dad.

Christmas in Farmingdale, New York.

I grew up every Christmas with my dad having these lights pointed at us as we walked into the room. I am not sure I really saw anything for a few moments it was so bright.

Alice Pecoraro’s 80th Birthday
Alice Pecoraro, Dorie Griggs, & Sue Earl [Nikon D750, Sigma 24-105mm ƒ/4, ISO 100, ƒ/4, 1/320]
This is one of the rare moments where my wife Dorie has been with two of her sisters. While getting to see them was awesome capturing the moment for us to remember makes this so we can then tell the generations to come who their family is and how they are all related.

Christmas 2015 in Morganton, NC.
Cousins: Chelle Leary, Elijah Poe, Joshua Poe, & Taylor Lalli [Nikon D750, Sigma 35mm ƒ/1.4, ISO 3200, ƒ/1.4, 1/200]
Here are a few tips to make you an even better visual family historian.

Take lots of photos of your family
Share your photos with your family. USB Jump Drives are good.
Use metadata to put the text with each photo. Be sure you have the occasion as well as the names of the people in the photo.
Put your photos online in some storage system like Google Drive, DropBox or many other online services you can find.
Create photo books. I use Blurb

One of the best things you can be remembered for is how you captured your family for everyone to enjoy now and for eternity.