On December 4th, 2012 I was anxiously pacing an empty second-floor waiting room at a hospital in The Woodlands, Texas. My wife has been in labor for 12 hours, and they kicked me out of the room while the anesthesiologist came to my wife's rescue. After that, it all went so quick.
There I was in an operating room at the side of the bed where my wife was laying. In my hands was my DSLR, a Canon 7D with a 50mm prime lens attached. My wife was seemingly calm, I was nervous, and my camera was now moist from my sweaty hands.
Before we knew it, we heard cries a few feet away. In that moment, I was met with intense emotion. It took a nurse to snap me out of this surreal daze I found myself in, "Come here" she said, "Start taking photos."
It was hard to take photos because my tears clouded the viewfinder, but I just started snapping away, trying to document everything. The hardest part was trying to be in the moment, and having the clarity to compose good images.
Well, our daughter Lucy was perfect, and she was crying, gooey but absolutely perfect.
I remembered what a trusted friend and co-worker had told me a week previous, take photos, lots of them. Then make sure you make an effort to do a photo shoot every three months or so for the first few years.
I took this advice to heart and was intentional about taking quality photos as often as time would allow. Turns out, of all the advice my wife and I received before we had Lucy, this was by far the most helpful.
The images that I have now are my most prized position. I still today, make it a point to take great family photos, I love it, and I am so thankful I have a vast collection of images to look back on.
I get through that the most parents aren't photographers. And while iPhone photos are okay, there is something different about what a professional can produce.
I take the same care, seriousness, and passion when it comes to producing high quality, classic, creative images for my own family as I do for Storyfish families.
I specialize in a classic yet, journalistic approach to photography. I think something magical happens when families are together, and I can fade into the background. It's my goal at that moment to show that connection and emotion that families can only have with each other.
I want kids to be kids, and it's okay if the baby cries or the three-year-old wants to chase a seagull. I get it, I'm a dad myself, and I have learned to roll with it. And sometimes, the best images take place in those moments.
I truly love what I do. Being a family photographer isn't just a way to make money for me, it comes from a much more profound place. I'm passionate about family photography because I love families.
My name is Patrick Fore, and I'm the founder and photographer of Storyfish.