Family Portrait

Published Jan 7, 2014 | View the Assignment | Features Photos From 16 Contributors

    16 photos selected by

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine
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    my kids together in our garden during the summer

    #sibligns #child #family #portrait

    Since the launch of our first Your Shot assignment last spring, we’ve published ten stories of your pictures ranging from night photography to foodscapes to the changing world around us. In this assignment, we asked you to tackle perhaps the most personal of subjects: your own families.

    With the nearly 7,000 images submitted, you shared with us your most private worlds, relationships, and stories, and for that I thank you. The pictures were made compelling by how many of you brought emotion to your photographs. The authenticity of the moments and people in your submissions was what made this assignment meaningful.

    My grandpa at his 90 years.

    #closeup #man #old #portrait #detail #grandparent #90 #grandpa

    Editor's Note

    I love this portrait because it really connects the viewer to the subject in a close, real way. The tightness of the frame and simplicity of the background draw you into the man’s eyes and express... More

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine

    According to tradition, the man in front, the groom, is shaved by the godfather with a knife and ...

    #wedding #family #people

    Editor's Note

    This picture is a great illustration of family dynamics. My eyes go first the the groom laughing... More

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine

    celebrate with happy moment in Eid With Family .

    #people

    Editor's Note

    I like that this portrait really shows the child within the context of his greater family and com... More

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine

    My father sorting his mother's belongings shortly after her passing, in her home of 50 years. He ...

    #father #grandmother #family #grieving

    The 16 images I’ve selected for this story capture many of the facets of family life that we can all relate to. The passing down of traditions and wisdom between generations and the unwavering loyalty between family members were a couple of these universal themes I saw in many of your pictures. I was drawn to the pictures that were not only technically well executed and creatively framed, but those that captured genuine moments and illustrated the notion of family in an unexpected way.

    My nephews with their grandfather, playing in the fields.

    #togheter #kids #grandfateher #grandpa

    Editor's Note

    The boys look curious and intrigued by the towering sunflowers. For me, this image is about the ... More

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine

    This is my dad and my younger step-brother playing a kite last summer vacation. Its always a joy ...

    #relationship #monochrome #father #kite #dad #blackandwhite #people #nature

    This photo really shows the trust and love of a father and his children. A self portraight that ...

    #trust #love #underwater

    Like captured birds...Childhood is a golden cage, pure and carefree… http://shop.nationalgeogr...

    #sun #light #kid #family #children #yourshotbook

    Editor's Note

    This image has a nice nostalgic quality to it. It really illustrates the comfort of the domestic... More

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine

    Twin brothers wrapped up in the towel of their beloved soccer team 'Manchester United'.

    #uk #men #siblings #close #twins #beach #portraits #family #teenagers #boys #male #people #bond #brothers

    Editor's Note

    I like the simplicity of this portrait. The symmetry of the photograph highlights the similariti... More

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine

    This is my son, from the US, getting a soccer ball handoff from his cousin, who is from Belize. B...

    #soccer #family

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    #chicago #portrait #people

    We have three dogs; Markus (Siberian Husky), George (Toy Poodle) and Poochie (Chihuahua Mix). Amo...

    #black_and_white #bestfriends #family #portaits

    Editor's Note

    What makes this image compelling to me is the personalities of both the woman and her dog that co... More

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine

    father and his son Alan . First encounter with the sea .

    #bw #hands #father #child #sea #people

    When we convert the sofa into a bed the kids love to play on it. Rebekah (age 5) "pancakes" her ...

    #brother #sister #play #fun #domestic #kids #candid #livingroom #family #children #portrait #house #bed

    It would have been my parents 50th anniversary but my dad didn't make it by two months only. I wa...

    #elderly #thehumanstory #dad #mum #affection #parents #family #humanity

    Editor's Note

    This portrait of an aging couple is powerful and beautiful in the way it captures the relationship between the two subjects. Because of the caption we know the husband died shortly after the pictu... More

    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine

    Thank you, again, to all who submitted pictures to this assignment. Collectively, your images have created a family album of sorts that represents not only the Your Shot community as a whole but the greater world of families outside it as well.

    Although there were many great pictures submitted to this assignment, not all could fit within the story. Look out for a post on our Your Shot blog where I will be featuring some of my favorite images not selected for the story!

    About the Editor
    Ben Fitch
    Associate Photo Editor, Traveler Magazine
    After earning a degree in Journalism and Art History in 2011, Ben Fitch set out on a journey to pursue photography that took him from Boston to Santa Fe to New York and eventually to the steps of National Geographic in Washington, DC. Prior to his current role editing photography ...

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