The Caccamo Family can be considered the first family of Curt O’Neil Photographer. This was the very first family shoot for me and also still ranks as the largest. Adding it up there were four generations and twelve family members for the shoot.
We started the shoot out at their residence on St. Joseph’s Island which is east of Sault Ste. Marie. From there we made our way around the island to some spots that they thought of before the shoot and some others we thought of while driving around.
It took no time at all before everyone was comfortable with me there shooting them and they started behaving like the loving family they are. It was great to be able to shoot them interacting with each other and not worrying about how they looked and if they had the perfect smile on their face. The next few shots are some of my favourite shots from previous shoots – they capture real moments and that is what I love about photography and the way I shoot. I love being able to capture these real moments that the family is unaware of at the time.
Leaving the apple orchard from the shots above and driving down the country roads I asked Mark to pull over as the road was just perfect for a large family shot.
From there we went looking for some hay bales. I knew if we were able to get into a farmer’s field and be able to play with some of the bales we’d get some fun shots. Another reason why the Caccamo’s were simply awesome was they were up for all of these ideas and knew of places that would be perfect to use.
I’ll end this off with three shots that were possible because once again they were willing to try anything. As we were scoping the field out for a few shots I asked Luke how high he thought he could throw one of his kids in the air. The first shot below is his attempt at it. After the other kids saw it they all wanted to be tossed so Matt suggested that the brothers toss their children between them – now how wild is that? A simple suggestion by me, modified by them turned into unique shots that they will all remember.
To the Caccamo’s thank you for being so awesome and open to any idea that I threw your way. It was your openness that let us get some of the amazing shots we did. After I showed Luke the shots from this session he sent me one of the best quotes I have ever seen (which is also featured on my about me page):
“You are the largest, most full, over-flowing bag of wicked in the history of ever.”