Chinese Family Portrait
Michael Greenberg, Phototerra Studio

Chinese Family Portrait

While I am asked to do many panoramic family portraits at weddings, this particular one wasn’t actually shot on a wedding day and it is simply a panoramic family portrait. As a matter of fact, we photographed this around Christmas time, and that’s why you see some Christmas elements in the picture like a pig on the table. There’s a lot that could be said about this image. The main characters of this picture are the gentleman standing in the center and his wife to the left of him. They are the owners of this restaurant and I decided to shoot this family portrait in the restaurant because the restaurant is really a symbol of their well being. The wife and the husband started the restaurant together and they were also the starting point in this family. They came to Canada as immigrants with very little and this restaurant is a big part of their story. Everyone around descended from them, with exception of Grandma and Grandpa on the right. You can see the kids aren’t all that interested in family traditions, they’re playing on ipads and iphones. You can see the little kid is standing next to a terracotta soldier as he plays some ninja games on his little device. So this is just one family and this restaurant is pretty important for them because it started and it helped this family to flourish in Canada.

Location: Montreal, Canada.