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8 July 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 195th in our series of Saturday matinees today: Familia Carvalho by Mayara de Paula.

Brazilian photographer Mayara de Paula's brief note explaining this 3:46 video slide show says only, "These photographs show a little of the family behind the cameras: loved, united, busy and very happy."

But that's precisely what charmed us. The "unique and happy moments," as de Paula puts it on her Vimeo About page, of one day in the life of this family of four.

The daughter of a photographer, she would visit his photography shop in the city to spend more time with her father. And the experience of both the equipment and the stories she heard rubbed off on her, leading to a career of her own.

She graduated from Senac de São Paulo with a degree in photography and spent three years as a photojournalist. But her passion "has always been to portray the unique and happiest moments of passionate couples: marriage."

On her Web site she gives a longer description of this video, which roughly translated from the Portuguese, follows:

Family documentary, with photographers Tiago Carvalho and Ana Rodrigues, Elvis and the girls, Giovana and Isa, in Guaratinguetà SP

The great secret to wholeness is very simple: to share.

A few weeks ago I received an invitation to spend 10 days in the city of Vale do Paraìba, to photograph and to experience. What an incredible experience.

On the way there I had butterflies, since we never talked in person. As soon as I arrived, smiles and tight hugs made me feel at home. We felt an empathy right away because our photographic "ideas" are very similar and also we like homemade and imported beers: D.

After a lot of conversation and laughter, I thought to myself: Why don't you photograph them? (We cherish the memories of our clients with a lot of affection and dedication while forgetting some of our own). The willingness to give was growing as the days went by, I knew it would be a great challenge (it's personal, they're wedding photographers), but what photographer do you not like? Behold, on James' birthday, I started with this project, photographing the "big day," another year of life is an important moment, right? : D

Wonderful, is the best way to describe the family and friends who were there.

After a few days, we went to Trinity RJ to photograph a wedding by the sea. As soon as we arrived at the inn, my eyes went directly to a plaque: "Good people are attractive," in that moment everything gained more strength and more sense!

These photographs show a little of each of them behind the cameras: Beloved, bonded, busy and very happy <3.

No need to have a blood test, you just need a little fine tuning! You have plenty of it!

I want to thank you for everything! Tiago and Ana for each sharing their knowledge. Isa and Giovana, thank you my beautiful ones for the affection, love and allowing me to be your aunt during those days: D, Elvis, dog artiste and friend!

Gratitude for the incredible experience that will never be forgotten, always count on me, Carvalho family.

Watch this video tell a little more about this incredible experience, stay tuned! Open your heart and listen fondly. New moments are coming! <3.

The line about the blood test is what closes the video, incidentally.

And if you think de Paula's description is infectious, wait until you see the slide show. It is, indeed, as she described it: full of unique and happy moments from the moment they get up in the morning to the end of that long and happy day.

It will make you smile. You'll wish you had been there. Because, as de Paula says, when did you ever meet a photographer you didn't like?

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