I’ve had a camera in my hand since I was a little girl. I remember joyously documenting places I went and people I loved. When my son was born, that joy continued. As he grew, his wonderfully wild personality did, too. Posing wasn’t working, and ideas I had of simple little setups just didn’t do the trick. Instead, I let go of control a little bit and started documenting him in his natural state.
What this did was create a relaxed environment, and gave us a lot of images to look back on fondly. The moments captured were real, as were the emotions.
When he was around age 2, a photographer friend of mine did a mother-and-son session for me. I was so excited, because I rarely get on that side of the camera. She got some beautiful shots, but I distinctly remember her saying to me, “Okay, I have no idea how you get such great photos of him! He doesn’t stop moving!” I couldn’t help but laugh, because it was true. My beautifully energetic son does not do well with sitting still.
When my business started, I noticed that this approach was helpful when working with other children, too. I mean, posing is great for certain niches, but when it comes to children they find sitting still and fake smiling at the camera pretty boring. So, I started to help families interact with each other, and encouraged play in children, and began photographing that instead of the traditional family portrait. The result is the same with my clients as it is for my personal photograph collection; real moments, real connections, real emotions.
I have learned a lot over the years, and I’m grateful to my son for shaping the way I capture moments and make memories. If you’re looking for a relaxed session this year, contact me for more information and to book! I look forward to working with you.
PS: To learn more about my photography experience, download the 2017 client guide