People often ask me my approach to photography. And, I always hear myself saying the same words: natural, fresh, relaxed, real, etc. etc. etc. So, I want to write a few blog posts explaining what I mean by these words. I’ll write about different types of photography separately – child and family photography, engagement photography, and wedding photography.
Let’s start with child and family photography!
In order to actually explain my approach to and LOVE of child photography, I’ll tell you where I first got my inspiration:
My dad is an excellent photographer, and my sister and I are incredibly blessed to have hundreds of natural, candid pictures of our childhood years. One of my all-time favorite pictures was taken of me and my sister holding hands, walking towards the beach in our little swimsuits. My little belly is hanging out and my hair is all messy. My sister’s swimsuit is so awkward (as was her smile at that age), but I LOVE that picture because it’s so “us”. It captures something priceless: an unposed, unscripted, completely natural moment between the two of us.
That picture exemplifies exactly what I want to capture in my photographs: natural, authentic moments. I don’t want to stand your precious little girl in front of a cheesy backdrop, hand her a teddy bear, point a light box at her, and ask for a big smile. This type of photo is stiff and doesn’t tell the story of your child. In fact, when I see this type of child portraiture, I cringe a little. Okay, I cringe a lot. :)
When I take pictures of people’s children, I want to capture a little bit of each child’s essence – her smile, his sense of humor, their interaction with each other. I work hard to interact with children and put them at ease, and when they finally break through and show me the “real” them, I am ready and waiting with the camera to capture the moment.
So there you have it. I want to create photos for your family like my dad created for my family. I want to capture something real and fun. Here are just a few pictures I think show the type of realness and authenticity that I want to capture in every child photo session: