My daughter was about to turn 1 and I was falling in love with photography and how it helped me to document our family life. Every day I was capturing images of the little things going on in our lives, but i felt that if I was to become a professional photographer I needed to produce posed images . I was in awe of the amazing work produced by talented child photographers across the world and like many new photographers I wanted to emulate their work.
I spent ages making a ribbon backdrop for my baby’s first birthday photoshoot. I dressed her in a pretty dress for the occasion and set up a mini studio in her bedroom.
It wasn’t easy. my spirited child was just learning to walk and didn’t want to sit still and smile for the camera. We were both stressed and she got upset. We had to take a break while I gave her a cuddle and calmed her down. I was frustrated with her for not doing what I wanted, when all she was doing was being a normal, inquisitive one year old.
In the end I managed to get some photos and although I liked the way they turned out, I couldn’t help but remember what happened during the shoot. Nevertheless I was proud of the images and I showed they to my family. They were supportive and agreed the images were lovely…but they were not Lottie.
They were right. I was so focused on the backdrop, the dress, the posing that I forgot about her personality. The images were pretty, but they are not the images I look back on now that she is older. The images I crave now are the ones that show her personality. My little girl is a mile-a-minute wild child, who feels all her feeling, good and bad, with ferociousness. I want images that capture her joy, even her tantrums. I want to capture her connections with her family. These are the images that show me who my daughter is.
That’s why I choose not to work from a studio. That’s why I like to let to let children do their thing during our sessions. You know that forced smile that your child gives you when they’re asked to smile for the camera? They pick up that habit early. My two and half year old already does it. It’s nothing like their real smile. The smile they give you when they find your face in the audience at the school play, or when you push them really high on the swings. That’s the smile I want to get during our session. I want you to look at the images and say, “that’s my child!”.
So what do you say? Are you ready to have your child’s real personality captured? Do you want a photography session that is enjoyable for everyone, where you don’t have to bribe the kids (or your other half) to sit still and be quiet? Drop me a message to arrange your lifestyle photography session today.