What is it about a portrait session that makes our children turn into crazy, carry on, awkward versions of themselves? You've got such high hopes before you arrive, you've invested financially, not only in my skills as a photographer, but also in outfits and styling so that everything is just perfect for the day. You've invested emotionally in how you want the session to go and how you want the finished images to look and you've planned exactly where they'll go in the home.
The kids are prepped (bribed) and they've promised to be on the best behaviour and smile nicely for the lady with the camera, and then you arrive and all the careful planning and prep goes right out the window, along with the promises of treats for doing as their told! Your stress levels rise and you grit your teeth while you try to calmly get the kids to cooperate.... Believe me when I say that you are not alone, it happens nearly every time, but here's the thing... I've got this! I've been here before, too many times to remember. A photo shoot is exciting for kids, and even the ones who don't seem up for it will carry on and act up for the camera, its what kids do. And here's the other thing, I want them to act up, I want to see their personalities and hear their belly laughs and capture them being kids. Isn't that why you book me in the first place? So that together, we can capture the magic of these phenomemal little people of yours, so that in years to come you can look back on your images and remember how it felt to watch your children be children in the late summer sun, to remember the sounds of their laughter and jokes and their squeals of sheer delight.
That's what it's all about for me. The perfect photo shoot isn't just about me knowing the technicalities of how to use a camera, or how to use the light, or style a session, or pose a subject. It's about being able to capture a little bit of both. Its about knowing when to laugh and carry on and capture the moments as the happen and its about knowing exactly when is the right time to slow things down and get some beautifully posed shots. Its about being able to engage with my subjects and let them be as crazy and wild or a shy and awkward as they want to be, so that I can leave you with images that make you feel something, images that make you physically react when you see them, images that will be treasured for now until forever.
So, if you walk away from your shoot thinking that your kids weren't perfect, please believe me when I say that they were. And when you walk away from your shoot thinking that we probably didn't get any good shots, please believe me when I say that we definitely did... You might even struggle to choose your favourites, because they're your beautiful kids, with their own unique personalities and that is just perfect!
* All of my Outdoor Photography takes place in Renfrewshire and surrounding areas. I shoot regularly in Paisley, Glasgow West End, Glasgow city centre and some more rural areas such as Kilbarchan, Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir and Lochwinnoch. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a session for your family