As a family photographer, you have to be prepared for all things unexpected! I’m all about embracing the chaos during a family photoshoot!
There is absolutely nothing predictable about photographing children and babies. Except that it’s going to be a good workout and you’re going to have to reach deep for all the ‘working with children’ tricks you can get your hands on!
When I first started my photography business, I was always a bit worried about saying things like that. Did it make me sound unprofessional? Did it make me sound like I didn’t even like working with children?!
As time has gone on, and I’ve photographed more and more families, I have realised that my clients welcome my honesty.
Having your photograph taken is up there as one of the scariest things to do list, along with jumping out of a plane, I’d say! I don’t think I’ve ever had any Mum or Dad stand in front of my camera and say they’re excited to have their photo taken! (But they ALWAYS leave saying it wasn’t so bad!) It’s a bit like being a dentist. Noone reallllly likes you or wants to come and see you, but they know they should 😉
I’d like to think my sessions are a LITTLE more fun than going to the dentist though!!
The more honest I was with my clients about what to expect at their session, the more prepared they felt, and the less the anxiety crept in. None of us want to go somewhere and experience our children ‘misbehaving’. (I put that in inverted commas because what is misbehaving for a child? Refusing to have their photo taken? Feeling out of sorts with a new baby that’s just entered their tiny little world? Wanting to run around, and not sit still and be told to say CHEEEEEEEEEEEEESE?)
One thing I’m really passionate about is letting kids be kids. I love that we can now embrace how our little ones see the world. We can all learn something from that innocent joy that radiates off them. Most of the time they just want to play. I don’t blame them, sounds good to me 🙂
I have had so many parents apologise to me about their children. But honestly, it doesn’t phase me. They’re learning and exploring and just doing their thing. And fortunately, I’m REALLY GOOD at capturing the moments in between the chaos 😉
I love to capture children in ways that let their personalities shine (In great light of course!)
Today I am sharing some of my favourite photos of children just being children. Sometimes they want to dance, sometimes they want to run in any direction except the one you’re hoping for, sometimes they want to carry their truck, or are teething and want to snuggle. Sometimes they are happy to kiss their sibling (and sometimes they want to poke them in the eye!)
At the end of the day, what I love to provide for my clients are photos that remind them of particular stages their children are going through. That through the chaos, they had FUN! I want to show the children that come to me, that their families loved them, and that their lives are enriched by being together. That although life throws hard times, it also throws lots of good ones too. I think that’s all that anyone wants, right?